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The last hero : a life of Henry Aaron
The last hero : a life of Henry Aaron
Publication Information:
New York : Pantheon Books, c2010.
Physical Description:
xvi, 600 p., [16] p. of plates : ill. ; 25 cm.
pt. 1. Escape -- Herbert -- Henry -- Stepin Fetchit -- Milwaukee -- pt. 2. Magic -- Wehmeier -- Jackie -- Scripture -- Bushville -- Almost -- pt. 3. Legend -- Respect -- Atlanta -- Willie -- Ruth -- Mortal -- Acknowledgment -- pt. 4. Free -- Drift -- Cars -- 756.
In "The Last Hero", Bryant chronicles Aaron's childhood in segregated Alabama, his brief stardom in the Negro Leagues, his complicated relationship with celebrity, and his historic rivalry with Willie Mays--all culminating in the defining event of his life: his shattering of Babe Ruth's all-time home-run record. Bryant also examines Aaron's more complex second act: his quest to become an important voice beyond the ball field.
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