- The Hero's Life
- Narrated by: Richard Ben Cramer
- Length: 6 hrs and 16 mins
- Abridged Audiobook
- Release date: 20-10-00
- Language: English
- Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio
In this groundbreaking biography, Richard Ben Cramer presents a stunning, often shocking portrait of the hero nobody knew. It is a story that sweeps through the 20th century, bringing light to America's national game, movie stars, mobsters, as well as the birth - and the price - of national celebrity.
This is the story that Joe DiMaggio never wanted to tell. It is the story of his grace and greed, his dignity, pride, and his hidden shame.
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By Patrick on 22-08-03
This book is about 2/3rds baseball and 1/3rd Ms. Monroe. I enjoyed the book, but found it one of the sadest stories I've heard in a very long time. Joe was a great baseball player, perhaps the best. But, at the end of the day I was glad I didn't have his life.
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By Michael Friedman on 20-01-13
Richard Ben Cramer will always be known as the great political writer of What It Takes. It is, after all, the best piece of presidential political writing in America. Here he writes a brilliant biography of Joe DiMaggio which is both tender and enthralling. The true heroine here is Marilyn Monroe and makes one pine for Mailer's book/photo essay on her. One will miss the short, erudite oeuvre of Mr. Cramer.
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