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Aaron s characteristic aloofness cripples this from the outset He s so carefully guarded his ersona and image that Bryant is forced to dwell on his statistics and his contributions to African American baseball but these aspects have been covered elsewhere and so feel edantic and one sided here Bryant does his best with a difficult subject and has certainly compiled a workable body of research even if his vanilla writing doesn t really carry all of it efficiently But again the subject remains distant so far out of reach on a Perception and the External World pedestal that we never engage with his story One almost feels Aaron s resentment at being scrutinized even at this distance The detachment of the text is thus a major tradeoff we sense the reserve of Aaron himself but we never get to know him beyond the usual hard knock life story the flash of his wrists and the home run record A letdown not all or even mostly Bryant s fault but a letdown nonetheless The author includes enough baseball for the baseball enthusiasts without drowning the reader in He does an astute job of studying Henry Aaron s character the strengths and the weaknesses thereof Sometimes the stories within the story like the Braves move to Atlanta are at least as interesting as the main character himself I am a very discerning long biography reader this is my 3rd of 500ages Steven Jobs and Charles Schulz are the 2 others But I think if you choose to read this when you re done you ll feel it was worth it if you choose to read this when you re done you ll feel it was worth it book is well researched and well reported as Howard got great access to Aaron and those necessary to tell a complete story The length of the book is a necessity And if you re a big baseball fan I think that reading a Hank Aaron bio is important at this timeThis book has Popular Representations of Development plenty of good baseball detail to it but its strength is in telling the emotional story of Aaron you learn a lot about him as aerson and about everything he had to deal with If you re a modest baseball fan you re Sister for Sale probably familiar with the stories of Aaron receiving hate mail but there is so much to know beyond that including his relationships with his friends his teammates and his managerFull disclosure I worked on baseball coverage at ESPN when Howard was there and we correspond through social media a little bit that doesn t impact the review This was truly an excellent book Henry Aaron is now my hero Baseball something I ve never given much thought to except back in jr high when I had a crush on a boy named Brett a boy who saw the world through a baseball mitt Wow I think there will bearts of this book that will stick with me for a long time I will now be one who wishes for the good ol days of baseball I loved the insight into the history of US racial struggles This book is up there with Hidden Figures as deep and The Blue Door (Threshold profound I highly recommend this book Struggle through the baseball stats and descriptions because the rest of the book will change your world Hank Aaron is an American hero and he deserves respect He also deserves a decent biography by a man who doesn t smother his subject with an avalanche of faintraise backhanded compliments and and endless stream of defensive apologies from the author Howard Bryant tries so hard to make Henry Aaron into a transcendent figure and yet the harder he tries the Hank just looks like a nice not too bright guy who hit a lot of home runs Mind you I m sure there s to Mr Aaron than that But Howard Bryant is not the man to tell you so This book is long and dull You learn nothing about Henry Aaron s real ersonal. In the thirty four years since his retirement Henry Hank Aaron's reputation has only grown in magnitude But his influence extends beyond statistics and at long last here is the first definitive biography of one of baseball's immortal figures Based on meticulous. Ity You get a lot of black history but no insight into how it formed this one individual s character Bryant keeps saying things like Henry wanted change and he was angry about how America was But just because he felt things deeply doesn t mean he was A Ladys Honor (Cliffs of Cornwall, prepared to speak out That s fine for an ordinary guy But if you re trying to sell Henry Aaron as a hero the last hero no less you ve just got to come up with something out of the ordinary forroof Aside from hitting 755 homeruns that is Howard Bryant just can t do it So he Keeps Apologizing Over And Over Making Hank apologizing over and over making Hank smaller and smaller as the book drags on for hundreds of ages To make matters worse Bryant keeps bringing up two other black baseball legends Jackie Robinson and Willie Mays Every time Bryant describes Jackie in action whether defying whites off the field or on the book comes to life This author has a great book in him all right but he needs a subject he genuinely admires That would be Jackie not Hank As for Willie Mays it gets even stranger Apparently Willie Mays beat Henry Aaron up or stole his lunch money or dissed him in some mysterious unstated way Now Henry Aaron hates Willie But we never really find out why Howard Bryant just goes out of the way to echo Aaron that Willie is mean selfish a two faced jerk whatever A little uote or two from Willie might have been nice Or from Willie s family Or from Tallullah BankheadAltogether this was such a tedious badly written book that it really made me want to read Henry Aaron s autobiography I HAD A HAMMER Because it had to be better than this I read this for a look at the systemic racism that is still revalent in today s society I chose this over I Had A Hammer thinking it would be a well rounded view Got some good stuff on baseball integration and some of the early black star The War to End All Wars players I agree with others that Henry is just not that forthcoming and the author struggled to describe his view of the game Bryant keeps referencing the racist hate mail of the early 70s that was covered so extensively in I Had A Hammer I thought he should have gone in depth with that shown letter examples so that we could understand that mindset Having grown up south of Milwaukee I did learn much about that city s history both good and bad The Last Hero could have had about 100ages edited out I still Death Comes for the Archbishop prefer Bob Gibson s memoir Stranger to the Game for its unflinching look at how baseball used to belayed I icked up the audible book from The Library It S Long library It s long of it could have been cut for in my opinion I don t see how it related to Henry sure it was baseball but I don t want to hear all baseball statistics for that time eriod Just what matters There just seemed to be too much of it Just give the important ones Rtc This biography is at its core a story about the heart of Hank Aaron At times Aaron was a The Naked Man prickly manrone to sulking while he Damias Children played in the shadow of his contemporary Willie Mays and in a small media market While Aaron did not have the dazzlinglay making ability of Mays Aaron was the better hitter Interestingly Aaron and Mays grew up in Mobile Alabama and Cutremur de timp played against one another in high schoolAaron signed a contract with the Negro Leagues at the age of sixteen and did not complete high school He would become the last Hall of Famer to havelayed in the Negro Leagues After two years there he was signed by the Braves in the Major Leagues and made his debut at 19 when Bobby Thompson broke his ankle Aaron won the MVP in 1957 in his third year the same year the. Research and extensive interviews The Last Hero reveals how Aaron navigated the upheavals of his time fighting against racism while at the same time benefiting from racial rogress and how he achieved his goal of continuing Jackie Robinson's mission to obtain fu. .

Braves won the World Series He went on to make the All Star game for 20 of 21 years Of course Aaron is best remembered as the home run king who broke Babe Ruth s record Most eople still recognize him as the all time home run leader due to the asterisk of the steroids eraAaron was never articularly him as the all time home run leader due to the asterisk of the steroids eraAaron was never Predator particularly to otherlayers nor those due to the asterisk of the steroids eraAaron was never articularly close to other layers nor those the Hall of Fame community He was rideful of his achievements and had his share of fans Later in life he improved his image and relationship with Cooperstown when he spoke out against Barry Bonds and Roger Clemens and their alleged steroid use He indicated that no one could ever hit 70 home runs legally 5 stars This bio is exceptionally good at character study I felt like I came away really knowing Hank Aaron and that is not easy to do Respect is all Aaron ever wanted Like many young baeball fans of the 1970s one of my favorite layers was Hank Aaron the others were Al Kaline and Roberto Clemente I was at just the right age to be excited about his breaking of Babe Ruth s all time home run record and watched live on April 8 1974 when he took Al Downing deep for number 715 At that time he was the toast of America but it was no secret as revealed in Howard Bryant s fine biography of Aaron The Last Hero that it was a trying time for the manHenry Aaron those who knew him never called him Hank was from Mobile Alabama He had little formal baseball training but despite that he dreamed of being a Lots of Love prolayer He didn t even Reclaiming Love play high school ball instead honing his skills by hitting bottle caps with sticks He signed with the Negro Leagues team the Indianapolis Clowns and thus before he retired in 1976 was the last active Major Leaguer who hadlayed in those leaguesAaron was the first black Vegangelical player in the notoriously intolerant South Atlantic or Sally League where helayed for Jacksonville He was such a good hitter that it was hard to keep him on the farm and he ended up on the Milwaukee Braves in 1954Bryant covers those early years closely The Braves who had just moved over from Boston were starting to form a good nucleus I was interested to read how teams were shaking the dust and contemplating movement The St Louis Cardinals thought about moving to Houston and Bill Veeck of the Browns wanted to move to Milwaukee but ended going to Balti If the Braves ownership had hung on they might have ended up staying in Boston and the Red Sox would have moved as the latter would start on a several year Defender of Faith, Revised Edition period of doldrums Imagine how baseball would be different today without the Red Sox in BostonThe Braves would end up in the World Series in 1957 and 1958 both timeslaying the Yankees In 57 Aaron was MVP and they won in 58 they would be one of the few teams that would blow a 3 1 game leadAs the book goes on after that though the tone shifts from a seasonal diary to a general approach to the man The Braves who would move to Atlanta in 1966 would go to the No escuches su canción de trueno postseason only once while Aaron was on the team in 1969 Instead Bryant focuses on Aaron slace in baseball history and the most elusive subject of all Aaron himselfBryant was able to interview Aaron for the book but he is the most incomplete character of the story Bryant in fact goes off on tangents that at times made me forget the main subject of the book Being the Best Me particularly a chapter that is about Jackie Robinson than Aaron The truth appears to be that A Really enjoyed this book Great for history fans and baseball fans If you are not into baseball I wouldass But as a baseball fan and Milwaukee native I loved thi. Ll euality for African Americans both in baseball and society while he lived uncomfortably in the Witch Creek (Wildlands public eye Elouently written detailed andenetrating this is a revelatory Sleight (AVRA-K portrait of a complicatedrivate man who through sports became an enduring American icon. ,