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Mickey Mantle free pdf In Mickey Mantle, we see America's romance with boldness, its celebration of muscle, and its comfort in power during a time when might did make right. But if his life symbolized the great expectations of America in the 1950s, it also epitomized the dashed dreams of a troubled generation in the 1960s and its unrealistic hopes for achievement. "Mickey Mantle: America's Prodigal Son" is both an explosive biography of a fascinating and enduring sports hero and a telling look at American society in his time. During six years of research, former "Sports Illustrated" writer Tony Castro interviewed more than 250 friends, teammates, lovers, acquaintances, and drinking buddies of one of America's most famous sports stars.If Mickey Mantle hadn't lived, broadcaster Mel Allen once said, he would have been invented. In a sense, then, Mickey Mantle, like most heroes, was a construction- he was not real. He was all that America wanted itself to be, and he was also all that America feared it could never be. The postwar America of the mid-twentieth century was like all societies with the need for heroes, not because they coincidentally made them up on their own but because heroes like Mantle express a deep psychological aspect of human existence. They can be seen as metaphors for the human search of self-knowledge. In his time, Mickey Mantle showed us the path to our own consciousness through the power and spectacle of his baseball heroics, particularly his prodigal home runs, often backlit by the cathedral-like solemnity of Yankee Stadium.In the atomic age of the 1950s, the tape-measure blasts of our national pastime took on the stature of peacetime symbols of America's newly established military dominance. After all, Hank Greenberg, the first Jewish slugger in the game, said that when he had hit his home runs from the mid-1930s into the 1940s, he had hit them against Hitler. In the 1950s, Mickey Mantle came to reflect the appearance and values of the dominant society in the world. He was the hero of America's romance with boldness, its celebration of power, a nation's Arthurian self-confidence in its strength during a time when we last thought that might did make right.Mickey poses for Boston photographer Ray Gallo at Fenway Park in 1956 while pursuing the Triple Crown. Mantle called it "the greatest photograph I've ever seen of myself." - The Mickey Mantle Museum, Cooperstown, N. Y., and Mr. Tom Catal and Mr. Andrew Vilacky.

About Tony Castro

Tony Castro is a former staff writer for Sports Illustrated who did graduate work on socio-psychology in American studies while a Nieman Fellow at Harvard. He currently writes for the Los Angeles Daily News, and his work has also appeared in the Los Angeles Times, the Washington Post, and other publications. Castro lives in Beverly Hills, California.

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Author : Tony Castro
Publisher : Potomac Books Inc
Data Published : 28 February 2008
ISBN : 1597971715
EAN : 9781597971713
Format Book : PDF, Epub, DOCx, TXT
Number of Pages : 358 pages
Age + : 15 years
Language : English
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