MOVE OVER BABE, THE MICK IS THE GREATEST * From Tony Castro, the award-winning, bestselling author of Mickey Mantle: America’s Prodigal Son and DiMag & Mick, comes the concluding book of his biographical trilogy — the player of whom even Joe DiMaggio begrudgingly told the author: “to say there was anyone better in the game, to say there was anyone better than Mantle is what we Italians would call ‘un sacco di stronzate,‘ a load of crap.”
“An American literary stylistic masterpiece… Tony Castro paints Mickey Mantle with the pinstripe magic of Garcia Marquez phantasmagoria and realism…” — Tom Wolfe
In Mantle: The Best There Ever Was,former Harvard classics scholar Tony Castro delivers a bold retelling of the Greek mythological hero Achilles from The Iliad in the powerful but doomed legendary baseball slugger who came to symbolize post-World War II American might in the 20th century. “Mantle’s life story has been told many times, but it’s never received as loving a treatment as this one,” raves Booklist in its Starred review.
Castro offers illuminating new insight into Mantle’s extraordinary career, including the head-turning conclusion based on the evolution of analytics that the beloved Yankee switch-hitter may ultimately win acclaim as having fulfilled the weighty expectations once placed on him: of being greater than even Babe Ruth.
"Mantle's life story has been told many times, but it's never received as loving a treatment as this one."
"An American literary stylistic masterpiece... Tony Castro paints Mickey Mantle with the pinstripe magic of Garcia Marquez phantasmagoria and realism..."
"Tony Castro scores a perfect 10 for #7 with his new bio of my childhood hero Mickey Mantle for whom I took subways with my brothers from Brooklyn to the Bronx in my childhood years when the Yankees were tbe only team in town. I've read many other books on The Mick in the years since but Castro has smacked a grand slam here, the best I ever read about 'The Best There Ever Was.'"
"If you wish to fully understand the complicated life of Mickey Mantle, Tony Castro has written an extraordinary book. There has been a library of books written on Mantle, but none will explain him the way this book does. For you millions of Mantle lovers,this book is "The Best There Ever Was." Don't you dare miss it."
"In this warm, intimate, and often startling book, Tony Castro relies on his own long relationship with Mickey Mantle, a great deal of research, and a remarkable series of interviews with the woman the Yankees star loved before, and during, his long marriage, to give us an unforgettable portrait of a man whose talent and accomplishments were matched only by the demons he couldn't escape. Mantle: The Best There Ever Was presents an American sports hero in all his glory, and all his torment."