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Book review: 'The Last Boy' by Jane Leavy
Book review: 'The Last Boy' by Jane Leavy

The Last Boy Mickey Mantle and the End of America's Childhood Jane Leavy Harper: 456 pp., $27.99 As a young girl growing up in the Bronx, Jane Leavy was enthralled not only by Mickey Mantle's amazing ability — at his best, he was as great as any center fielder in the history of baseball — but by his blond, blue-eyed good looks, superman physique and country-boy innocence. There are players today who are just as great and graceful — Alex Rodriguez and Josh Hamilton come to mind — but even kids who thrill to their exploits on the field are probably too wise to venerate them or fall in love, the way Leavy and countless other young fans fell in love with...

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