The Last Boy: Mickey Mantle and the End of America’s Childhood by Jane Leavy is free today from the Amazon Kindle store, and you can pick up your free copy by clicking here or typing in http://amzn.to/ikw9Xo into your computer’s web browser. Please note this is an enhanced book with audio and video – if you have the Kindle for iPad, iPhone, or iPod Touch applications, you will receive the enhanced (and very large) version; if you have a regular Kindle like me, you will get the version without the enhanced video.
Here is the book’s description from the Amazon website:
The enhanced e-book of The Last Boy includes 30 minutes of video that provide unique analysis of Mantle’s left and right handed swings * Mantle memorabilia not found in the book * Insight into the structure of the book * And other information sure to interest Mantle and baseball fans.
Meticulously reported and elegantly written, The Last Boy weaves together the author’s own memories of Mickey Mantle with stories and reminiscences, both on and off the field, of a man who led the Yankees to seven world championships, was voted the American League’s MVP three times, won the Triple Crown in 1956 and dueled teammate Roger Maris in the thrilling 1961 chase for the single season home-run record — all the while battling crippling injuries and the lifelong drinking problem that eventually led to his death.