THE BEST BOOK EVER WRITTEN ABOUT BOSTON
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This one's a line-drive home run, right out of the ballpark!
Ben Bradlee Jr., author of Little-Brown's THE KID, has done a masterful job of capturing the real Ted Williams between the covers of this 855-page book.
Don't be concerned about the length of this opus. There's not a dull page in it. We can't recall the last time we were more impressed with a sports bio than this one.
There have been fine Ted Williams biographies over the years. TED WILLIAMS, A BASEBALL LIFE by Michael Seidel; HITTER: THE LIFE AND TURMOILS OF TED WILLIAMS by Ed Linn, and LEIGH MONTVILLE's best-seller, TED WILLIAMS: THE BIOGRAPHY OF AN AMERICAN HERO.
But take it from us. THE KID is the quintessential book on the life of the greatest hitter baseball has ever seen. The last player to hit over .400 in a season, Ted was a tortured soul.
TED HID ETHNIC BACKGROUND
Bradlee tells us of Williams' wretched childhood growing up in San Diego, with a mother so fanatical for the Salvation Army she rarely had time for her sons - Theodore Samuel Williams and his troubled brother Danny.
We learn that Williams, a lifelong Republican, was half-Mexican. His three marriages are covered extensively. So are his dysfunctional children: Bobby-Jo, Claudia, and John-Henry Williams.
He was the son from hell! And many people whose path John-Henry crossed would like to think that is where he is now, since the greedy and obnoxious liar and cheat died at age 35, not long after shipping off his famous father to an outfit in Arizona that "freezes" bodies for later resurrection.
That's right. Ted Williams' corpse is hanging upside down in a cylinder, his severed head in another section of the metal tube. One hell a horrible end for a man who fought for his country in two wars and raised millions of dollars for sick children via the Jimmy Fund.
The apple doesn't fall far from the tree, and Bradlee, whose famous father was editor of the Washington POST during the Watergate era, is a very gifted writer. His breezy style is refreshing and his story-telling superb.
THE KID should shoot right to the top of the best-seller list. Every fan of Ted Williams and the Boston Red Sox must have this book. It's that good.
We give it our top rating - five stars.