Monday, August 25, 2008

The Last Night of the Yankee Dynasty: The Game, The Team, and the Cost of Greatness. - By: Buster Olney

This book comes from a genre that is becoming common, the story
behind a game. The book follows a single baseball game, but goes much deeper into the people within the story. More than a story about a game, it evolves into a collection of biographies of people who happen to be involved in the game. If you’re trying to follow the game along, it can be difficult at times. It becomes tricky to remember which inning the game was in after a ten-page segment on David Cone. However, if your intent is to learn about the people, than this is a great way to do it.

The best part of this book is that it involves the collapse of the Yankees. Olney, who might as well tattoo pinstripes on his chest, is able to provide intimate details into the lives of the Yankee Players. The book might have been easier to follow if it just admitted it was an anthology of biographies. It would have been just as powerful if it didn’t try to stuff in game detail where it didn’t belong. Still, a wonderful read, and well worth picking up.

Rating: 3 bases.

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