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Topic - Jane Leavy
The affair between retired Army Gen. David Petraeus and author Paula Broadwell is but an extreme example of the love/hate history between biographers and their subjects.
The affair between retired Army Gen. David H. Petraeus and author Paula Broadwell is but an extreme example of the love/hate history between biographers and their subjects.
What better time, here in the midst of this glorious Natitudinal season of 2012, to read a book about the dreaded New York Yankees? Our team has done well, so we can afford to be large-hearted and give them their due. And what a due it is, historically speaking. Let's be honest: No team in the annals of baseball has as storied a history as the New York Yankees.
"The past is hard to escape, especially when it comes to [Sandy] Koufax. By not taking the mound for the Dodgers against the Twins on Oct. 6, 1965, on the Day of Atonement, the holiest day on the Jewish calendar, he became a cultural touchstone," writes Alan Siegel at the Atlantic.
If Washington is still waiting for redemption as a 21st-century baseball town, it may still have to wait a bit longer. But what Washington has lacked on the playing field is made up for in the literary field. Five important baseball narratives and biographies have been or will be published by local authors over the next nine months.
"He was multidimensional and far more complicated than the hagiographic biographies I read in school or the dark stories about him being a womanizer and an offensive drunk," she says. "No one is one way or another. The fact he was horrible to his wife doesn't invalidate his skill. So the task became why he treated people the way he did. And that's the biographer's job."
Jane Leavy, author of a well-regarded biography of Mickey Mantle, said she had a hard time starting the book because of her childhood worship for the New York Yankees star.