Joe DiMaggio

Joe DiMaggio

The Hero's Life

By Richard Ben Cramer

Simon & Schuster, Hardcover, 9780684853918, 560pp.

Publication Date: October 17, 2000

From the Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Richard Ben Cramer, here is the definitive story of Joe DiMaggio's life -- the story that DiMaggio never would tell. This groundbreaking biography of DiMaggio -- from his first game with the Yankees in the 1930's through his rise to national hero status, and onto his lonely and mysterious death last year -- reveals startling information about his life, but becomes much more than one man's story. In Cramer's hands, DiMaggio's complicated life befomes, too, the story of America's media machine, the invention of a national celebrity in America, and the ways in which fame can both build and destroy.

About the Author

Richard Ben Cramer won the Pulitzer Prize for Middle East reporting in 1979. His journalism has appeared in Time, Newsweek, The New York Times Magazine, Esquire, and Rolling Stone. He is the author of the bestselling Joe DiMaggio: The Hero's Life and the classic of modern American politics, What It Takes: The Way to the White House. He lives on Maryland's Eastern Shore.