Our Movie Reviews Joe DiMaggio
The Hero's Life

Author: Richard Ben Cramer
Average Rating: 2 out of 5 stars
Last Reviewed On: December 13, 2000 (by Scott)
(Audible version)

Scott's Review:
2 out of 5 stars on December 13, 2000

There is one thing that this book does prove. They're all jerks. After you get a certain amount of money, it seems as if you're need to the world how much better than anyone else that you are.

I guess part of the reason I'm being so cynical is that the author tried to sugar coat this truth, at least when it came to Joe DiMaggio, as much as he could. It was very clear that the author was a fan of DiMaggio, and truth be damned, everything he did was a good decision, and he could do no wrong.

If you can get over that, the story is a good one, about a fisherman's son who rose to greatness. Perhaps if the book had ended somewhere during DiMaggio's life as a baseball player, it would have been much easier to swallow, but it didn't. It goes on to his love affair with Marilyn Monroe, and I had a feeling much of that was guesses on the author's part. Then, it goes into the downward spiral, where Joe pretty much losses everything he had. Of course, since Joe is a hero, the big bad person isn't Joe, but rather the accountant. It may have been true, but it was hard to swallow after hearing about DiMaggio's interpersonal communication skills.

I think in the end, the book was so-so, but the person who was the subject of the book wasn't as great as everyone would have him be. Maybe he was a good baseball player, but there should be more to life than that.

-- Scott and Michelle