Randy Roberts' & Johnny Smith's A SEASON IN THE SUN "is baseball: thrilling, heroic, enduring"
Brush up on your baseball history and Mickey Mantle's monumental 1956 season, just in time for the New York Yankees Opening Day on March 29th. In A SEASON IN THE SUN: The Rise of Mickey Mantle, released on March 27th through Basic Books, acclaimed historians Randy Roberts & Johnny Smith explore the defining moment of the American icon's career, and his path to becoming one of the most celebrated and recognizable athletes of his time.
Taking us from the action on the diamond to Mantle's off-the-field exploits, Roberts and Smith depict Mantle not as an ideal role model or a bitter alcoholic, but a complex man whose faults were smoothed over by sportswriters eager to keep the truth about sports heroes at bay. An incisive portrait of an American icon, A SEASON IN THE SUN is an essential work for baseball fans and anyone interested in the 1950s.
Other praise for A SEASON IN THE SUN:
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"It is not hard to believe that if Mickey Mantle had been healthy and took better care of his body, he would probably be remembered as the best baseball player ever. This excellent book proves why."―Ken Burns
"Mickey Mantle was a genuinely great baseball player. But at his very best, he was among the greatest of the great. A Season in the Sun vividly illuminates the Mickey Mantle of 1956, when he was at his very best."―Bob Costas, NBC Sports
"A brisk account of a career and a culture that presages much of our current-day obsession with celebrity."―Kirkus Reviews
"This is a rich, detailed exploration of the Mantle legend." ―Publishers Weekly
"I loved A Season in the Sun. This compelling book on Mickey Mantle at his greatest and most vulnerable illuminates history and shatters myths at the same time."―David Maraniss, author of Clemente: The Passion and Grace of Baseball's Last Hero
"Sex, booze, and an epic home-run race with a ghost: 1956 was a raucous year in baseball, richly recounted here.... A Season in the Sun is a shimmering snow globe of a game and a time gone by."―John Thorn, official historian, Major League Baseball
"A Season in the Sun is the best book on Mickey Mantle that I've read by some margin.... Randy Roberts and Johnny Smith stitch together not only a damn good baseball story--I found the game-by-game arc very compelling--but also link Mantle to his times in a way that really makes the book stand out. It's informative, thoughtful, and without being hokey or hagiographic, it is almost a love letter to a lost and often misunderstood period of baseball history."―Nathan Corzine, author of Team Chemistry: The History of Drugs and Alcohol in Major League Baseball
"From the title to its protagonist, A Season in the Sun is baseball: thrilling, heroic, enduring. Mickey Mantle and his times return to us flawed yet still fabulous. Even 60 years later, some stories are so good, they never get old."―Howard Bryant, author of The Last Hero: A Life of Henry Aaron
Pick up your copy of A SEAON IN THE SUN here.