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Luckiest Man: The Life and Death of Lou Gehrig [Paperback]

Jonathan Eig
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  • Paperback: 420 pages
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster (1 Jan 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0743268938
  • ISBN-13: 978-0743268936
  • Product Dimensions: 23.4 x 15.6 x 2.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 598,453 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Jonathan Eig is the best-selling author of "Luckiest Man: The Life and Death of Lou Gehrig" and "Opening Day: The Story of Jackie Robinson's First Season." His next book, "Get Capone," is coming soon from Simon & Schuster. Eig is a former senior writer for The Wall Street Journal. He lives in Chicago with his wife and children. For more information, go to www.getcapone.com or wwww.jonathaneig.com.

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Luckiest Man Drawing on hundreds of new interviews and previously unpublished letters, this authoritative, comprehensive biography of New York Yankee Lou Gehrig--the "Iron Horse"--reveals one of the greatest baseball players of all time as readers have never seen him before. 40 photos. Full description

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5.0 out of 5 stars Great book on American baseball player 31 Jan 2006
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This is a wonderful book on American baseball player Lou Gehrig, full of history and anecdotes. The author does a fine job and writes wonderfully. Though you may have not the slightest interest in home runs or Babe Ruth, the story presented here of this amazing fellow is fascinating, moving.
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5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best sports biographies ever written 15 July 2010
By Nigel
Wonderful, evocative and emotional - Jonathan Eig's stunning biography of the great "Iron Horse" Lou Gehrig is simply one of the best sports books written, right up there with "The Fight" by Norman Mailer and "All Played Out" by Pete Davies.

Covering Gehrig's pre-Yankee life on through his stellar career with the Bronx Bombers and his incredible consecutive games streak until his sad early death from ALS, Eig vividly brings Gehrig and his peers to life so that when the inevitable conclusion occurs, it packs a real emotional punch.

Highly highly recommended. Go buy.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Baseball great 13 Sep 2011
Lou Gehrig comes out of this story as one of sport's gentlemen, a genuinely nice guy. He had a great career with the Yankees, playing wingman to Babe Ruth for much of his career. But all the way through the book, the reader is aware that it isn't going to be a happy ending. And when Gehrig's illness strikes, the way he humbly handles it leaves the reader full of sympathy and regret for a life cruelly cut short. Gehrig had a great career, but this book leaves me wondering how much greater it could have been had he been able to play on another couple of years.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Dear Old Lou 23 July 2009
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As an English baseball fan I love the stories of baseball legends, so this book though about a legend isn't legendary. It might be me but Lou Gehrig comes over as something of a bore. Good for knowing the facts and figures but if you want a rollicking good read this ain't it
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