• Title: 56: Joe DiMaggio and the Last Magic Number in Sports
  • Author: Kostya Kennedy
  • Released: 2011-03-08
  • Language: English
  • Pages: 368
  • ISBN: 1603201777
  • ISBN13: 978-1603201773
  • ASIN: 1603201777
Review "A wonderful book. And what may be the last word on a record that may last forever." (Gay Talese)

"Kostya Kennedy rescues The Streak from the numberish precinct of the record book and brings it back to the realm of drama which it dominated in 1941. He follows the ripples of DiMaggio's doings to the wide world beyond baseball and delivers to us a tale that's a delight."
(Richard Ben Cramer)

"56-the number alone still has meaning, but there is a compelling and textured story behind it, a story that pre- and postdates the summer of 1941. Kostya Kennedy tells that story beautifully."
(Bob Costas)

Kostya Kennedy's "56" is one fine book. It gracefully brings us back to that sunbright, terrifying year, 1941, just before the United States was plunged into World War II. And it does a splendid job of humanizing a gifted, headstrong and difficult man. Mr. Kennedy gives us DiMaggio through that great hitting streak until we can all but feel The Jolter's pride and passion for perfection. (Mr. Kennedy also throws in a gentle mini-portrait of that most ungentle character Pete Rose.)

Is the 56-game streak the most remarkable of baseball records? You can debate the matter at any sports bar. Beyond debate is that "56" is the best baseball book to appear in many a season.

(Roger Kahn)

Kennedy combines the sweep of a historian, the narrative power of a novelist and the passion of a fan.

(Newsday)

About the Author Kostya Kennedy, a senior editor at Sports Illustrated, writes on a wide range of subjects. Before joining SI, he was a staff writer at Newsday and contributed to The New York Times and The New Yorker. He earned an M.S. from Columbia University's Graduate School of Journalism, from which he received a Pulitzer Fellowship. He lives with his wife and children in Westchester County, N.Y.

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