The Last Hero A Life of Henry Aaron Author:Howard Bryant The first definitive biography of Henry Aaron -- baseball’s great home-run champion and one of its most enduring legends. — As the steroid controversy has increasingly tarnished baseball’s image, Hank Aaron’s achievements have come to seem all the more remarkable: the first player to pass Babe Ruth in home runs, Aaron he... more »ld that record for thirty-three years while shattering other records (RBIs, total bases, extra-base hits) and setting new ones (hitting at least thirty home runs per season fifteen times). But his achievements run much deeper than his stats. Chronicling the social upÂheavals of the years during which Aaron played (1954 to 1976), Howard Bryant shows us how the dignity and determination with which he stood against racism -- on and off the field, and as one of the first blacks in baseball’s upper management -- helped transform the role and significance of the professional black athlete and turn Aaron into an national icon.
Eloquently written, detailed, and penetrating, this is a revelatory portrait of both the great ballplayer and the complicated private man.« less
This is a great biography because it doesn't just tell the story of Aaron's life, beginning to present, it also interweaves a lot of social history which is extremely relevant to his experiences but which a lot of other biographies leave out. There's also a great chapter with an in-depth history of the Braves franchise, which is nice for Braves fans like me or anyone interested in historical baseball. Well-written and easy to read, even at over 600 pages, this is a great look at a man who overcame enormous challenges and became one of the greatest to ever play the game.