The Last Hero A Life of Henry Aaron Author:Howard Bryant Since retirement, Henry Aaron's reputation has only grown in magnitude: he broke existing records and set new ones. But his influence extends beyond statistics. Based on meticulous research and interviews . . . Howard Bryant documents everything from Aaron's childhood to his historic rivalry with Willie Mays - all culminating in his shattering... more » of Babe Ruth's all-time home-run record. Bryant also examines Aaron's more complex second act: his quest to become an important voice beyond the ball field, and his disappointment that his career home-run record was broken by Barry Bonds during the steroid era, baseball's greatest scandal. Bryant reveals how Aaron navigated the upheavals of his time and how he achieved his goal of continuing Jackie Robinson's mission to obtain full equality for African Americans. This is a revelatory portrait of a complicated, private man who through sports became an enduring American icon.