He is a genius, a bully, a bad loser, a generous millionaire, and a convicted felon. He was once the spokesman for National Bible Week and was featured in PLAYGIRL MAGAZINE as one of America's 10 Sexiest Men. He has raised money and supported the campaigns of both Sen. Ted Kennedy and President Richard Nixon. Obviously, this man is neither simple nor predictable. Who is it? This profile speaks of George M. Steinbrenner III, patriot and entrenpreneur. When he became part of the group that purchased the New York Yankees from CBS, Steinbrenner was practically unknown outside of his home town of Cleveland. Since then, as the Yankee's principle owner, he has reestablished the team's winning tradition and turned the Yankees into one of the most valuable sport franchises in the world. What makes this man the force that he is? Author, sportswriter and broadcast journalist Dick Schaap decided to find out, and his research led to this fascinating and fair biography of the life and times of "King George". When Steinbrenner found out that Schaap was doing this book, he tried to get ABC, Schapp's employer, to make him abort the project. When this failed, Steinbrenner told his family, friends, and employees, in no uncertain terms, not to co-operate with the project. But Schaap was undeterred, and the result of his digging led to what many have called the most insightful picture of the complex Steinbrenner ever written. In these pages, Schaap details both the "good" and the "bad" George Steinbrenner, showing the forces that have shaped and motivated both aspects of the man. Like him or despise him---you can't ignore STEINBRENNER---and this book explains why.
Enjoyable read. A must for Yankee fans.