Thursday, March 22, 2012
Book Review - The Last Hero: A Life of Henry Aaron
Aaron sounds like he was a difficult person to know which Bryant tells us a lot. Perhaps this is why I'm not sure I really know Aaron as a person. And maybe that's OK, I'm not sure Aaron really wants the general public to know him very well.
I recommend this book. There seem to be a lot of books about Aaron to choose from, just in a quick check on Amazon. I don't know how this book compares to any of the others. The danger in reading a biography of someone is that you never know how much the author's viewpoint and opinions color the story. On the whole, I'd say that Bryant was very complimentary while going into Aaron's more difficult side. His career long rivalry with Willie Mays, his long-time quarrel with Bowie Kuhn and the feeling of disrespect he felt after some early dealings with the Hall of Fame were discussed in detail.
This is the first book I read on a Kindle. This is a Kindle Touch. I got it as a safety prize from work. I didn't think I'd like the experience but I'm happy to say that reading on the Kindle was effortless and enjoyable. I did not buy the book but borrowed it through my local library. You get to keep it for 2 weeks and then it disappears from the Kindle (except for a link). The loan actually comes from Amazon. After the two weeks you get an option to buy the book, or rent it for another two weeks. It took me 3 weeks to read so I had to renew it. The process for the original rental and the renewal was easy. The Touch has a wireless 3G connection (or it can connect through your home network). It took about 10 seconds for the book to download.