"Maraniss deftly balances baseball and loftier concerns like racism; he presents a nuanced picture of a ballplayer more complicated than the encomiums would suggest, while still wholly deserving them." - PW.
"A nuanced, expertly written life of much more than a sports hero." - Kirkus.
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Maraniss Clears the Bases with "Clemente"
David Maraniss' "Clemente" is another great portrayal of an outstanding sports figure who also happened to be a person to be emulated, not matter what his profession. Like Maraniss' account of Vince Lombardi in "When Pride Still Mattered", Clemente is perfectly portrayed with both flaws and heroics, both inside and outside the game. We see Roberto as he truly was, never selling himself short, never compromising principles that all of us would do well to live by.