Clemente: Book summary and reviews of Clemente by David Maraniss

Clemente

The Passion and Grace of Baseball's Last Hero

By David Maraniss

Clemente
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  • Published in USA  Apr 2006,
    416 pages.

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On New Year's Eve, 1972, following eighteen magnificent seasons in the major leagues, Roberto Clemente died a hero's death, killed in a plane crash as he attempted to deliver food and medical supplies to Nicaragua after a devastating earthquake. David Maraniss now brings the great baseball player brilliantly back to life in Clemente: The Passion and Grace of Baseball's Last Hero, a book destined to become a modern classic. Much like his acclaimed biography of Vince Lombardi, When Pride Still Mattered, Maraniss uses his narrative sweep and meticulous detail to capture the myth and a real man.

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"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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Rated 5 of 5 of 5 by joeoc123
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.

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David Maraniss is an associate editor at The Washington Post and the author of several critically acclaimed and bestselling books, including When Pride Still Mattered: A Life of Vince Lombardi, First in His Class: A Biography of Bill Clinton, They Marched Into Sunlight – War and Peace, Vietnam and America, October 1967, and Clemente – The Passion and Grace of Baseball’s Last Hero. He is also the author of The Clinton Enigma and coauthor of The Prince of Tennessee: Al Gore Meets His Fate and "Tell Newt to Shut Up!"

David is a three-time Pulitzer Prize finalist and won the Pulitzer for national reporting in 1993 for his newspaper coverage of then-presidential candidate Bill Clinton. He also was part of The Washington Post team that won a ...

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