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Dinner with DiMaggio: Memories of An American Hero (edició 2017)

de Dr. Rock Positano (Autor), John Positano (Autor), Francis Ford Coppola (Pròleg)

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"The real Joe DiMaggio, remembered by the man who knew him best in the last decade of his life--candid and little-known stories about icons from Ted Williams, Lou Gehrig, and his Yankees teammates on the field to Marilyn Monroe, Frank Sinatra, and other great celebrities off the field. Dr. Rock Positano, an internationally renowned foot specialist in New York City, was introduced to Joe DiMaggio by the dean of New York sports writers, Bill Gallo, in 1990. The Yankee Clipper's career-ending heel spur injury and botched surgeries brought them together. During the time Dr. Positano successfully treated the Yankee Clipper, a friendship slowly developed. As Dr. Positano would learn, DiMaggio moved very carefully and deliberately. Dinner with DiMaggio follows the story of their friendship from its star-struck beginning through all its highs and lows over the next decade. Forty years younger than DiMaggio, Dr. Positano became a surrogate son at a time when his actual son was suffering from substance-abuse problems. Positano's accounts of their times together reveal DiMaggio's many rituals and quirks: the same meals at the same restaurants, the same pals in New York and Florida, jacket and tie everywhere. At the pinnacle of his fame, DiMaggio had learned to be guarded and carefully managed his image and private life. As his trust in his young friend grew, DiMaggio opened up about Marilyn, but also about his first wife, Dorothy Arnold, the mother of his son and the real love of his life. The Yankee Clipper knew everyone, and Positano shares never-before-told stories of famous people DiMaggio admired and those he didn't. This is DiMaggio as he really was: sometimes cranky and calculating, but more often charming, generous, loyal, and always big-hearted when it came to kids. The stories and experiences he shared with Rock Positano comprise an intimate portrait of one of the great stars of baseball and one of the icons of the twentieth century"-- "Revealing and little-known stories of the great Yankees Hall of Famer from the man who knew him best in the last ten years of his life -- from Ted Williams and his Yankees teammates on the field to Marilyn Monroe, Frank Sinatra, and other great celebrities off the field"--… (més)
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Títol:Dinner with DiMaggio: Memories of An American Hero
Autors:Dr. Rock Positano (Autor)
Altres autors:John Positano (Autor), Francis Ford Coppola (Pròleg)
Informació:Simon & Schuster (2017), Edition: Complete Numbers Starting with 1, 1st Ed, 368 pages
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An engrossing book, full of vignettes of a look at the great Joe DiMaggio, famed Yankee center fielder, through the eyes of one of his latest friends. Dr. Rock Positano was a new, young podiatrist in New York City who believed in non-surgical treatments for foot problems. Joe DiMaggio had his Major League career cut short from a botched operation to remove a heel spur. They met, and over a period of a few years became good friends. And then great friends.

They dined whenever DiMaggio was in NYC, and Dr. Positano's growing knowledge of this famous man is captured around Italian restaurant tables in New York. Of course, these dinners did not come about without sacrifice: Dr. Positano had to put his life and his practice on hold when he got that call, but he learned about the many secrets and twists that made this man known and beloved by millions.

For fans of baseball, or New York City, or even those who wonder how fame changes one (and how to cope when it does), this is a must-read book. The chapters start with a bit out of DiMaggio's personal journals and while they are not necessarily in chronological order, the dinners do grow in depth and understanding of how these two men formed a strong and worthwhile friendship. ( )
  threadnsong | Jun 21, 2020 |
Dr. Positano's memories of the ten years during which he became a close confidante of the greatest Yankee centerfielder who ever played the game, Joe Dimaggo, is one of the best baseball books I've ever read - even though it is not really about baseball. Rather, "Dinners with Dimaggio" is all about Joe Dimaggio, the man, and what made him the glorious human being that he was.

Dimaggio was certainly no saint, despite his best efforts to keep his too human flaws hidden from the rest of us. Joe Dimaggio, in his own mind, had an image to maintain, one of utter professionalism and perfection in every way, and he did his very best to live up to that image. It took people like Dr. Rock Positano to help Joe maintain that image, and the three or four people whom Joe took into his complete confidence and trust were completely loyal to helping Joe maintain that image. They would, and did, do anything for the man.

Fans of Joe Dimaggio will be treated to a side of the man that they could only wonder about in the past because "Dinner with Dimaggio" is a true revelation, a book that I will long remember, a book about a man I never saw play the game but have admired for my entire life. Joe was human after all, and I love him for it. ( )
  SamSattler | Sep 12, 2018 |
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"The real Joe DiMaggio, remembered by the man who knew him best in the last decade of his life--candid and little-known stories about icons from Ted Williams, Lou Gehrig, and his Yankees teammates on the field to Marilyn Monroe, Frank Sinatra, and other great celebrities off the field. Dr. Rock Positano, an internationally renowned foot specialist in New York City, was introduced to Joe DiMaggio by the dean of New York sports writers, Bill Gallo, in 1990. The Yankee Clipper's career-ending heel spur injury and botched surgeries brought them together. During the time Dr. Positano successfully treated the Yankee Clipper, a friendship slowly developed. As Dr. Positano would learn, DiMaggio moved very carefully and deliberately. Dinner with DiMaggio follows the story of their friendship from its star-struck beginning through all its highs and lows over the next decade. Forty years younger than DiMaggio, Dr. Positano became a surrogate son at a time when his actual son was suffering from substance-abuse problems. Positano's accounts of their times together reveal DiMaggio's many rituals and quirks: the same meals at the same restaurants, the same pals in New York and Florida, jacket and tie everywhere. At the pinnacle of his fame, DiMaggio had learned to be guarded and carefully managed his image and private life. As his trust in his young friend grew, DiMaggio opened up about Marilyn, but also about his first wife, Dorothy Arnold, the mother of his son and the real love of his life. The Yankee Clipper knew everyone, and Positano shares never-before-told stories of famous people DiMaggio admired and those he didn't. This is DiMaggio as he really was: sometimes cranky and calculating, but more often charming, generous, loyal, and always big-hearted when it came to kids. The stories and experiences he shared with Rock Positano comprise an intimate portrait of one of the great stars of baseball and one of the icons of the twentieth century"-- "Revealing and little-known stories of the great Yankees Hall of Famer from the man who knew him best in the last ten years of his life -- from Ted Williams and his Yankees teammates on the field to Marilyn Monroe, Frank Sinatra, and other great celebrities off the field"--

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