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New Mickey Mantle bio resonates today

Jane Leavy's book is a lesson for athletes living The Mick's 'anything-goes' lifestyle

Updated: November 4, 2010, 4:39 PM ET
By Johnette Howard | ESPN.com

If you think back over the raw and rollicking tradition of tell-all sports books, many of the revelations in "The Last Boy," Jane Leavy's beautifully drawn new biography of Mickey Mantle, are not particularly explosive. But the book and its acute insights come along at an interesting time for superstars and sports. Remember when an "anything-goes" jock like Mantle was winked at and celebrated as the luckiest guy on Earth? Imagine the broads, the booze, the endless parties and big-bucks extravagances. ...

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