George Steinbrenner: Job-Creating Hero, or Snarling Villain?

Reading between the lines.
May 5 2012 12:02 AM

The Yankees From Both Sides of the Plate

Two new books paint very different pictures of the House That Ruth Built.

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Two new books explore the myth, the majesty, and the maleficence of the New York Yankees. One, Damn Yankees, is written by an array of reporters, humorists, and novelists. The other, Pinstripe Empire, is written by the Yankees’ former PR director Marty Appel. Which paints a truer picture of life in the House That Ruth Built? You be the judge.

See the rest of the pieces in the new Slate Book Review.

Photograph of George Steinbrenner courtesy New York Yankees and Major League Baseball. Photograph of a baseball by iStockphoto. Photograph of Johnny Damon by Stephen Dunn/Getty Images. Photograph of Randy Johnson by Jeff Gross/Getty Images. Photograph of Gary Sheffield by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images. Photograph of George Steinbrenner by Al Bello /Allsport. Photograph of Billy Martin by Jonathan Daniel/Stringer. Photograph of Derek Jeter by Nick Laham/Getty Images. Photograph of Billy Crystal by Vincent Laforet/Getty Images.

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Sara Cardace is a freelance writer and editor whose work has appeared in New York, the Washington Post, the New York Post, NYO Magazine, and other publications.

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