Aaron was a steady Eddie. No flash, just a mind-numbing consistency that was hardly noticed outside of Milwaukee and, later, Atlanta, until he was on the verge of shattering the most sacred record in baseball, Babe Ruth’s 714 home runs. Breaking the record was a blessing and a curse. Doing it opened him to an onslaught of racist threats. Aaron had the last laugh, not only breaking the record but leaving the field as the record-holder and becoming an executive with the Braves. If he had one regret, it was that his record was broken in the steroid era. As his biographer, Howard Bryant, author of THE LAST HERO (Pantheon, $29.95), said in an interview, Barry Bonds is the record-holder, but Hank Aaron is the standard-bearer.

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Laura Hillenbrand’s new work, UNBROKEN (Random House, $27), is more than worth the nine-year wait since her last book. The author of Seabiscuit turns her eye this time to Louie Zamperini: recalcitrant juvenile delinquent, Olympic runner, WWII Army Airman, POW survivor, and ultimately a man who found God and the strength to forgive his tormentors and forge a happy life. Zamperini’s story, as improbable, resplendent, horrific, despondent, and triumphant as it is, reveals Hillenbrand’s fantastic skill in portraying Louie both as a staunch individualist, which allowed him to survive a difficult life, and as a touchstone for the times in which he lived.

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Published: Random House - November 16th, 2010

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When people say “they don’t write ‘em like that anymore,” people are referring to writers like Gay Talese. THE  SILENT SEASON OF A HERO (Walker, $16) is a mandatory collection of essays for any sports-lover with a sense of history. “The Silent Season of a Hero,” “Ali in Havana,” and “The Loneliest Guy in Boxing” are alone worth the price of this book. Story after story shows Talese’s gifts: his muscular style, with never a word wasted; the angles of approach to a narrative that other writers could never see; the vivid details that put us momentarily inside the story, looking out. Luckily for us, Talese wrote  ’em like that, and he still does.

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