Review roundup: Cinema Retro covers Richard Sandomir’s book on TPOTY

January 14, 2018

I always get a kick out of finding reviews of baseball books in unlikely places. In this case, it’s actually kind of a natural, since this title cross multiple genres.

Even though it touts itself as “The Essential Guide to Movies of the ’60s and ’70s,” CinemaRetro offers this piece on Richard Sandomir’s The Pride of the Yankees: Lou Gehrig, Gary Cooper, and the Making of a Classic.

Key points:

  • “This work is an impressive look at not only the making of the film, but also its cultural impact.”
  • “When reading the making of chapters of any book that discusses a film in detail, it’s always interesting to see who emerges as the main characters in the story behind the story. “
  • “Just as the makers of the movie had to deal with the conundrum of trying to figure out how much actual baseball to have in the film, the author of a book about a baseball movie has to balance those two seemingly opposite entities.”

And the upshot: “The Pride of The Yankees: Lou Gehrig, Gary Cooper, and The Making of a Classic is an excellent book and a great look at the making of what may just be the greatest sports movie of all time.”

You can listen to the Bookshelf Conversation with Richard Sandomir here.

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