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Dayn Perry wrote for ESPN.com and Baseball Prospectus before becoming a baseball columnist with FOXSports.com. He is the author of Winners: How Good Baseball Teams Become Great Ones, and he lives with his family in Chicago, Illinois.
This unauthorized biography of talented, controversial, and memorable major leaguer Jackson enters an already full field, including Jackson's own Reggie and Roger Kahn's acclaimed October Men. Sportswriter Perry (Foxsports.com) approaches his subject from a different angle. He attempts to debunk a lot of the assertions Jackson made about himself in his childhood (mainly relating to racism) and in his dealings with team administrators in Oakland, Baltimore, New York, and Anaheim, CA. For example, Jackson told a story of being discriminated against while playing a team in Florida, but Perry insists it wasn't true. In his notes on sources, Perry writes "at certain points in the book, I enter Reggie's head and presume to communicate his thoughts." Jackson himself chose not to be involved in writing this book, whose mission seems to be to argue against Jackson's own take on his life and career. VERDICT Not recommended. Readers should stick to one of the books above or others that cover Jackson and/or the Yankees in the late 1970s. (Photos and index not seen.)-Todd Spires, Bradley Univ. Lib., Peoria, IL Copyright 2010 Reed Business Information.