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Hank Aaron and the Home Run That Changed America : Hank Aaron and the Pursuit of a Dream - Tom Stanton

Hank Aaron and the Home Run That Changed America

Hank Aaron and the Pursuit of a Dream

By: Tom Stanton

eBook | 15 December 2023

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This dramatic account of the record-breaking homer—and what Hank Aaron endured to achieve it—is "a story that transcends baseball" (Boston Herald).

Baseball has witnessed more than 125,000 home runs. Countless home runs have altered the outcome of baseball games. Some have decided pennants and become legend. But no dinger has had greater impact than Hank Aaron's 715th home run. His historic blast on April 8, 1974, lifted him above Babe Ruth on the all-time list, an achievement that shook not only baseball but our nation itself. Aaron's magnificent feat provoked bigotry and shattered prejudice, inspired a generation, emboldened a flagging civil rights movement, and called forth the demons that haunted Aaron's every step, turning what should have been a joyous pursuit into a hellish nightmare.

In this powerful recollection, Casey Award winner Tom Stanton penetrates the myth of Aaron's chase and uncovers the compelling story behind this most consequential athletic achievement. Five decades after Hank Aaron reached the pinnacle of the national pastime, Stanton unfolds a tale rich with drama, poignancy, and suspense that brings to life the elusive spirit of an American hero.

"Fascinating." —Publishers Weekly

"Baseball books rarely reach the heights of Stanton's . . . excellent." —Chicago Tribune

"Captures the drama of Aaron's drive to the record." —The New York Times Book Review

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"Stanton captures the embittering and, finally, uplifting sides of Aaron's personal story from that record-breaking campaign."
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