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“Einstein uses history and Willie Mays interchangeably, and it works. . . . He cares, has a rich memory, and can write up a storm.”New York Times Book Review


“[O]ne of the best nostalgia books in years.”Boston Globe



Willie’s Time is the story of an era—a beautifully written memoir of a tempestuous, complicated, devastating, and exhilarating period in America—twenty-three years that paralleled the baseball career of the most gifted and exciting player in history.”—Gene Shalit, the Today Show

 

“One can only recall lovingly the man and his joyous vitality—and this Einstein does brilliantly. He masterfully superimposes Mays’s career onto the political and social events that framed it.”—Library Journal

 

“Absorbing reading.”Publishers Weekly

 

“Entertaining, enjoyable, and, yes, even educational . . . Charles Einstein’s memoir of the life and times of Willie Mays is a superb blend of sports lore and American history.”Christian Science Monitor

 

“Baseball fans of whatever vintage, as well as anyone interested in recapturing a slice of the past, should greatly enjoy this knowledgeable and affectionate biography.”New York Post

 

“A private, guarded man, Willie Mays isn’t easy to know. Einstein seems to know him well. He writes boldly, with love, and from direct experience. The result is a degree of insight that an impersonal history couldn’t achieve.”Denver Post

 

“Mays had such a glittering career that merely describing the highlights would be entertaining enough. But Einstein does more. He sets the scene. He seeks out the unusual quote. He finds the perfect anecdote. He unearths some choice tidbits that are pure delight.”Newsday

 

Willie’s Time is a splendid book . . . a moving story, thorough and warm, filled with rich humor and wry anecdote.”The Sporting News

 

“Einstein relates baseball life to American life as few recent writers have.”            Forth Worth Star-Telegram

 

“Einstein documents the crucial role of baseball in the civil rights struggle, drawing a skillful and loving picture of Willie Mays as the archetypal athlete of our time.”

Los Angeles Times

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review by . March 07, 2013
I was a boy turning toward teenhood and puberty, and deeply committed to the Pittsburgh Pirates when Willie Mays retired, and I vaguely remember him as too old, feeble, bordering pathetic in his absurd New York Mets uniform.  Einstein tells a different and fascinating story of Mays through the spectrum of the Presidents and the country they lead during the 23-year span of Mays's career.  At times, with Einstein's meandering, parenthetical style (sometimes inserting two anecdotal …
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