Books by Allen Barra

MICKEY AND WILLIE by Allen Barra
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 14, 2013

"Ages are "golden" only in misty-eyed retrospect, but Barra excels at showing these athletes' superhuman abilities and all-too-human frailties."
Veteran sports journalist and biographer Barra (Yogi Berra, 2009, etc.) returns with a dual biography of two of baseball's all-time greats. Read full book review >
RICKWOOD FIELD by Allen Barra
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: July 26, 2010

"More than the story of a ballpark, but also of memories, both good and bad, that should be preserved."
Wall Street Journal sports columnist Barra (Yogi Berra: Eternal Yankee, 2009, etc.) weaves discussions of baseball and race into his history of Rickwood Field in Birmingham, Ala. Read full book review >
YOGI BERRA by Allen Barra
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: March 1, 2009

"A superior sports book bound to interest more than just die-hard fans, ranking with classics like Robert Creamer's Babe: The Legend Comes to Life (1974) and Richard Ben Cramer's Joe DiMaggio: The Hero's Life (2000)."
A full-scale biography of the most quoted and, possibly, the most underrated player in baseball history. Read full book review >
CLEARING THE BASES by Allen Barra
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: April 23, 2002

"A bit technical and statistics-oriented for the uninitiated, but sports buffs and bleacher bums will delight in Barra's unconventional essays."
Opinionated pieces by Wall Street Journal and Salon.com columnist Barra (Inventing Wyatt Earp, 1998, etc.) lovingly examine baseball's most enduring controversies. Read full book review >
INVENTING WYATT EARP by Allen Barra
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Dec. 1, 1998

"A thorough documentary revision of the Western genre's customary fantasy. (16 pages color and b&w photos, not seen)"
A worthy attempt to prospect for facts amid the mists of myth and partisan hearsay long clouding the story of gambler and frontier marshal Earp, his brothers, friends, and foes, especially in the silver mining camp of Tombstone, Ariz. Read full book review >