The bleacher crowd who may expect another rehashing of Ruth's heroics, hassles, and lusty appetites should be forewarned. Not to be confused with Creamer's (see above) Babe, this book has a dual purpose for it attempts to place the Sultan of Swat in relation to society at large. Thus, for every historic homer there's just as much ink on the Roaring Twenties and Prohibition, Jimmy Walker and Lindbergh. From the social character of Boston where Ruth began as a Red Sox pitcher in 1914 -- to his Yankee days during the Depression, Ruth and his game are juxtaposed against ""the intricately woven structure of business, crime and politics."" However original the author's intention, it's not totally satisfactory as a combination biography-history.