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They lived in the headlines and on the edge. He was the most famous and probably the finest ballplayer of his generation. She was America's blonde. They were intense, impassioned lovers and long after that, gentle and loving friends. All that didn't work between Joe DiMaggio and Marilyn Monroe was their marriage.Here Roger Kahn describes the love, the joy, the heartbreak t They lived in the headlines and on the edge. He was the most famous and probably the finest ballplayer of his generation. She was America's blonde. They were intense, impassioned lovers and long after that, gentle and loving friends. All that didn't work between Joe DiMaggio and Marilyn Monroe was their marriage.Here Roger Kahn describes the love, the joy, the heartbreak that was Joe and Marilyn, one of the great poignant romances. Drawing on more than five years of research, Kahn gives us a DiMaggio who was almost as godlike as his legend on the diamond, but vulnerable and human off the field. With her knockabout childhood and her stormy starlet years, he presents a Marilyn of whom someone said: "She doesn't need a husband, she needs a salvation."


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They lived in the headlines and on the edge. He was the most famous and probably the finest ballplayer of his generation. She was America's blonde. They were intense, impassioned lovers and long after that, gentle and loving friends. All that didn't work between Joe DiMaggio and Marilyn Monroe was their marriage.Here Roger Kahn describes the love, the joy, the heartbreak t They lived in the headlines and on the edge. He was the most famous and probably the finest ballplayer of his generation. She was America's blonde. They were intense, impassioned lovers and long after that, gentle and loving friends. All that didn't work between Joe DiMaggio and Marilyn Monroe was their marriage.Here Roger Kahn describes the love, the joy, the heartbreak that was Joe and Marilyn, one of the great poignant romances. Drawing on more than five years of research, Kahn gives us a DiMaggio who was almost as godlike as his legend on the diamond, but vulnerable and human off the field. With her knockabout childhood and her stormy starlet years, he presents a Marilyn of whom someone said: "She doesn't need a husband, she needs a salvation."

30 review for Joe and Marilyn: The Tragic Love Story of Joe Dimaggio and Marilyn Monroe

  1. 5 out of 5

    Deena Scintilla

    Too much baseball & not enough "Joe & Marilyn". Sorry Yankee fans. Too much baseball & not enough "Joe & Marilyn". Sorry Yankee fans.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Elizabeth Periale

    http://xoxoxoe.blogspot.com/2012/07/j... "In Joe & Marilyn, published in 1986, author Roger Kahn, probably best known for his book The Boys of Summer, announces early on that he is convinced Marilyn had mental problems, was depressed, and killed herself. That is his opinion, and he is entitled to it, but such a sweeping, un-nuanced statement leaves out any other possible interpretations. And it also keeps his hero, Joe DiMaggio, at a safe distance." http://xoxoxoe.blogspot.com/2012/07/j... "In Joe & Marilyn, published in 1986, author Roger Kahn, probably best known for his book The Boys of Summer, announces early on that he is convinced Marilyn had mental problems, was depressed, and killed herself. That is his opinion, and he is entitled to it, but such a sweeping, un-nuanced statement leaves out any other possible interpretations. And it also keeps his hero, Joe DiMaggio, at a safe distance."

  3. 5 out of 5

    Frisco Del Rosario

    The trouble with "Joe and Marilyn" is that it wasn't long enough a relationship to carry a book, so 45 percent of it is about Joe and baseball, 45 percent of it is about Marilyn and Hollywood, and 10 percent — less than we'd hope, given the title — is about their intersecting paths. Roger Kahn is an outstanding writer and journalist, a pleasure to read in any event. The trouble with "Joe and Marilyn" is that it wasn't long enough a relationship to carry a book, so 45 percent of it is about Joe and baseball, 45 percent of it is about Marilyn and Hollywood, and 10 percent — less than we'd hope, given the title — is about their intersecting paths. Roger Kahn is an outstanding writer and journalist, a pleasure to read in any event.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Margaret

    Too much Joe Di Maggio, not enough Marilyn. Too little time dedicated to their actual relationship.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Jesika

    Of course I liked this book, I love Marilyn and it gave great insight to the psychology of Joe Dimaggio. You can understand why he wasthe way he was, after reading this.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Carol Palmer

    I picked up this book because I’m a fan of Marilyn Monroe. If you look at a list of Mr. Kahn’s books, they are all about spirts. This book is mainly about Joe DiMaggio. Only the last 25 pages is about Joe and Marilyn’s marriage. From what he writes about Joe DiMaggio, it is no surprise that his marriage to Marilyn didn’t work out. He doesn’t come off as an easy man to live with. I was disappointed that he didn’t write about their post-marriage friendship.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Monica

    The book leaves you wanting more, which is exactly what these two larger-than-life individuals did. There is more substance about Joe DiMaggio, less about Marilyn, and little of their relationship, which seems, again, a rather accurate rendering.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Kathleen Kalb

    Not the usual heartbreaking Joe and Marilyn saga. Kahn, being a sportswriter, treats Marilyn as if she were a kind of athlete too, bringing surprising new insight to the classic star-crossed romance. And of course, it's his writing, as always! Not the usual heartbreaking Joe and Marilyn saga. Kahn, being a sportswriter, treats Marilyn as if she were a kind of athlete too, bringing surprising new insight to the classic star-crossed romance. And of course, it's his writing, as always!

  9. 5 out of 5

    Donna

    This was ok. For one thing the author turned me off when he said Marilyn committed suicide. But I continued. As another GoodReads reader commented...there was not enough to write a book on their relationship. Instead, it was a good deal about Joe's life and a little about Marilyn. Since I didn't know much about Joe, it explained a good deal...still not sure how these personalities managed to get along at all....! Should have stayed an affair..:) A very hot one at that... This was ok. For one thing the author turned me off when he said Marilyn committed suicide. But I continued. As another GoodReads reader commented...there was not enough to write a book on their relationship. Instead, it was a good deal about Joe's life and a little about Marilyn. Since I didn't know much about Joe, it explained a good deal...still not sure how these personalities managed to get along at all....! Should have stayed an affair..:) A very hot one at that...

  10. 4 out of 5

    Daryl Dixon

    This writer is a real critic.Criticizing as is he is a perfect person.Anyway I like the flow of the book and the way writer has written down external factors effect to their lives.Also I think too much of baseball related stuff is written.Seems writer has depreciated Marilyn and appreciated Joe.He is a real sexist I guess.Anyway the book is a good one.Im glad I met this book even though it was 20-30 years old.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Debra Pawlak

    This book should have been called 'Joe'. Out of almost 300 pages, 'Marilyn' was mentioned in about 25 pages. DiMaggio's career was thoroughly tracked from his rookie year through his retirement including his stats, world series plays, records, etc. It's a good thing I like baseball or I wouldn't have been able to get through it. Oh yeah, and in the final chapter, Joe married Marilyn and their marriage lasted nine months and then they divorced. The end. This book should have been called 'Joe'. Out of almost 300 pages, 'Marilyn' was mentioned in about 25 pages. DiMaggio's career was thoroughly tracked from his rookie year through his retirement including his stats, world series plays, records, etc. It's a good thing I like baseball or I wouldn't have been able to get through it. Oh yeah, and in the final chapter, Joe married Marilyn and their marriage lasted nine months and then they divorced. The end.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Abdul

    Fascinating story about Joe DiMaggio and Marilyn Monroe. Most of the book is dedicated to their beginnings and rise to fame during an era long gone. The story ends with the 9 month marriage and ultimate suicide of Marilyn. If you like history/sports this is a great quick read.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Aprille

    Not as good as it could have been..sad..

  14. 4 out of 5

    Linda

    Too very different people.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Nicole

    Very little about the relationship, but a lot on Joe and a fair amount on Marilyn. Worth the read.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Richard

    Decent. Written in the 80's. Doesn't believe any of the conspiracy theories about Marilyn's death. She simply wanted to die more than live any more. Joe was basically a jerk. Decent. Written in the 80's. Doesn't believe any of the conspiracy theories about Marilyn's death. She simply wanted to die more than live any more. Joe was basically a jerk.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Midge

    Listened to the audio of the love story of Joe and Marilyn, their short but bittersweet marriage and divorce.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Jennifer Brewer

  19. 4 out of 5

    Don

  20. 4 out of 5

    Joe

  21. 4 out of 5

    Brice Fuqua

  22. 5 out of 5

    Lori

  23. 5 out of 5

    Dale Stonehouse

  24. 5 out of 5

    Nelson

  25. 5 out of 5

    Paige Murphy

  26. 4 out of 5

    Rose McClelland

  27. 5 out of 5

    Joanna

  28. 5 out of 5

    Rob Reboso

  29. 4 out of 5

    Lisa

  30. 5 out of 5

    Mary

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