Here's a new review of Monteville's book about TW. [+. Apparently, it's a tome of a book-- exhaustive and unfocused with lots of retreaded material and tiring to read. I think Monteville probably failed to hit a home run with this book by the sounds of it. He should have chosen a particular angle, and with TW that would have to be "how to hit a baseball". I think reviewing TW's life always needs to be done in the context of what TW's focus was. More needs to be said on how he managed to hit the ball so often. Monteville does quote TW, according to this review, on hitting the ball at the top in the first half of the game, and hitting it at the bottom at in the second half. I've never heard that. I wonder if players use that strategy today?
As far as understanding TW goes, I think the best book to read would be "The Science of Hitting". If any one book represents him as his best self, it would have to be that. I've been meaning to get a look a copy but haven't managed to do so yet. It represents the closest possible connection to science, too, which would be interesting to cryonicists.
I think Montville's book is the best ever written on TW. Truthful, revealing, unbiased.
Rather than just reciting statisics and play by play, he describes the influences of his life as those things are happening, and brings in the people who knew him to let you know how he thought and reacted to them.
I'm not sure what review you linked, so far I've only read one bad one.
Do you read books or just reviews?
BTW, I doubt the "Science of Hitting" is as much about science as you're imagining. I'll reread my copy and give you a synopsis, since you haven't looked at one.