Picks and Pans Review: Steinbrenner's Yankees

updated 08/09/1982 AT 01:00 AM EDT

originally published 08/09/1982 AT 01:00 AM EDT

by Ed Linn

With the New York Yankees suffering through a season that is typically turbulent but atypically lackluster, this is a good place to look for reasons why not to feel sorry for the team's owner and tantrum master, George Steinbrenner. Linn is a veteran sportswriter who wrote Veeck as in Wreck with Bill Veeck. Like Dick Schaap in his book Steinbrenner, Linn takes a mostly dispassionate view but details the Yankee owner's battles with his players, managers and chronic egomania ever since he bought into the team in 1973. Now Steinbrenner, having torn up the team that won a 1981 pennant, is confronting the ballooning result of what, Linn suggests, is his credo: "Winning, you're a human dynamo. Losing, you're the Fat Boy in a freak show." (Holt, Rinehart and Winston, $14.95)

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