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56: Joe DiMaggio and the Last Magic Number in Sports
By Kostya Kennedy
(Sports Illustrated Books, $27)

In the summer of 1941, Yankee legend Joe DiMaggio embarked on a breathtaking 56-game hitting streak that has never since been rivaled. In 56, Kostya Kennedy of Sports Illustrated describes DiMaggio’s legendary feat in panoramic detail, bringing us inside DiMaggio’s world as he tries to remain focused despite intense media scrutiny. Exploring the psychology of streaks, Kennedy gives readers a front-row seat to baseball history and illustrates how the streak captured a nation that was drifting toward war.