I have four copies of the brand new biography Willie Mays Aikens: Safe at Home by Gregory Jordan. I just got them in the mail today and will have a review of the book up as soon as I finish it. Here is the press release that was sent with the books:
The man who went from Major League stardom to solitary confinement and his struggle for redemption
In 1980, Willie Mays Aikens became the first Major League Baseball player to hit two home runs in one game twice in a World Series and was tabbed by many as the "next Reggie Jackson." But ignoring the advice of his wiser teammates, Aikens drove himself out of baseball and into one of the longest prison sentences ever given to a professional athlete - 20 years and eight months. The culprits: his neediness and gullibility, crack cocaine, and a criminal justice system dead set on punishing, rather than rehabilitating.
Willie Mays Aikens: Safe at Home is as intimate and culturally significant a biography of an athlete as we have ever had. Using extensive interviews with Aikens himself, his family, friends, teammates, cellmates, and dealers, author Gregory Jordan has woven Willie's incredible life story with unique intensity. Jordan goes on a journey inside Aikens' impoverished childhood in a slow-to-desegregate South Carolina town, to the rollicking Kansas City Royals' locker room and the go-go drug culture of the 1980s, behind the prison gates of Leavenworth, and lands into the lap of a nuclear family that Aikens finds himself currently trying to keep intact.
Willie Mays Aikens is a story of unbelievable triumph and tragedy, stocked with villains and heroes - and angels, including Hall of Famers George Brett and Pat Gillick - where you least expect them. At once an exploration of Major League Baseball in the 1980s and the great Royals teams of yesteryear, as well as a sobering look at the United States justice and penal systems, Willie Mays Aikens proves that even if you are lost for many years, you can always find your way home.
About the Author:
Gregory Jordan has written about sports, movies, politics, and books for The New York Times, Crisis Magazine, and The Hill. Jordan worked with Mark Shriver on A Good Man, Mark's biography of his father, Sargent Shriver, due out in June 2012. Jordan has also collaborated on books with former NFL player Joe Ehrmann and attorney Ron Shapiro. He lives in Sherwood, Maryland, on the Chesapeake Bay.
It sounds great. All you have to do is send me an email at joshua (dot) d (dot) duggan (at) gmail (dot) com giving me a reason why you should get one of the four copies I have. I will pick the best four reasons for getting the book and send them out. Please only people living in the United States or someone who has a permanent address in the U.S. that I can send the book to, as I am paying postage out of pocket and am not going to send a parcel overseas.