Exhaustingly researched and exhausting to (try to) listen to. I challenge anyone to stay focused on this narative for more than 5 minutes. This book is simply very poorly written, which is a shame, because the missed, fascinating story, buried in this endless listing of facts and dates, is the invention of the concept of investor ownership and corporations; purchase and sale of "shares of a company" and the birth of the NY stock exchange. I long to read a well written book of this story. The author of such a well written book will find a lot of facts and dates to use from this very poorly written one - if he can get through it.
This is a great book. Gave me an understanding of a era that has been obscured by cliche. Really changed my perspective of the Cold War and the US/Soviet Union relationship in the decades before.
In a word, lousy.
That would be all I'd have to say if the review space didn't require 15 words
This was a surprisingly engaging lllloooonnnnggg book. I'm not a tennis fan, but even found the match descriptions easy to follow. Remarkably candid and self revelatory and completely without self serving excuses. Lots of candid insights to other tennis & popular celebrities, including Sampras, Brooke Shields, McEnroe, Jimmy Connors, etc. The inspired introduction to the book - titled "The End" - made listening through the journey possible: from self engrossed lost soul, to fully formed adult, because much of Agassi's early journey chronicled a very tortured/self destructive/self engrossed youth which would have turned me off if the book hadn't started with the introduction and hint of the "redemption" he found at the end of his career.
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