As the book began, Mallozzi gave the impression that this was an authorized biography. Near the end of the book, as he switched to the skeletons in Erving's closet, it suddenly became apparent that was not the case. In fact, Erving was not pleased by this rendering of his story. Overall, the book was ok I suppose, but Mallozzi used flowery language and was very repetitive. After reading this, I watched the documentary and ESPN tells most of the story in 1 hour as opposed to this 8 hour menace. And the documentary actually shows his dunks. Erving's life is made for a documentary. Baseball is better for books...
This book is a must-read for people wanting to know more about Afghan culture. Rory Stewart is a Scottish historian and writer who culminates a walk across the Middle East with a roughly month-long walk across Afghanistan in the weeks immediately following the fall of the Taliban. He walks through deserts, mountains and valleys. He meets new government officials and soldiers, simple village folk, mullahs, Taliban-loving villagers, etc. He only survived because he spoke Persian, was respectful of Afghan culture, and was given a dog for protection in remote and dangerous areas. After reading this, I realize more than ever that Afghanistan is a bit of every stereotype. He encountered jihadists (quite few in comparison) and peaceful villagers who didn’t even know about the United States. It is a misunderstood country that needs to be met with fresh eyes.
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