I love reading sports biographies. But most are droll re-tellings of the players highlights. Once in a while you'll get lucky and find one that's inciteful, and entertaining. This one does both!
J.R.Moehringer does an awesome job of telling a story: what motivates Andre, how his view of tennis was formed, and his struggles for finding motivation. There's a love story (Steffi, not Brooke), and some very funny parts that will make you laugh out loud. You get Andre's account of his major and formative tennis matches. Don't worry, it's not about every single serve and volley; you get the critical parts, and you get a sense of how mentally taxing the game of tennis really is. You also find out how physical it is. I can't wait to see replays of the old Agassi matches and remembering how Andre described the match. I just saw the Agassi-Baghdatis US Open match highlights a few nights ago.
Erik Davies does a tremendous job with his inflections, and doing "voices" of the different characters in the book. You know who is speaking by how Erik talks. I wonder if he listened to the audio tapes of the original interviews to get an idea of how to speak in the first person as if Andre read the book himself.
Andre doesn't hold back when talking about his rivals - the ones he likes and respects, and the ones he doesn't.
If you're a "sports parent", you *MUST* read this book, no matter the sport. I wonder how many of us parents will be a little more aware of how we handle our kids in their sport(s) after hearing Andre's story about his Dad. Just a heads up: Andre does drop a few F-bombs, so be forwarned. It doesn't take away from the story, but you need to know if you plan on letting your children hear the story.
Download this book and you will enjoy it, no matter what your preconceived opinions of Andre Agassi are.
Rick Reilly does a fantastic job belittling himself just to be caddy to some famous, and not so famous golfers. He gets an inside look at various aspects of the game. His section on John Daly is worth the price of the book alone. Take some time away from practicing and playing golf, and give this book a listen.
Rick Reilly does an awesome job of telling stories not just about himself, but the players (and their caddies) he works for. He pays respect when it is merited (w/ Jack Nicklaus, Tom Lehman, and the blind golfer), has fun when he is supposed to (w/ John Daly), and pokes fun when it is deserved (w/ Tommy Aaron, LPGA golfer). Rick does an admirable job with Casey Martin too, doing a little investigative journalism, and showing both sides of the ADA golf cart law suit. He has a wit that makes this golf book interesting and entertaining. I was laughing out loud! I'm going looking for more Rick Reilly material next chance I get.
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