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Power Forward Audiobook

Power Forward: My Presidential Education

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Publisher's Summary

Every path to adulthood is strewn with missteps, epiphanies, and hard-earned lessons. Only Reggie Love's, however, went through the White House by way of Duke University's Cameron Indoor Stadium. Mentored by both Coach Krzyzewski and President Obama, Love shares universal insights learned in unique circumstances, an education in how sports, politics, and life can define who you are, what you believe in, and what it takes to make a difference.

Power Forward tells the story of the five years Love worked as a personal assistant to Senator Obama when he was a candidate for president and President Obama, and it is a professional coming-of-age story like no other. What the public knows was well put by Time magazine in 2008: "[Love's] official duties don't come close to capturing Reggie's close bond with Obama, who plays a role that is part boss and part big brother." What the public doesn't know are the innumerable private moments during which that bond was forged and the president mentored a malleable young man. Accountability and serving with pride and honor were learned during unsought moments, including co-coaching grade-school girls' basketball with the president; lending Obama his tie ahead of a presidential debate; managing a personal life when no hour is truly his own; being tasked with getting the candidate up in the morning on time for long days of campaigning.

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    Derek West Chicago, Il, United States 02-04-15
    Derek West Chicago, Il, United States 02-04-15 Member Since 2013
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    "Worth a listen."
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes, the behind the scenes insight was fun. This book has is a unique production. Really enjoyed the few instances where Love offered some insight into an Obama exchange which led to an excerpt from a speech the current President made. That alone was worth the 6 hr listen.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The behind the scenes with Obama although I was expecting more to be included. The book is about 65% Obama relationship and 35% Love's life. Be prepared and you won't be disappointed.


    Did Reggie Love do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

    Pretty clear he's not a professional performer. At times his unprofessional presentation was distracting.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    The content was decent but after an hour and a half of listening I was ready to take a break from the narration.


    Any additional comments?

    At times it was difficult to follow the timeline of events. The story was told in chronological order; however, it broke from the timeline periodically.

    Love spoke too much about his childhood basketball experience.

    He's certainly an interesting man with a unique story. This book is worth your time.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    dee dee J los angeles, ca United States 03-19-16
    dee dee J los angeles, ca United States 03-19-16 Member Since 2010

    soulgood

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    "Good Book!"

    Interesting & Good Memoir! Very nice time hear the author read his Story. Loved to hear info of our President during his bid for Office.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Kerryann Kenney Gilbert, Arizona, USA 07-10-16
    Kerryann Kenney Gilbert, Arizona, USA 07-10-16 Member Since 2016

    Listen to most of my audiobooks on Amazon Echo at work...I pick tried and true stories, classics and guilty pleasures

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    "Fresh, personal, winning."
    What made the experience of listening to Power Forward the most enjoyable?

    The fact that it was read by the author.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Power Forward?

    I liked how humble and appreciative Mr. Love was about his seat as a witness to history.


    Have you listened to any of Reggie Love’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    N/A


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    Mentorship...paying it forward. Playing it forward.


    Any additional comments?

    Insert sports metaphor here. :)

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    Michael 01-26-16
    Michael 01-26-16 Member Since 2016
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    "insightful"

    interesting , inspiring and of course insightful. you won't get better insight into the challenges President Obama faced in `08 or a look at how a twist of fate can change this yong man's life forever .

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    Misty Irby Texas 10-13-15
    Misty Irby Texas 10-13-15 Member Since 2015

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    "Powerful!"

    Extremely insightful recount of Reggie Love's journey along side the POTUS. I enjoyed every minute of his story. Lots of lessons learned along the way.

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    urban tech guy 07-13-15 Member Since 2010
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    "Good read"

    Great insight to the life of Mr. Love and President Obama. Positive and inspiring book.

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    Judy F 05-10-15
    Judy F 05-10-15
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    "Great book"

    Very entertaining. Cool insight into the running of a presidential campaign. Well thought out and clearly written.

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    Human 04-09-15
    Human 04-09-15
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    "MUST READ LIFE LESSONS"

    IT WAS VERY EASY TO LISTEN TO THE AUTHOR'S JOURNEY.
    I WISH THIS BOOK WAS REQUIRED READING IN SCHOOLS
    EXCELLENT !

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    Thomas USA 03-22-15
    Thomas USA 03-22-15 Member Since 2012
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    "Not much substance"

    Too little substance. Talks more about basketball and "coach 'K'" than the President. Lacks depth and actual stories about his "inside" life with Obama.

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    Deshawn 03-18-15
    Deshawn 03-18-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Entertaining"

    I loved this book. The narrator was pleasant to listen to and the story gave a great insight into life on the campaign trail.

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