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Wins, Losses, and Lessons: An Autobiography | [Lou Holtz]

Wins, Losses, and Lessons: An Autobiography

Few people in the history of college sports have been more influential or had a bigger impact than Lou Holtz. Winner of the three national Coach of the Year honors, the only coach ever to lead six different schools to season-ending bowl games, and the ninth-winningest coach in college football history, Holtz is still teaching and coaching, although he is no longer on the gridiron.
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Few people in the history of college sports have been more influential or had a bigger impact than Lou Holtz. Winner of the three national Coach of the Year honors, the only coach ever to lead six different schools to season-ending bowl games, and the ninth-winningest coach in college football history, Holtz is still teaching and coaching, although he is no longer on the gridiron.

In his most telling work to date, the man still known as "Coach" by all who cross his path reveals what motivated a rail-thin 135-pound kid with marginal academic credentials and a pronounced speech impediment to play and coach college football, and to become one of the most sought-after motivational speakers in history. With unflinching honesty and his trademark dry wit, Holtz goes deep, giving us the intimate details of the people who shaped his life and the decisions he would make that shaped the lives of so many others.

His is a storied career, and Holtz provides a frank and inside look at the challenges he overcame to turn around the programs at William and Mary, North Carolina State, Arkansas, and Minnesota. From growing up in East Liverpool, Ohio, to his early days as a graduate assistant at the University of Iowa, to his national championship runs at Notre Dame and his final seasons on the sidelines in South Carolina, Lou Holtz gives his best, a poignant, funny, and instructive look into a life well lived.

©2006 Lou Holtz; (P)2006 HarperCollins Publishers

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    Edward C. Charbonnet Memphis, TN 02-21-09
    Edward C. Charbonnet Memphis, TN 02-21-09 Member Since 2006
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    "An inspiring book - not a football book"

    I am so glad that Lou Holtz reads this himself. It added so much charm to the story. It is not about football. It is about meeting tough challenges and winning. And when you don't win, you get tougher and then win next time. It is deeply moving, funny and uplifting. I recommend it for anyone.

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    MICHAEL KANSAS CITY, MO, United States 03-18-13
    MICHAEL KANSAS CITY, MO, United States 03-18-13
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    "Lou speaks with little emotion"
    What made the experience of listening to Wins, Losses, and Lessons the most enjoyable?

    read while driving 300 miles which made the trip seem shorter


    What other book might you compare Wins, Losses, and Lessons to and why?

    God, Country, Notre Dame


    What three words best describe Lou Holtz’s performance?

    very little emotion


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

    humorous


    Any additional comments?

    none

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Chris Madison Heights, VA, United States 10-29-12
    Chris Madison Heights, VA, United States 10-29-12
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    "Lou Holtz is a winner!"
    If you could sum up Wins, Losses, and Lessons in three words, what would they be?

    Great book with many life lessons. Holtz is a true leader and one of the greatest coaches to ever join the game of football!


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Holtz- I love the way he looks at life.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    All of his conversations with Woody Hayes (former Ohio State Head Coach)


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    I enjoyed it all.


    Any additional comments?

    I have read this book twice myself and this was the first time I listened to it. I am glad I did. It was good to hear it read by Holtz himself.

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    James San Antonio, TX, United States 04-30-12
    James San Antonio, TX, United States 04-30-12 Member Since 2011
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    "great story about an incredibly successful coach"
    Would you listen to Wins, Losses, and Lessons again? Why?

    yes, interesting career


    Did Lou Holtz do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

    Not sure that Lou was the best candidate to read the book.


    Any additional comments?

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Kimberly ARLINGTON, TN, United States 04-02-12
    Kimberly ARLINGTON, TN, United States 04-02-12 Member Since 2010
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    "Great story for all to hear"
    What made the experience of listening to Wins, Losses, and Lessons the most enjoyable?

    Hearing the story in his own voice with the passion and recollection made this worth while. I am not a huge football fan and was not familiar with a lot of Lou's career details but found the matter-of-fact approach he took to each new team fascinating


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Wins, Losses, and Lessons?

    The story of how he was fired abruptly from Arkansas and never knew why. He still managed to quickly turn this around into a positive experience


    What does Lou Holtz bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Hearing his voice lets you better understand his speech difficulties


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    The story of his retirement, Beth's health scare, and his subsequent return to coaching


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    Felicia United States 03-05-12
    Felicia United States 03-05-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Amazing!"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Wins, Losses, and Lessons to be better than the print version?

    I enjoyed this audio book very much. Lou did a great job narrating his work. As a coach, I also found it very inspirational. Great Job!


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    R. Baird Bullhead City, az 12-19-11
    R. Baird Bullhead City, az 12-19-11 Member Since 2008

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    "not just for football fans"

    great life lessons from one of americas most beloved football coaches and personalities. He has made a mark in lives of players, fans and the business world. probably most appreciated by people who recognize his name.

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    Hrubochak daniel, WY, United States 09-07-11
    Hrubochak daniel, WY, United States 09-07-11 Member Since 2011
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    "must have (hear) audible book for all genders"

    Not only is the book enriched with history and name dropping of many famous people, not only is it about football, the game and the players, but this book is about life and the changes life throws at us and perspectives on how to live and handle those changes. yes, it's a biography of Lou Holtz, and you will learn things about him that you wouldn't otherwise have a chance to know, but you get an inside on how he coached his team, not the plays, but how he brought the team together emotionally and as a family with integrity and honor and each time he put those things in place, the team was great and each time those things were missing, troubles fell upon them. this is not just a book for the male gender. it might help if you have some knowledge of football and some knowledge of who Lou Holtz is, but overall, this book will move you, even if you know nothing about football.

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    Amazon Customer Fairpoint, OH, United States 06-14-11
    Amazon Customer Fairpoint, OH, United States 06-14-11 Member Since 2011
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    "One of my all time favorites"

    This book is one of the best cases for audio books. I am positive I wouldn't have enjoyed the book nearly as much had it not been narrated by the author. Lou Holtz is truly and no non sense guy, who early in his life bought into the fact that character is an enormous part of success. A truly inspiring autobiography. Whether you use a credit or pay for the book, it is worth every penny and much more. If you are a college football fan, it is a double bonus.

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    Rd Boise, ID, United States 06-09-11
    Rd Boise, ID, United States 06-09-11 Member Since 2009
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    "Excellent Example of Coaching Ethics"

    I really enjoyed this book. A must listen to any coach that wants a great lesson on the importance of being ethical both on and off the field. Lou Holtz is a fine example of coach with integrity and deep conviction.

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