There was a turning point in Michael Lewis' life, in a baseball game when he was 14 years old. The irascible and often terrifying Coach Fitz put the ball in his hand with the game on the line and managed to convey such confident trust in Lewis's ability that the boy had no choice but to live up to it. "I didn't have words for it then, but I do now: I am about to show the world, and myself, what I can do."
The coach's message was not simply about winning but about self-respect, sacrifice, courage, and endurance. In some ways, and now 30 years later, Lewis still finds himself trying to measure up to what Coach Fitz expected of him.
©2005 Michael Lewis; (P)2005 Random House, Inc. Random House Audio, a division of Random House, Inc.
Delight in the journey and the struggle on the road to your dreams
Michael Lewis goes back to his New Orleans high school where his old coach Billy Fitzgerald has come under fire from his player's parents and is in danger of losing his position. Lewis then takes on the attitude of the players millennial parents; one that tells them it is their duty to remove both obstacles and consequences from their son's paths. Ultimately Fitzgerald retained his coaching job until February 2014. It was also this project that brought Lewis together with his old high school teammate Sean Tuohy; which led to the bestseller "The Blind Side" which of course became the hit movie "The Blind Side." The sale price of 2.95 makes this a fantastic bargain.
I write for myself, for my own pleasure. And I want to be left alone to do it. - Salinger ^(;,;)^
More of a tribute/essay/paean than a book, Coach is a relic. It is a reflection on Billy "Fitz" Fitzgerald, one of those influential and transformative men who through their character, courage and strength affect a large number of boys. Lewis recalls his memories of Coach Fitz and details the way both parents and children have changed (at least in the milieu of New Orleans and the Isidore Newman School). At heart it is a nostalgia tour of a great man and how lessons about adversity, strength, practice, resolve, respect and focus taught the right way to the right children can help children concur both fear and failure on the road to adulthood.
Michael Lewis captures the exceptional experience countless athletes and students have had with coaches and teachers over the years. He relates his good fortune in having a coach who helped him realize he had something to contribute and emphasized the importance of hard work.
Lewis has an uncanny ability to clearly explain many aspects of life and this book is right on target. My entire family listened to the book and we all enjoyed the message.
We often lose meaning in the generational divides. How we understand the value of our own generation and find confusion in the next is often a formal discussion. This book examines a point of view about ourselves and others that is nonverbal. Sports is a cernter piece of nonverbal performance and understanding in many cultures. We can flatten the nonverbal learning or support it.
Lewis succinctly explains why sports can be the essential element of a modern adult. That the story is well written goes without saying but this poignant story about a coach that helped to mold boys into men should be read by every parent and child. It's not about winning. Sports has a deeper calling - teaching how one's desire builds character.
I hope everyone has a coach like Fitz!
I hope parents understand what it takes to make great kids, that turn into great adults. This book is a guide about raising useful children.
Great story! Intelligent writing. Wish I could meet the coach!
The book was too short, he is such a great writer and this was a tease. A wonderful tease, I wish it was longer. I have listened to it 5 times.
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