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National best seller

"I am just a common man who is true to his beliefs." (John Wooden)

Evoking days gone by when coaches were respected as much for their off-court performances as for their success on the court, Wooden presents the timeless wisdom of legendary basketball coach John Wooden.

In honest and telling passages about virtually every aspect of life, Coach shares his personal philosophy on family, achievement, success, and excellence. Raised on a small farm in south-central Indiana, he offers lessons and wisdom learned throughout his career at UCLA, and life as a dedicated husband, father, and teacher.

These lessons, along with personal letters from Bill Walton, Denny Crum, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, and Bob Costas, among others, have made Wooden: A Lifetime of Observations and Reflections on and off the Court an inspirational classic.

©1997 John Wooden (P)2004 McGraw-Hill Education

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Inspirational and Entertaining!

Israel had King Solomon. America had Coach Wooden. I will listen to this book again and again.

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How to be a better person

I enjoyed this book. Wooden’s objective in writing this book seems to be less about basketball and much more about how to be a better human.

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John Wooden Life Lessons

Loved it! Need to hear it again and again until it is engraved into my being. Building your character and who you ought to be can be found here.

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Inspiration

The words of Coach Wooden are so inspiring, so impactful in every way possible. I have read several books of his including the Pyramid of Success. I can honestly say that even with a Masters degree, he has enlightened me and shown me things I never learned in college.