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Publisher's Summary

Autobiography of Duke basketball head coach Mike Krzyzewski.

Mike Krzyzewski has been the basketball coach of the Duke Blue Devils for twenty-seven years, winning three NCAA championships and twelve national Coach of the Year awards. He is revered and respected by sports fans and business leaders everywhere. Coach K lives with his family in Durham, North Carolina.

©2009 Mike Krzyzewski (P)2009 Hachette

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  • Andy
  • Westport, CT, United States
  • 05-11-09

pure gold

Coach K wrote another great book about leadership. Between Coach K's "moments" from the three year run to Olympic gold in Beijing, and his daughter's vibrant narration, this is fast moving and high energy book. Even though we all knew the outcome, his play-by-play of the final game even had me sweating.

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Like a MOVIE!

Good summary of what it took to win the gold from scratch. The story told with real moments.

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  • Chad
  • SAN ANTONIO, TX, United States
  • 01-23-17

A story, not a guide

A definite meh. lots of basketball talk and bragging about winning the Olympics, with a few bits of business talk sprinkled on it in order to try to market it as a leadership book and sell more copies.

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okay more like a memoir

interesting story, reads more like a memoir than how to book. wanted it as a leadership tool, some concepts adaptable but much of it more happenstance.

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The context of moments

As an elementary school principal I enjoyed this book and its story as I look to leading my faculty to higher performances for the benefit of elementary age students

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  • Ardith
  • Columbia, MO, United States
  • 04-15-15

Basking in gold

I just finished Coach K's The Gold Standard, and I feel sorta high! It is such a great story, chalked full of practical leadership applications. I especially love how he weaves basic good-human qualities into his life/coaching style.

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Real Life leadership

You just get a lot of hands on experiences with some of the best athletes, competitors and coach K.
This model, system, life style or whatever you will call it is beneficial for all aspects of life.
It's a great team book and the understanding of giving roles is a defining staple in all the great leaders.

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Not bad, not amazing

Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

Depends. This book did not blow me away, but it contained some valuable insights for team building and leadership. Fans of basketball will definitely enjoy.

What didn’t you like about Jamie K. Spatola’s performance?

I did not care for the narration because the book is written in the first person by a man, then read by a woman. Didn't really make sense and I found it confusing.

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  • Al
  • San Francisco, CA
  • 11-21-13

As Good a Coaching Book as Could be

Great book about motivation, coaching and bringing the best in people. This is a must read for managers, coaches, teachers and any one who want to have influence.