Second Wind: The Memoirs of an Opinionated Man
Random House, Jan 1, 1979 - African American basketball players - 265 pages
The perceptive, controversial, and idiosyncratic basketball star recounts the decisive events of his life and career, offers an inside look at professional basketball, and sounds off about freedom, race, marriage, religion, and American culture
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One of a serious of great sports autobiographies I've read recently, joining Agassi's Open and Leonard's The Big Fight in giving the reader and fan a thoughtful, introspective look at the challenges and rewards of athletic accomplishment and the role of sports in our society. For me the book served first as an example of the typical hardship and emigration of blacks from the south described in the Warmth of Other Sunds, another great book I read this year that puts the African American emigration into its rightful place in American History. Second, the parts of the book that talk about Russell's mental discipline and process in "figuring out" the game of basketball and pushing himself to play a game that was strategic as well as physically rewarding was a fascinating look into the human mind-body relationship. There is some of this in Sugar Ray and Andre Agassi's books as well. Finally, Russell was mindful about his role in basketball and in society at large and made some decisions--not to pander to fans, not to treat his marriage with respect--that he is very honest about. He is aware today of those things he admires about himself and those things he regrets. A great read for anyone interested in American history, sports history, and the psychology of athletic achievement.
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Fabulous read. Many memorable thoughts, quotes and passages. Could be my favorite sports book, probably because it only partially is about sports. Bill Russell is a shrewd social philosopher and a ...