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Wooden: A Coach's Life

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Publisher's Summary

A provocative and revelatory new biography of the legendary UCLA coach John Wooden, by one of America's top college basketball writers.

No college basketball coach has ever dominated the sport like John Wooden. His UCLA teams reached unprecedented heights in the 1960s and '70s, capped by a run of ten NCAA championships in twelve seasons and an eighty-eight-game winning streak, records that stand to this day. Wooden also became a renowned motivational speaker and writer, revered for his "Pyramid of Success."

Seth Davis of Sports Illustrated and CBS Sports has written the definitive biography of Wooden, an unflinching portrait that draws on archival research and more than two hundred interviews with players, opponents, coaches, and even Wooden himself. Davis shows how hard Wooden strove for success, from his All-American playing days at Purdue through his early years as a high school and college coach to the glory days at UCLA, only to discover that reaching new heights brought new burdens and frustrations. Davis also reveals how at the pinnacle of his career Wooden found himself on questionable ground with alumni, referees, assistants, and even some of his players. His was a life not only of lessons taught, but also of lessons learned.

Woven into the story as well are the players who powered Wooden's championship teams - Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Bill Walton, Walt Hazzard, and others - many of whom speak frankly about their coach. The portrait that emerges from Davis's remarkable biography is of a man in full, whose life story still resonates today.

©2014 Seth Davis (P)2014 Audible Inc.

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  • Rob - Audible
    New Jersey
    20/08/14
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    "Wooden: A Man Who Transcends Sports"

    As a sports fanatic, I was intrigued by the premise of learning more about one of the most prolific sports figures of all time. Sure, I knew who John Wooden was, but Wooden: A Coach’s Life provides a full perspective on the man who grew from humble beginnings in Hall, Indiana to the coach who won ten NCAA basketball championships in the course of 12 years – seven of which were in a row. What I liked most about this book, however, is that the author compiled chapters into smaller narratives that focused on significant moments in Wooden’s life, as well as some moments that lead to his UCLA success, such as the recruitment of Lew Alcindor (aka Kareem Abdul-Jabbar) and Bill Walton. The book also calls to attention and debunks common myths about John Wooden. I highly recommend Wooden: A Coach’s Life for any sports fan intrigued by one of the most revered coaches of all time and by a life’s story few will ever come close to replicating.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Brandon Rosenthal
    27/04/15
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    "Longgggg"

    Longggggggg....there was so much detail it might have been too much. Good because it gave another side to his story.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Stephen A. Isaacs
    10/02/15
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    "I feel like I know him so much better"

    I've always considered Wooden one if my coaching heroes. Not only is he possibly the greatest coach to ever love but I love the principals he stood for. Seth does a great job of telling who John Wooden really was. At times I was disappointed to find out how flawed my hero really was, but it's a realization that we are all human, even the great ones.
    My only issue with this audiobook is the presenter. It took me a while to get used to his voice, which I still don't care for. And, he pronounced a lot of words incorrectly.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Jeff
    Phoenix, AZ, United States
    25/06/15
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    "Sadly, this is the only Wooden audiobook."

    Go buy "They Call Me Coach" and read it. It's far far better. This book is more of a history lesson than a meaningful lesson.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Kaleigha
    21/07/17
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    "Narrator issues."

    I had a really hard time with the narrator. Once I sped him up a bit, it was significantly better, but still frustrating. His pronunciation of various sporting names and terms were off dramatically and quite distracting.

    As for the content. It was very informative. Only negative in that front was that I felt that the author tried too hard to show the imperfections in the coach, without stressing the good qualities enough.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Jesper
    23/04/17
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    "not About wooden, About tur time wooden live"

    not About wooden, About the time wooden live and his Player. read dont ring dels eks

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Gus
    09/09/16
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    "Learned more about him because of this"
    Would you listen to Wooden again? Why?

    yes, later in life to touch up on the subject


    What other book might you compare Wooden to and why?

    any coaches bio


    Have you listened to any of Stephen McLaughlin’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    no


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    yes, learned some details of his life I didn't know before


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Patrick Johnson
    07/08/16
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    "Long, and well worth it!"

    wow! what an experience! an emotional ride. I cried and laughed. I learned a lot about the coach. I feel like I knew him.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • JUSTINE MCCABE
    11/05/15
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    "A story of a religious value oriented man."

    An extremely detailed account of a very balanced teacher and student of life who touched so many people. His intelligence, wit and strong values set an excellent example for all during any time of their life.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Roger
    United States
    09/04/15
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    "SETH HIT A HOMERUN!"
    What did you love best about Wooden?

    I really appreciated the honesty the Seth Davis displayed in telling the story about Johnny Wooden. Most of us only saw the side of Johnny in his latter years. I always wondered if it truly was possible to coach UCLA to so many championships with what seemed to be a gentlemanly approach. This book tells it all.


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

    WOODEN, The Full Story of Johnny


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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