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Summary

Every path to adulthood is strewn with missteps, epiphanies, and hard-earned lessons. Only Reggie Love's, however, went through the White House by way of Duke University's Cameron Indoor Stadium. Mentored by both Coach Krzyzewski and President Obama, Love shares universal insights learned in unique circumstances, an education in how sports, politics, and life can define who you are, what you believe in, and what it takes to make a difference.

Power Forward tells the story of the five years Love worked as a personal assistant to Senator Obama as a candidate for president, and President Obama, and it is a professional coming of age story like no other. What the public knows was well put by Time magazine in 2008: "[Love's] official duties don't come close to capturing Reggie's close bond with Obama, who plays a role that is part boss and part big brother." What the public doesn't know are the innumerable private moments during which that bond was forged and the President mentored a malleable young man. Accountability and serving with pride and honor were learned during unsought moments: from co-coaching grade school girls basketball with the president; lending Obama his tie ahead of a presidential debate; managing a personal life when no hour is truly his own; being tasked with getting the candidate up in the morning on time for long days of campaigning.

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  • Derek
  • 04-02-15

Worth a listen.

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Yes, the behind the scenes insight was fun. This book has is a unique production. Really enjoyed the few instances where Love offered some insight into an Obama exchange which led to an excerpt from a speech the current President made. That alone was worth the 6 hr listen.

What did you like best about this story?

The behind the scenes with Obama although I was expecting more to be included. The book is about 65% Obama relationship and 35% Love's life. Be prepared and you won't be disappointed.

Did Reggie Love do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

Pretty clear he's not a professional performer. At times his unprofessional presentation was distracting.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

The content was decent but after an hour and a half of listening I was ready to take a break from the narration.

Any additional comments?

At times it was difficult to follow the timeline of events. The story was told in chronological order; however, it broke from the timeline periodically.

Love spoke too much about his childhood basketball experience.

He's certainly an interesting man with a unique story. This book is worth your time.

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  • Ray
  • 22-02-17

Reggie Takes It Inside...

...for a true look on the journey of a lifetime. It's fun to peek over his shoulder in the fun and grueling hard work of being POTUS' Body Man. I always appreciate it when an author "Audibles" his own story. I was so captivated that I listened to it all in less than 24 hours. Smooth Slam Dunk Reggie. I enjoyed it.

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  • dee dee J
  • 19-03-16

Good Book!

Interesting & Good Memoir! Very nice time hear the author read his Story. Loved to hear info of our President during his bid for Office.

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  • Human
  • 09-04-15

MUST READ LIFE LESSONS

IT WAS VERY EASY TO LISTEN TO THE AUTHOR'S JOURNEY.
I WISH THIS BOOK WAS REQUIRED READING IN SCHOOLS
EXCELLENT !

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  • Netherda
  • 31-07-17

Have a young person in your life listen to this!

I have two older teen sons. They both listened to it and loved it! Very insightful and lots of great life lessons here (not the least of which might be the "folly of tattoos" -thank you, Mrs. Obama!). Seriously, this book really can speak to young people finding their ways out there. Give it a try.

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  • C
  • 10-10-16

Excellent

A great book written by someone who had an unique experience. The book touches on the author's personal growth while in the White House. I loved his personal stories with the President.

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  • Kerryann Kenney
  • 10-07-16

Fresh, personal, winning.

What made the experience of listening to Power Forward the most enjoyable?

The fact that it was read by the author.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Power Forward?

I liked how humble and appreciative Mr. Love was about his seat as a witness to history.

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

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

Mentorship...paying it forward. Playing it forward.

Any additional comments?

Insert sports metaphor here. :)

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  • Michael
  • 26-01-16

insightful

interesting , inspiring and of course insightful. you won't get better insight into the challenges President Obama faced in `08 or a look at how a twist of fate can change this yong man's life forever .

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  • Misty Irby- Regal Sisterhood Book Club
  • 13-10-15

Powerful!

Extremely insightful recount of Reggie Love's journey along side the POTUS. I enjoyed every minute of his story. Lots of lessons learned along the way.

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  • urban tech guy
  • 13-07-15

Good read

Great insight to the life of Mr. Love and President Obama. Positive and inspiring book.