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Bauman, an assistant sports editor at the Las Vegas Review-Journal, has written an unauthorized and far too long biography of professional tennis player Andre Agassi. None of the immediate Agassi family would consent to be interviewed for this book, and Bauman's material is extensively based on newspaper excerpts, magazine articles, and other biographies. From these sources, he paints a portrait of a small, insecure boy forced by his father to strive for the one acceptable goal of the Agassi children?to grow up to be a world-class tennis champion. This obsession is the real story?not Agassi's clothes or temper or marriage to Brooke Shields. Enough juicy details are included to overcome the weak writing. Buy for demand.?J. Sara Paulk, Coastal Plain Regional Lib., Tifton, Ga.
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A unique and insightful analysis of Andre's psyche. The strength of Bauman's book lies in his longtime affiliation with the Agassi clan and the amount of in-depth material he gathered. -- Inside Tennis

An even-handed biography. -- Publishers Weekly

Despite its provocative title, this drab unauthorized biography serves up painfully few revelations about the flashiest tennis star of our day. -- Entertainment Weekly
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 313 pages
  • Publisher: Taylor Trade Publishing; 1st edition (January 7, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1566250854
  • ISBN-13: 978-1566250856
  • Product Dimensions: 6.4 x 1.1 x 9.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.5 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,478,134 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Jessefitzgerald on May 11, 2000
Format: Hardcover
I thought this book was awesome. It told you about the greatest tennis player in the world. You learned about Andre's junior tennis all the way to the pro days. I bought this book because Andre is my favorite tennis player. This book takes you through the highes and lows of Andre's career. I wolud reccommend this book to tennis fans and Andre's fans.
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on January 3, 2002
Format: Hardcover
Andre Agassi is without a doubt one of the most fascinating, complex tennis players in recent history---but the author, Paul Bauman, was not the one to write about him. Basically, he just took every clipping ever published on Agassi and threw it together in a book with no rhyme or reason. It was poorly organized and poorly thought-out. I would love to find an excellent biography on Andre Agassi but this book is definitely not it.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on October 22, 1999
Format: Hardcover
You might not like Agassi, but you will love this book. It's really a pity Andre didn't accept to talk with the author. Nevertheless, you get an even view on Agassi's turbulent career.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on October 25, 2002
Format: Hardcover
I have seen this technique before in others unauthorized bios... The writer simply goes out searaching for magazines and TV interviews featuring the star on focus, thatn releases a book without having PERSONALLY interviewd anybody related to the star!! Simply sepaking, it's almos a job of Control C, Control V !! (COPY AND PASTE!!)
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on January 31, 2002
Format: Hardcover
Although this biography is unauthorized, it contains a lot of information and interesting interviews. This is a great book. Unfortunately, there isn't a biography on Agassi that is more recent.
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