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"[R]eveals an Afro-American who was a basketball player, businessman, lecturer, and more. Most will know Russell's name through sports: the appearance of a coverage which follows his many talents provides a well-rounded view of the man's many achievements….[A]n excellent references."


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"In 1966, Bill Russell, a five-time MVP with the Boston Celtics, took the helm of his team, becoming the first black coach in NBA history. Aimed at high school students, this concise biography presents highlights from Russell's life and career. Coverage includes Russell's upbringing in Louisiana; his years as a player and coach; and his views regarding events such as the Civil Rights movement and the Vietnam War. The volume features a chronology and a glossary."


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"Russell's career accomplishments on the basketball court continue to amaze. Always the ultimate team player, he held a record of two collegiate championships, one Olympic Gold Medal, and eleven professional championships (in 13 years as a Boston Celtic) that seems mythical. Russell's rebounding ability and defensive strategies changed the way basketball is played….[N]elson does convey Russell's dedication and work ethic, qualities that serve as a good contrast to those of many me-first flamboyant athletes who may have great individual statistics (but often no team championships). One can easily understand why in 1980 the Professional Basketball Writers Association of America voted Russell the greatest player in NBA history. Nelson's simple writing style makes this book most appropriate for younger readers. Recommended. Lower-division undergraduates; general readers."



"Bill Russell explors the career of the African-American basketball player who won two championships as a college player, 11 titles as a member of the Boston Celtics, and an Olympic gold medal. Nelson describes his career after retiring from the NBA, when he became a coach and a motivational speaker….In-depth time lines help students understand the significant contributions of the featured subjects….[a] valuable source for student reports."


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This biography chronicles the life of Bill Russell from his days as a youth in rural Louisiana, through his time as a basketball player and coach for the Celtics, to his enshrinement in the NBA Hall of Fame and in the American consciousness.


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Product Details

  • Series: Greenwood Biographies
  • Hardcover: 136 pages
  • Publisher: Greenwood (June 30, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0313330913
  • ISBN-13: 978-0313330919
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.4 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #345,602 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Marc Winter on August 1, 2005
Format: Hardcover
This Bio of one of the greatest sportsmen ever to step onto a hardwood floor is well written, but clearly aims at children for a reading audience. Too much time goes into explaining obvious historical knowledge like the fact that back in the fifties races were seperate.

I anticipated a biography written by somebody else than Bill himself (who wrote three autobiographies), but this book doesn't live up to my expectations
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By Roger M. Yamamoto on May 15, 2015
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By happy dove user on February 20, 2011
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did not find this a good read for me...did not finish it. a great man and great player though
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