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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 448 pages
  • Publisher: Rodale Books (April 23, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1609615611
  • ISBN-13: 978-1609615611
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 6.4 x 1.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (35 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #344,115 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

EARL MONROE is one of the greatest and most beloved players in basketball history. Inducted into the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame in 1990 and named to the NBA’s 50 Greatest Players list in 1996, Monroe left an indelible stylistic mark on the game of basketball. He lives in New York City.

QUINCY TROUPE is the author of seventeen books including Miles: The Autobiography of Miles Davis (with jazz legend Miles Davis) and The Pursuit of Happyness (with Chris Gardner), which was a New York Times bestseller for 40 weeks. He lives in New York City.


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Sadly, the book lacks those qualities.
V. Harris
Earl would say many times... how can the defensive player know what I'm going to do... if I don't even know... as I'm doing it!
Rick Shaq Goldstein
I would recommend this book to anyone who followed NBA Basketball back then.
Janis M Wheelen

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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Marsmadness on July 23, 2013
Format: Hardcover
Earl Monroe is my all-time favorite player, and as such I was excited to see he had finally written a biography. Unfortunately, this book was a let-down in so many ways.

As mentioned in other reviews, it is written in a conversational tone, fill with many cliches and verbal crutches. Also, the editing is terrible ("Larry Byrd" (sic).). It is lacking many details, such as names and places. Very little about Earl's children, other than the fact that he had many by several different mothers, and Earl really didn't think that was a big deal, justified since he stayed single so fathering children with multiple women was ok. He seems to have little or no involvement in his children. If he did, he didn't bother to write about it.

It seems he or the author looked up a few basic details about games and seasons to fill pages, but no real insight into anything beyond the numbers. Zero insight into anything after the 1973 championship season, and nothing about his life after basketball.

I agree with one of the other reviewers, it seems like this was just an effort to cash in without putting much effort into creating an insightful book about one of the most exciting and creative players ever. What he DID write exposed things I wish that I never learned about one of my childhood idols.

If you too are an Earl Monroe fan, DON'T read this book.
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Earl Monroe came to the NBA by way of South Philly... through Winston-Salem State... becoming not only one of the greatest players in NBA history... but surely becoming one of the most exciting players... in a unique and different way... than simply excitement. Though excitement can be defined in many ways... just like the beat of a song can be described... but... a- smooth- free-flowing-jazz-jam-session-... is almost impossible to describe... after the fact. You had to be there in order to be swallowed up in its one-of-a-kind-soul- immersing- stupefying-splendor!... And that was what it was like to witness one of Earl-The-Pearls magical moves at full tilt in a basketball game. Earl would say many times... how can the defensive player know what I'm going to do... if I don't even know... as I'm doing it!

Earl's early life is told in a kind of haltingly... described manner... that perhaps could have been written in a smoother style. The phrase "you know"... "you know what I mean"... "know what I mean"... "you know"... is used literally between fifty-to-eighty times in the first hundred or so pages. (I tried to ignore it after that.) Earl had a Mother he loved with all his heart... a Father that disappeared for years out of his life... and of whom Earl told his friends was dead... and a cast of Grandmother... aunts... and cousins... that were every type of criminal... from the numbers rackets... to gang members... to one cousin that according to Earl stood (I believe?) on top of a vehicle spraying machine gun fire everywhere. Note: "I believe"... is also a term that Earl uses quite often in describing things from the past.

Earl describes many different sides of prejudice... and being the way things were during the sixties in America...
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Barry Sparks VINE VOICE on June 1, 2013
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New York Knicks great Bill Bradley said, "There has never been a basketball player like Earl Monroe. He wasn't the quickest guy or overpowering physically, but he was uniquely a great player. What set him apart was his control of the ball, his sense of the court and his uncanny ability to judge the distance between him and anyone who could block his shot. He made things happen with the ball that defied explanation."

Earl Monroe, who was in the prime before the days of ESPN, was one of the most exciting players ever to play in the NBA. His game, honed on the playgrounds of Philadelphia, heavily influenced others and thrilled crowds.

More than a showman, Monroe was named Rookie of the Year as a Baltimore Bullet and made the All-Star Team four times. He helped the New York Knicks to a world championship in 1972-73. He was inducted into the Basketball Hall of Fame in 1990 and was named one of the NBA's 50 Greatest Players in 1996.

I was fortunate to have seen Earl Monroe play for the Baltimore Bullets at the Baltimore Civic Center from 1967-1971 when I was a student at Towson University. I was an Earl Monroe fan, and over the years I have read a lot about him. What has always been lacking, however, is information about his days growing up in Philadelphia and his career at Winston-Salem State College.

The strength of Monroe's biography is his willingness to discuss these two subjects in great detail. He spends 80 pages on his childhood and another 80 pages on his career at Winston-Salem. Earl gives great insight into his early years, discussing his mother, who was the driving force in his life growing up, his friends and neighbors. He worked hard to improve his game in high school, striving to surpass those who were better than he was.
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful By mistermaxxx08 HALL OF FAME on April 24, 2013
Format: Hardcover
this is one of those books that heavy doesn't even begin to describe it. now earl the pearl monroe was one of the greatest to ever play the game and his story off the court and growing up ain't for the faint of heart. you name it and he went through it and still kept it all together. he left a lasting impression to those who saw him create on the court and his story also speaks on overcoming so many situations. this is beyond a sports book because it touches on so many topics. very compelling to say the least.
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