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Fantastic Federer: The Biography of the World's Greatest Tennis Player Hardcover – March 1, 2007


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Chris Bowers is the author of The Book of Tennis and Davis Cup 2006.
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  • Hardcover: 288 pages
  • Publisher: John Blake (March 1, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1844542785
  • ISBN-13: 978-1844542789
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 1.3 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,706,308 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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20 of 21 people found the following review helpful By M. Lacks on May 30, 2007
Format: Hardcover
This book had some interesting content and details, but overall it was a disappointment since it really isn't packaged well. The type-face was huge and kind of juvenile and it looked as though the publishers were struggling to get to 250 pages in the book. The paper was also kind of cheap. In general it was just not a quality book. I've read both Fantastic Federer and the Roger Federer Story: Quest for Perfection and I would definitely recommend the Roger Federer Story for better content and quality!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Mitzi L. Heim on December 20, 2007
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This is a Bio of the World Number One Tennis Star from Switzerland. I have kept up with all his tournaments and love to watch him. The book is excellent and tells a lot about his early life.I would highly recommend it to anyone interested in Tennis. Thanks Amazon for having it!
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By M. Potasiak on December 13, 2007
Format: Paperback
I got this book for my birthday (the new one wasn't out yet) and i assumed from the reviews that it wasn't going to be very good. But I was happy to find out that the book was not cheaply made, the pages weren't too thin, and the type wasn't over-sized. I'll admit that I love everything and anything to do with Roger Federer but, with as much objectvity as i'm capable of, I thought it was a fairly good book. I learned a lot of things about Roger's childhood and early junior career that I didn't know. Looking at him now it's hard to believe he lost SO much back then! It was almost hard for me to just READ about him losing! I still havn't read the new one but in the mean time i'll give this book a thumbs up.
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Format: Hardcover
I’ve read and reviewed here a number of other tennis autobiographies (Jimmy Connors – The Outsider, Andre Agassi – Open, Serena Williams – On the Line, John McEnroe – You Cannot be Serious . . .) all of which as autobiographies have the sports superstars benefiting from outside writing assistance.

Chris Bowers, author of ‘Fantastic Federer’, is a European sports journalist. He provides in this book a very detailed chronicle of Federer’s rise to the top of international tennis. However, as detailed as this book may be what’s missing is the interpersonal insight that can only be provided by the subject himself.

The aforementioned books are autobiographies; by attribution self-penned (sort of). However, these personalities provide a far more intimate look at the interpersonal character and relationships that fans and most readers seek to ascertain. Without the direct involvement of Roger Federer ‘Fantastic Federer’ seems lacking in this regard.

There is certainly insight provided by interviews the author had with people who know Federer as well as information provided by the subject via remarks in media conferences or events. Nevertheless, there isn’t much revealed about the essence of the man. Too, the book (as are many when written before the conclusion of a career) doesn’t include Federer’s French Open championship or the recent Swiss Davis Championship. These absences are simply a function of timing, having been written and published before these significant occurrences.

This is a good book for the die-hard Federer fan who won’t mind wallowing in the mire of match statistics that begin as early as the subject’s teens. There’s a fair bit of minutiae that’s provided. While knowledge of these micro-economic details is not that salient to this reader, there’s enough other interesting background to keep one engaged if not enamored.
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0 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Botnik Roller on September 3, 2007
Format: Paperback
I'm totally agaisnt biographies about sport personalities that are still at their prime (or even having the potential to achieve so much more, as it's the case with Federer!)

So, I do not reccomend this book.
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