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Living the Dream: My Life and Basketball Hardcover – December 1, 1995


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 300 pages
  • Publisher: Little Brown & Co (T); 1st edition (December 1995)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0316094277
  • ISBN-13: 978-0316094276
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 6.2 x 1.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #303,973 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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He grew up in Nigeria and didn't even pick up a basketball until he was seventeen. Two years later, Hakeem Olajuwon powered his American college team, the University of Houston, to the NCAA Final Four -- and that was only the beginning. One of the most remarkable basketball stories of our time.

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From Nigeria to Houston with the National Basketball Association's most valuable player of 1994.
Copyright 1995 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on May 27, 1999
Format: Hardcover
When I was reading this book it felt like I was sitting next to Hakeem and hearing him tell it. I have read it four times and it got better each time. I learned so much about Hakeem. When I was done it felt as if we were best friends. When I say that this is the best book that I have ever read, I am telling the truth.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 2, 1997
Format: Hardcover
I have not yet finished the book, but I am on page 161 and find it extremely difficult to stop reading.

I am a girl who has never read a sports book before, but this one goes well beyond the sport of basketball. It reaches down and examines the character of a true Champion.

Hakeem's charm seems to illuminate from within. He has character, morals, and a heart bigger than even the size of his talent.

I wish everyone could read about this truly amazing man! He sets a wonderful example. I would love to meet Hakeem Olajuwon someday.

Sincerely,

Holly S. Aldrich
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By PAVIA on September 6, 2008
Format: Hardcover
As of yet I haven't read this book, (but soon will). I am a BIG Olajuwon fan(atic) who had the privledge of seeing him at his best many of times at MSG doing his thing and playing his heart out. Lets remember this is the man who brought the "DREAM SHAKE" to life in the NBA Finals against P.Ewing, NY KNICKS and Co. and took the glory from the NYK, as the "DREAM' continued, he shut down a young SHAQ single handedly as the ROCKETS swept the Orlando Magic in 4 outta 7 games. Look the man up in sports history, he's also the last man to accomplish a quadruple double, since there are only like 6 NBA players to do the feat, that should tell you something about his on court skills. He came to the states (Texas) with only soccer and handball as his only sports games played, landed in Houston (Cougars,NCAA/Rockets,NBA) and took off like a ROCKET never looking back. This is the one/only athlete I wish I had the privledge of ever meeting. The DREAM was a genius on the hardwood, and with the crazy schedule of the NBA, diff. cities, two countries and all the traveling this man still was true to his religion and adhered to Ramadan faithfully. To understand his greatness all you need to do is YOUTUBE Olajuwon "The Dream".....
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By J. Hammad on October 19, 2001
Format: Hardcover
Hakeem is indeed a "Dream Role Model", and takes that responsibility very seriously. This is really a page turner, that keeps you from putting the book down, which is unusual for an autobiography.
Hakeem details some rather amusing parts of his rise to NBA star-dom, and provides some rare insight into what goes on behind the closed doors of the NBA (often very negative, and cash is king mentatlity).
I must admit that I did read this book hoping to gain some insight into his devotion to Islam, and I was not dissapointed. I admire Hakeem for his devotion to Islam first, and as a basketball player second.
Contrary to a previous post, Hakeem is not Proselytizing (trying to convert others) he describes his re-discovery of Islam very matter-of-factly. And anybody that follows Hakeem in sports knows that Islam is the main driver in his life.
Great book, its too bad it is out-of-print, but at least pick up a used copy while you can.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on April 14, 2001
Format: Hardcover
Hakeem's book was extremely good. After reading it cover to cover, he is now my favorite player in the NBA. While it spent a lot of time talking about his religion and Allah, it also went into some interesting pieces of information like how many dixie cups of ice cream he would store in his fridge. After reading the book, I know what a caring guy Hakeem really is, and that he is a fine team leader. I definitely got my money's worth.
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