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Maravich Hardcover – October 25, 2006

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"A great read. Outstanding research on Pete Maravich and his life." -- NBA Hall of Famer and TV commentator Bill Walton

"A masterpiece. The definitive work on one of the greatest players the sport has ever known." -- Michael McClellan, Celtic Nation

"The definitive biography of Pistol Pete Maravich." -- ESPN

"This is the book I thought would never be written. The complete story of Pete Maravich. I recommend it wholeheartedly." -- James Carville

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Gaining access to personal letters, albums and scrapbooks, plus spending hours with family members among some 300 interviews, has allowed the authors to craft the definitive biography of one of the most remarkable basketball stories in history. They reveal new facts and provide startling insight into Pistol Pete Maravich, who lived a life of triumph and tragedy before finding happiness in religion in the years before his death at age 40.

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 432 pages
  • Publisher: Sportclassic Books; Reissue edition (October 25, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1894963520
  • ISBN-13: 978-1894963527
  • Product Dimensions: 9.6 x 6.4 x 1.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #685,705 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Hardcover
Knowing that people often read just the first few lines of a review, know this: Pete Maravich's high school teams WON. Before he and Press arrived at LSU, the team was pitiful (the days of Bob Petit were long since gone). Pete's LSU Freshman team, in a tough SEC conference, went 17-1, losing the final game of the season by a whisker. WINNERS AGAIN. That same season, his father's LSU varsity squad went 3-23. Pete NEVER had a losing season at LSU, going 22-10 his senior campaign, a challenging year that saw the team log more road miles than the Harlem Globetrotters. They made the NIT final four, when the NIT actually meant something. That's a far, far cry from 3-23.

His Atlanta Hawk teams made the playoffs three out of the four years he was there, losing in the second round each time. Though the Hawks had a losing record 3 of those four years, they were playing in the same conference with eventual NBA Champions like the Knicks, Celtics, and Bullets. Not bad at all.

And New Orleans? The lowly Jazz? Remember now, Pete was the only guy on that team - save for two short years with Truck Robinson - who could really play. There were no other All-Stars to share the load. Try this statistic on for size: in the games Pete played for the Jazz (excluding the games he missed), their record was ** 93-92 **. Last time I checked, that's a WINNING record. To think that an expansion team in 1974-75 - one that mortgaged their future just to get the Pistol - came within FOUR games in 1977-78 of making the playoffs, and would have had Pete not blown out his knee on one of his trademark 3/4 court behind the back and legs passes (that resulted in another Jazz two), is just incredible.

The Jazz were one of the most successful expansion teams in NBA history.
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I can't say enough about this book... the authors claim that MARAVICH is the definitive biography of Pistol Pete Maravich and they deliver and then some. The quotes alone are worth the price. I am a basketball junkie and it was great to read what Magic Johnson, Steve Nash, Red Auerbach, Ralph Wiley, Jason Kidd, Larry Bird, Julius Erving. Bob Cousy, Al McGuire, Bill Walton, Kobe Bryant, Bob Costas, Adolph Rupp, Rafer Alston, John Wooden, Pat Riley, Isiah Thomas, Elgin Baylor, KC Jones, Chancey Billups, Jerry West, and hundreds of others had to say about The Pistol.

Warning - this book is loaded. It look an entire weekend to read and I loved every minute of it. It was like eating the most satisfying meal. The cooperation of Pete's widow, Jackie, adds a personal dimension that was both revealing and heartbreaking.

If you want to learn the real story of Pete Maravich, where he came from, his relationship with his father, why he was unhappy, and how he helped changed basketball, read MARAVICH.

One problem: It was very hard to get my hands on a copy.
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Let me first preface this review by saying I have never taken the time to write a review for any book or product prior to reading "Maravich". The instant I was finished reading it, I was compelled to do so. Simply put, along with Mark Farner of Grand Funk Railroad and Johnny Bench of the Cincinnati Reds, Pete Maravich was one of my boyhood idols as I grew up in Downey, California. Pete was larger than life to me. Still is.

Ever since I first laid eyes on him on television in 1968, I tried my best to read, listen or watch anything that pertained to Pete. This passion for Pete has continued to this day. I still have the sports page of the Los Angles Times of the day Pete died. I have read every book about him including Pete's own, but always came away with either knowing there was some erroneous reporting, things were left out or that some how it always could have been better. I had known the book "Maravich" had been in the works for some time and the little that I know of Mr. Federman, I was anxiously waiting for it to be published. I truly thought I had read every quote, article and intricate story regarding Pete, but after reading "Maravich" I was happily mistaken.

I bought the book this past Sunday evening, Nov. 26th, 2006 and planned to begin reading it the following day. Now, I swear to you that this is the absolute truth, I began reading it at approximately 11:15 am the very next day and didn't stop until I had finished the 398th and very last page at 11:45 pm! I got up twice and put some left over turkey between two slices of bread and then went back into my office and continued reading AS I ate!

The book is the most insightful, honest, thorough and well written book on Pete Maravich that has ever been published and was a joy to read.
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I just got finished reading MARAVICH and was truly amazed. The sheer depth of research is staggering (they seemed to have interviewed every basketball great) yet the book never seems to lose the narrative thread. This is a thrilling story of a tortured athlete who's really an artist. The authors begin in Aliquippa, Pennsylvania, and bring to life each step in Pistol Pete's development. From Biddy basketball games, to Pete's solitary practice marathons in Clemson, his All-American high school career, a year at Southwood College (it's true), then the staggering circus at LSU.

But for me, what sets this book apart, is the examination of Pete's pro career. A chapter is a dedicated to each season and I now completely understand how and why, despite never winning a championship, he is considered one of the NBA's All-Time Top 50 players. The games Pete and Dr. J played together as members of the Atlanta Hawks are revelatory.

MARAVICH is a meshing of incredible Bill Jamesian detail (almost every game has Pete's stat line) with personal insight using not just interviews, but Pete's own diaries and personal letters.

It has a great photo and statistics sections, plus a list of Maravich's 25 Greatest Games. This is what a sports biography should be.
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