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Second Wind: The Memoirs of an Opinionated Man (Fireside sports classic) Paperback – January 1, 1991


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Product Details

  • Series: Fireside sports classic
  • Paperback: 265 pages
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster (Paper) (January 1991)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0671709895
  • ISBN-13: 978-0671709891
  • Product Dimensions: 8.4 x 5.4 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #228,649 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This is one of the best sports memoirs I've ever read.
B. Sweeney
Bill Russell takes you way inside to experience what playing in the NBA is all about when it works to the best it's able.
Pete Schmieler (schmpete@pclink.com)
This is a highly entertaining, funny, and tightly written memoir.
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24 of 24 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on September 23, 2000
Format: Paperback
This is a highly entertaining, funny, and tightly written memoir. Anyone interested in ghostwriting should read this book. Taylor Branch does a wonderful job with structure, with each chapter reading like a thematic essay, rather than a chronological depiction of events. I couldn't put the book down.
Russell is a wily and stubborn yet unconventionally thoughtful persona. Russell was an avid student and his opinions, while unorthodox, make a lot of sense, and thus are very humorous. His qualms with the idolization of sports stars, for example, manifest in funny anecdotes about fans seeking autographs and Red Auerbach trying to retire his jersey. And though Russell tries to depict his life in unromatntic terms - the final scene is of him giving up his clim of Mt Ranier - his story is inspirational. The path he takes from rural, segregated Louisiana - where his peers believe in ghosts - to media superstar is dramatic.
My favorite section in the book is the part where Russell describes Sam Jones's ability to take over a game, but Jones's refusal to do it very often. Jones didn't want the responsibility, he says, which confuses his teammates. The juxtaposition of Jones's great abilities to his listless and uncooperative sides was captivating. This is by far the best sports memoirs, and one of the best memoirs period, I've ever read.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on May 19, 1997
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Bill Russell writes as he played; with controversy and excellence. As an N.B.A. All-Star and 11-time world champion, he knows about life and transfers this knowledge to the pages of his book.
This is a book about life's victories and defeats and how to deal with them.
Russell is entertaining, candid and controversial. He says what he thinks and has a great philosophy of life.
This book was written in 1979, but is even more important today, as we are besieged with athletes with big salaries and even bigger egos.
This book reveals a social as well as athletic history. If you can find a copy, it is well worth the reading.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Pete Schmieler (schmpete@pclink.com) on May 7, 1999
Format: Paperback
Bill Russell takes you way inside to experience what playing in the NBA is all about when it works to the best it's able. A super fine book. I am glad it surfaced again in my archives. You really get the FEEL about playing a perfect game, especially as a TEAM.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on November 22, 1998
Format: Paperback
This book is about life and the determination it takes to make it. It's funny yet it made me cry. It takes a boy from humble beginings to being on top of the world.
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Nobody wins as many championships as Russ did without understanding people. There have been bigger, stronger opponents but they didn't have the strong will this guy had.
I wish I could meet him despite the fact that he took out my idol Jerry West in the NBA Finals too many times for me to count.
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By Beth Hooshidar on October 2, 2013
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
Revisited it after many years and it is still great! The sports stories and life lessons and pieces of wisdom in here are timeless!
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