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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 260 pages
  • Publisher: ECW Press; New edition edition (September 1, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1550226568
  • ISBN-13: 978-1550226560
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 5.9 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,848,797 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"It’s a trail-of-tears saga worthy of Hollywood." -- Inside Tennis

About the Author

Mike Agassi is the father and former coach of Andre Agassi. He boxed for his native Iran in the 1948 and 1952 Olympics. He lives in Las Vegas, Nevada. Dominic Cobello lives in Montreal, Quebec. Kate Shoup Welsh is the author of Bargain Shopping Online and Urban Tapestry. She is a former contributor to Indianapolis Monthly and NUVO Newsweekly. She lives in Indianapolis, Indiana.

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20 of 21 people found the following review helpful By R. Spell VINE VOICE on October 17, 2004
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Let's face it, this book doesn't get written if he's not Andre Agassi's Dad. But that is not the overall theme of this book. Mike is an interesting story in and of himself. Most people know the short biography, emigrates from Iran after being an Olympic boxer, works at a Las Vegas casino, and becomes a typical stressful tennis Dad who raises a world champion. This book takes that sketch and fills in the blanks starting with the massive change in lifestyles from Iran to America as well as a touch into the political environment of Iran. After a very successful marriage while in Chicago, Mike moves his young family to the new frontier in Las Vegas. Mike makes no excuses for the tyrannical tennis coaching of his four kids that he acknowledges alienated two of his kids, particularly Rita to whom he did not talk to for years.

Eventually the book does drift to Andre and his relationship with Nick Bolliteri, his career and his two marriages. But more than anything this book is about an American family headed by a driven immigrant from Iran and how it puts itself back together after volatile relationships caused by his tennis obsession. After following Agassi's career somewhat put off by his early grandstanding, I must admit, this book does give me far greater appreciation for the struggles in his life. If you're a tennis fan, I strongly recommend this book.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Tom on April 10, 2005
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This is a great book for Agassi fans who want an inside scoop on Andre's life. Mike is a very tough guy and tells it the way he sees it. They have been through a lot. For me, this book provides justification for the admiration I have developed for Andre over the years of watching him play and following his story. The book is a beautiful tale of determination, character, soul, and ultimately, family. It is a quick read, thoroughly enjoyable, and I appreciate Mike's efforts in making it available.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By T-line killer on September 15, 2004
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Unfortunatly, all of these years I wanted to find out more on Andre Agassi. This book explains in small details and pictures where this Grand Champion came about. You need a ton of guts to produce a story like this. I read so much about Andre's life, this book makes all the ajustment that I needed to know from my favourite player. If you are a tennis fan, buy this. Great job to Dominic Cobello, Mrs Welsh and mostly to Mr. Agassi. This is a good book.
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful By John Matlock on October 3, 2004
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The stories of stage mothers is well known, this is the story of a tennis dad. Mike Agassi is Andre's father. Mike knew that he would never play at Wimbledon. With a lot of work he might have developed into a decent player, but not world class. He decided that he would work to have someone in his family reach those heights.

It took forty-four years, but in 1992 his son Andre got the golden ring. It was not a peaceful four years as the father tried to instill his dream onto his children. It makes you wonder if the price that Mike and the kids payed was worth the reward.
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful By marie antoinette on September 1, 2004
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Usually these stories are dull and self aggrandizing. Kate Shoup Welsh weaves a facinating story about a man and a life that was hard and facinating. We pitty his children, one of whom is Andre Agassi, who were driven to a form of success that many of us yearn for our children. But at what price. Every parent who wants their child to be a sports star should read this book.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Mohammad Rashid on September 28, 2007
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Could not put it down. Amazing stories after stories. However, book is from the dad's perspective, which I knew to begin with.
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