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"If there was an opportunity for me to return to Cleveland and those fans welcomed me back, that'd be a great story."—Lebron James
Scott Raab is a last vestige of Gonzo Journalism in an era when sanitary decorum reigns. Crude but warmhearted, poetic but raving, Raab has chronicled—at GQ and Esquire—everything from nights out with the likes of Tupac and Mickey Rourke to a moral investigation into Holocaust death-camp guard Ivan the Terrible to the rebuilding of the World Trade Center site, but the book you hold in your hands is neither a story nor a job: The Whore of Akron is the product of lifelong suffering, and a mission bound with the meaning of existence.
Raab sat in the lower bowl of Cleveland Stadium on December 27, 1964, when the Browns defeated the Colts for the NFL World Championship—the last sports title the declining city has won. He still carries his ticket stub wherever he goes, safely tucked within a Ziploc bag. The glory of that triumph is an easy thing to forget—each generation born in Cleveland is another generation removed from that victory; an entire fan base "whose daily bread has forever tasted of ash."
LeBron James was supposed to change all that. A native son of Akron, he was already world famous by the age of seventeen, had already graced the cover of Sports Illustrated, was already worth $90 million to Nike. He seemed like a miracle heaven-sent by God to transform Cleveland's losing ways. That the Cavaliers drafted him, the hometown prodigy, with the first pick of the 2003 draft, seemed nothing short of destiny. But after seven years—and still no parade down Euclid Avenue—he left. And he left in a way that seemed designed to twist the knife: announcing his move to South Beach on a nationally televised ESPN production with a sly title ("The Decision") that echoed fifty years of Cleveland sports futility.
Out of James's treachery grew a monster. Raab, a fifty-nine-year-old, 350-pound, Jewish Santa Claus with a Chief Wahoo tattoo, would bear witness to LeBron's every move, and in doing so would act as the eyes and ears of Cleveland itself. (He did not keep this intentions a secret and was promptly banned by the Miami Heat.)
The Whore of Akron is an indictment of a traitorous athlete and the story of Raab's hilarious, profane (and profound) quest to reveal the "wee jewel-box" of LeBron James's very soul.--This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Great story, interesting known how things should happen inside the NBA journalits and how the author expressed Cleveland feelings about LeBronPublished 4 months ago by Hector Velasco Gutierrez
The Whore of Akron: One Man's Search for the Soul of LeBron James had been on my "to-read" list since it was released. I just could not get myself to sit down and read it. Read morePublished 10 months ago by HuntleyMC
Perfect for any fan of sports and/or outstanding journalism. It transcends sports when it becomes a memoir of a unique, fascinating man and his unrequited love for a city.Published 13 months ago by gary gulman
Written how a true, long suffering Cleveland sports fan feels. No punches pulled, just raw emotion & Cleveland pride! Enjoyed every word!Published on March 31, 2013 by Sharon Valenti
I enjoyed this book as a Cleveland fan who was disapointed with Lebron leaving. A little to much of the authors life story for me but I did like the way he makes the reader... Read morePublished on January 9, 2013 by Jay Stapleton
I grew up in Akron, a born Cleveland sports fan, and received this book as a X-mas present from my wife who had to live with me post "Decision. Read morePublished on December 28, 2012 by jsjs7474
You are my new hero for seizing the opportunity to call him the "The Whore of Akron" to his face. He will always remember it. Read morePublished on November 29, 2012 by Leslie