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When You Come to a Fork in the Road, Take It!: Inspiration and Wisdom From One of Baseball's Greatest Heroes Paperback – May 22, 2002


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Hyperion; Reprint edition (May 22, 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0786887443
  • ISBN-13: 978-0786887446
  • Product Dimensions: 7.9 x 5.3 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (35 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #341,163 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Amazon.com Review

Hall of Fame philosopher Yogi Berra's When You Come to a Fork in the Road, Take It! is another volume of musings and malaprops, and the advice implicit in the title is sound indeed. Just listen: "Throughout life you come to serious forks in the road--decisions," Yogi tells us. "Which path do you choose? Sometimes it's tough. People are always afraid of making the wrong choice." Not Yogi, who explains that tragedy lies in paralysis, not bad choices or regrets, and offers personal examples from on and off the field to prop up his profundity.

Like its predecessor, The Yogi Book, Fork is essentially a collection of Yogi's well-traveled observations from out of left field, but it's much more than just déjà vu all over again. Instead of explaining, as he has before, what prompted a particular Yogi-ism or what he was really trying to say, Yogi does his best to go deep. The charm is that Yogi's so guileless, he makes it work--there's sagacity in his simplicity. Each Yogi-ism gets its own short chapter in which Yogi riffs off the phrase to dispense a bit of homespun wisdom and inspiration. "It gets late early out there"--we get old before we're ready, but here's how to cope with it. "If you can't imitate him, don't copy him"--we all need to be true to ourselves. With Yogi's latest career as a successful author, not only ain't it over for him, there's happily no end in sight. --Jeff Silverman --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

From Publishers Weekly

Upping the ante of such bestselling titles as It Ain't Over and The Yogi Book, When You Come to a Fork in the Road, Take It: Inspiration and Wisdom from One of Baseball's Greatest Heroes collects more anecdotes and bon mots from the Yankees' Hall of Fame sage, Yogi Berra. A collaboration by Berra and Dave Kaplan, who is executive director of the nonprofit Yogi Berra Museum and Learning Center, a sports education facility at Montclair State University (close to Berra's home in Montclair, N.J.), the book pairs 40 classic Berra aphorisms "It's déjà vu all over again" and "Nobody goes there anymore. It's too crowded" among them with Berra's glosses and expansive colloquial commentary to help readers in their own decision making. Along the way, we learn the secrets to his 50-year marriage with "Carm" (they "talk over everything") and to his three-time MVP career as a player and pennant-winning seasons as a manager.

Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information, Inc.

--This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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It is well written, easy reading, and if you are a Yogi fan at all you will enjoy it.
Earle B.
You don't need to be a baseball fan to enjoy (and benefit from) the words of wisdom in Yogi Berra's book, "When You Come to a Fork in the Road, Take It!".
coachtim
This book offers forty chapters, each containing helpful advice, based upon a famous Yogi-ism, as well as inspiration to the reader.
Daniel Jolley

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

Format: Hardcover
Yogi Berra is our modern day version of Will Rogers. He talks about life and what he sees, and captures a fundamental truth and humor that tickle our fancy and our sense of what's right.
This book contains many of Yogi's most famous aphorisms, followed by essays that explain what he means . . . in other words.
Here are some of my favorites among his aphorisms in this book (which double as titles for the essays):
"We Have a Good Time Together, Even When We're Not Together."
"If People Don't Want to Come Out to the Park, Nobody's Going to Stop Them."
"Ninety Percent of the Game Is Half Mental."
"You Observe a Lot by Watching."
"It's Deja Vu All Over Again."
"We Made Too Many Wrong Mistakes."
"It Gets Late Early Out Here."
"Nobody Goes There Any More, It's Too Crowded."
"I Love Movies When I Like Them."
"If the World Were Perfect, It Wouldn't Be."
"Always Go to Other People's Funerals, Otherwise They Won't Go to Yours."
"Ninety Percent of Short Putts Don't Go In."
The beauty of Yogi's aphorisms is that we know exactly what he means, which we don't always appreciate about what more learned types have to say. The unusual content also jolts us into paying attention, instead of putting us into a mild doze.
About the aphorisms themselves, Yogi says this, "I don't think I ever said anything intentionally humorous in my life."
You could sum up his philosophy as "I really have no regrets." Yogi basically suggests that you take life as it comes, make the best of what it offers, and move on.
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20 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Lawrance M. Bernabo HALL OF FAMEVINE VOICE on May 24, 2001
Format: Hardcover
Whether you call them Yogisms or Berraisms, the witty wisdom of Lawrence Peter "Yogi" Berra is part of our national heritage. "When You Come to a Fork in the Road, Take It!" (a reference to part of Yogi's instructions on how to get to his home in Montclair, New Jersey) collects 40 of his famous sayings with commentary from the Hall of Fame catcher on their meaning, which is related to not only baseball but family life as well. Growing up on Dago Hill in St. Louis, Yogi was always more interested in baseball than in education, so while the man is certainly unschooled he is no dummy. His sayings, such as "Ninety percent of baseball is mental and the other half is physical," are amusing not because they are stupid but because they make perfect sense in a new and delightful way. I mean, come on: there are two parts to baseball, mental and physical, so if you talk about 1 out of 2 that's half, so what's your problem? The joy here is not just revisiting his famous sayings ("It ain't over, 'till its over," etc.), the ones he actually says he said anyway, but Yogi talking about what they mean to him. In the age of computers the folksy wisdom of Yogi is refreshing and brings us back to the basics. It is certainly great to know that when it comes to the literary career of Mr. Berra, it ain't anywhere near being over yet.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Chad Spivak on May 23, 2001
Format: Hardcover
Yes, the loveable crazy anecdote king is back, and he holds nothing back in this book. Yogi Berra guarantees that you will like this book that is 60% intellectual and 50% inspirational.
Confused by my weird sayings yet? You would truly have to appreciate Yogi to get the significant meaning behind them. In this wonderful book, you get to know him just a little bit better.
Berra has such an intuitive mind for the game of baseball, and he has certainly played for or coached his fair share of championship teams. He let's us in to the secrets of the sport, not to mention his amazing pearls of wisdom. With each gem of a story, there is a certain hidden life lesson to be learned. He hides nothing and tells it like it is in a true, matter-of-fact type literary voice.
There are also some truly wonderful pictures in the book. Overall, it flows very smoothly, and thanks to his bits of humor added here and there, the book winds up being a really quick, yet enjoyable read. This book has a lot to offer everyone, not just fans of the game.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Daniel Jolley HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on April 24, 2004
Format: Hardcover
Yogi Berra is an American treasure, epitomizing many of the things that make America great. As a legend in life as well as a legend in baseball, the common-sense pearls of wisdom that drop from his lips are as instructive as they are humorous. I consider Yogi the common man's philosopher. This book offers forty chapters, each containing helpful advice, based upon a famous Yogi-ism, as well as inspiration to the reader. Most of us already know most of these lessons, but we need to be reminded of them periodically. Yogi is the perfect teacher. He is humble and honest, perfectly willing to use his own failures as well as his successes as object lessons for the rest of us; he also speaks from the heart in plain language. I love the unpretentious nature of this book; maybe it breaks a few rules of proper grammar, but it comes across in such a way that you half believe Yogi is sitting in the room with you and just talking. Yogi does offer up a number of parallels between baseball and business, stressing the importance of true teamwork, loyalty, and the personal involvement and commitment of all involved, but most of the lessons he imparts here are lessons about life and the proper way to live it. All the inspiration and wisdom aside, though, I have to admit that what I enjoy the most is Yogi's baseball stories. Baseball was a different game back when Yogi was playing, and I'm sure I'm not the only fan whose love of the game has faded as the game has turned into an impersonal industry. Yogi represents baseball at its best.
I also enjoyed learning a little more about Yogi's personal life - heck, I didn't even know how he got the name Yogi before I read this book. Here's a kid born in St.
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