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Coach: Lessons on the Game of Life Hardcover – April 17, 2005
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Lewis (Liar's Poker; Moneyball) remembers his high school baseball coach, Coach Fitz, a man so intense a room felt "more pressurized simply because he was in it." At the New Orleans private school Lewis attended in the late 1970s, Coach Fitz taught kids to fight "the natural instinct to run away from adversity" and to battle their way through all the easy excuses life offers for giving up. He was strict, but he made such an impression on his students that now, 25 years later, alumni want to name a new gym after him. But the parents of today's students aren't as wowed by Coach Fitz's tough love. They call the headmaster with complaints, saying Coach Fitz is too mean to their children and insisting on sitting on his shoulder as he attempts to coach. A desire to set these new parents straight may be the underlying reason for Lewis's slight book, though he'd probably rather have readers believe he's just written it as a paean to a man who taught him some important life lessons. The book's corny subtitle, lack of heft and hackneyed images of kites flying and fireworks exploding may turn off some readers, but those who persevere will come away with a reminder that fear and failure are the "two greatest enemies of a well lived life." Agent, Andrew Wylie. (May)
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About the Author
Michael Lewis, is the best-selling author of Liar’s Poker, Moneyball, The Blind Side, and Flash Boys. He lives in Berkeley, California, with his wife and three children.
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A story that has tremendous value was told and written without any fluff or run on tangents for word count or page fill.
Do not value this book by the page, value it by the impact that the words on those pages have.
I know that I have and I have reread this book many, many times.
We all have that 1 coach that we would do anything for - I know that I have.
It just so happens to be that 1 coach that some people don't like just as intensely.
There is a reason for that - that coach made you surpass your limits of what you thought was possible - made you feel comfortable with being uncomfortable.
Some value that, and some would rather stay within their comfortable limits.
It is interesting to note that the coach never changed over time, the only thing that changed was how he was valued.
With some valuing "not to loose what they have" over "becoming what they could be."
Praise to Michael Lewis for telling a meaningful story at its proper length.
It is more powerful than any 600+ page book that I have ever read.
This should take you about 25 minutes to read.
This is exactly the type of book you would want to send your grandchildren or have your own children read.
It sends a powerful message and being written by someone having been coached by this person at the age of 13 makes it even more valid.
It may be short, but that's the beauty of it. It keeps your interest, gets the point across and leaves you wishing for more or better yet, offers the opportunity for discussion with young adults.