The Defender (Kindle Single) Kindle Edition
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The first-hand stories make this a must-read, and the writing makes this an enjoyable one. Highly recommended!
For those who know of Bol's exploits in basketball, Jordan Conn's narrative presents him as more than a shot-blocking, one-trick pony. Conn recounts Bol's fascination with the three-pointer and - when fully healthy - his ability to alter a game through his defensive prowess. More than novelty act, Bol's possibilities and talents seduced a generation of top-flight NBA coaches, most notably Don Nelson and Jim Lyman. Behind the scenes, Conn paints a picture of Bol as a delightful, unique individual, beloved by teammates and opponents alike. Even 20+ years after the peak of his playing career, their joy in recounting Bol's exploits is abundantly evident.
Conn's true triumph is in recounting Bol's exploits off the court. The title of the book - 'The Defender' - has two meanings: while ostensibly a nod to his court-clogging capabilities, it also pays tributes to his unstinting support of his homeland. He committed time and resources to improving education in southern Sudan and was instrumental in the long struggle to create what is now known as the Republic of South Sudan.
This was a fantastic read--the author obviously did his research on the ground in Sudan, and got more than a few great interviews it seems, judging from his sources. It is also very appropriate for novices on Sudanese politics and independence.
Giving this 5 stars was an easy decision.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
It was a good quick read. Although as a NBA fan you will be disappointed because they don't talk much about itPublished 20 months ago by C. Rose
I have been a big fan of Jordan Conn's writing at Grantland and ESPN the past couple years, so for a recent trans-Atlantic flight I decided to finally give his e-book a read. Read morePublished on April 6, 2014 by Erin
another star shoud be for "have not yet read or listened to". i must have books available in my library to read (or listen to, ....) when i want to.Published on November 17, 2013 by m. johnson
I never read this book, but it looks like it might be something I might choose in the future. It looks like a suspenseful novelPublished on July 14, 2013 by Curt Gottlieb
I don't recommend this to my friends. The issues in his life are far more compelling than this brief work can develop.Published on June 15, 2013 by Amazon Customer
I found the part where we got to learn about manut very interesting and inspiring. The coverage of the Sudan war was very superglous .Published on February 5, 2012 by iz
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