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John McEnroe: Taming the Talent Hardcover – June 7, 1990

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An updated edition of tennis journalist Evans's McEnroe: A Rage for Perfection (LJ 10/15/82). LJ' s reviewer called that book a " 'midterm report' on l'enfant terrible" of tennis, and described McEnroe as a "player driven to seek perfection in his game as well as in those who call his matches." Evans, who comes across as a McEnroe apologist, still sees McEnroe as a perfectionist who is unable to control his temper. In this new edition, he has reworked the earlier material and added several chapters that bring the story to the end of 1989, including, according to the publishers, wife Tatum O'Neal's "first published interview on life with John." For libraries with tennis aficionados, and where there is still interest in McEnroe.
-Francine Fialkoff, "Library Journal"
Copyright 1990 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC; 1st.ed. edition (June 7, 1990)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0747506183
  • ISBN-13: 978-0747506188
  • Product Dimensions: 9.3 x 6.3 x 1.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
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By A Customer on November 10, 1999
Format: Hardcover
This review is with regards to the paperback version of the book. I enjoyed looking at Mc Enroe's year for 1990. Yes he is a SuperBrat at times and brutally honest, but the author, who knows McEnroe, only defended him somewhat and chastised him for his behavior. He pointed out there are people who do worse in sport, but get a lighter punishment. McEnroe uses his mouth, not his fists to do battle, and while his language can be abusive, there are worse things he could be doing. All in all, an enjoyable read. If you're a fan of Mac or not, but you enjoy tennis, I would recommend picking up a copy from a used bookstore if you can't obtain it by other means.
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