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Open: An Autobiography Paperback – August 10, 2010
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Well, this is certainly not that book. "Open" is a journey that I predict will stay with you for a very long time. It's a completely unexpected trip to places you've never been. I'm not one of those quasi-professional reviewers you see on Amazon. But this book practically made me write about it.
Interestingly, Open starts not at the beginning and not quite at the end. Second round, US Open, 2006.
Not the final match of Andre's career--but the one right before that.
Against a competitor you'd never heard of before or since.
The battle was against the guy across the net, and also Andre's hatred of tennis, his failing body, the demons that he harnessed to get through the unending heroic contest that seemed destined to continue until both just fell into a heap on the court. And it is so well told.
After 20 pages, I knew that this was unlike any other biography I had ever read. Couldn't put it down. Couldn't stop thinking about it. Agassi dug deeper inside than most of us ever will have to, to get to core of what made him so powerful as a player and so conflicted as a person. It is all conspicuously real: The small moments, the outlandish triumphs and the friendships that sustained him and/or corrupted him. The gauntlet he had to run through to arrive at the balance and joy he has today. It's transformative.
The headlines about this book have mostly related to Andre's drug use when he was at his lowest. But honestly, although it marked the place from which he recovered and flourished, it's only an incidental part of this story. The story is actually about perseverance, intelligence and raw talent all baked together into a very, very large American life.
If Open doesn't win a Pulitzer Prize, something is terribly wrong. Can I nominate it?
Regarding this book - I realize this is a free country and he can state what he wants when he wants......
However, I PERSONALLY feel unless 100% of the proceeds go towards charity - this book is complete nonsense. Mr. Agassi and his wife are worth over 300 million dollars combined. Why do this now? I can understand putting your thoughts on paper for therapeutic reasons - but to sell a book??
His life wasn't perfect, the book is very well written, yes like a novel - a great story - but imagine if everyone got paid millions to put their life story on paper? I know dozens of people that did not have a great child hood, had demanding parents, abusive parents, and did drugs. I also know people that are recovering alcoholics from being abused physically, mentally and emotionally - the list is endless. It's called LIFE and people can choose to move forward every day and turn a negative into a positive - Like Mr. Agassi has done in his life. The book? For the sake of making MORE money? I completely disagree with. Again, I realize he was obviously hurting - maybe not feeling 100% happy bottling up these emotions - but it comes down to money. I also know he does have his own foundation - but IMO the books proceeds should also go to his foundation or other various charities worldwide - anything less than that doesn't make any sense to me - personally. This book is a great read - but wholeheartedly feel - given Mr. Agassi's enormous wealth - that all profits go to charity.
OK - my bad. I guess this is the new "cool" thing to make it look like you care about the environment by using recyled paper. I'm changing my 1 star rating to 4 stars because I enjoyed the read and he's lucky enough to be married to my favorite tennis player.
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In the autobiography Open Andre Agassi lets us peek into his life and tennis career. The ups and downs. His failed marriage.Read more