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Open: An Autobiography Paperback – August 10, 2010
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A New York Times Notable Book and a Forbes, San Francisco Chronicle, and Washington Post Best Book of the Year
“Agassi may have just penned one of the best sports autobiographies of all time. Check—it’s one of the better memoirs out there, period. . . . An unvarnished, at times inspiring story [told] in an arresting, muscular style. . . . Agassi’s memoir is just as entrancing as his tennis game.”
“Fascinating. . . . Inspiring. . . . Open describes Agassi’s personal odyssey with brio and unvarnished candor. . . . [Agassi’s] career-comeback tale is inspiring but even more so is another Open storyline. It could be called: The punk grows up. . . . Countless athletes start charitable foundations, but frequently the organizations are just tax shelters or PR stunts. For Agassi helping others has instead become his life’s calling. . . . Open is a superb memoir, but it hardly closes the books on an extraordinary life.”
—The Wall Street Journal
“Honest in a way that such books seldom are. . . . An uncommonly well-written sports memoir. . . . Bracingly devoid of triumphalist homily, Agassi’s is one of the most passionately anti-sports books ever written by a superstar athlete.”
—The New York Times
“Not your typical jock-autobio fare. This literate and absorbing book is, as the title baldly states, Agassi’s confessional, a wrenching chronicle of his lifelong search for identity and serenity, on and off the court.”
—Los Angeles Times
“The writing here is exceptional. It is can’t-put-down good.”
“An honest, substantive, insightful autobiography. . . . The bulk of this extraordinary book vividly recounts a lost childhood, a Dickensian adolescence, and a chaotic struggle in adulthood to establish an identity. . . . While not without excitement, Agassi’s comeback to No. 1 is less uplifting than his sheer survival, his emotional resilience, and his good humor in the face of the luckless cards he was often dealt.”
—The Washington Post
“The most revealing, literate, and toes-stompingly honest sports autobiography in history”
—Rick Reilly, ESPN
“Much more than a drug confession—Agassi weaves a fascinating tale of professional tennis and personal adversity. . . . His tale shows that success is measured both on and off the court.”
—New York Post
“Not only has Agassi bared his soul like few professional athletes ever have, he’s done it with a flair and force that most professional writers can’t even pull off.”
“[A] heartfelt memoir . . . Agassi’s style is open, all right, and his book, like so many of his tennis games, is a clear winner.”
—O, The Oprah Magazine
“Hard-won self-knowledge irradiates almost every page of Open. . . . Not just a first-rate sports memoir but a genuine bildungsroman, darkly funny yet also anguished and soulful. It confirms what Agassi’s admirers sensed from the outset, that this showboat . . . was not clamoring for attention but rather conducting a struggle to wrest some semblance of selfhood from the sport that threatened to devour him.”
—The New York Times Book Review
“A riveting and reflective memoir by a man who rose to the top of his sport—despite hating it.”
—San Francisco Chronicle
“Celebrity tell-alls have rarely been this honest and this interesting.”
“A vivid portrait of the internal battle faced in some measure by every athlete.”
“Articulate. . . . Expertly rendered.”
—The Morning News (Boston)
“Refreshingly candid. . . . This lively, revealing, and entertaining book is certain to roil the tennis world and make a big splash beyond.”
About the Author
Andre Agassi played tennis professionally from 1986 to 2006. Often ranked number one, he captured eight Grand Slam singles championships. Founder of the Andre Agassi Charitable Foundation, he has raised more than $85 million for the Andre Agassi College Preparatory Academy for underprivileged children in Las Vegas, where he lives with his wife, Stefanie Graf, and their two children.
Visit the author's website: www.agassifoundation.org
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Well, that was Andre Mark II. Andre Mark I was a different person and this autobiography tells the story of how he grew up - from living under a tough father in Las Vegas, to a punk rock prodigy under Nick Bollettieri in Florida and on to an "image is everything" meteoric career as a pro before crashing out and then climbing back to the top and creating wonderful memories of his clashes with Pete Sampras and others.
Life as a top athlete seems like it would be the best! Adulation, fame, fortune - It's all there for the taking. Andre does a great job of taking us behind the scenes and providing a reality check. Brutal training regimens, loneliness, incessant travel are the flip side of life at the top. Agassi's journey from precocious kid to mature adult is a great lesson for kids who want to reach the top of their sporting mountain as well as for their parents. I suspect that Mr. and Mrs. Agassi were happy that their tennis playing, tv commercial kid was just an actor - for Agassi knows the agony and the ecstasy of the journey.
The lasting impression of this book is a kid who had great sporting talent and withstood the test of time to become something more than an ex-jock. A family man and philanthropist - happily ever after!
What I really loved about him was the way he cherished friends and loved ones and how he'd go out of his way to be kind and loving to them. He was not happy playing tennis, but discovered the secret of life along the way: get out of your head and self-centeredness and love and help others. This is just a great guy in my opinion. It was fun to read about his tennis career (the childhood part wasn't fun...it was fascinating though), but it was his appealing, smart and funny personality that carried the book for me.
Highly recommended whether you're into tennis or not
As for Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal, both of whom criticized Agassi for his honesty about using drugs and questioned the veracity of his claims of physical and psychological abuse at the hands of his father and trainers, I only have this to say—you may have been Agassi's opponents, but you're not his friends. And neither of you could ever write a book as honest as this.
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