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Swing Your Sword: Leading the Charge in Football and Life Hardcover – July 7, 2011
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He’s one of the most unique people I’ve ever met. He’s infinitely curious about everything. He doesn’t come in there and meet new situations with an agenda. He likes to walk straight up and ask the tough questions. He loves it when someone is real as can be. He wants to learn something new. He wants to hear another point of view on something. Mike Leach is an infinitely interesting guy. His free association is epic. Nobody has the ability to free associate like this guy. He starts going and you’re thinking, ‘O.K., where are you going with this?’ I love his re-set. His re-set line is always, ‘well, the thing is.’ Whenever he switches gears to another subject, that his comma, it’s ‘Well, the thing is. . . ‘ (Matthew McConaughey)
Mike Leach has proved he can write a book that's as good as his passing schemes. I might add that it also ranks up there with his leadership and communication skills. Don't miss this eye-opening entertainment. (Dan Jenkins)
Mike Leach is a great leader and an amazing motivator of men. And he got screwed. He’s got fantastic ingenuity, not only on the football field, but what he did with Texas Tech. The guy was on the cover of the New York Times Sunday Magazine as the head coach of Texas Tech. Think about how unusual that is. He is just so smart and really is a great guy, and a great coach. (Donald Trump)
I could tell that our players liked him right away. What really struck me was how sure of himself of what he wanted to do. He had such conviction and confidence in his way of doing it and there wasn't any second guessing it: "This is what we're going to do. It is going to work. It has worked everywhere we've been." I remember feeling great. This is exactly what we needed to do. (Bob Stoops, Mike’s former boss at Oklahoma)
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Top Customer Reviews
This book is Leach's side of the story and is supported by emails and other documentation. If the supporting docs aren't legit TT Craig James and Spaeth need to offer up proof rather than conduct a anti Leach anti Feldman PR campaign.
That aside, I couldn't wait to get the book, and I haven't been disappointed in the least. I had trouble putting it down just to fix dinner or basically just going to bed!!! What a read!!! I already knew so much about Mike Leach and I understood the kind of person he was, but the book added so much more for my understanding of just what a GREAT man/coach/father/husband he is!!! Mike is a very principled person, a rare thing that we see around today. He has been a GREAT role model to the boys on his teams at various schools/programs. He has a VERY strong work ethic and expects the same from his kids. I identify with Mike being a retired teacher. The kids learn so much more from someone who holds their standards high!!! Mike proved that with his graduation rate being the best in the country for a public institution. After all, the education is what the boys are there for!!!
Be prepared when reading the book that you will have to have the time to actually sit and read and not be disturbed! When you get halfway through the book, forget about putting it down! It is a smooth easy read, one that you will enjoy! At the end of the book, you will feel honored having gotten to know and understand a great human being!!! Swing your swords, mates!!!!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Reading the emails didn't make me proud to be a Red Raider. The arrogance of Tech's administration reminded me of UT.Published 1 month ago by GRC
Great read for football geeks as well as anyone interested in hearing a genius and a maverick tell his story. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Michael Duncan
Good read if you're a fan of Mike Leach, WSU, or just want a glimpse at what happens inside the mad scientist's head. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Bria J
I've read a number of football books and about different coaches, but what makes this book great is the fact that Coach Leach is not a true football thinker. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Kindle Customer
Great read. I would highly recommend it for any fans of the game. Mike is truly a genius and fun to read about.Published 3 months ago by Jesse peppers
Fantastic book...great insight into Mike Leach's side of the story. Texas Tech lost out on a great coach...ask Washington State. They are loving him and the success of their team.Published 4 months ago by M. White
I am a die hard Alabama fan however this is 3rd time I have read Mike's book. We're ever he coaches will be my 2nd team. A most read for college football fans.Published 5 months ago by Amazon Customer
some interesting insights here, but ultimately gets bogged down in the detailsPublished 5 months ago by Kris Kron
Great read! Coach Leach is an amazing person. To learn that he started as a lawyer and gave that up for a $3000 a year football coaching job is amazing. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Xtina