He speaks openly for the first time about his lifelong battle with depression, shaquille o'neal, and Kobe Bryant, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, low self-esteem, with owners Jack Kent Cooke and Jerry Buss, and his complex relationships with NBA legends Elgin Baylor, Bill Russell, Wilt Chamberlain, Pat Riley, coach Phil Jackson, and many more.
. Unsparing in its self-assessment, west by west is a profound confession and a magnificent inspiration, a book that generated much discussion when it was published last year and is sure to be talked about for years to come. Jerry west is one of the most revered and enigmatic sports icons of all time, but beneath the surface lies a complicated man who shares his true story with unflinching candor.
West by west recounts west's difficult journey from an abusive childhood in West Virginia and the loss of a beloved brother to war to his All-American success at West Virginia University, and his brilliant 40-year career with the Los Angeles Lakers.
When the Game Was Ours
Mariner Books. Their uncommonly competitive relationship came to symbolize the most compelling rivalry in the NBA. These were the basketball epics of the 1980s — Celtics vs Lakers, Old School vs Showtime, physical vs finesse, East vs West, even white vs black. We hear him talk with candor about playing through chronic pain and its truly exacting toll.
In magic we see a young, invincible star struggle with the sting of defeat, not just as a player but as a team leader. We are there the moment he learns he’s contracted HIV and hear in his own words how that devastating news impacted his relationships in basketball and beyond. But always, in both cases, we see them prevail.
A compelling, up-close-and-personal portrait of basketball’s most inimitable duo, When the Game Was Ours is a reevaluation of three decades in counterpoint. It is also a rollicking ride through professional basketball’s best times. From the moment these two players took the court on opposing sides, they engaged in a fierce physical and psychological battle.
Each pushed the other to greatness — together Bird and Johnson collected eight NBA Championships, six MVP awards and helped save the floundering NBA at its most critical time. When it started they were bitter rivals, but along the way they became lifelong friends. With intimate, fly-on-the-wall detail, when the Game Was Ours transports readers to this electric era of basketball and reveals for the first time the inner workings of two players dead set on besting one another.
Hang Time: My Life in Basketball
At the beginning of his career, he was forced to stay in separate hotel rooms. Army and the lakers, his time as a central figure in the great celtics-lakers rivalry and how he helped break down color barriers in the sport, his early years as an executive for the New Orleans Jazz, his 1964 All-Star game boycott, and twenty-two years as general manager for the notorious L.
A. He’s played with the legends, lived with them, and knows more about the NBA than anyone living, and is finally ready to set the record straight. Elgin baylor’s memoir of an epic all-star career in the nba—during which he transformed basketball from a horizontal game to a vertical one—and his fights against racism during his career as a player and as general manager of the LA Clippers under the infamous Donald Sterling People think of Elgin Baylor as one of the greatest basketball players in the history of the game—and one of the NBA’s first black superstars—but the full extent of his legacy stretches beyond his spectacular, game-changing shots and dunks.
No one has seen the league change, and has worked to bring change, more than Baylor. For the first time, Elgin Baylor tells his full story. Mariner Books. With startling symmetry, Baylor recounts his story: flying back and forth between the U. S. Clippers and donald sterling, spent fighting to draft and sign young, black phenoms—only to be hamstrung by his boss at every turn.
Originals: How Non-Conformists Move the World
Learn from an entrepreneur who pitches his start-ups by highlighting the reasons not to invest, an analyst who overturned the rule of secrecy at the CIA, a woman at Apple who challenged Steve Jobs from three levels below, a billionaire financial wizard who fires employees for failing to criticize him, and a TV executive who didn’t even work in comedy but saved Seinfeld from the cutting-room floor.
In originals he again addresses the challenge of improving the world, but now from the perspective of becoming original: choosing to champion novel ideas and values that go against the grain, battle conformity, and buck outdated traditions. The #1 new york times bestseller that examines how people can champion new ideas—and how leaders can fight groupthink, from the author of Give and Take and co-author of Option B “Reading Originals made me feel like I was seated across from Adam Grant at a dinner party, as one of my favorite thinkers thrilled me with his insights and his wonderfully new take on the world.
Malcolm gladwell, author of outliers and the Tipping Point “Originals is one of the most important and captivating books I have ever read, full of surprising and powerful ideas. The payoff is a set of groundbreaking insights about rejecting conformity and improving the status quo. Penguin Books. It will not only change the way you see the world; it might just change the way you live your life.
How can we originate new ideas, policies, and practices without risking it all? using surprising studies and stories spanning business, and entertainment, politics, sports, Grant explores how to recognize a good idea, choose the right time to act, build a coalition of allies, speak up without getting silenced, and manage fear and doubt; how parents and teachers can nurture originality in children; and how leaders can build cultures that welcome dissent.
And it could very well inspire you to change your world.
Life of Pi
Soon the tiger has dispatched all but Pi, knowledge, whose fear, and cunning allow him to coexist with Richard Parker for 227 days while lost at sea. When pi is sixteen, his family emigrates from India to North America aboard a Japanese cargo ship, along with their zoo animals bound for new homes. When they finally reach the coast of Mexico, Richard Parker flees to the jungle, never to be seen again.
The japanese authorities who interrogate Pi refuse to believe his story and press him to tell them "the truth. After hours of coercion, pi tells a second story, a story much less fantastical, much more conventional--but is it more true? Mariner Books. The ship sinks. Pi finds himself alone in a lifeboat, his only companions a hyena, an orangutan, and Richard Parker, a wounded zebra, a 450-pound Bengal tiger.
The son of a zookeeper, Pi Patel has an encyclopedic knowledge of animal behavior and a fervent love of stories. Penguin Books. Mariner Books.
Loose Balls: The Short, Wild Life of the American Basketball Association
With its stress on wide-open individual play, the adoption of the 3-point shot and pressing defense, today's NBA is still—decades later —just the ABA without the red, and the encouragement of flashy moves and flying dunks, white and blue ball. The nba may have won the financial battle, but the ABA won the artistic war.
. Mariner Books. It's a wild ride through some of the wackiest, strangest times ever to hit pro sports—told entirely through the often incredible words of those who played, funniest, wrote and connived their way through the league's nine seasons. Loose balls is, after all these years, the definitive and most widely respected history of the ABA.
What do julius erving, bob costas, moses malone, the indiana pacers, Larry Brown, the San Antonio Spurs and the Slam Dunk Contest have in common? They all got their professional starts in the American Basketball Association. What do julius erving, larry brown, the indiana pacers, bob costas, Moses Malone, the San Antonio Spurs and the Slam Dunk Contest have in common? They all got their professional starts in the American Basketball Association.
Mariner Books. Penguin Books.
The Undoing Project: A Friendship That Changed Our Minds
One of the greatest partnerships in the history of science, led to a new approach to government regulation, Kahneman and Tversky’s extraordinary friendship incited a revolution in Big Data studies, advanced evidence-based medicine, and made much of Michael Lewis’s own work possible. Lewis has given us a spectacular account of two great men who faced up to uncertainty and the limits of human reason.
William easterly, wall street journal forty years ago, Israeli psychologists Daniel Kahneman and Amos Tversky wrote a series of breathtakingly original papers that invented the field of behavioral economics. Penguin Books. Brilliant. In the undoing project, lewis shows how their Nobel Prize–winning theory of the mind altered our perception of reality.
Mariner Books. Mariner Books.
Pistol: The Life of Pete Maravich
Pistol pete, a ballplayer unlike any other, was a product of his father's vanity and vision. By telling one family's history, Kriegel has traced the history of the game and a large slice of the American narrative. Mariner Books. But he wasn't merely a mesmerizing showman. Now acclaimed author mark kriegel has brilliantly captured the saga of an American family: its rise, and, finally, its apparent ruin, its redemption.
Almost four decades have passed since Maravich entered the national consciousness as basketball's boy wizard. With the ball in his hands, Maravich had a singular power to inspire awe, inflict embarrassment, or even tell a joke. It's the stuff of classic novels: the story of a boy transformed by his father's dream—and the cost of that dream.
A renowned biographer—people magazine called him “a master”—Kriegel renders his subject with a style that is, by turns, lyrical, heartbreaking, and electric. Press maravich had been a neglected child trapped in a hellish industrial town, but the game enabled him to blossom. Maravich was a child prodigy, a prodigal son, his father's ransom in a Faustian bargain, and a Great White Hope.
Pistol is more than the biography of a ballplayer. The narrative begins in 1929, the year a missionary gave Pete's father a basketball. It also caused him to confuse basketball with salvation.
Golden Days: West's Lakers, Steph's Warriors, and the California Dreamers Who Reinvented Basketball
Tying together the two strands of mccallum’s story is Hall of Famer Jerry West, the ferociously competitive Laker guard who later became one of the key architects of the Warriors. The bestselling author of dream team tells the interconnected stories of the NBA champion Golden State Warriors and the early-1970s Los Angeles Lakers, two extraordinary teams playing in extraordinary times and linked by one extraordinary man: Jerry West.
In golden days, acclaimed sports journalist Jack McCallum uses two teams—today’s Golden State Warriors and the L. A. Full of juicy anecdotes and wagging fun. Mccallum holds legitimate claim for being the greatest NBA writer of all time. The wall street journal“only one writer I know could pull all this together: two iconic champions, two roundball revolutions, and the deadeye legend whose silhouette binds them both.
. If basketball writing had a logo, it would be the image of Jack McCallum. Lee jenkins, sports illustrated “i had the pleasure of playing with, and coaching for Jerry West, senior writer, coaching with, one of the great influences in the history of the NBA. Featuring up-close-and-personal portraits of some of the biggest names in basketball history, from Wilt Chamberlain to Steve Kerr to the transcendent duo of Stephen Curry and Kevin Durant, Golden Days is a history, not just of a changing sport, but a changing America.
Penguin Books. His job is to destroy the most illegal of commodities, the printed book, along with the houses in which they are hidden. Montag never questions the destruction and ruin his actions produce, Mildred, returning each day to his bland life and wife, who spends all day with her television “family.
But then he meets an eccentric young neighbor, clarisse, who introduces him to a past where people didn’t live in fear and to a present where one sees the world through the ideas in books instead of the mindless chatter of television. When mildred attempts suicide and Clarisse suddenly disappears, Montag begins to question everything he has ever known.
Mariner Books. Ray bradbury's internationally acclaimed novel Fahrenheit 451 is a masterwork of twentieth-century literature set in a bleak, dystopian future. 249 pages. Paperback. Ray bradbury’s internationally acclaimed novel Fahrenheit 451 is a masterwork of twentieth-century literature set in a bleak, dystopian future.
Guy montag is a fireman. Mariner Books. In his world, where television rules and literature is on the brink of extinction, firemen start fires rather than put them out.
The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy
Paperback. Del Rey. New york times bestseller • “extremely funny. Characters frolic through the galaxy with infectious joy. Publishers weekly“irresistable!”—The Boston Globe Mariner Books. Ray bradbury's internationally acclaimed novel Fahrenheit 451 is a masterwork of twentieth-century literature set in a bleak, dystopian future.
249 pages. Penguin Books. And over much too soon. The washington post book worldnominated as one of america’s best-loved novels by pbs’s the great american ReadSeconds before Earth is demolished to make way for a galactic freeway, for the last fifteen years, a researcher for the revised edition of The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy who, Arthur Dent is plucked off the planet by his friend Ford Prefect, has been posing as an out-of-work actor.
Together, zaphod’s girlfriend, a paranoid, whom arthur tried to pick up at a cocktail party once upon a time zone; Marvin, brilliant, this dynamic pair began a journey through space aided by a galaxyful of fellow travelers: Zaphod Beeblebrox—the two-headed, and chronically depressed robot; and Veet Voojagig, three-armed ex-hippie and totally out-to-lunch president of the galaxy; Trillian formerly Tricia McMillan, a former graduate student obsessed with the disappearance of all the ballpoint pens he’s bought over the years.
Where are these pens? why are we born? why do we die? For all the answers, stick your thumb to the stars!Praise for The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy“A whimsical oddyssey. Mariner Books.