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Black and White: The Way I See It
 
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Black and White: The Way I See It [Format Kindle]

Richard Williams , Bart Davis

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Richard Williams has long been widely regarded as an enigma. Now, in his own words he reveals himself as a proud—and sometimes dangerously stubborn—warrior with a keen, incisive mind. Part memoir and part how-to guide on raising children, this is a fascinating tale of a complex character who refused to give up or give in to the status quo. (Nathan McCall, author of Makes Me Wanna Holler)

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He’d set his mind to raise two of the greatest women champions in professional tennis well before they could even hold a racket. The father of Venus and Serena Williams had a grand plan for his daughters. The source of his vision, the method behind his execution, and the root of his indomitable spirit he held private. Until now. What he reveals about his success—his story of struggle, determination, hard work, and family—is told in the pages of this inspiring memoir, Black and White: The Way I See It.

Richard Williams, for the first time ever, shares stories about the poverty and violence of his early life in Shreveport, Louisiana, in the 1940s—a life that could have ended on the day he was born because of indifference, racism, and cruelty were it not for the strength of his mother and the kindness of a stranger. Williams’s mother was his hero, just as he became a hero to Venus and Serena, who express in the book the lessons he taught them and how much they love their much-criticized and even maligned father. His critics claimed that he was “in the way” of his daughters’ athletic success, that he was “destroying his daughters’ marketing and advertising abilities,” and even accused him of “abuse.”

Richard Williams describes a family life held together by the principles that matter most: courage, confidence, commitment, faith, and above all, love.

“When you’re younger, as a female, you flock to your father. When you get older, you’re closer to your mother. I still feel really, really close to my father. . . . We have a great relationship. There is an appreciation. There is a closeness because of what we’ve been through together, and a respect,” says Serena.

“Training started early for my kids, but it wasn’t only on the tennis courts. I used to take Venus and Serena to work with me so they could learn the importance of planning, responsibility, and a strong work ethic, even at their early age,” Richard Williams writes. The self-made man saw the value of education and had the discipline to practice what he learned. He went so far as to write a plan for his family’s future before his tennis champion daughters were ever born.

Richard Williams has walked a long, hard, exciting, and ultimately rewarding road for seventy years, fighting every hand raised against him while raising a loving family and two of the greatest tennis players who ever lived.

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5.0 étoiles sur 5 A Man with a Plan 6 mai 2014
Par Herbert L Calhoun - Publié sur Amazon.com
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Here is the life of a tough black man, told simply and cleanly, a man who endured the worse of racism both North and South, and the worse of ghetto violence in Compton, California, and still lived, not only to tell about it, but to thrive and produce two of the world's greatest tennis pair: Venus and Serena Williams.

Against severe odds -- lack of education, poverty and hatred -- Richard Williams survived, persevered and won. He was run out of Shreveport, La. by the Ku Klux Klan and out of Chicago by racism just as severe, but managed to put himself through school, established several profitable businesses, and then achieved the fondest of all his dreams: producing two of the world's greatest tennis players.

Of all of his dreams, the one closest to his heart was the plan he had put in place even before his daughters were born and even before he had any idea of how to play tennis himself, to make them two of the best tennis players in the world.

Once Venus and Serena were born, he taught them tennis by teaching them about life. Both lessons stuck and he produced not only two of the best women tennis players ever, but also two of the finest human beings ever. Williams' mission was accomplished. What an interesting and heart-warming story. Five stars
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Great story about my heroes 12 juin 2014
Par Robert McSpadden - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Format Kindle|Achat vérifié
I finally got the important pieces that were missing from the puzzle of my 23 years of being an ardent fan of the Williams family. Especially of Richard, Venus and Serena.I am a lifelong tennis player (since age 11) I was a Lynwood, California resident from 1933 to 1953..that's right I'm 80 years old. I retired from the Lynwood School District in 1992. During the last years before retirement I would run across Richard with Serena and Venus on the public courts of Lynwood and Hollydale . I remember distinctly how gracious, friendly, and proud Richard was when he would come over to the tennis court fence and talk with me while the girls were practicing. I guess he could tell I was totally impressed with what I was watching when he saw my jaw hanging close to the top of my chest. I got to talk with both Richard and Venus at Indian Wells at both the Tennis Garden and Grand Champions (the venue of the tourney before the garden) I was in the last two days of my first year of volunteer ushering at the Tennis Garden when the Venus-Serena semi was supposed to be played and it was canceled before it was played. I was ushering in lower bowl the Sunday of Serena's final with Kim Clister and witnessed the booing of Richard ,Venus and finally Serena as they came into the main stadium. I was never so disappointed in tennis fans in my life. I spent 13 more years volunteering at The Garden without being able to see them. Now that you know something about the person writing the review I will write about the book. The story of Venus and Serena and Richard coaching his daughters. This story is undoubtedly the best sports story of the last century.

I wasn't very far into the book when it dawned on me that this would make a great movie. I have long thought that Richard must have at least been a top collegiate player to be able to produce such beautiful strokes from those two little girls. Boy was I wrong. The part of the book that described his dream and how he made it come true was my favorite part. This book is a must read to understand the total story that is still unfolding about the lives of these two super champions.

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5.0 étoiles sur 5 A Poignant But Uplifting Story 19 mai 2014
Par JLMK - Publié sur Amazon.com
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Reading the first chapters of this biography was difficult for me, but I'm thankful that I decided to wade through them nonetheless.

Mr. Williams's biography exposes the reader to a world that, aside from those who directly experienced it, few could even fathom existed.

I don't consider myself to be wet behind the ears on the subject of prejudice and segregation in the Deep South, but even I was completely taken aback by many of the revelations that Mr. Williams chronicled.

Living conditions for an ordinary African American in early-20th-century Shreveport, LA, were a literal living hell!

The extent to which people abandoned their hopes, dreams, and aspirations, and decided to simply "exist," as a way of surviving the harsh realities of life was simply unfathomable.

It is literally a miracle that Mr. Williams was able to survive the triple whammy of not only having an absentee father, but of also being rejected totally and unconditionally by that same "father," add to that the extreme poverty and really lugubrious living conditions that his single-mother-household had to endure.

We also learn about his other struggles in Chicago (also unfathomable) and in California, particularly in Compton.

Incredibly, Richard Williams was probably a millionaire (in 1980 dollars!) by the time his daughters Serena and Venus were born. This is a new revelation, by the way. A simply amazing individual, you have to admit!

The reader is informed of how Richard, simply as an aside, discloses how he had a bank account with $810,000 sitting in it, at the time he conceived his plan to birth two daughters and make them tennis champions. Yet, he still decided to move to the ghetto, despite being a millionaire, and expose his children to the daily ugly grunt of life in a ghetto.

This is the portrait of a truly extraordinary and incredibly driven man. His life story is extraordinary, not because he was devoid of judgment errors, etc., but because he had the courage and conviction to overcome the harsh cards he was dealt throughout the entirety of his life, and continued to just keep the faith alive

As I write this review, Serena just won the 2014 Italian Open, defeating Sara Errani 6-3, 6-0.

I truly believe that those of us who have lived during the "Venus and Serena" era should savor every experience, because it might be a very long time indeed that anybody else comes close to having a similar impact on the sport of tennis.

A question I had that went unanswered in the bio was what, if anything, Mr. Williams did during the Vietnam war. Was he drafted? Did he avoid the draft? If so, by what means did he do that? Or did he fight in 'Nam? He's silent on that matter.

Otherwise, well done, sir!

Godspeed, and thank you for conceiving this incredible idea of taking your daughters to tennis greatness, for your undefeatable and undefatigable spirit, for your relentless drive, and for your laser-sharp focus on accomplishing what you set out to do.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Great story 8 juin 2014
Par Eutha Hankinson - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Format Kindle|Achat vérifié
I read this book in record time. Had a new opinion of the writer. Easy read and a page turner. I recommend this book for any reader
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4.0 étoiles sur 5 It's not about tennis... 14 mai 2014
Par JMR - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Format Kindle|Achat vérifié
Some shocking content on the history of this country and what it meant to be a black person in Louisiana, or anywhere in the country, 70 years ago... Not sure that I would recommend it because it was not at all what I expected (I was looking for tennis content) but as a civil rights document it's quite shocking and extremely humbling. The man clearly has clarity of purpose and vision and like him or not, what he accomplished is nothing short of phenomenal.
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