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Life on the Run (RosettaBooks Sports Classics Book 4) (English Edition) [Format Kindle]

Bill Bradley

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"A thinking man's guide to basketball [with] fascinating insights into the author himself."

-- Wall Street Journal

"A remarkable book written by a remarkable man."

-- Sporting News

Présentation de l'éditeur

What readers first notice about Bill Bradley's exceptional book about his life as a pro-athlete, key basketball player for the New York Knicks, is his incredible candor. Bradley holds nothing back--giving us the straight story, describing in full detail the physical and emotional position on the court, to what was said and how it was said, to the somewhat surreal experience of seeing and experiencing the fans in their seats as they applaud or throw things.

Bradley's on-court writing is as fast and direct and full of vigor as the game of basketball. The book conveys to us what it was really all about: how it felt to be him in the moment. And he succeeds. What is more striking perhaps is that Bradley balances this with his off-court writing: scenes of driving on the bus with the team through a grey downtown Cleveland as they make their way to the airport--industrial cities that have long ago burnt out, he tell us, the car wheels sucking on the wet pavement. Bradley brings life on the road as a pro-athlete to life. He writes with a directness that is fresh and unexpected. Reader's will enjoy this key-hole view into the life of a pro-athlete: they may laugh at some of what they see, be fascinated, and by turns, be horrified.

Life on the Run was named by Sports Illustrated as one of the top 100 Sports Books.


Bradley went on after his pro basketball career to serve as a United States Senator between 1982 and 1998. Senator Bradley hosts the radio program American Voices, which appears on Sirius Satellite Radio--a program that highlights the accomplishments of Americans, both famous and not so famous. In 1982, Bradley was elected to the Basketball Hall of Fame. In 2000, Bradley was a Democratic nominee for President of the United States of America.

"A thinking man's guide to basketball [with] fascinating insights into the author himself."

--Wall Street Journal

"A remarkable book written by a remarkable man."

--Sporting News

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  • Format : Format Kindle
  • Taille du fichier : 550 KB
  • Nombre de pages de l'édition imprimée : 246 pages
  • Editeur : RosettaBooks (9 janvier 2014)
  • Vendu par : Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Langue : Anglais
  • ASIN: B007BSPKP4
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4.0 étoiles sur 5 A Trenchant Examination of Life as a Professional Athlete 17 mai 1999
Par David Schlesinger (davidsles@erols.com) - Publié sur Amazon.com
Bradley's memoir of the waning games in the New York Knicks' 1973-74 season (the season after they won their second NBA championship) contains many observations about professional sports that, unfortunately, continue to ring true today: the shameless exploitation of undereducated athletes by agents and comparable parasites; the intrinsic harshness of an itinerant existence during a roadtrip on the West Coast; the grueling physical and mental demands of the NBA regular season; the evanescent nature of fan support. Given all of the above, why then would anyone want to play NBA basketball? Well, Bradley also does a fine job of describing the many thrills an athlete can derive from, among other things, being exhalted by home fans; winning a championship; and being part of a selflless team unit that manages to sublimate individualistic tendancies in its pursuit of greater goals. Bradley's book, from what I can gather, was revolutionary for its time in that it eschewed the type of hagiographic approach that many writers took toward the world of professional sports and ablely demonstrated the myriad difficulties associated with being a player in the nation's largest media spotlight. It should be a must- read for all aspiring NBA players -- especially those players who are considering foregoing several (or all) years of their collegiate eligibilities to make a fast buck. They should be forewarned: "All that glitters isn't gold."
3 internautes sur 3 ont trouvé ce commentaire utile 
5.0 étoiles sur 5 This book is very inspiring. Bradley is the man. 27 décembre 1998
Par B Weg - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Broché|Achat vérifié
With all the hoopla surrounding Bradley's potential run at the presidency, this book offers unique insight from a non-politics perspective. It chronicles the last few weeks of a Knick's season, and all the emotion that comes with it. Also, Bradley provides commentary on a variety of topics which are still very relevant... i.e. the formation of the NBA Player's Association. The book reads very well, and there is interesting background coverage of Bradley's teammates, many of whom are well-known today. I HIGHLY recommend this book to everyone - from sports buff to the just curious. It is awesome!
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 A Must-Read 19 juillet 1999
Par Un client - Publié sur Amazon.com
Bill Bradley's account of three weeks in the life of an NBA team in the '70's is as much a stunningly insightful social commentary as it is a nice, easily-rambling, "On the Road"-style ride. Beautiful.
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3.0 étoiles sur 5 Concise portrait of a sports life on the road 11 avril 2013
Par Avid Reader - Publié sur Amazon.com
Bill Bradley was one of the most famous and revered athletes in America in the 1960s. It's hard to remember this today because he didn't leave much of a sports legacy, nor, for that matter, much of a legacy as a U.S. Senator.

Bradley wrote this book to document himself at a particular time in his life: near the end of his pro basketball career as he pondered what to do with the wealth, fame, and credibility that he had accumulated. The book has some aspects of a sports tell-all, in the sense that he mentions sex with groupies, taking lots of pain medication, and the increasingly bitter fights between players and owners about salaries, unionization, etc. But it's not a salacious book. Details are withheld, which is the right way to do things.

Perhaps the best parts of the book are the short portraits of Bradley's key teammates: Willis Reed, Walt Frazier, Jerry Lucas, Earl Monroe, Dave DeBusschere, Phil Jackson, etc. Bradley succeeds with the light touch of giving some information, but not doing too much. We learn about their lives off the court, as they pursue business deals and think carefully about their public image --- especially the Black players who have access to unimagined opportunities, but yet still must contend with a racist society. Bradley lets those players talk about racism, and he shows it with small anecdotes, such as a white father in Houston who won't take a step towards a black mom of his son's junior high basketball teammate, in order to shake hands. In these ways, Bradley whets your appetite to read a long magazine story or even a memoir by those players.

Bradley also does a nice job of explaining the loneliness and rigors of life on the road. Those were the days of playing 5 away games in 6 days and traveling on commercial flights, not charters. Players would shower after a game and take a bus to the airport at midnight, arrive in the new city at 3 a.m., and then sleep 'til early afternoon, if their internal clocks allowed them to rest. It was tough.

The other part that stood out for me about that travel was that the players paid attention to the news in the city in which they arrived. Without iPhones and other communications devices, they could only read the local newspaper. Today's athlete stays in a bubble of his own interest as he travels around the country. He can watch his local TV news or read his favorite Tweets or whatever. He can ignore his surroundings. And that's a loss today.

On the downside, the book is riddled with editing errors. I'll give Bradley the benefit of the doubt that he knows where to place an apostrophe, and that the person who retyped this book for the newest edition (probably outsourced to India) made the mistakes. Also, Bradley's reflections about himself are a bit bland. He writes about playing or practicing basketball at least three hours a day, every single day, from his teenage years through his time at Princeton. What did he learn besides the importance of repetition and discipline?

For a guy who's well-read, intelligent, and thoughtful, it feels like he's holding back in this book. To some degree, it's his nature as an introvert. To some degree, he was uncomfortable about the adulation he received in the media during college as a star at Princeton and then a Rhodes Scholar. And to some degree, he shows a commendable level of restraint at a time (mid-1970s) when a lot of people were letting it all hang out.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Insightful and thoughtful 29 juin 2010
Par Barry Sparks - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Broché|Achat vérifié
Bill Bradley's Life on the Run is an insightful and thoughtful account of what it was like to be a professional basketball player in the mid-1970s. Bradley writes about a bygone era--one where all the players weren't multimillionaires, teams traveled commercial, there was no ESPN and media oversaturation and players roomed together. While some things have changed since the book was published nearly 35 years ago, many of the things are the same.

Bradley, a star at Princeton, chose to attend Oxford as a Rhodes Scholar for two years before joining the New York Knicks in the NBA. He thought he wouldn't play professionally, but he realized he missed the game while at Oxford.

Bradley was the symbol of the Christian, scholar/athlete, but he says much of that image was overblown. "I studied, practiced and went to church, but the media exaggerated each facet of my life until expectations were such that I could never fulfill. The greater the acclaim, the more certain it was that the public appetite could never be satisfied. The only way out, I thought, was to reject basketball and become a lawyer or businessman."

Bradley says being a professional athlete is a mixed blessing. He shows both sides of the coin in his book. He tells how players spend their days (and yes it's boring much of the time), how they cope with physical exertion, travel and constant aches and pains. He provides interesting profiles of his teammates and says that on many teams friendship is overblown and even hypocritical.

Unlike most players today, Bradley was obsessed with team basketball and not individual statistics. "I do not depend on the outside for recognition," writes Bradley. "The press and public approval mean little to me. What is important is my own judgment as to whether the team plays according to my estimate of how an ideal team should."

The 1970 championship Knicks vindicated Bradley's concept and approach to the game.

"Success of the group assures the success of the individual," he writes, "but not the other way around."

It's truly a pleasure to rub shoulders with Bradley and his Knick teammates for 230 pages.
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