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Dr. J: The Autobiography [Englisch] [Gebundene Ausgabe]

Julius Erving , Karl Taro Greenfeld
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5. November 2013

With startling honesty and an unmistakable voice, Dr. J is a historic self-portrait of an American legend, Julius "The Doctor" Erving.

With his flights of improvisation around the basket and his towering afro, Julius Erving became one of the most charismatic (and revolutionary) players basketball has ever known. But while the public has long revered this cultural icon, few have ever known of the double life of Julius Erving. Dr. J traces the inner lives of the nearly perfect player and the imperfect man—and how he has come to terms with both.

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  • Gebundene Ausgabe: 448 Seiten
  • Verlag: Harper (5. November 2013)
  • Sprache: Englisch
  • ISBN-10: 0062187929
  • ISBN-13: 978-0062187925
  • Größe und/oder Gewicht: 22,9 x 16,3 x 3,6 cm
  • Durchschnittliche Kundenbewertung: 5.0 von 5 Sternen  Alle Rezensionen anzeigen (1 Kundenrezension)
  • Amazon Bestseller-Rang: Nr. 123.236 in Fremdsprachige Bücher (Siehe Top 100 in Fremdsprachige Bücher)

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“A deeply personal and almost shockingly honest book.” (New York Daily News)

“There’s enough basketball here to keeps fans interested, but the book isn’t really about what happens on the court. It’s about a thoughtful man who, for a time in his youth, was a famous athlete. A rewarding reading experience.” (Booklist)

“The book is quite an accomplishment: a terrific memoir by a man worthy of one.” (Sports Illustrated)

“The NBA’s most transformative player submits an unusually revealing autobiography.” (Kirkus Reviews)

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Julius Erving is one of the greatest professional basketball players of all time and an American icon. He lives in Atlanta with his family. This is his first book.

Karl Taro Greenfeld is the author of six previous books, including the acclaimed memoir Boy Alone and the novel Triburbia. His fiction has appeared in Harper's Magazine, the Paris Review, Best American Short Stories, and the PEN/O. Henry Prize Stories. He has been a longtime writer for Time and Sports Illustrated, among many other publications, and his nonfiction has been collected in Best American Sports Writing, Best American Non-Required Reading, Best American Travel Writing, and Best Creative Nonfiction.

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5.0 von 5 Sternen Great Book 25. März 2014
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Very good book about the Doctor, who was the mots spectacular Basketball player, before a guy named Michael Jordan came along. Detailed and honestly written, I liked this book a lot.
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“I believe that while what I achieved is only possible in the United States, my faults are my own, singular and personal…”

“I am a husband, trying and not always succeeding to live up to vows of fidelity amid the seductions of celebrity and fame…”

“I am an American man whose journey has been blessed by the great gifts that America offers… wealth, fame, championships, awards… and also scoured by the tragedies that are a part of the human experience. I have lost too many loved ones.”

“I ask for no pity; I only want to relate what I have felt and seen.”

“I have hurt too many people.”

“For that I ask forgiveness.”

The above words are a partial excerpt from Julius Erving’s preface. These heartfelt and ego-free sentiments… will provide the reader with a notice that you’re about to read a sports autobiography that comes from a much different shelf… than the overflowing one filled with mindless… me… me… mantra… of countless athletes.

As the story begins in childhood… the reader at first will think that the writing has an “infantile” feel to it… then as it continues… you’ll slowly start to realize… that the telling of the story is as if you’re actually inside young “June” (Julius’s nickname with family members… short for Junior)… and you’re actually looking through his eyes… you even feel as if you’re his size… as he continues to jump… and jump.. and jump… trying to be able to look out the window in his home. The love between all members of the Erving family is both touching and nostalgic. The lessons that come along with the love from “The Doctor’s” Mother… reminds you of the way America used to be… and at least the way you wish it to be now. Along with an older sister… there’s a Father not in his daily life… and who dies young… there is also younger brother Marky… who is sickly… and idolizes Julius… and not only lives through his older brother’s accomplishments… but deluges June with questions on all subjects. Julius is Marky’s protector… and he loves him so deeply… that his short life of illness… is one of the tragedies that will never leave The Doctor’s soul for all eternity.

Order… Order… Order…

You’ll come to appreciate that Erving loves order in his life… everywhere! His pencils need to be in order… his clothes need to be in order… he loves sports because there is an order to it. Order… Order… Order! Regarding basketball… “What I have is powerful and easily observed love for the game.”

He is always jumping… rising up… jumping… rising up! His coaches become Father figures… whether in “sal” ball (Salvation Army)… high school… or college. Despite his playground machismo and artistry… he also likes the plays… the signals from the coach… the order. Growing up in the tumultuous sixties… The Doctor… refuses to hate… despite bigotry… despite continuous pressure from those around him. His evolving into a playground legend… is once again written as if you’re viewing it through his very eyes. The basketball accomplishments that probably every reader is aware of is definitely covered in this book… but it becomes secondary… to the man… the person… the gentleman… the American… the class act… that even during shortcomings… and moments of weakness… Julius Erving one way or another eventually paints with class. He doesn’t blame other people… he not only stands up… he rises… he rises… up!

The writing… really seems more than mere writing… in this book. I don’t know if a scholar would call it first person… second person… narrative… I just don’t know. What I do know… it’s like poetry… with its own flowing rhythm… and a view from the reader’s eyes… into Erving’s heart… and out through his eyes… for a panoramic absorption of The Doctor’s lifetime experiences… and emotions.

I am the same age as Julius… I was born in the same part of the country as Julius… basketball was as big a part of my life as his… and the individual basketball exploits shared… I was definitely looking forward to when I bought this book… I am especially pleased … that younger readers will get an education regarding one very important historical fact. Basketball didn’t start and end with Michael Jordan… before Jordan there was The Doctor… and before The Doctor… there was Elgin Baylor… and I’m ever so glad… that Julius makes it perfectly clear… that it was Elgin Baylor that inspired him to pattern his play after… jumping… jumping… rising up!

But… in the end… the power… and dignity… of this book… is not the basketball… it’s the man… Julius Erving!
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Probably the best sports autobiography I have ever read, and I have read a lot of them. It's a page turner and really emotional. It gave me a lot of insights into the man, the times, and especially, the game. I bought 5 of 'em to give to the ballers I play with. Just great.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen one of the Greatest players ever and a Class Act 6. November 2013
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DR J WAS poetry in the air and truly one of a kind. He is one of the Greatest Basketball Players and also a very down to earth Brother. no matter what the term you use, be it Swag, Cool, Cold, Smooth Dr J was that cat who had it like that. now this Book Covers his Career and what happen off the court, various Ups and downs and what shaped up his life then and now. he left a mark on and off the court. He was a Black SuperStar in an Era where there weren't a whole lot as you have now. he broke alot of Ground. Doc was so Badd He made the NBA come to him and Bring him there. Michael Jordan, Dominique Wilkens, Vince Carter, Kobe Bryant, Dwayne wade, Lebron James amongest others owe a debt to the Greatness and Ground Breaking Player that Dr J Julius Erving was.

very detail and very compelling and One of those books that allows you in to his world and you learn so much more.
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4.0 von 5 Sternen A quick, interesting read. 16. Dezember 2013
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Julius Erving, "Dr. J," was an ABA and NBA legend. He was given
good values by his mother and sister. His parents were divorced
& he seldom saw his father,"Tank," named after a favorite card

Dr. J passed up cigarettes, alcohol(seldom used), drugs, gangs.
In favor of his vision of his future as a college graduate who
becomes a businessman. He accomplished these goals with a few
barriers along the way.

It was heart-wrenching to read about his brother Marky, sister
Freda & son Cory who all died too soon.

Dr J. praised the skills of his coaches & other basketball greats.
Such as Bill Russell, "Pistol" Pete Maravich, Magic Johnson, Larry
Bird, Moses Malone etc. He mentioned one pro basketball player,
Billy Ray Bates, described as "an amazing athletic specimen" but
illiterate. No details were offered. Was Bates just passed from
one grade to the next? Did he "graduate" high school? "Graduate"
college? Erving kept his cool under stress. Imagine playing in
front of 17,000+ fans!!

Erving was involved in a court case for being committed to 3 pro

Erving was honest about his strengths & times he was imperfect.
But he rationalized having 2 "outside" babies, by 2 women other
than his wife. Either be married or single- just choose one!!!

Edited to add ideas.
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4.0 von 5 Sternen Dr. J: The Autobiography 29. Dezember 2013
Von Lauren Ukkerd - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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This was an excellent book. I grew up watching Dr. J when he played with the Sixers along with Mo Cheeks, Moses Malone, Bobby Jones, Andrew Toney, etc., so it was interesting to read his story from childhood to adulthood, through his basketball career and after his retirement. The book was so interesting and entertaining because I felt as though Dr. J. was being very honest and thorough with his life. He did not try to hide his mistakes or transgressions and he admitted when he did things wrong. It was also interesting because it gives the reader a true insight into how a pro athlete has to live their lives with all the fame and fortune that comes along with being a famous and rich athlete. The book also gives you an inside view of the difference between the pros of Dr. J.'s era who worked hard, didn't complain and busted their butts in the games as opposed to the young players of today. This book reminded me of why I loved the NBA back in the 60's, 70's, and 80's and less so today. I would highly recommend this book to any basketball fan and especially anyone who grew up in the Dr. J. era.
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