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“Bill Walton won at every level with extraordinary skill and intelligence. Yet more importantly, he continues to win in the game of life.” (Bill Russell, Bill Walton’s favorite player ever)

“Elegaic yet exuberant. . . . A celebration of a life in sports that is also a frank assessment of the toll basketball took on his body. . . . [Walton] writes writes with admirable candor.” (John Swansburg The New York Times Book Review)

“A remarkable journey of resilience, reinvention and ultimate triumph told in the unique voice of one of the great pundits—and players—of our generation.” (David J. Stern, NBA Commissioner Emeritus)

“This isn’t a basketball story, it’s a story of victory over adversity and the Tao of positive thinking. Quitters never win and winners never quit. Bill Walton is a winner.” (Mickey Hart, Drummer/Percussionist, Grateful Dead)

“Bill Walton played the game of life with the same verve as he did the game of basketball, even in the face of crippling injuries and withering pain. Funny, poignant and inspiring, Back from the Dead is a rollicking, riveting memoir, told with characteristic honesty by one of America’s most compelling personalities.” (David Axelrod, Author of BELIEVER: My Forty Years in Politics)

“Larger than life, with a heart and soul to match his reach and accomplishments, Bill Walton has written a compelling autobiography, Back from the Dead. This is Walton at his best, a great friend who helps you overcome even the most brutal setback.” (Roger McNamee, tech investor, musician, Deadhead)

“Walton adroitly weaves his personal and professional lives in this frequently stirring memoir. . . . [His] love for life and the people and things in it—including his college coach, John Wooden—is infectious. You can’t stop reading, or rooting for the man.” (Publishers Weekly)

"Fervent, witty. . . . One of the NBA's 50 greatest players scores another basket—a deeply personal one." (Kirkus Reviews)

Über den Autor und weitere Mitwirkende

Bill Walton was NCAA player of the year at UCLA from 1972 to 1974, when UCLA set an NCAA record eighty-eight consecutive-game winning streak. A former NBA Champion and MVP, he was inducted into the Basketball Hall of Fame and selected as one of the NBA’s Fifty Greatest Players ever. He has also had a successful award-winning broadcasting career with ABC, ESPN, NBC, MSNBC, CBS, Turner, and Fox, among others. He currently resides in his hometown of San Diego with his family. Visit him at BillWalton.com.

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5.0 von 5 Sternen Bill's Long Strange Trip Through the Game of Life 22. März 2016
Von David Meerman Scott - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition Verifizierter Kauf
Bill Walton is a modern renaissance man. Yes, he is best known as one of the best basketball players ever. But his lust for life, his family, live music (especially the Grateful Dead), giving back to his global community, and sharing the teaching of his mentor UCLA basketball coach John Wooden make Bill a fascinating multi-dimensional character.

I know Bill from the Grateful Dead world. I frequently see him at concerts by the various surviving members of the band and he always has a huge smile on his face as he soaks up the vibe. Bill wrote the foreword to my book with Brian Halligan “Marketing Lessons from the Grateful Dead” and it’s by far the best part of the book, because among his many other skills, Bill is a writer. Which is why I so eagerly awaited this book.

“Back from the Dead” is much more than a basketball memoir (although it is a great one). It’s much more than an inspirational story of a man who beats the odds and rises up from life’s challenges. As I read Back from the Dead, I think its best quality is how we can all learn from this wonderful man about how to play to win at the game of life—grab it hard, take time for the music, experience all it has to offer, and hold on for the ride. What a long strange trip it's been for Bill, I’m glad he shared his story with us.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen RICK “SHAQ” GOLDSTEIN SAYS: 14 YEARS IN THE NBA… 9 ½ YEARS MISSED DUE TO INJURY 25. März 2016
Von Rick Shaq Goldstein - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
Format: Gebundene Ausgabe Verifizierter Kauf
Bill Walton’s memoir is interesting and captivating throughout whether you agree with all of his long held philosophies or not. As emblazoned boldly on the book jacket… he was selected as one of the fifty greatest players in NBA history. The fact that this was announced in 1996 it would assuredly not be the same players today. In fact there was much controversy regarding the fact that Walton was selected then. The controversy wasn’t because of his Hall Of Fame caliber talent… but the fact that he barely played 5 ½ complete seasons. He certainly made his impact in those few years. He is without a doubt (as rated by Sports Illustrated… and I concur wholeheartedly) probably the second greatest NCAA tournament player in history… behind only Lew Alcindor.

Part of the beauty of this book… as compared to one written twenty-years-ago… is the detail in his early life and throughout his award winning UCLA career on and off the court. As a lifetime basketball player myself… and being within a few years of Walton’s age… my high school career included playing and competing in Los Angeles with some of the UCLA stars (Sidney Wicks, Curtis Rowe, etc.) that handed the gauntlet of NCAA greatness to the young Walton. And simultaneously as Bill played at UCLA… I was defending our country and also playing on a military team… so I followed him during those years… not only for his on the court talents… but for his very public political/anti-war stance. The details in his off-the-court demeanor are handled in just as much detail as his on the court accomplishments.

It also brought back many memories of my having played in Pauley Pavilion on weekends with many UCLA players after I was transferred back to California during the Vietnam War. What I found extremely warm and enlightening was Walton sharing his childhood love of basketball. I never got that deep a feeling from him prior to this book. The stories of him finally being given the keys to a “key” San Diego gym and then getting calls at home as a teenager from the likes of “The Big E” Elvin Hayes of the then San Diego Rockets to come open the gym was hilarious.

Of course there is a good portion of the book regarding his lifetime relationship with Coach John Wooden. In retrospect… even though the Coach lived to be ninety-nine… Walton surely took a few years off his life with his shenanigans as a Bruin. There are many poignant singular moments shared by Walton that really affected me with a one-two-punch of nostalgia and pride… such as his tribute to one of my all-time favorite “TRUE-TOUGH-GUYS” in basketball… THE-LATE-GREAT-MAURICE-LUCAS. When Bill was laying on the floor ready to give up from his spinal issues… he stated: “IF ONLY THIS WERE A GAME AND I COULD LOOK TO MAURICE LUCAS, MY GREATEST TEAMMATE, THE STRONGEST, GENTLEST, AND TOUGHEST FRIEND ANYBODY COULD EVER ASK FOR, WHO, ANYTIME ANYTHING NEEDED TO BE DONE—MOVE SOMEBODY OUT OF THE WAY, PUNCH SOMEONE IN THE FACE—WOULD STAND TALL AND CONVINCINGLY SAY, “I’LL TAKE CARE OF THIS.” BUT MAURICE CAN’T HELP HERE—HE’S DYING OF CANCER HIMSELF.” (Personal note: That quote is dedicated to my buddy B.I.P. in Wisconsin.)

The absolute “cherry” on top of the entire intermingling of basketball… relationships… and the utter importance… of life itself… is when Walton and Wooden… while in Washington D.C…. in 1994… for a dual induction into the Academic All-America Hall of Fame… visit the Lincoln Memorial… and the Viet Nam Memorial. First the elder statesman… Wooden (the former school teacher) recites out loud… from memory… the Gettysburg Address… then recites from memory… a poem of war… that brought me… an Honorably Discharged Viet Nam Era Veteran to my emotional knees. (I am purposely not listing the name here so you can invest your time to find out yourself)

This is a book about basketball… growth… greatness… poetry… that comes from music… from politics… and life.

Final Note From The Reviewer: When it comes to the sometimes not fully appreciated talent of an NBA big man… grabbing a rebound and releasing a pass in one fluid motion… to start a fast break… there are two “Poet Laureates” in NBA history… Wes Unseld… AND… Bill Walton!
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5.0 von 5 Sternen For any basketball fan or any reader who enjoys a good memoir, this book is a treat! 22. März 2016
Von ehoward29 - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
Format: Gebundene Ausgabe
BACK FROM THE DEAD by Bill Walton is a great memoir about an amazingly complex and unique life of a man who appreciates life and always looks to makes more out of it. Blessed with height, natural talent, and a burning desire for success of every team he plays for, Bill's adult life begins with lots of triumphs and accolades and he is riding high, but his body starts to break down at about the moment he reaches the pinnacle of success in basketball. He has spent the next almost forty years trying to find a way to live life with a body that is constantly breaking down. Bill throws in some of his political thought into the book, along with his love of music, particularly the Grateful Dead. The book shows how blessed Bill feels to have his life, his family, and his friends no matter the obstacles that are thrown his way.
You can't help but want to meet Bill after reading this book, he seems like such a kind and inspiring person. He writes in a passionate yet clear style. I have read many sports memoirs and stories and I consider his book among the top ones. He is able to recount games and series with all of the action and emotion there was and yet doesn't linger any longer than necessary. The way Bill describes all the people that he appreciates around him makes me want to meet (or have met) them all, particularly Maurice Lucas, John Wooden, and Dr. Jack Ramsey.
For any basketball fan or any reader who enjoys a good memoir, this book is a treat!
Thank you to Simon & Schuster, Bill Walton and Netgalley for a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review!
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Great guy great book 22. März 2016
Von Amazon Customer - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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Love everything about Bill Walton -
An inspirational man and a great read !
Wish more people were like this man and the world would be a better place !
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Great Book On Achievement!!! 25. März 2016
Von Amazon Customer - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition Verifizierter Kauf
This is an excellent book. Great storytelling. Interesting to listen to from a great basketball player and analyst. I admire his ability to overcome physical and speaking disability to achieve greatness. I recommend this book without reservation. Eldon Edwards
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