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I May Be Wrong but I Doubt It (Englisch) Gebundene Ausgabe – 1. Oktober 2002

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"Charles Barkley always makes me laugh, and he always makes me think. He hasn't held anything back in his book -- if anything, this is the most personal I've ever seen him. The only whopper is the title: when has Barkley ever admitted to being wrong?"
-- Tiger Woods

“Whether you think he’s wrong or right, you’ll never find Charles Barkley dull, evasive or afraid. He’s blunt, honest and funny as hell, a man with strong convictions and a determination to express them without fear of offending the sensibilities of more timid souls. He’s got guts, and there’s as much to admire in this book as there is in the man. In I May Be Wrong, But I Doubt It, Barkley refers to one of my campaigns as a rough experience. It might have been, but at least I never had to post up against Sir Charles. Now that would have been really hard.”
-- Senator John McCain

“I find Charles to be great company on the golf course. Of course, he has never been shy about his opinions, and he has not changed for this book! Charles addresses issues that are important to all of us, not just people close to the game of basketball. Frank, funny and provocative, this is a book that will stir people to think.”
-- Dean Smith


Charles Barkley has never been shy about expressing his opinions. Michael Jordan once said that we all want to say the things that Barkley says, but we don't dare. But even die-hard followers of the all-time NBA great, the star of TNT's" Inside the NBA and CNN's "TalkBack Live, will be astonished by just how candid and provocative he is in this book--and just how big his ambitions are. Though he addresses weighty issues with a light touch and prefers to stir people to think by making them laugh, there's nothing Charles Barkley shies away from here--not race, not class, not big money, not scandal, not politics, not personalities, nothing. "Early on," says "Washington Post columnist and ESPN talk show host Michael Wilbon in his Introduction, "Barkley made his peace with mixing it up, and decided the consequences were very much worth it to him. And that makes him as radically different in these modern celebrity times as a 6-foot-4-inch power forward."
If there's one thing Charles Barkley knows, it's the crying need for honest, open discussion in this country--the more uncomfortable the subject, the more necessary the dialogue. And if the discussion leader can be as wise, irreverent, (occasionally) profane and (consistently) funny as Charles Barkley, so much the better. Many people are going to be shocked and scandalized by I May Be Wrong but I Doubt It, but many more will stand up and cheer. Like Molly Ivins or Bill O'Reilly, Charles Barkley is utterly his own thinker, and everything he says comes from deep reflection. One way or another, if more blood hasn't reached your brain by the time you've finished this book, maybe you've been embalmed.

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Wer Charles "Cuck" Barkley als Spieler geliebt hat, der wird dieses Buch lieben und wie ich in einem Zug lesen. Unglaublich, der Mann nimmt, wie auch auf dem Court kein Blatt vor den Mund und trasht alles raus. Vergleichbar mit dem "Effe" Buch würde ich sagen. Manche Stories mögen nicht ganz der Wahrheit entsprechen, aber auch auf dem Parkett hat er ja viel Mist erzählt. Zieht euch den Schinken rein, wirklich sehr amüsant!
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Sir Charles is the proper name 18. November 2002
Von david riding - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
Format: Gebundene Ausgabe Verifizierter Kauf
I bought this book for my son, who has been a Barkley fan for years. I started to read it and decided to order another one, as I don"t want to give this up. It is great. I have also been a fan. But I enjoy his honesty and being so forthright. He's really changed my views on different things.
S. Riding
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5.0 von 5 Sternen BEYOND EXCELLENT 4. November 2002
Von Kimothy Clark - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
Format: Gebundene Ausgabe
I was never a Charles Barkley fan during his days at Philly and Phoenix. I always thought he was somewhat abrasive. I've ALWAYS been and STILL AM, a Julius "Dr. J" Irving fan. But now that Charles is older and wiser, he's actually one of my favorite people. I love his candid and frank demeanor. Although he could use better choice of words when displaying his forwardness on certain individuals.
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3.0 von 5 Sternen A Good Read 16. Oktober 2002
Von Ein Kunde - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
Format: Gebundene Ausgabe
In this book he talks about how he is making the transistion from basketball to something else, political commentator or something like that, now that he has retired from the NBA. He is at his best AWAY from basketball in this book, and even though he talked a lot about wanting to move beyond it he still talked about it a lot.
I recommend this book because of his comments on racism, which I found interesting in that they would be hard to characterize as liberal or conservative. I hope Charles does do something political because based on what he says here I think he could be a valuable inbetween sort of person that both sides could trust to help sort some issues out. He talks frequently about the need for more discussion and I agree with him. This book really did make me think, I tend to be conservative on the race issue, but I did not find his views about where racism lies to be at all race baiting like so many black leaders out there, or excessively small minded, but rather thought provoking and things I have gone back to in my mind since reading the book and noticing racial things on TV, etc.
All in all a good read, easy reading, and enough juicy basketball stuff if that is what you are up for to go with the meatier stuff about social and racial issues.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Great book. The Chuckster rules 17. Juni 2004
Von Ein Kunde - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
Format: Gebundene Ausgabe
I really enjoyed this book. Reads quick, but doesn't lack substance as Charles has a lot to say.
My biggest surprise was in the political area: For years, I have heard that Charles is a conservative, and I always see GOP big shots try to capatalize on his fame. After reading the book, however, I don't think Charles is as much as a GOP man as even Charles himself seems to think. His views on race, wealth, big business and several other issues are light years away from anything I hear republicans in power espousing these days. His positions are much more left leaning in everything but name- which is fine.
In the end, its all good no matter what your politics. Charles has much to offer here, and thankfully leaves the nuances of breaking down the pick and roll on the weak side to other books. He talks about things that matter, and for this I thank him and show up here to recommend his book.
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3.0 von 5 Sternen "I'm tired of talking about stuff that doesn't matter"--C.B. 11. April 2004
Von mwreview - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
Format: Taschenbuch
I checked out this book because I enjoy listening to Charles Barkley on TNT and am also a big fan of Michael Wilbon (who provides the introduction to this book) and his ESPN program Pardon the Interruption. In fact a few of the issues brought up in the book are used by Wilbon a lot on his television show like PETA, the lack of African Americans on the popular reality shows, DWB (Driving While Black), the wonders of the Dish etc.
Barkley writes about many issues, but does not get into too much depth on anything. Even his reflections on his childhood in Leeds, Alabama jumps around. Insights from being in the NBA so many years are mostly general and only really touch the surface. Tidbits that piqued my interest, like the fact that NBA players get a new pair of basketball shoes for every game and that many of the younger players today do not listen to the advice of Barkley and other statesmen of the game are only mentioned. His experience as member of the legendary Dream Team would benefit from more depth, though he does mention an eye-opening moment with Magic Johnson not long after Johnson announced he was HIV positive (pg. 190).
Other times, I think he takes the safe route on issues. He devotes significant space to his belief that Catholic Priests found guilty of sexually abusing children should be put in jail...OK. He also stops short of controversy. He will make a statement like: "Bobby Knight pretty much just wanted to keep guys he could control [on the 1984 Olympic team]. There were a lot of good players who were cut, guys who were better than ones who made the team" (pg 177). Well, how were the players who made the team more controllable? Who made the team who was not better than some who were cut? Alas, these questions are never answered. He mentions players who should have made the Fifty Greatest NBA players list (pg. 187). That's easy, but the harder more controversial part, mentioning names who should be replaced by these players, is not touched on.
He does discuss important issues like racism ("people rarely talk about race until something tragic or ugly happens," pg. 42) and topics that make you think, like the idea that professional athletes can have a greater impact through business than through athletics or media double standards for players surrounded by controversial situations like Patrick Roy, Jason Kidd, and the late Darryl Kile. (pp. 89-90). Other times, he skips around to all sorts of topics from militias to African Americans winning Oscars. The book is written in a chatty manner with a lot of repetition and no strong attention to organization. Some of his comments are already dated (i.e. that Kobe Bryant has not done anything to embarrass himself or his family and that no high school student or one-year college student coming into the NBA has made an immediate impact). Still, for the most part, it is a fun book that most Barkley fans will enjoy. Just don't expect to be amazed.
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