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Wooden: A Coach's Life coming to a bookstore near you! Can't wait! #Books #Inspiration #Sports

Just received this announcement and wanted to share it with you because Coach Wooden is one of my favorite sports coaches. I'm not into sports at all so this is really saying something. His wisdom translates across all industries and his life was an inspiration to so many, myself included. He was one of the Golden lights in the Golden era of California transcending sports.

Writing a couple other blogs, but in the meantime, enjoy this new book announcement:

438On the 50th anniversary of John Wooden's first NCAA Championship at UCLA in 1963-1964, Sports Illustrated senior writer and CBS analyst Seth Davis presents the unflinching and definitive biography of one of the giants of the game in WOODEN: A Coach's Life (Times Books, January 14, 2014). 

"WOODEN" captures the life, legacy and essence of the sports icon. Davis's research is exhaustive and exemplary and his prose is artful and entertaining, as he offers perspective on this quintessentially American tale.

The "Wooden mystique" was built on his sweat-soaked gymnasium floors, his awe-inspiring fast break, his harnessing the talents of legendary players like Lew Alcindor, Gail Goodrich, Walt Hazzard and Bill Walton, and his unmatched record in the NCAA tournament.

Davis celebrates the mystique and how it was built, but digs further. He takes full measure of the man who was often considered an enigma in his playing and coaching days before he was elevated to "St. John."  John Wooden was a disciplined and hard-nosed man, who dealt with the issues that all coaches of that era dealt with (race relations, political protests, mercurial athletes, overeager boosters and the heavy weight of expectations), and others that don't quite mesh with the lasting memories we have of "The Wizard of Westwood."

In order to take full measure of the man, we must know the full story, warts and all. In "WOODEN", Seth Davis grants us a clear-eyed look at a gifted player, a brilliant coach, and a master teacher, and helps us appreciate John Wooden for what he was. Not a god, or a saint, or a wizard-but a man.

In anticipation of the release, Davis has launched an informative website for WOODEN: A Coach's Life (released by Times Books, January 14, 2014). The site includes a book trailer narrated by CBS Sportscaster Jim Nantz, preparing the reader for one of the greatest sports reads of the New Year as we kick of a new NCAA season

"This is a superb biography, worthy of its subject. With deep research, clear writing, and objective thinking,  Seth Davis has cut through the mythology to present John Wooden and his UCLA dynasty in a fresh and compulsively readable way." 
- David Maraniss, author of When Pride Still Mattered: A Life of Vince Lombardi
About the Author
Seth Davis is the author of the New York Times bestseller When March Went Mad: The Game That Transformed Basketball and the memoir Equinunk, Tell Your Story: My Return to Summer Camp. He is a senior writer at Sports Illustrated as well as a college basketball studio analyst for CBS Sports and CBS Sports Network. A graduate of Duke University, he lives with his family in Los Angeles.
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