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Shaq's new book (after Shaq and the Beanstalk) is entertaining, controversial and funny, like its author. He recounts his life story, from his childhood in Newark through winning the 2000 NBA Championship. Shaq's prose is uneven and repetitive in patches, but he writes in an authentic and likable voice throughout. Unlike other sports autobiographies, in which a co-writer essentially invents an athlete's "writing style," Shaq's words are his own fans will recognize his distinctive, opinionated voice. The text is broken up by interludes written by important people in Shaq's life (from his mother to his personal cook). Those passages provide a change of tone and lend perspective to Shaq's story. He speaks frankly about his current and former teammates and coaches, as well as the state of the NBA and of the world in general. Some of the statements in this book could get him in trouble with his NBA colleagues, but Shaq's honesty is part of what makes him such fun to read. Though Shaq devotes a lot of the book to his life off the court (his movies, rap albums, celebrity life), there's enough basketball here to satisfy hardcore hoops junkies (fans will be especially intrigued by his analysis of last season's championship run). (Apr.) Forecast: Shaq's appealing personality, controversial statements and celebrity should endear this candid, bold book to basketball fans. It would probably do well even without much promotion, but with a national author tour and print advertising, big sales seem virtually assured.
Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information, Inc.--This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Readers who feel the NBA today is rife with self-centered athletes will be pleasantly surprised to read this book by a young man who seems team oriented and, at most times, quite level-headed. His recent difficulties with Kobe Bryant, the other star of the Los Angeles Lakers, notwithstanding, O'Neal comes across as the leader of the defending NBA champions. In many ways, O'Neal has become as disciplined as his stepfather, a retired U.S. Army NCO, but there are still hints that there is a 15-year-old trying to break out of a 30-year-old's body. What is particularly revealing here is his discussion of his career in the league, focusing on the Lakers championship under Coach Phil Jackson. O'Neal is quite candid about his relationships with his coaches, particularly several he did not feel provided sufficient leadership. Also of interest is his candid appraisal of NBA players, past and present. O'Neal is a complex man who just recently earned a college degree from Louisiana State University and tells the story of his life in an entertaining fashion. The language is a bit rough, but the book is still recommended for public libraries. William Scheeren, Hempfield Area H.S. Lib., Greensburg, PA
Copyright 2001 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
this book is complete garbage....it has no moral or purpose just a bunch of bragging(ALTHOUGH IM A BIG LAKER FAN!)Published on Nov. 10 2003 by Latrice S. Brooks
Shaq takes you through his earlydays growing up in Newark, New Jersey and talks about his familyand friends. Read morePublished on Oct. 5 2003
Absolutely the WORST book I've ever read. There's nothing like hearing a man worth over 100 million whine and sulk like a little tottler. Read morePublished on June 10 2002 by M. Howerton
Shaq talks back is the best book i've ever read! I've never really liked reading, but this book i could not put down. I loved reading the playoffs part of the book over and over. Read morePublished on April 30 2002
Shaq gives us a look at his life in Shaq talks back. Shaq, talks about what it was like growing up for him, what really went down with him and Penny, and the whole reason he left... Read morePublished on April 21 2002 by "July Lady"
I have to admit I didn't have very high expectations for Shaq's new book, however after starting the book I couldn't put it down. I read the entire book in one day. Read morePublished on Nov. 29 2001 by T. Ron Scott
yO ShAq'Z NeW BoOk nEedZ To bE OfF StOrE sHElVeS uNtIl ThIz BroThA LeArNz hOW tO WrItE. aLl ThRoUgHToUt ThE bOoK He TaLkED aBoUt StUfF AnD aT ThE dRoP Of A dYmE hE wOuLD sWiTCh... Read morePublished on Oct. 2 2001
I found this Book to be interesting.Shaq is one of the Few NBA Players to come clean on His Play&His Competition.I Dig His Honesty on various Topics. Read morePublished on Aug. 21 2001 by MAXIMILLIAN MUHAMMAD
i finished this book a couple of weeks and it was a work of art. shaq did a great job describing his life from birth to the nba. every chapter was brillant. Read morePublished on July 2 2001