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  • Mass Market Paperback: 272 pages
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Paperbacks; First Edition edition (Feb. 18 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0312982593
  • ISBN-13: 978-0312982591
  • Product Dimensions: 2.1 x 10.5 x 16.7 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 159 g
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1,071,294 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)


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Format: Mass Market Paperback
this book is complete garbage....it has no moral or purpose just a bunch of bragging(ALTHOUGH IM A BIG LAKER FAN!)
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Format: Hardcover
'Shaq Talks Back: The Uncensored Word on My Life and Winning in the NBA' is a giant of a book written by a sporting superstar. Shaquille O'Neal shoots clean baskets from every part of the literary court, delighting and dazzling the reader with his unique writing style. He has as much facility with language as he does with the ball, and his words bounce off the page with effortless grace.
There are many memorable encounters played and replayed throughout the text, but for me, the one that best epitomizes Shaq's sporting philosophy is seen on pages 68-81. It relates to the famous 'International Incident of 1996', and O'Neal is candid about his pivotal role:
'I first saw him in Europe and I'll never forget his name; Teodor Dobrowski. He played center for the Warsaw Warriors and he was a giant. Great skills. Hands the size of frisbees. By all reports a standup guy. So when he told me he wanted to settle in America, I arranged for him to try out for the Lakers. Even let him stay at my place. Eat my food. Drink my beer. Date my girl. He wanted to show his gratitude so he offered to sell me his family castle in Krakow for only $7000. I gave him cash. Big mistake. There was no castle. Not even a family. The bum scammed me. So I stuck him on an ageing Aeroflot and wished him luck. All of it bad. End of story. And he got those cuts and bruises when he fell out of the cab on the way to the airport. Honest. If I'd known that diplomats would later be recalled, two embassies closed, the Secretary of State ordered back to Washington and the UN General Assembly reconvened, I might have actually paid the cabfare before running away at the terminal. Do I regret sending the grifter back to Warsaw? Never. If there's one thing I can't stand, it's being touched by a 10-foot Pole.'
When 'Shaq Talks Back', you'd better listen. Better still, read this wonderful book.
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By A Customer on Oct. 5 2003
Format: Hardcover
Shaq takes you through his earlydays growing up in Newark, New Jersey and talks about his familyand friends. Then later on in the book, he talks about how he started playing basketball, beingbigger than most kids his age. He holds nothing back, always speaking what's on his mind. Towards the end of the book, he describes how the 2000 L.A. LAKERS got it all together and beat the Indiana Pacers in the finals. If you're a fan of Shaq or the Lakers, this book is for you.
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Format: Hardcover
I love the Lakers and I love Shaq, and the truth is that I would have bought and read this book no matter how badly it was written, simply because I am intrigued by the inner workings of an NBA team and the private life of such a huge superstar athlete. For that purpose, this book was exactly what I wanted.
With that said, my objective opinion of the book is that it was half intrigue, and half boredom. I liked Shaq describe his childhood in New Jersey and all the hardships he and his family endured. I also enjoyed learning about all the drama that unfolded within the Laker organization when Del Harris was coaching the team. Shaq proves to be a daring author, not hesitating to tell the reader what he really feels about certain players, coaches, and members of management. I didn't really care for the play-by-play narration of the games that the Lakers played against the Indiana Pacers during the NBA Finals. It was long and unnecessary. Shaq also tends to repeat the same information over and over again. In fact, I can recall one instance where he said the same thing twice on the same page.
If you're a Shaq fan you'll enjoy this book. However, in strict literary terms, this book seems like the rough draft of something that should have been revised and drastically shortened. However, Shaq isn't really an author, so the reader has to keep this in mind and give him some leeway. Nevertheless, I still recommend this book.
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Format: Mass Market Paperback
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. I'm serious, don't waste the 7 dollars on it. Poorly written, obviously the work of a very uneducated "author". The whole "book" consists of him childishly berating other players for their lack of "street" skills, and whining about being let go from the Taco Bell commercials. Unless you are doing a research paper on what is wrong with todays NBA players, don't make the same mistake I did.
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By A Customer on April 30 2002
Format: Mass Market Paperback
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. I also liked how he talked about his relationship with kobe and the rest of the lakers. Another part that was great is how shaq explained why the old lakers couldn't win and what phil jackson brought to the team. It was a really wonderful experience!
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Format: Hardcover
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 Orlando. He just talks about the everyday life for him as a basketball player. IF you are a Shaq fan you don't want to miss this book, you will find out what he thinks of other players in the game, how him and Kobe learned to play together. He didn't come off as arrogant as some other players who books I've read, he realizes that he is blessed. Don't this book by the biggest player in the game today.
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