- Hardcover: 320 pages
- Publisher: Atria Books (June 2 2015)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1476737657
- ISBN-13: 978-1476737652
- Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 3 x 22.9 cm
- Shipping Weight: 458 g
- Average Customer Review: 2 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #298,274 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Not a Game: The Incredible Rise and Unthinkable Fall of Allen Iverson Hardcover – Jun 2 2015
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"A searingly honest and intimate portrait of a captivating icon, but also a cautionary tale for any young star. Kent Babb captures the complexity of Allen Iverson from all angles in a fascinating must-read for all sports fans." (Baxter Holmes, ESPN NBA reporter)
“Allen Iverson was impossible to ignore, a one man hurricane, on the court and off; equal parts dynamic and depressing. With Not a Game Kent Babb brilliantly tells his story and it's a tour de force like AI himself.” (Dan Wetzel, National Columnist, Yahoo Sports and New York Times bestselling author)
“Babb’s thorough storytelling empathetically ebbs and flows between Iverson’s trials and triumphs, connecting the dots while taking the reader on an emotional truth-seeking ride of nostalgia, hope, and exasperation . . . . Not a Game is engrossing and definitely to be read and discussed.” (Shana Renee Stephenson, founder and editor-in-chief, AllSportsEverything.com)
“Allen Iverson’s is a life unfathomable to most. With Not a Game, Kent Babb questions the enigma that is The Answer, taking readers into a world most don’t know — and, quite frankly, most don’t want to know — exists in America.” (John Valenti, Pulitzer Prize-nominated journalist and author of Swee’pea, the story of New York City basketball legend Lloyd Daniels)
"For better or worse, Allen Iverson has the uncompromising "my way" persona. Kent Babb eloquently, and at times poignantly, captures Iverson's swagger—raw and flawed, regal yet real." (Benjamin Hochman, sports columnist, The Denver Post)
“This is more than just great sports writing, this is writing at its best. Babb strips away the public persona of iconic superstar Allen Iverson to tell a stunning story of triumph, tribulation and ultimate tragedy. It’s a must-read about a complex hero who had it all for too short a time.” (R.G. Belsky, author of The Kennedy Connection and The Midnight Hour)
"Babb delves deep into Iverson’s inscrutable soul. This is a sad but fascinating read.” (Publishers Weekly)
“It pricks the skin and provokes a response.” (The Washington Post)
About the Author
Kent Babb is a Sports Enterprise Writer at The Washington Post, which he joined in October 2012. His work was included in the 2013 edition of The Best American Sports Writing, and his long-form journalism has been honored eight times by the Associated Press Sports Editors, including first place in feature writing in 2005 and 2010.See all Product description
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The author was respectful and articulate, with a reverence for communication and craft while balancing hard truths.
Emotional interplay was engaging, but at times marginally flat.
The flashback tooling used was disconcerting to storyline flow, but one quickly came to grips with the unique sequencing.
A good read, finished in three sittings., but not one that screams, “pick me up!”