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Pistol: The Life of Pete Maravich

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andlt;iandgt;Pistolandlt;/iandgt; is more than the biography of a ballplayer. It's the stuff of classic novels: the story of a boy transformed by his father's dream — and the cost of that dream. Even as Pete Maravich became Pistol Pete — a basketball icon for baby boomers — all the Maraviches paid a price. Now acclaimed author Mark Kriegel has brilliantly captured the saga of an American family: its rise, its apparent ruin, and, finally, its redemption. andlt;BRandgt; andlt;BRandgt; Almost four decades have passed since Maravich entered the national consciousness as basketball's boy wizard. No one had ever played the game like the kid with the floppy socks and shaggy hair. And all these years later, no one else ever has. The idea of Pistol Pete continues to resonate with young people today just as powerfully as it did with their fathers. andlt;BRandgt; andlt;BRandgt; In averaging 44.2 points a game at Louisiana State University, he established records that will never be broken. But even more enduring than the numbers was the sense of ecstasy and artistry with which he played. With the ball in his hands, Maravich had a singular power to inspire awe, inflict embarrassment, or even tell a joke. andlt;BRandgt; andlt;BRandgt; But he wasn't merely a mesmerizing showman. He was basketball's answer to Elvis, a white Southerner who sold Middle America on a black man's game. Like Elvis, he paid a terrible price, becoming a prisoner of his own fame. andlt;BRandgt; andlt;BRandgt; Set largely in the South, Kriegel's andlt;iandgt;Pistol,andlt;/iandgt; a tale of obsession and basketball, fathers and sons, merges several archetypal characters. Maravich was a child prodigy, a prodigal son, his father's ransom in a Faustian bargain, and a Great White Hope. But he was also a creature of contradictions: always the outsider but a virtuoso in a team sport, an exuberant showman who wouldn't look you in the eye, a vegetarian boozer, an athlete who lived like a rock star, a suicidal genius saved by Jesus Christ. andlt;BRandgt; andlt;BRandgt; A renowned biographer — andlt;iandgt;Peopleandlt;/iandgt; magazine called him "a master" — Kriegel renders his subject with a style that is, by turns, heartbreaking, lyrical, and electric. andlt;BRandgt; andlt;BRandgt; The narrative begins in 1929, the year a missionary gave Pete's father a basketball. Press Maravich had been a neglected child trapped in a hellish industrial town, but the game enabled him to blossom. It also caused him to confuse basketball with salvation. The intensity of Press's obsession initiates a journey across three generations of Maraviches. Pistol Pete, a ballplayer unlike any other, was a product of his father's vanity and vision. But that dream continues to exact a price on Pete's own sons. Now in their twenties — and fatherless for most of their lives — they have waged their own struggles with the game and its ghosts. andlt;BRandgt; andlt;BRandgt; andlt;iandgt;Pistolandlt;/iandgt; is an unforgettable biography. By telling one family's history, Kriegel has traced the history of the game and a large slice of the American narrative.

Review:

"Mark Kriegel argues, in this interesting if badly written biography, that Pete Maravich was a — perhaps the — seminal figure in the development of professional basketball as we know it. He was a white player in what has become a black man's game, yet his 'funky and flagrant' 'Showtime' style has become the signature of the National Basketball Association. He was, 'as one black NBA executive... Washington Post Book Review (read the entire Washington Post review)

Synopsis:

Pistol is more than the biography of a ballplayer. It's the stuff of classic novels: the story of a boy transformed by his father's dream — and the cost of that dream. Even as Pete Maravich became Pistol Pete — a basketball icon for baby boomers — all the Maraviches paid a

About the Author

Mark Kriegel, a former sports columnist for the New York Daily News, is the author of the critically acclaimed bestseller Namath: A Biography. He lives in Santa Monica, California, with his daughter, Holiday.

Table of Contents

Contents

Prologue

One: Special Opportunity

Two: Mr. Basketball

Three: Pro Ball

Four: The Cult of Press

Five: Country Gentlemen

Six: The Basketball Gene

Seven: The Devil in Ronnie Montini

Eight: "Pistol Pete"

Nine: Changing the Game

Ten: The Deep End

Eleven: King of the Cow Palace

Twelve: Showtime

Thirteen: One of Us

Fourteen: Marked Man

Fifteen: The Blackhawks

Sixteen: The Unbearable Whiteness of Being Pete

Seventeen: Take Me

Eighteen: Smothered

Nineteen: All That Jazz

Twenty: The Loser

Twenty-One: Take Me, Part 2

Twenty-Two: Amazing Grace

Twenty-Three: Patrimony

Notes

Acknowledgments

Index

Product Details

ISBN:
9780743284974
Subtitle:
The Life of Pete Maravich
Author:
Kriegel, Mark
Publisher:
Free Press
Subject:
United states
Subject:
Basketball players
Subject:
Sports - Basketball
Subject:
Basketball - General
Subject:
General Sports & Recreation
Copyright:
Publication Date:
20070206
Binding:
Hardback
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Y
Pages:
400
Dimensions:
9 x 6 in

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