Synopses & Reviews
John Wooden, owner of many unequaled and mostly unapproachable records, coached the legendary UCLA basketball teams to ten national championships between 1963 and 1975. He is without question the best coach in the history of collegiate basketball. His accomplishments on the court alone make him a fascinating person. But Coach Wooden is much morePPa philosopher and creator of the Pyramid of Success, which is a plain-spoken guide to achieving success that is packed with good, honest common sense. The Pyramid of Success is about balance and lovePPwhat Wooden says are the two most important ingredients in a personPPand how to nurture those attributes in one9s self and others.
In this, an authorized Wooden biography, you will find the wisdom of this extraordinary man. Wooden has allowed rare access to members of his familyPPbrothers, children and grandchildren who for the first time take you into his home life--as well as superstar athletes (Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Bill Walton, Willie Naulls, Walt Hazzard, Gail Goodrich, Sidney Wicks plus many others) and nationally known broadcasters. You will also meet Ann Meyers-Drysdale, one of the greatest female basketball players in history. New to this edition are interviews with H.R. "Bob" Haldeman, (former Chief of Staff to President Richard Nixon) with whom Wooden maintained his friendship, even during his incarceration; Jack Tobin, the co-author of Wooden9s autobiography, They Call Me Coach; and Andy Hill, a former UCLA player who went on to be a top entertainment executive and who co-authored with Wooden the recent best-seller, Be Quick But Don't Hurry.
The updated, revised, corrected highly acclaimed and awaited second edition with much new and unique information, including interviews with Wooden, his family, the top players and other leaders in sport. A combination biography, case study, and motivation book.
The John Wooden Pyramid of Success
features the words and values of the master: the official Pyramid of Success Lecture, Coach Wooden's favorite maxims, interviews with him about his life and philosophy, and thirty photos of Wooden throughout his life. Wooden is the consummate businessman, who during the last twelve years of his job obtained a virtual monopoly on the national title for collegiate basketball. Learn how he did so as the master strategist, psychologist, motivator, and example. Husband, father, friend, educator, poet, athlete, Hoosier, and just plain great guy, Coach Wooden's story and approach to life is an inspiration for all ages. At last, the complete story is told. For the inside story of a true hero in sports and life, this is indispensable and joyous reading. Features original interviews with his family, players, and friends. "(The Pyramid of Success) is a very effective blueprint for life." --Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Basketball Hall of Famer
"The Pyramid is very simple, very clear, and it makes sense. It's a tremendous motivational tool for self-esteem, personal development." --Walt Hazzard, Olympic Gold Medalist
." . . the greatest teacher of all time . . . I'd take a look at this book. It's a very, very good read. --J
im Rome, national sports broadcaster
"A wonderful book . . . It's a book not only enjoyable for basketball fans but should be shared with kids." --Larry Grossman, ESPN Radio
"Everything anyone could possibly want to know about the UCLA basketball coach. If you're a fan it's] worth the price . . ." --Larry Stewart, Los Angeles Times