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Open: An Autobiography Paperback – 1 January 1900
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A New York Times Notable Book and a Forbes, San Francisco Chronicle, and Washington Post Best Book of the Year"Agassi may have just penned one of the best sports autobiographies of all time. Check--it's one of the better memoirs out there, period. . . . An unvarnished, at times inspiring story [told] in an arresting, muscular style. . . . Agassi's memoir is just as entrancing as his tennis game."
--Time "Fascinating. . . . Inspiring. . . . Open describes Agassi's personal odyssey with brio and unvarnished candor. . . . [Agassi's] career-comeback tale is inspiring but even more so is another Open storyline. It could be called: The punk grows up. . . . Countless athletes start charitable foundations, but frequently the organizations are just tax shelters or PR stunts. For Agassi helping others has instead become his life's calling. . . . Open is a superb memoir, but it hardly closes the books on an extraordinary life."
--The Wall Street Journal "Honest in a way that such books seldom are. . . . An uncommonly well-written sports memoir. . . . Bracingly devoid of triumphalist homily, Agassi's is one of the most passionately anti-sports books ever written by a superstar athlete."
--The New York Times "Not your typical jock-autobio fare. This literate and absorbing book is, as the title baldly states, Agassi's confessional, a wrenching chronicle of his lifelong search for identity and serenity, on and off the court."
--Los Angeles Times "The writing here is exceptional. It is can't-put-down good."
--Sports Illustrated "An honest, substantive, insightful autobiography. . . . The bulk of this extraordinary book vividly recounts a lost childhood, a Dickensian adolescence, and a chaotic struggle in adulthood to establish an identity. . . . While not without excitement, Agassi's comeback to No. 1 is less uplifting than his sheer survival, his emotional resilience, and his good humor in the face of the luckless cards he was often dealt."
--The Washington Post "The most revealing, literate, and toes-stompingly honest sports autobiography in history"
--Rick Reilly, ESPN "Much more than a drug confession--Agassi weaves a fascinating tale of professional tennis and personal adversity. . . . His tale shows that success is measured both on and off the court."
--New York Post "Not only has Agassi bared his soul like few professional athletes ever have, he's done it with a flair and force that most professional writers can't even pull off."
--Entertainment Weekly "[A] heartfelt memoir . . . Agassi's style is open, all right, and his book, like so many of his tennis games, is a clear winner."
--O, The Oprah Magazine "Hard-won self-knowledge irradiates almost every page of Open. . . . Not just a first-rate sports memoir but a genuine bildungsroman, darkly funny yet also anguished and soulful. It confirms what Agassi's admirers sensed from the outset, that this showboat . . . was not clamoring for attention but rather conducting a struggle to wrest some semblance of selfhood from the sport that threatened to devour him."
--The New York Times Book Review "A riveting and reflective memoir by a man who rose to the top of his sport--despite hating it."
--San Francisco Chronicle "Celebrity tell-alls have rarely been this honest and this interesting."
--Baltimore Sun "A vivid portrait of the internal battle faced in some measure by every athlete."
--Bloomberg News "Articulate. . . . Expertly rendered."
--The Morning News (Boston) "Refreshingly candid. . . . This lively, revealing, and entertaining book is certain to roil the tennis world and make a big splash beyond."
About the Author
Andre Agassi played tennis professionally from 1986 to 2006. Often ranked number one, he captured eight Grand Slam singles championships. Founder of the Andre Agassi Charitable Foundation, he has raised more than $85 million for the Andre Agassi College Preparatory Academy for underprivileged children in Las Vegas, where he lives with his wife, Stefanie Graf, and their two children.Visit the author's website: www.agassifoundation.org
- Publisher : Vintage; Reprint edition (1 January 1900)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 400 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0307388409
- ISBN-13 : 978-0307388407
- Dimensions : 13.21 x 2.03 x 20.32 cm
- Best Sellers Rank: 41,277 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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While it does go on a little at times, generally I found the flow very good. I enjoyed this book for all sorts of reasons and am sure many others will too.
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I had a vague interest in Andre Agassi. What I got was an open athlete who has told his life as it was. I found a man baring his soul and his life. I found one of the most open, honest biographies I have ever read.
What I also found is one of the best biographies I have ever read. It grabbed me and did not let me go again until the final page and then some internet researches in wikipedia. I am very happy that he is still married to Steffi Graf and seems to be a happy man while I am, unknown to him, writing these lines. I really wish him all the best. This because I really feel I know this man now although we have never met and we have never exhanged letters. And that is all the hallmarks of a brilliant biography.
This books is among the five best biographies I have ever read. And I have read a looooot of biographies. Too many.
It’s a rags to riches story but there is a lot of pain and suffering along the way. His relationship with his family and in particular with his father is well documented but there’s a good reason.
Normally when it comes to sports books I normally read football biographies and autobiographies; this is the first tennis or non football book I’ve read. Immediately after finishing it I ordered John McEnroe’s which I’ve yet to read. I usually read the first couple of pages and I got the feeling it’s gonna be a different kind of book. Another controversial figure but nonetheless a star