Back from the Dead

Back from the Dead Author Bill Walton
ISBN-10 1476716870
ISBN-13 9781476716879
Year 2017-03-21
Pages 336
Language English
Publisher Simon & Schuster
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An elegiac yet exuberant new memoir The New York Times Book Review Bill Waltons New York Times bestselling memoir about his recovery from debilitating physical injury and how lessons from John Wooden at UCLA and the music of the Grateful Dead have inspired his darkest hours In February 2008 Bill Walton suffered a spinal collapse so devastating he was unable to get up It was the culmination of a lifetime of injury Although Walton had played fourteen seasons in the NBA he actually missed more games than he played during those years due to injury From the time of his spinal collapse until his eventual recovery he spent most of three years flat on the ground The pain was excruciating and he thought seriously about killing himself But he survived and Back from the Dead is the story of his injury and recovery set in the context of his amazing athletic career Walton grew up in southern California in the 1950s and was deeply influenced by the political and cultural upheavals of the 1960s Although Walton identified strongly with the counterculture especially in music the greatest influence on him outside his family was Coach John Wooden a thoughtful precise mentor who seemed immune to the turmoil of the times The two men would speak every day for forty three years until Woodens death at age ninety nine John Wooden once said that no greatness ever came without sacrifice In this frequently stirring memoirWaltons love for life and the people and things in itincluding his college coach John Woodenis infectious You cant stop reading or rooting for the man Publishers Weekly Back from the Dead shares his dramatic story including his basketball and broadcasting careers his many setbacks and rebounds and his ultimate triumph as the toughest of champions Walton scores another basketa deeply personal one Kirkus Reviews

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