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Wooden: A Coach’s Life is a comprehensive look at the life and career of legendary UCLA basketball coach John Wooden, who died in 2010. Numerous books have been written about Wooden, but few are as candid as author Seth Davis’s contribution.

Davis praises Wooden for a steady life and dominant coaching success (10 national championships as well as 88 consecutive game victories), but he also examines some of Wooden’s flaws. Wooden would belittle opposing coaches, players, and officials during games. His players claimed he was aloof, and he seemed to look the other way when an influential booster would provide benefits to his players.

Davis pored over many historical articles, interviewed Wooden himself, and talked to a host of former players, coaches, and athletic officials for this informative and entertaining book. (Times Books)

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