Nelson's illustrations makes this a true 5-star book. Yes I agree with some of the reviewers, Peña's words are not inspiring, powerful or poetic. ThisNelson's illustrations makes this a true 5-star book. Yes I agree with some of the reviewers, Peña's words are not inspiring, powerful or poetic. This is truly a Kadir Nelson book....more
The quotes that precede each chapter are kind of corny. FaceBook and Twitter already has that market covered because everybody loves to pass off wordsThe quotes that precede each chapter are kind of corny. FaceBook and Twitter already has that market covered because everybody loves to pass off words of wisdom. The last two chapters are filled with recipes. YouTube not only provides recipes, but instructions with video.
Now onto the good stuff. Dusty! Dusty really needs his own movie starring James Franco!Jurek Jerker is certifiably crazy but insipirational. I can actually imagine him running some where right now. I will/must listen to this audiobook again and I guess I need to check out Born to Run....more
While many reporters felt Sugar Ray Leonard's professional boxing career was made-for-TV (it was not) something about this book feels manufactured. WhWhile many reporters felt Sugar Ray Leonard's professional boxing career was made-for-TV (it was not) something about this book feels manufactured. Why? I don't know if I can articulate or clearly explain why but this memoir reads more like public relations piece to keep the Sugar Ray brand in the public consciousness.
Sex. Drugs. The bad husband. The absent father. Alcoholism. The Money. More sex. And oh yeah, I too, was sexually abused. Shocking!
Sugar Ray Leonard should have signed on for E!True Hollywood stories a couple of years back instead of Dancing With the Stars. Or better yet, a HBO Sports Documentary where he reveals all! Then follow it up with this autobiography with an enhanced digital version that contains video footage of his fights and past interviews available on iTunes. It's 2012 and after years of celebrities crying their hearts out on Oprah and reality shows about their awful behavior in the past I really wonder why Ray Leonard decided to expose Sugar Ray. As another reviewer wrote does he need the money or more adulation from the fans? I strongly doubt it. Note, there is a Sugar Ray Leonard movie in the works starring Usher!
Through out this book Ray Charles Leonard decided to address his many shortcomings during his first marriage and as a father. I can not help but wonder if he is/was truly apologetic. Did anyone else get that feeling? Did he make earnest steps to salvage his relationship with his two older sons or make amends? I don't know, apparently and fortunately he has a relationship with his sons.
The stories surrounding the memorable and the forgettable fights were entertaining as a sports fan. The brief paragraphs dedicated to training and his interactions with other boxers as a color-commentator offered great insight into minds of prize-fighters.
In the end, this is a fun, fast-paced read....more