Back in 2007/2008 I started listening to an AM radio show on my way home from work and every Thursday on this radio show, Larry Miller would have an hBack in 2007/2008 I started listening to an AM radio show on my way home from work and every Thursday on this radio show, Larry Miller would have an hour where he and the host would just talk about anything and everything. Since it was a sports radio show, they talked a lot about sports and the Jazz but Larry would also talk politics, finances, business and pretty much anything else. It was always a great show to listen to because Larry was so honest and he had no reservations about anything. The best word to describe what I felt about him after listening to this program was "genuine". You could tell that he wasn't trying to be anyone else than Larry Miller. I gained a lot of respect for the man after that and I was deeply saddened to later hear, on the same program, about his death.
When his autobiography came out I was really excited to read it. It really was a great book and I recommend it to everyone. I only gave it three stars because I wished that he would've gone into more details about some of his business relationships. I was hoping to learn more about his falling out with Dave Checketts and more about his relationships with other Jazz team members. Besides all of that, it was still a great book and a great example of Larry being genuine, open and honest throughout the entire book. Larry Miller is a great example of what you can accomplish when you really work hard at something. I think the overall tone and message of the book was that of being able to accomplish anything if you really put in the necessary work. The book goes in to a lot of his regrets throughout his life, the main one being that he sacrificed his time with family to work. He's honest when he says that he didn't have a good relationship with his kids growing up because he hardly saw them and he asks the question "Was it worth it?" He could justify it later in life considering all the good that his businesses have been able to accomplish and the fact that when his kids became adults he eventually built up relationships with them. But I think you still have to ask yourself, "what am I sacrificing and is this sacrifice worth it?"
The layout of the book is nice in that each chapter, following Larry's words, ends with his wife's perspective or the perspective of a business associate, discussing their views or feelings about what Larry had just written. Gail's perspective is always the best because it really shows how certain things that Larry would do were affecting his family and their marriage and Gail is very honest in her feelings througout the book. The last chapter, with her thoughts, contains great advice for every married couple about supporting your spouse. She makes the comment at one time that they were lucky that neither of them wanted to get a divorce at the same time as the other. All in all, a great book about a great man that really helped to shape the state of Utah that we currently live in. ...more
This is a must read for...everyone. What an amazing story of how one person can change the world and change people's perception about Americans and MuThis is a must read for...everyone. What an amazing story of how one person can change the world and change people's perception about Americans and Muslim nations. Greg Mortenson is a hero in my book and he was robbed by not winning the Nobel Peace Prize. I hope his work will continue for a long time because I truly beleive that education is the key to bringing peace to the world (I know that sounds corny but it is true). ...more
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