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The Whore of Akron by Scott Raab
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Nov 22, 2011

it was amazing
bookshelves: nonfiction
Read from December 29 to 30, 2011

I stayed up all night reading this book, and when you consider the amount of cold medicine in my system, that's really saying something. I haven't had this much fun reading a book in a very long time! I'm not much of a basketball fan, but living in the next city over from LeBron James' hometown of Akron made avoiding the hype almost impossible. The Whore of Akron does a fantastic job of putting that hype in context and explaining why ALL Cleveland sports fans, even those who didn't particularly care about basketball, felt so betrayed by "The Decision." It might seem like Raab is exaggerating in places, but I can assure you that this isn't the case. On a personal note, I was at work on the night of "The Decision," and my commute home to Canton involved driving by James' mansion that he built for himself just outside the city of Akron. I received numerous phone calls from friends and family that night urging me to be extra cautious on my way home, because they believed that there would be riots outside his house. The riots didn't happen- LeBron has an excellent security detail- but it just goes to show that Cleveland sports fans are no joke.

Overall, The Whore of Akron is an incredibly satisfying look at the impact that "The Decision" had on Northeast Ohio, as well as on James himself. It's also about addiction, Judaism, fatherhood, personal growth, and the trials and tribulations of being a sports fan in a city that has only known defeat since 1964. Highly recommended for all Cleveland sports fans- Scott Raab is one of us, and he GETS us.

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