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Bad as I Wanna Be

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A wild ride inside the glowing head of Dennis Rodman--the NBA's greatest rebounder and America's most outspoken and outrageous athlete.



When Sports Illustrated put the man they call "America's most provocative athlete" on their cover, they sold more copies than any other issue they had sold in a decade (except the swimsuit issue). Why? Because Dennis Rodman, superstar baske
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Paperback, 336 pages
Published May 12th 1997 by Dell (first published January 1st 1990)
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HFK
Oct 31, 2016 rated it liked it
The fabulously awesome hairstyles and piercings. The short-lived marriage with a sex-bomb Carmen Electra. A white wedding dress and announcement of marrying himself while promoting Bad as I Wanna Be. A mouth that runs on high octane. A sidekick for van Damme in Double Team. The extremely controversial visits to North-Korea.

That was about all I knew of Dennis Rodman, of a man that was on top of his peculiar fame when I was living on the edge with my own teenager years.

Of course, I did know he wa
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Crease
Jan 25, 2014 rated it it was ok
Typically with biographies, I'll have two on my bookshelf for each individual; the autobiography, and whichever is considered the definitive, best one as determined by aggregate Goodreads and Amazon ratings. It's always interesting to see how people view themselves, their accomplishments, trials and tribulations as compared with reality. With Dennis Rodman though, I figured this would be unnecessary simply because of his legendary candor and willingness to speak his mind. And I was right.

It's e
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Stephan van der Linde
Jun 19, 2010 rated it really liked it
Dennis Rodman's biography is honest, raw and some self-mockery.

This is one of the most honest biographies I read.
Of course, Rodman is a cult-hero, the best guard of the successfull Chicago Bulls in the 90's and the American Dream Team. But outside the NBA-court, controversial.

Rodman describes how he worked himself up in the hard NBA-world by working his guts out. From a lousy job at the airport in his tough childhood to one of the most successfull guards in the NBA-history.

Rodman is indignant,
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Sarah
May 29, 2009 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Recently I read that "proud non-reader" Kanye West is publishing a book of his thoughts and philosophy. Learning this reminded me of the Dennis Rodman autobiography I read long ago. I have never had any interest in sports, and I think the main reason I asked for it was to see whether my parents would balk. (As you can see, I was a very rebellious teen.)

The most notable, hilarious feature of the book is that the font and size of the typeface changed multiple times per paragraph, for emphasis, emo
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Paulo Glez Ogando
Feb 10, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: baloncesto
Flamboyant. This is the word I think better define Dennis Rodman. I have wanted to read this book for years; I always thought he was a pretty interesting character for both his behavior on and off court.

The book begins with a chapter in which Rodman evaluates to commit suicide. He is seated in his pick up handling a rifle and he has these thoughts. Finally he makes a decision: to be himself, let emerge his true personality, just how he is. It was 1992 (the book was published in 1997) and later h
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Panagiotis
Sep 08, 2014 rated it really liked it
17 years after it's publication, i decided to read the biography of one of the most eccentric but also interesting players ever appeared in NBA. That period i was too young to understand it's worth since like most of the teenagers back then, i loved and admired players that knew how to score, and who used to play a role of a model for the young NBA fans.

Exactly one of the things that Dennis Rodman reproaches in his book. Now, i am in an age that i can appreciate much more things and i can read t
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Neal
Nov 25, 2011 rated it it was ok
This book didn't come CLOSE to my expectations, and I found it quite disappointing to be honest. Some random thoughts around it:

1. Dennis Rodman says "Bro" like 5000 times in this book. That was kind of surprising, as was his intense love for Pearl Jam, which is mentioned around 7-10 times.

2. The chapter on Madonna might have been the most interesting one.

A lot of this book focuses on a few different things:

- That Dennis Rodman is "misunderstood" - Yeah, we get that.

- That Dennis Rodman has to p
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Παύλος
Ένας πραγματικός θρύλος της χρυσής δεκαετίας των Chicago Bulls με τα δικά του λόγια.

Ο, κατά πολλούς, κορυφαίος ριμπάουντερ και αμυντικός της δεκαετίας του '90 με τα περίεργα μαλλιά μας διηγείται πως έφτασε με πολλή δουλειά να γίνει βασικό μέλος της ομάδας-φόβητρο που σάρωσε τα πρωταθλήματα στο NBA.

Πέραν της τρέλας και της αθυροστομίας του, έχει πολλά να παει ο αγαπητός Dennis.
Christina
Sep 30, 2007 rated it liked it
I read this book in high school. I actually found it really interesting. It covers everything from how he got into basketball to his relationship with Madonna.
Paul
Jun 10, 2017 rated it liked it
This isn't a great literary piece, just a light read into a rather unique character. After experiencing Dennis Rodman through his NBA career and related antics, I found it interesting to read about Dennis Rodman from his perspective. I have a better appreciation for his background, work ethic, passions and motivation.
Mark Reeves
Mar 27, 2017 rated it really liked it
Whether you liked Dennis Rodman or not, this book sheds light on the personal side of his life and is extremely interesting! I really enjoyed it!
Joey Barron
Sep 01, 2017 rated it really liked it
I never knew Dennis Rodman was such a huge Pearl Jam fan.
Strong Extraordinary Dreams
Jun 07, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: biography
It's great fun, him rambling about all kinds of things, setting the record straight.
Michael Ehrhardt
Sep 17, 2009 rated it liked it
Bad as I Wanna Be is the autobiography of star player Dennis Rodman. The book begins with Dennis telling of his young childhood and being raised by a single mother. Dennis Keith Rodman was born in Trenton, New Jersey to Shirley and Philander Rodman Jr. After his father left the family (and eventually went on to father 27 other children) his mother and two sisters relocated to Texas where Rodman completed High School and worked overtime at Dallas Fort Worth International Airport. There he grew 14 ...more
Chris
Jan 03, 2012 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
When I originally bought this book back in 1998, I was in 8th grade. I "had" to do a required book report for my middle school monthly assignment. However, trying to read this proved difficult and I eventually sold the book at a yard sale soon thereafter. I found the author's use of bad words to be very distasteful, but didn't know why he used them so often.

I just bought this book again as an audiobook from Audible, and now see the correlation. He was a very troubled kid who was just trying to "
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Trudy
Jun 29, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I can see where some people are going to be put off by this book and by what this man has to say about his life, but I found this book to be thought provoking and on a fundamental level... he makes sense.

I always thought DR was tough on the court and wild and crazy off the court, but in reading this book - I get him. Maybe not entirely, but I have a better understanding of where he is coming from. If you aren't a fan of the game or a fan of his era in basketball, I can see where you wouldn't app
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Michelle
May 04, 2014 rated it it was ok
I originally read this as a young teenager, when I was a huge fan of Rodman and the Chicago Bulls. I admired that he was the outcast of NBA, and I would've easily given this book 4 or 5 stars then. However, reading it now, at age 31, I realize as much as I admired Rodman then, it didn't compare to how much he admired himself when he wrote this. I was quickly annoyed by him elevating himself above the other players, insinuating that he basketball couldn't even survive without him. The most irrita ...more
Indah Threez Lestari
I'm a fan of 90's Bulls, and of course a great admirer of Michael Jordan. So it's no wonder if I have Michael Jordan's biography.

But Dennis Rodman's biography? Eww! It has the most provoked cover I've ever seen! Just a bike, 5 balls, and naked Rodman. LOL...

I'm not his fan, though. But I felt this book is a tool for him to throw up all his bitterness toward other NBA players and 'injustice' of NBA industries. He felt his contribution and skill was underrated and other players that he thought waa
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Tori
I am a little embarrased......that I am watching Celebrity Rehab and that it led me to buy this book and that I actually sort of enjoyed the book and especially that now I think I might even read his second book. I knew very little about Dennis Rodman before reading this book, and I know nothing and care nothing about basketball. There was way too much basketball talk in the book for me really, but I still mangaged to enjoy the book. It was a quick read. I liked that he appeared to be being brut ...more
Tania
Nov 13, 2009 rated it liked it
Dennis Rodman is a fascinating figure - both as an athlete and as a celebrity. Such people are notorious for autobiographical rants. Such is the downfall of Rodman's book. While certainly entertaining, contradictions abound and at times the mental side bars (and physical format) are distracting.

Don't get me wrong, I got a lot out of reading this book, and I recommend it for anyone interested in Rodman or the NBA. Still it would have been an easier read if the contents were a bit more organized
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Rachel
Mar 17, 2008 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: rodman enthusiasts
i used to adore dennis rodman. i'm going to venture that is the why of reading this in the first place. somewhere in there i still do. he made me not wanna hate the bulls dynasty (though the years he wasn't there paxson kept me hangin on). he wore make-up and dresses and i thought that was fucking cool. plus madonna totally wanted him, but i guess she wanted babies or something and he wasn't into that. i found this out in the book. he grew up poor and malnourished and also grew like 5 inches fro ...more
Samuel
Nov 24, 2010 rated it liked it
Not the most well-written book, but then again, anybody picking up a dennis rodman autobiography had better not be expecting much. I had to skip some sections though, it's pretty repetitive at times and I didn't really feel like learning the intimate details of he and madonna's relationship.However, for a basketball fan it is a pretty entertaining to say the least. However, Dennis Rodman is a truly- i guess you could say "unique" person and he actually makes a few interesting points here and the ...more
Lauren orso
Mar 14, 2010 rated it liked it
Shelves: read2010
this was absolutely a trashy celebrity autobiography, my favorite type, that makes me feel relieved i'm not a book editor or ghost writer. thousands of fonts of varying sizes and italices. but, dennis rodman and i have a lot in common, from hating to wear shoes to dating madonna, and so i trudge on.

my favorite thing about this genre is that they are always written before that person, 15 years later, goes on the apprentice, then celebrity rehab, then sober house. i've read that dr. drew thinks ro
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Parvoneh
Oct 12, 2010 rated it liked it
The book design for this is outrageous--so many fonts, so many sizes, so many blurry snapshots. The writing is pretty bad, it's poorly organized as a book, and there are some very repetitive chapters. Still, I am so fascinated with this book: with Dennis Rodman, and this ghostwriter, and how this book came to be. Is this Dennis Rodman's voice? From reading interviews, it seems fairly accurate. How do these insightful, if somewhat problematic, chapters on race and gender line up with a mostly sen ...more
John G.
Oct 13, 2013 rated it really liked it
I enjoyed this book far more than I ever could have imagined. One of the better, if not the best, sports autobiographies I've read. This book is really about the battles of being a strong individual or conforming to the crowd, it drove Rodman almost to the point of taking his own life. Rodman strikes me as more intelligent and sensitive than I suspected, he actually has principles and integrity and backbone, certainly not a cookie cutter on or off the court. Really came away having a lot of resp ...more
Reuben Alcatraz
Aug 28, 2008 rated it liked it
I'm giving this 3 stars, mostly based on how FUCKING REVOLUTIONARY the typesetting is. It changes size and font multiple times per paragraph, so that when talking about how emotional he got when blocking Hakeem's shot in the 93 conference finals HE BROKED DOWN AND CRIED BRO. He broke down and CRIED.
Also, the guy fucked Madonna and is reeeally into Pearl Jam.
Great Beach read.
Rozman Mashor
Mar 05, 2008 rated it liked it
Shelves: miscellaneous
This autobiography is a very simply written account of the life of NBA player Dennis Rodman. The work may be written to simplistically but the events of Dennis Rodmans first 40 years of life are enough to keep the avid basketball fan reading this book. I enjoyed this due to my bias support for Dennis as a 'different & weird' persona and the fact that rebounding in basketball is so damn fun!
Charlie Stockbridge
Oct 02, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Easily best book I have ever read.I read this book twice already and I'm like 2/3s the way in on my third time through. I hate reading. But reading this book just makes you want to get up and do something, specifically rebound. I would recommend this to everybody above the ages of 13 and if you don't like it don't talk to me.
Ashley
Apr 29, 2014 rated it liked it
This was a nice throwback read for me. I would def. read an updated biography now that he is even crazier. I gotta say, this book isn't for non-basketball fans as he does talk quite a bit about b-ball. (Go figure). Some guys he talks about I know and others... guess they never made it great or I was just too young at the time to remember anyone other than the big names.
Francois Pienaar
Dec 26, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: biography, sport
Dennis rodman shows a side of him that the public didn't expect. Ultimately a highly complex individual and super talented basketball player. This book chronicles the roller coaster of his early days with the pistons and spurs.
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