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All Blacks Don't Cry by John Kirwan
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it was amazing

My initial thoughts of Kirwan's Depression campaign were favourable although I must confess an aspect of me took it for granted that such a project was a symptom of famous people syndrome where popular well known folks get shoulder-tapped to engage in such 'good-works' only to increase their popularity and so forth.

This couldn't be further from the truth. Kirwan did the project out of good-will and genuine desire to help. It was also a struggle to decide to engage in the project, even as world-renowned sportsperson Kirwan's family were concerned about the negative perception of others.

So anyway, the actual book was a surprise for me. Far from an autobiographical or self-help seminar the book really just contains a a straight-forward and down to earth description of what Kirwan went through and a few pieces of advice especially for other 'manly' men. The book doesn't try to cover everything re: depression nor does is dramatize or over-celebrate Kirwan's life and career. It really is a simple, succinct, summary of Kirwan's experience with depression and panic attacks, what helped, what didn't help and few pointers of advice.

In short an excellent read for anyone.
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October 16, 2016 – Shelved
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