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  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Sports Publishing LLC; 2 edition (1 Aug. 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1596703520
  • ISBN-13: 978-1596703520
  • Product Dimensions: 15.4 x 2.1 x 22.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 533,775 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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24 of 24 people found the following review helpful By DodgyUSA on 3 Jun. 2005
Format: Hardcover
Michael Phelps, the Olympic champion whose goal is to bring swimming to the forefront of the sports world-not just during Olympic years-tells his story in a candid, straightforward approach.
With the assistance of Brian Cazeneuve, staff writer for Sports Illustrated, he lays out the events leading up to his triumphs at Sydney, Barcelona, and culminating in his shining victories in Athens.
In between, he talks about his personal accomplishments over such things as Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, family difficulties, and his initial stubbornness towards the coaching of Bob Bowman-the man who would "work him" and "work with him" to bring Michael to his full potential.
Swimmers will revel in Michael's persistence, training, and competitions along side such athletes as Aaron Peirsol, Ian Crocker, and the "Thorpedo" Ian Thorpe of Australia, whose superior timings drove Michael's competitive nature to go that extra step in his training.
An enjoyable read which takes some of the mystery off the life of a superstar, and proves that patience, endurance, hard work, and believing in yourself can only bring success.
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By Uenna TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 17 Aug. 2012
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This book is as inspiring, intersting and captivating as it was watching Micheal swim and attain his goals. The writing is down to earth, funny, engaging and inspiring on one hand and humbling on the other. It is always heartwarming to read the story of man's triumph over adversity, the stuff that folklores are made of, but this is here and now, 21st century where a young man diagnosed with ADHD,conquered his short comings and became a master at focusing and attaining his goals. Through his life's story Micheal hoped to inspire poeple and change their views and perceptions for the better and this he has done with his book. It is such a good read, that it was a fight in my house who gets to read it first, if you put it down, someone else takes it. I heartily recommend it.
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This book demonstrates that how much dedication, determination and hard work one should exert in order to be able to overcome hurdles. Also it illuminates that there is no boundaries for what we, as human, can achieve(even the most remote dreams)
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Olympic Superstar 3 Jun. 2005
By DodgyUSA - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
Michael Phelps, the Olympic champion whose goal is to bring swimming to the forefront of the sports world-not just during Olympic years-tells his story in a candid, straightforward approach.

With the assistance of Brian Cazeneuve, staff writer for Sports Illustrated, he lays out the events leading up to his triumphs at Sydney, Barcelona, and culminating in his shining victories in Athens.

In between, he talks about his personal accomplishments over such things as Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, family difficulties, and his initial stubbornness towards the coaching of Bob Bowman-the man who would "work him" and "work with him" to bring Michael to his full potential.

Swimmers will revel in Michael's persistence, training, and competitions along side such athletes as Aaron Peirsol, Ian Crocker, and the "Thorpedo" Ian Thorpe of Australia, whose superior timings drove Michael's competitive nature to go that extra step in his training.

An enjoyable read which takes some of the mystery off the life of a superstar, and proves that patience, endurance, hard work, and believing in yourself can only bring success.
12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
Enthusiasm Dominates Phelps' Style 5 Sept. 2005
By John F. Jebb - Published on Amazon.com
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Age 19 seems too young for an athlete to present his autobiography, yet Michael Phelps and co-author Brian Cazeneuve correctly gauge that Phelps' current fame makes the project viable. The tone of the narrative captures youthful wonder and enthusiasm for swimming; had the book come later, Phelps might become too jaded or overly analytic.

The authors let the chapters read like recorded oral narratives, with tangents, informal diction, corny jokes. The effect is enjoyable, as if we are listening as Phelps gushes over the aspects of his career. The book has almost no surprising revelations, but Phelps' views of races and competitors enhance our understanding of him and his accomplshments. He remains admirably respectful toward rivals who needle him. His comments (embedded in Chapter 21) on why he sought out races against Ian Thorpe reflect the best values of athletic competition and could be part of locker room pep talks in any sport. Even though we know the results, the eager style makes the narrative of the Olympics become exciting reading.

The book is thus more about personal enthusiasm than athletic insight. We do not learn much about the theories behind training methods, nor about race strategies, nor about the special aspects of certain swimming events. (For this sort of depth analysis of Olympic swimming, readers should see "Gold in the Water" by P. H. Mullen [2001] and "Champions" by Daniel Chambliss [1988].) And Phelps downplays subjects that he may see differently when he is older. One is his easy dismissal as inconsequential of periods when he did not see his father. Another concerns his hyperactivity; he admits the problem (as he has in news profiles) but avoids the thorny issue of treatments.

The final page, appended after his November 2004 driving while impaired incident, is a model of crisis communication. For its candor and blunt acceptance of responsibility, it is an example that older and younger athletes should emulate when they get into trouble.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
inspiring to swimmers everywhere 28 July 2006
By Swim Obsessed - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
As a swimmer, I truely enjoyed watching Michael Phelps compete and succeed at the Athens games. So I was pretty excited when I heard he had a book out. I LOVED it!! It only took me one day. It is a really inspirational account about dedication and always giving your all. It sheds a whole new light on the sport in general, FINALLY giving it the attention it deserves. I absolutle love how Michael promotes the sport. The really great thing is that it is honest- he shares his veiws and feelings. It also wasnt a big book of times and races he was involved in.

I absolutly, 110% LOVED it.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
Surprisingly good 16 Oct. 2006
By Nicholas A. Ziinojr - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
This is one of the best sports autobiographies I've read in a long time.

Yes,it's obvious that he had help with the book,but Michael comes across

as very mature,intelligent,and articulate.He tells his story very honestly and quite eloquently.Moreover,his love and enthusiasm for his sport,as well as his desire and efforts to raise its recognition in the

United States,are evident.And yes,he discusses his DWI arrest on the last page.To his credit,Michael is honest and apologetic about it.An excellent book that everyone will enjoy.
10 of 12 people found the following review helpful
Enjoyable, if a bit shallow 19 Jan. 2006
By V. K. Noll - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
Beneath the Surface is the autobiography of a 19 year old. As such, it is interesting, but also shows a great deal of youthful enthusiasm, and immature writing. He skips around a lot, and never develops his topics fully. I found it very difficult to keep track of people as he jumped from name to name. I did really enjoy the insights he gave into his family, and I loved reading the descriptions of his races. Certainly, this is a book worth reading, but get it from the library unless you are a big Phelps fan. Meanwhile, I'm waiting for the book he publishes in 10 years when he has grown up some.
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