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The Real McCaw: The Autobiography
The Real McCaw: The Autobiography
by Richie McCaw
Edition: Paperback

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4.0 out of 5 stars Something missing..., 1 Feb. 2014
There's much to enjoy about this book in terms of the writing style, presentation and how it focuses on the key moments of McCaw's career without dwelling on a chronological approach. It gives you a great insight into his thought process and is a useful tool for sports psychology and coping with negatives. I enjoyed the approach by concentrating on the gap between the two pivotal games vs France and how it turns full circle. There are several great stories about a leadership seminar, the earthquake, a couple of team talks, technical aspects of the game and his relationships with teammates and coaches....

But it feels like something is missing. McCaw is an admitted private person and he doesn't seem to completely lift the curtain on himself. Apart from his love of running and gliding, you don't get to find out too much about what makes him tick. Maybe it's because of the kind of person that he is and the lack of controversy in his career (besides a brief rivalry with Quade Cooper) that usually make for great reading.

For an example of what I mean, John Smit's book has a lot more depth to it while following a similar path to the same goal. Enjoyable though, and what a player.

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