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  • Hardcover: 292 pages
  • Publisher: Atria Books (6 May 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1476704201
  • ISBN-13: 978-1476704203
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 3 x 22.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 14,611 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Richard Williams has long been widely regarded as an enigma. Now, in his own words he reveals himself as a proud - and some times dangerously stubborn -- warrior with a keen, incisive mind. Part memoir and part how-to guide on raising children, this is a fascinating tale of a complex character who refused to give up or give intothe status quo...


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I have never written a book review. I am only half way through this book and feel compelled to share how much I am enjoying it so far. I won't give too much away (because you really must read it for yourself). It is at times thrilling, intense, shocking, historically fascinating, funny and inspirational.

Mr Williams shows us that in order to make a real change, a real impact, one of the best things you can do is become successful. I've been a big Serena and Venus fan for a while, but now I am an even bigger Richard Williams fan.
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Overall this is a very good and informative book and could serve as a useful guide for parents in raising children. It also reveals the foundation behind the success achieved by Venus and Serena.

Williams’ upbringing was a humble one in the segregated community of Shreveport where he lived with his four siblings in a house with no bed or in-house toilet. Richard Williams is a man accustomed to standing up to authority; something to which the tennis fraternity can bear witness. Williams repeatedly violated the Jim Crow segregation laws and challenged the Ku Klux Klan (KKK). He infiltrated the KKK by disguising himself as a Klan member and used the cloak of anonymity to physically attack some of the Klan members.

In 1978, he met Oracene Price who had three daughters from a previous marriage. At the time, Williams had no interest in the game of tennis but that all changed one day when he was at home watching television and asked his stepdaughter Yetunde to change the television channel. As she switched the channel, she tuned to a TV station which was showing a tennis match and then turned to another channel. He watched in astonishment as he heard the announcer say, "That's not bad for four days work" in response to the victorious player's $40,000 prize winnings for claiming the French Open title. Williams made up his mind that he would have two children and make them play tennis.

A few years after the birth of his daughters Serena and Venus, he relocated his family from the comfortable terrain of Long Beach to Compton - an area synonymous with drugs, crime, gangs and poverty as he felt the environment would give his daughters a fighter’s mentality.
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Excellent book - having met Mr Williams, now I know why he gives the 'unapproachable' demeanour. If you haven't walked a step yet alone a mile in a black man's shoes, NEVER judge him. To judge is to sin.
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I really enjoyed reading the book it was very interesting! I really hope Richard Williams will write a follow up!!
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Great inspirational book. Shows you can be anything you want to be with faith and determination. Great insight into the family life now I can understand how he raised two world champions . Buy it you won't be disappointed.
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Brought as a present for my tennis mad sister after hearing Richard Williams speaking to Richard Bacon on his (now defunct) 5 live radio show. What an amazing man with a truly incredible story. If the book is anything as good as he comes across on radio then my sister is in for a treat!
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Richard Williams is the epitome of tenacity, self-belief, and strength. This book is very moving and at times brought me to tears, particularly the segments addressing his most painful childhood memories. It was moving for me as a black woman to read the great strides Mr. Williams made throughout his life despite the potentially crippling horrors he experienced and witnessed.

His daughters, Venus and Serena, are and have been my idols since I was a very young girl. To read about their upbringing, in such detail, was insightful and highly enjoyable and I learnt a great deal that is unavailable and often times censored by the media. The writing style is eloquent and poignant; this book is a must read for those interested in tennis and those who have never watched a full match. You must read this book.
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To be honest this is one of the great surprises of my reader-life. I consider myself an avid reader and I must admit that when I bought this book I never thought I would enjoy this as much as I did. Amazing, inspirational, extremely surprising compared to his character that I’ve known though tennis ..etc I think for us who had not lived through the civil rights movement, we cannot fathom the actual daily life of those who lived through racism. Mr.Willimas’ book gives an amazing insight into that era. To my mind it paints people like ML King and Al-Sharpton and all such great people with all their glory and sacrifice. No matter what happens and throughout history, America always triumph’s with lessons for mankind. This is one of them. I loved the book: great writing, great message.
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