Originally Posted by pjonesy
The book was not particularly well written and although Agassi was self deprecating, he seemed to be a little too at ease with his past transgressions. I'm also not sure about some of his comments on Sampras, Chang and Courier. Its almost as if he does not want to include himself with the greatest American tennis generation. We get a very clear picture of Agassi's resentment towards his father, but get no sense of closure at the end of the book. There certainly are some shocking, sensational moments in the book, but the structure was too loose to integrate them into the book in a way that would be cohesive. It seemed as if his insecurities were addressed but not confronted in a way that would give a life lesson to the reader. Agassi's book left me with more questions than answers, but at this point I do not desire to read part 2 (if there is one).
Not well-written? The book was (and Agassi has stated it again and again, for those who are ready to jump in saying he didn't give credit to his ghost-writer) co-written by J.R. Moehinger - a Pulitzer Prize winning author. The reviews of the book, by professional critics, have been glowing in their praise of the writing. There is no "sense" of closure because the book ends in 2003when his career ended - his life continues. And he has said many times that he and his father have settled their differences and his parents are a huge part of his and his children's lives.
And with due respect, those who keep bringing up the "meth" story, but admit that they haven't read the book, really should either read it or let it go. The "meth" story was such a small incident in the book - totally blown out of proportion by the media. He never "blamed" his trainer. (It wasn't his trainer - it was his "gofer".) And he merely says that this was the person who introduced him to the drug. There was no "blame" involved. He fully admits he made the decision to take the drug himself. If you read the book you'd also learn that when this guy and his girlfriend became parents of an ultra-preemie baby, it was Agassi that arranged for the baby to have the best of medical care and found - and paid for a home close to the hospital for them.
And HunterST has to be the most intelligent poster on this entire board.