Pistol: The Life of Pete Maravich


      Pistol: The Life of Pete Maravich
Pistol is than the biography of a ballplayer It s the stuff of classic novels the story of a boy transformed by his father s dream and the cost of that dream Even as Pete Maravich became Pistol Pete a basketball icon for baby boomers all the Maraviches paid a price Now acclaimed author Mark Kriegel has brilliantly captured the saga of an American family its rise, its apparent ruin, and, finally, its redemption Almost four decades have passed since Maravich entered the national consciousness as basketball s boy wizard No one had ever played the game like the kid with the floppy socks and shaggy hair And all these years later, no one else ever has The idea of Pistol Pete continues to resonate with young people today just as powerfully as it did with their fathers.In averaging 44.2 points a game at Louisiana State University, he established records that will never be broken But even enduring than the numbers was the sense of ecstasy and artistry with which he played With the ball in his hands, Maravich had a singular power to inspire awe, inflict embarrassment, or even tell a joke.But he wasn t merely a mesmerizing showman He was basketball s answer to Elvis, a white Southerner who sold Middle America on a black man s game Like Elvis, he paid a terrible price, becoming a prisoner of his own fame.Set largely in the South, Kriegel s Pistol, a tale of obsession and basketball, fathers and sons, merges several archetypal characters Maravich was a child prodigy, a prodigal son, his father s ransom in a Faustian bargain, and a Great White Hope But he was also a creature of contradictions always the outsider but a virtuoso in a team sport, anexuberant showman who wouldn t look you in the eye, a vegetarian boozer, an athlete who lived like a rock star, a suicidal genius saved by Jesus Christ.A renowned biographer People magazine called him a master Kriegel renders his subject with a style that is, by turns, heartbreaking, lyrical, and electric.The narrative begins in 1929, the year a missionary gave Pete s father a basketball Press Maravich had been a neglected child trapped in a hellish industrial town, but the game enabled him to blossom It also caused him to confuse basketball with salvation The intensity of Press s obsession initiates a journey across three generations of Maraviches Pistol Pete, a ballplayer unlike any other, was a product of his father s vanity and vision But that dream continues to exact a price on Pete s own sons Now in their twenties and fatherless for most of their lives they have waged their own struggles with the game and its ghosts Pistol is an unforgettable biography By telling one family s history, Kriegel has traced the history of the game and a large slice of the American narrative. Free Download [ Pistol: The Life of Pete Maravich ] author [ Mark Kriegel ] For Kindle ePUB or eBook – cricketworldcuplivestreaming.com

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  • Hardcover
  • 381 pages
  • Pistol: The Life of Pete Maravich
  • Mark Kriegel
  • English
  • 16 July 2018
  • 0743284976

10 thoughts on “ Pistol: The Life of Pete Maravich

  1. says:

    When a fascinating, enigmatic cast of characters encounters a gifted biographer something special happens This is just such an instance I m a committed basketball fan, but I knew few details of Pete s life and almost none of his father s Their combined, symbiotic and parasitic relationship is heartbreaking and fascinating To read a non Christian author describe Pete s transformation when he met Christ is equally fascinating almost like reading about him meeting a unicorn He finds it magne When a fascinating, enigmatic cast of characters encounters a gifted biog...

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    The book Pistol The Life of Pete Maravich was not nearly as good as hoped it would be Maybe it s just that Pete s life wasn t as interesting as I thought or the author didn t do a great job telling the story, but I was t a big fan of this book It starts out very slow talking about the story of Pete s dad, Press Press was a great basketball player too as a child He loved the gamethan anyone on any of his teams and he was willing to do anything just to play a few games of basketball He The book Pistol The Life of Pete Maravich was not nearly as good as hoped it would be Maybe it s just that Pete s life wasn t as interesting as I thought or the author didn t do a great job telling the story, but I was t a big fan of this book It starts out very slow talking about the story of Pete s dad, Press Press was a great basketball player too as a child He loved the gamethan anyone on any of his teams and he was willing to do anything just to play a few games of basketball He even went to church so he could use the gym offered by the youth pastor When Pete finally comes into the story, Press wants the absolute best for Pete From day one Press pushed Pete very hard to be the best basketball player he could possibly be My favorite parts were the stories of Pete s commitment to practicing as a young child Pete seriously practiced eight to ten hours a day no matter what the weather was or where he had to do it During the school year...

  3. says:

    Older basketball fans will know that Pistol Pete was the Elvis of basketball, a white guy who could play black before the black guys did He was an amazing ball handler and prolific scorer If there had been a three point line in the late sixties when the Pistol was in college his average would have been 58 a game for his career As it stands, his scoring record will never be broken His is a sad story Kriegel tells it pretty well Pete dropped dead at age 40 playing in a pick up came with Dr Older basketball fans will know that Pistol Pete was the Elvis of basketball, a white guy who could play black before the black guys did He was an amazing ball handler and prolific scorer If there had been a three point line in the late sixties when the Pistol was in college his average would have been 58 a game for his career As it stands, his scoring record will never be broken His is a sad story Kriegel tells it pretty well Pete dropped dead at age 40 playing in a pick up came with Dr James Dobson of Focus on the Family Pete had become a born again Christian and happy for the first time in his short life Most curiously the autopsy discovered he suffered from a congenital heart problem which should have killed him at age twenty Instead, he ran the court full speed for many, many years I never got to see him in person but lived in Florida during his last year at LSU He was on TV a lot and a ...

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    This book was described by Colin Cowherd as being an excellent book He was naming other book titles which he considered very good on his show and I wrote them all down and intend to read them This one tells the life story of Pete Maravich, a star basketball player who played to national fame from the late sixties until about 1980 The tale is an interesting one Pete s father was a driving force and the main force in Pete s basketball career Pete was a complicated person who had his talents a This book was described by Colin Cowherd as being an excellent book He was naming other book titles which he considered very good on his show and I wrote them all down and intend to read them This one tells the life story of Pete Maravich, a star basketball player who played to national fame from the late sixties until about 1980 The tale is an interesting one Pete s father was a driving force and the main force in Pete s basketball career Pete was a complicated person who had his talents and his faults I enjoyed the writing It was easy to read, and flowed better and better as the pages passed by I could not put the book down for then last 50 pages and they were the ones not describing his playing It included his life after his playing days were over, his death, and his sons and their trials and...

  5. says:

    A very good biography of an obsessed father who makes his son into one of the greatest basketball players of all time Press Maravich had his son impressing people like John Wooden with his skills from grade school on He was determined that his son would be the first million dollar player Pete loved his dad but never found happiness until his career ended too soon and he found Jesus He died young of a heart condition that should have killed him 20 years earlier and prevented sports Decades a A very good biography of an obsessed father who makes his son into one of the greatest basketball players of all time Press Maravich had his son impressing people like John Wooden with his skills from grade school on He was determined that his son would be the first million dollar player Pete loved his dad but never found happiness until his career ended too soon and he found Jesus He died young of a heart condition that should have kil...

  6. says:

    There s a line in Mark Kriegel s book Pistol that does a good job of summarizing Pete Maravich s life, and the book, quite nicely I don t want to play 10 years in the NBA and die of a heart attack at 40 Instead, he died of a heart defect at 40, after playing in the NBA for almost 10 years Pistol is not so much a biography as it is a study on passion and obsession and how the two can be confused At it s core it s about how much a father, in this case Press Maravich, can drive his son int There s a line in Mark Kriegel s book Pistol that does a good job of summarizing Pete Maravich s life, and the book, quite nicely I don t want to play 10 years in the NBA and die of a heart attack at 40 Instead, he died of a heart defect at 40, after playing in the NBA for almost 10 years Pistol is not so much a biography as it is a study on passion and obsession and how the two can be confused At it s core it s about how much a father, in this case ...

  7. says:

    Pete Maravich was one of the most flamboyant and exciting athletes of the 1970s This excellent book is actually less about Pistol Pete and muchabout his father Press Maravich Press lost his own father at a young age in a mining fatality in Western PA His mom remarried and Press became the forgotten stepson in the new family Press as a youngster was going nowhere fast in a dead end mining town until he went to a local religious youth group meeting where, perchance, they organized basket Pete Maravich was one of the most flamboyant and exciting athletes of the 1970s This excellent book is actually less about Pistol Pete and muchabout his father Press Maravich Press lost his own father at a young age in a mining fatality in Western PA His mom remarried and Press became the forgotten stepson in the new family Press as a youngster was going nowhere fast in a dead end mining town until he went to a local religious youth group meeting where, perchance, they organized basketball games for the children Press became obsessed with basketball and nothing else and soon became the star of the high school team After graduation, as a star athlete and apparently very good looking, Press could have been popular on the dating scene Yet, likely affected by his own life, Press quickly married a young widow and mother of an infant whose husband died in the war Yet, in the cyclical nature o...

  8. says:

    Pistol Pete is the man It cannot be argued that he changed basketball If onlykids knew how much he practiced and followed his lead.

  9. says:

    In the last few years I ve often had the belief that Pete Maravich the legend was better than Pete Maravich the player because he was a white guy who was very good at basketball This book disproves that belief He was very good absolutely ahead of his time but he also struggled with som...

  10. says:

    Mark Kriegel wrote a well researched, well written and entertaining book He did his homework I thought I pretty much knew the Pete Maravich story but I really didn t Some reviewers complain that there is too much in the book about Petar Press Maravich, Pete s father I would have to disagree To know Pete you need to know the father Without Press there would not have been a Pistol Pete Press Maravich was not a man without faults but he lived his life with passion He followed his dreams Mark Kriegel wrote a well researched, well written and entertaining book He did his homework I thought I pretty much knew the Pete Maravich story but I really didn t Some reviewers complain that there is too much in the book about Petar Press Maravich, Pete s father I would have to disagree To know Pete you need to know the father Without Press there would not have been a Pistol Pete Press Maravich was not a man without faults but he lived his ...

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