Kareem Abdul-Jabbar is the NBA's all-time leading scorer and a Basketball Hall of Fame inductee. Since retiring, he has been an actor, a basketball coach, and the author of many New York Times bestsellers. Abdul-Jabbar is also a columnist for many news outlets, such as The Guardian and The Hollywood Reporter, writing on a wide range of subjects including race, politics, age, and pop culture. In 2012, he was selected as a U.S. Cultural Ambassador and in 2016 Abdul-Jabbar was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the nation's highest civilian award which recognizes exceptional meritorious service. He lives in Southern California.
* "In our current moment when black athletes are joining the
national confrontation with the nation's overwhelming legacy of
racial injustice, few are better suited to provide context than
Abdul-Jabbar.... Wrestling with what it means to be black,
determining his own responsibility and capacity to respond to
injustice, and becoming the "kindest, gentlest, smartest, lovingest
version" of himself takes center stage in this retelling of the
early part of his life. Like the author's unstoppable skyhook, this
timely book is a clear score."--Kirkus, starred review
* "More than a play-by-play sports story, it's an honest, powerful exposition of what it means to be black in white America, offering a de facto history of the civil rights movement."--Booklist, starred review
* "This timely and unforgettable memoir is essential for middle and high school collections, and affords rich opportunities for classroom and book club discussions."
--SLJ, starred review
"Kareem Abdul-Jabbar is... as gifted an intellect as he is an athlete... It's a tale by a wise elder-- about basketball, sure, but also about cultural, political, social, and religious awakenings, big stuff narrated in a very accessible way."--The New York Times Book Review