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The Sixth Man

A Memoir
Length: 7 hrs and 8 mins
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The instant national best seller 

The standout memoir from NBA powerhouse Andre Iguodala, the indomitable sixth man of the champion Golden State Warriors.

Andre Iguodala is one of the most admired players in the NBA. And fresh off the Warriors’ third NBA championship in the last four years, his game has never been stronger. 

Off the court, Iguodala has earned respect, too - for his successful tech investments, his philanthropy, and increasingly for his contributions to the conversation about race in America. It is no surprise, then, that in his first book, Andre, with his cowriter Carvell Wallace, has pushed himself to go further than he ever has before about his life, not only as an athlete but about what makes him who he is at his core. 

The Sixth Man traces Andre’s journey from childhood in his Illinois hometown to his Bay Area home court today. Basketball has always been there. But this is the story, too, of his experience of the conflict and racial tension always at hand in a professional league made up largely of African-American men; of whether and why the athlete owes the total sacrifice of his body; of the relationship between competition and brotherhood among the players of one of history’s most glorious championship teams. And of what motivates an athlete to keep striving for more once they’ve already achieved the highest level of play they could have dreamed. 

On drive, on leadership, on pain, on accomplishment, on the shame of being given a role, and the glory of taking a role on: This is a powerful memoir of life and basketball that reveals new depths to the superstar athlete, and offers tremendous insight into most urgent stories being told in American society today.

©2019 Andre Iguodala (P)2019 Penguin Audio

What the critics say

“The best basketball memoir since Bill Russell’s Go up for Glory...a sports memoir for the ages.” (Booklist, starred review) 

“A riveting read by one of the NBA’s sharpest minds.” (Forbes)

 “A fascinating look at the intersection of class, race and basketball.” (Axios)

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Unapologetically honest, black and human perspec

Loved it

So insightful, honest and unapologetically black. NBA player who will not be defined by his career A truly human perspective

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Good half is good. Next half is meh. Skips aspect his career! Having the successful career he did, he doesn't share the nuisances of his success. Your reading some1s rant

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Brilliant

You love basketball you’ll love this book!
You love a good story you’ll love this book!
You love inside Information you’ll love this book!
Andre Iguodala is a very smart man!

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  • JKay
  • 2019-07-08

Lost its legs in the 4th

Started strong and interesting as we get a look at Andre's youth and history coming up, but ended boring and tiring while he basically airs every grievance he has in life/basketball...His grievances may be valid, it's just not that interesting to listen to.

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  • ninamooreris
  • 2019-07-01

amazing insight

I really enjoyed this book. I really enjoyed here in the struggle not only as an athlete but as a black athlete growing from level to level

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  • Eric Jue
  • 2019-07-01

Great listen

Aside from the few name pronunciation blunders, the book gives excellent insight on the life that of a pro basketball player.

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  • Audrey
  • 2019-06-27

Insightful and entertaining

If you’ve ever wondered about the life of an NBA athlete, this book is for you. Andre explains the feelings, objectification, luxuries, injuries, and cons of being an athlete in the NBA. You could watch a million press interviews with athletes and not begin to grasp a portion of what it means to be in the NBA or just an athlete in general. I highly recommend this book to anyone who’s curious about the life, looking for inspiration, or simply a great autobiography.

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  • Utilisateur anonyme
  • 2020-05-14

Great Read for inspiration, Very informal

This book was amazing in terms of understanding the sacrifice and hard work it takes to become a professional player. Did a great job of sharing some of his obstacles he had to face in his high school and college career. Andre explained the feelings, pros, and cons of being an athlete in the NBA. Watching interviews does not serve you justice or help you understand the life of the NBA athletes but this book allows you to grasp a portion of what it means to be an athlete. I highly recommend this book

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  • Nate Adams
  • 2020-04-29

Well Articulated Inside Perspective

Iguodala gives an insider's perspective on college basketball's money inequities, what it's like to be loved and hated by fans, being traded, how money passes through the NBA, what its like to be black in a white-run organization and country, and also talks about basketball.

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  • Sara R.
  • 2020-03-12

You don't need to be a sports fan

I read this because a relative of mine was reading it and I wanted to be able to talk to him about it.

I am really glad I did. It was not a subject I usually spend much time on, but Mr. Iguodala's story from high school to the NBA was fascinating. I have seen him play, so that added another level of interest.
There were aspects about being an athlete at all levels I was completely ignorant about. He was positive about his experiences and the people he worked with. I liked that, it was classy.

So, if you want to wow someone with some deep sports background, well, this is the book for you. Also, I really enjoyed how much fun I had talking with my cousin about it.

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  • Jackson
  • 2020-01-29

An Eye Opening Account

Loved listening to this! Learning and hearing more on the life of an NBA athlete, especially one that is such a strong role model, was eye opening and inspiring.

Would Highly Recommend!

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  • Deborah A. Wilson
  • 2020-01-26

Excellent read

I enjoyed this book, which provided a realistic insight into basketball as a business. For years, I have struggled to separate my love of the game from harsh business decisions that inherent in any profession. For example, When an owner changes the dynamics of a team by trading your favorite player, it’s just business. However, when players opt to foster their best interest interests by signing with another team, they are often vilified. Where is the equity is this equation? This is the first book I’ve read in recent times, which does an excellent job of touching upon that truth, which has been swept under the rug for years. There are so many things I love about this book. I am especially thankful that the author narrated it, which made it far more meaningful and personal. Wishing the author much success and hoping this will be the first of many books from Andrea.

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  • 2020-01-18

great insights, thought provoking and profound!

For someone like me, a fair weather Warriors fan until the 2015 season, this book felt like I was filling in the gaps behind the scenes of what was going on. I have always marveled the Warriors. Coach Kerr, and everyone on the roster inspired me to have fun while doing my best. I loved reading newspaper stories and instagram stories about the guys sent out to golf by Kerr to rejuvenate and reconnect , about Curry & Ayesha, about Draymond’s life, about the Foundations the players run, good work they do. To say I’m a fan would be an understatement. I love the team for much more than their game.
In the book talks about Race in a way that is so real and true and experiential. Never has it resonated with me in this way. They say that the worst form of oppression is being unseen, ignored and the scene where the referee un-sees Andre is heart wrenching.
It takes a lot of courage to say these things, speak truths of huge organizations like NFL and NBA without the fear of backlash like Colin Kaepernick has to face. A job denied to an man who excels in that field.

Andre has done this without making this so much about race, but as much about making this about human dignity, about being humane, about being fair-all these universal.
He mastered in the art of truth telling that can resonate with everyone, even a non player, immigrant woman like myself. Kudos!