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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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Meh!

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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Anonymous User
  • 2019-11-16

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Ecellent read from an introspective man that is much more than a basketball player. looking forward to your next book.

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  • Leslie Clarke
  • 2019-11-12

I thoroughly enjoyed it!

I learned a lot and you confirmed a lot of my suspicions about what goes on in the league. The story was well written and I could visualize most of his accounts and remember many of the important moments over his career and it was great to hear from him how it really felt. There were times where I would be forced to an outward sigh and then there were times where I was forced to an outloud laugh! Thanks so much Iggy, I wish you all the best!

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  • Gregory Hutchins
  • 2019-10-30

Exceptional book!

A must read (or listen) for any sports fan! Andre Iguodala’s insight into the game and the lives of athletes who perform on the biggest stage in outstanding. I highly recommend it.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 2019-10-28

Loved it

It was great Andre reading in the beginning was dry but it gets smoother as it goes

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  • Big CG
  • 2019-10-17

Very insightful

The inside story of how and why athletes survive the challenges of life and sport. I enjoyed hearing why Andre left college for the professional NBA. His story left me feeling full of joy and inspiration.

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  • Sean
  • 2019-09-24

Thanks for the share Andre!

A great listen about one man's journey. Enjoy riding that bike on your next season in life.