Breaking Back: How I Lost Everything and Won Back My Life
Harper Collins, 2009 M03 17 - 288 pages
James Blake's life was getting better every day. A rising tennis star and People magazine's Sexiest Male Athlete of 2002, he was leading a charmed life and loving every minute of it. But all that ended in May 2004, when Blake fractured his neck in an on-court freak accident. As he recovered, his father—who had been the inspiration for his tennis career—lost his battle with stomach cancer. Shortly after his father's death, Blake was dealt a third blow when he contracted zoster, a rare virus that paralyzed half of his face and threatened to end his already jeopardized career.
In Breaking Back, Blake provides a remarkable account of how he came back from this terrible heartbreak and self-doubt to become one of the top tennis players in the world. A story of strength, passion, courage, and the unbreakable bonds between a father and son, Breaking Back is a celebration of one extraordinary athlete's indomitable spirit and his inspiring ability to find hope in the bleakest of times.
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The only catch was that the doctors told me that it could take years to recover,
and so the question of whether or not I would ever play again continuously
lingered in the air. Zoster is often triggered by stress, so it made perfect sense
that it hit ...
Despite incidents like that, my parents always maintained their belief in the
essential decency of people, and they passed this faith on to me and my older
brother, Thomas Jr. When I was a junior player, another kid told me he felt sorry
for me ...
We were heartened when she told us that he was eligible for an experimental
drug that had had some small, but positive, effect on black and Asian patients.
Then she shattered our expectations all over again when she told us, with sunny
Although Carlos had seen me play, it was, I've been told, a USAToday sports
section cover story on me and my brother, when we were still competing for
Harvard, with a huge photo of us, that really got the other suits at the agency
jazzed up ...
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I found the book interesting and easy to read due to the content and good writting. Being a tennis fan I found the book to show the reasons the commentators use very positive words describing James Blake. James his mother and brother are always shown respect when referring to them. Read full review