I Came As a Shadow: An Autobiography Audiobook, by John Thompson Play Audiobook Sample

I Came As a Shadow: An Autobiography Audiobook

I Came As a Shadow: An Autobiography Audiobook, by John Thompson Play Audiobook Sample
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Read By: Jesse Washington Publisher: Macmillan Audio Listen Time: at 1.0x Speed 7.33 hours at 1.5x Speed 5.50 hours at 2.0x Speed Release Date: December 2020 Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download ISBN: 9781250800787

Quick Stats About this Audiobook

Total Audiobook Chapters:

25

Longest Chapter Length:

46:18 minutes

Shortest Chapter Length:

28 seconds

Average Chapter Length:

26:19 minutes

Audiobooks by this Author:

1

Publisher Description

"From his time growing up to his remarkable career at Georgetown University, contractual deals with Nike, and meaningful moments off the court--this is a fascinating audiobook. [Narrator Jesse] Washington brings the right level of emotion, doesn't imitate anyone, and gives Thompson's words the respect they deserve. A must-listen for anyone whose mind is made up on Thompson." -- AudioFile Magazine The long-awaited autobiography from Georgetown University’s legendary coach, whose life on and off the basketball court threw America’s unresolved struggle with racial justice into sharp relief. John Thompson was never just a basketball coach and I Came As A Shadow is categorically not just a basketball autobiography. After three decades at the center of race and sports in America, the first Black head coach to win an NCAA championship makes the private public at last. Chockful of stories and moving beyond mere stats (and what stats! three Final Fours, four times national coach of the year, seven Big East championships, 97 percent graduation rate), Thompson’s book drives us through his childhood under Jim Crow segregation to our current moment of racial reckoning. We experience riding shotgun with Celtics icon Red Auerbach, and coaching NBA Hall of Famers like Patrick Ewing and Allen Iverson. How did he inspire the phrase “Hoya Paranoia”? You’ll see. And thawing his historically glacial stare, Thompson brings us into his negotiation with a DC drug kingpin in his players’ orbit in the 1980s, as well as behind the scenes of his years on the Nike board. Thompson’s mother was a teacher who couldn’t teach because she was Black. His father could not read or write, so the only way he could identify different cements at the factory where he worked was to taste them. Their son grew up to be a man with his own life-sized statue in a building that bears his family’s name on a campus once kept afloat by the selling of 272 enslaved people. This is a great American story, and John Thompson’s experience sheds light on many of the issues roiling our nation. In these pages—a last gift from “Coach”—he proves himself to be the elder statesman whose final words college basketball and the country need to hear. I Came As A Shadow is not a swan song, but a bullhorn blast from one of America’s most prominent sons. Huddle up. A Macmillan Audio production from Henry Holt and Company

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“Every chapter will bring back a lot of great basketball memories from Thompson’s coaching days along with his playing career, his family ties, the people who inspired him and others. Washington pens a brilliant note as the co-author.”

— Philadelphia Tribune 

Quotes

  • “In this lively and entertaining book, Thompson…finally gets to cast his legend on his own terms.”

    — New York Times Book Review
  • “This is a fascinating audiobook. Washington brings the right level of emotion, doesn’t imitate anyone, and gives Thompson’s words the respect they deserve. A must-listen for anyone whose mind is made up on Thompson.”

    — AudioFile
  • “Plainspoken and profound … an unusually good sports memoir … a consequential book.”

    — New York Times

Awards

  • #1 Amazon bestseller
  • A New York Times Notable Book of 2021
  • One of the The Progressive's Picks of the Year's Best Books
  • Among longlisted titles for New York Times Book Review Notable Books of the Year, 2021

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About John Thompson

John Thompson (1955–2020) was the head basketball coach at Georgetown University from 1972 to 1999, where he won the NCAA championship in 1984. He was inducted into the Basketball Hall of Fame in 1999. He graduated from Providence College and held a master’s degree in guidance and counseling from the University of the District of Columbia.