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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (1,463 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Mark Kriegel Narrator: Lloyd James Publisher: Tantor Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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Pistol is more than the biography of a ballplayer. It’s the stuff of classic novels: the story of a boy transformed by his father’s dream—and the cost of that dream. Even as Peter Press Maravich became Pistol Pete—a basketball icon for baby boomers—all the Maraviches paid a price. Now acclaimed author Mark Kriegel has brilliantly captured the saga of an American family: its rise, its apparent ruin, and, finally, its redemption.

Almost four decades have passed since Maravich entered the national consciousness as basketball’s boy wizard. No one had ever played the game like the kid with the floppy socks and shaggy hair. And all these years later, no one else ever has. The idea of Pistol Pete continues to resonate with young people today just as powerfully as it did with their fathers.

In averaging 44.2 points a game at Louisiana State University, he established records that will never be broken. But even more enduring than the numbers was the sense of ecstasy and artistry with which he played. With the ball in his hands, Maravich had a singular power to inspire awe, inflict embarrassment, or even tell a joke.

But he wasn’t merely a mesmerizing showman. He was basketball’s answer to Elvis, a white Southerner who sold Middle America on a black man’s game. Like Elvis, he paid a terrible price, becoming a prisoner of his own fame.

Pistol is an unforgettable biography. By telling one family’s history, Kriegel has traced the history of the game and a large slice of the American narrative.

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  • “In the end, Kriegel’s portrait is a sad celebration of a gifted player whose collegiate legend never quite blossomed into professional greatness as he battled alcoholism, sought solace in religion and left a troubled legacy that’s still felt by his children and those who knew him.”

    Publishers Weekly

Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Harvey | 2/18/2014

    " He was always one of my favorites. I knew he led an unhappy life, but never understood just how bad it was. Very sad book about a very sad life. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Steve | 2/15/2014

    " I have read this book multiple times, it is my favorite book. It's about more than Basketball, it's also about fathers and sons, and about high expectations. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by JayJayJay | 2/12/2014

    " Very good read. The way Mark Kriegel wrote the book, made it an interesting book even though it was centered (naturally) on basketball. I wished that I could have seen some of Pistol Pete games. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by 707Jackson | 2/11/2014

    " I it was great story about a great basketball legend and one of my favorites pete maravich it talks about his whole famillyand about his NBA career but one thing i think you didn't have to add was the whole part about how basketball came to be and how it started.Ilo ve basketball and if you dont love basketball I don't think you should be reading this book beause all people who play basketball should know how the game started. but besides that it was perfect. "

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