Every path to adulthood is strewn with missteps, epiphanies, and hard-earned lessons. Only Reggie Love's, however, went through the White House by way of Duke University's Cameron Indoor Stadium. Mentored by both Coach Krzyzewski and President Obama, Love shares universal insights learned in unique circumstances, an education in how sports, politics, and life can define who you are, what you believe in, and what it takes to make a difference.
Power Forward tells the story of the five years Love worked as a personal assistant to Senator Obama when he was a candidate for president and President Obama, and it is a professional coming-of-age story like no other. What the public knows was well put by Time magazine in 2008: "[Love's] official duties don't come close to capturing Reggie's close bond with Obama, who plays a role that is part boss and part big brother." What the public doesn't know are the innumerable private moments during which that bond was forged and the president mentored a malleable young man. Accountability and serving with pride and honor were learned during unsought moments, including co-coaching grade-school girls' basketball with the president; lending Obama his tie ahead of a presidential debate; managing a personal life when no hour is truly his own; being tasked with getting the candidate up in the morning on time for long days of campaigning.
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Worth a listen.
Yes, the behind the scenes insight was fun. This book has is a unique production. Really enjoyed the few instances where Love offered some insight into an Obama exchange which led to an excerpt from a speech the current President made. That alone was worth the 6 hr listen.
The behind the scenes with Obama although I was expecting more to be included. The book is about 65% Obama relationship and 35% Love's life. Be prepared and you won't be disappointed.
Pretty clear he's not a professional performer. At times his unprofessional presentation was distracting.
The content was decent but after an hour and a half of listening I was ready to take a break from the narration.
At times it was difficult to follow the timeline of events. The story was told in chronological order; however, it broke from the timeline periodically.
Love spoke too much about his childhood basketball experience.
He's certainly an interesting man with a unique story. This book is worth your time.
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