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BILL RUSSELL WRITES WITH CANDOR ABOUT HIS GAME, HIS RACE, HIS LIFE
Jonathan Yardley
October 08, 1979
In collaboration with Taylor Branch, Bill Russell has written an autobiography that goes well beyond the customary bounds of the as-told-to sports story. It's called Second Wind: The Memoirs of an Opinionated Man (Random House, $9.95), and it is every bit as outspoken as its subtitle suggests, touching not only on Russell's celebrated career as basketball player and coach, but also on subjects ranging from Vietnam to race to sex to TV.
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October 08, 1979

Bill Russell Writes With Candor About His Game, His Race, His Life

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In this respect, Russell's story is not one of a uniquely successful athlete but of a black American who made the stormy and painful passage from hatred to understanding—a story that finds echoes in the lives of Malcolm X and Eldridge Cleaver and James Baldwin. This, as Russell well understands, is the story that really counts. Warts and all, he is a fine man, and he has written a fine book.

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