Pistol: The Life of Pete Maravich

Pistol: The Life of Pete Maravich

"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 Pete 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...

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Title:Pistol: The Life of Pete Maravich
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Pistol: The Life of Pete Maravich Reviews

  • Barnabas Piper

    When a fascinating, enigmatic cast of characters encounters a gifted biographer something special happens. This is just such an instance. I’m a committed basketball fan, but I knew few details of Pete’s life and almost none of his father’s. Their combined, symbiotic and parasitic relationship is heartbreaking and fascinating. To read a non-Christian author describe Pete’s transformation when he met Christ is equally fascinating - almost like reading about him meeting a unicorn. He finds it magne

    When a fascinating, enigmatic cast of characters encounters a gifted biographer something special happens. This is just such an instance. I’m a committed basketball fan, but I knew few details of Pete’s life and almost none of his father’s. Their combined, symbiotic and parasitic relationship is heartbreaking and fascinating. To read a non-Christian author describe Pete’s transformation when he met Christ is equally fascinating - almost like reading about him meeting a unicorn. He finds it magnetic, but not totally believable.

  • Pat Murphy

    This book was described by Colin Cowherd as being an excellent book. He was naming other book titles which he considered very good on his show and I wrote them all down and intend to read them. This one tells the life story of Pete Maravich, a star basketball player who played to national fame from the late sixties until about 1980. The tale is an interesting one. Pete's father was a driving force and the main force in Pete's basketball career. Pete was a complicated person who had his talents a

    This book was described by Colin Cowherd as being an excellent book. He was naming other book titles which he considered very good on his show and I wrote them all down and intend to read them. This one tells the life story of Pete Maravich, a star basketball player who played to national fame from the late sixties until about 1980. The tale is an interesting one. Pete's father was a driving force and the main force in Pete's basketball career. Pete was a complicated person who had his talents and his faults. I enjoyed the writing. It was easy to read, and flowed better and better as the pages passed by. I could not put the book down for then last 50 pages and they were the ones not describing his playing. It included his life after his playing days were over, his death, and his sons and their trials and tribulations trying to begin their late teen and adult lives as persons and as ballplayers. I was not really a fan of Pete's. I just never started following him, and I am in Phoenix so I am a Phoenix fan. But this book makes me a fan. A great sports book. If you are a fan of Maravich, and have not read this, I think you will enjoy it.

  • Jake

    A very good biography of an obsessed father who makes his son into one of the greatest basketball players of all time. Press Maravich had his son impressing people like John Wooden with his skills from grade school on. He was determined that his son would be the first million dollar player. Pete loved his dad but never found happiness until his career ended too soon and he found Jesus. He died young of a heart condition that should have killed him 20 years earlier and prevented sports. Decades a

    A very good biography of an obsessed father who makes his son into one of the greatest basketball players of all time. Press Maravich had his son impressing people like John Wooden with his skills from grade school on. He was determined that his son would be the first million dollar player. Pete loved his dad but never found happiness until his career ended too soon and he found Jesus. He died young of a heart condition that should have killed him 20 years earlier and prevented sports. Decades after his death, the NBA finally plays like he did in the sixties. This tragic and inspirational biography can even be enjoyed by non sports fans.

  • Randy

    Older basketball fans will know that Pistol Pete was the Elvis of basketball, a white guy who could play "black" before the black guys did. He was an amazing ball handler and prolific scorer. If there had been a three point line in the late sixties when the Pistol was in college his average would have been 58 a game for his career! As it stands, his scoring record will never be broken. His is a sad story. Kriegel tells it pretty well. Pete dropped dead at age 40 playing in a pick up came with Dr

    Older basketball fans will know that Pistol Pete was the Elvis of basketball, a white guy who could play "black" before the black guys did. He was an amazing ball handler and prolific scorer. If there had been a three point line in the late sixties when the Pistol was in college his average would have been 58 a game for his career! As it stands, his scoring record will never be broken. His is a sad story. Kriegel tells it pretty well. Pete dropped dead at age 40 playing in a pick up came with Dr. James Dobson of Focus on the Family. Pete had become a born again Christian and happy for the first time in his short life. Most curiously the autopsy discovered he suffered from a congenital heart problem which should have killed him at age twenty. Instead, he ran the court full speed for many, many years. I never got to see him in person but lived in Florida during his last year at LSU. He was on TV a lot and a marvel to watch. There are many YouTubes of the Pistol including clips from his classic video Homework Basketball where he demonstrates the fantastic drills invented by Pete and his b'ball coach father Press Maravich. Worth a read by hard core fans.

  • Hunter Oda

    The book Pistol: The Life of Pete Maravich was not nearly as good as hoped it would be. Maybe it’s just that Pete’s life wasn’t as interesting as I thought or the author didn’t do a great job telling the story, but I was’t a big fan of this book. It starts out very slow talking about the story of Pete’s dad, Press. Press was a great basketball player too as a child. He loved the game more than anyone on any of his teams and he was willing to do anything just to play a few games of basketball. He

    The book Pistol: The Life of Pete Maravich was not nearly as good as hoped it would be. Maybe it’s just that Pete’s life wasn’t as interesting as I thought or the author didn’t do a great job telling the story, but I was’t a big fan of this book. It starts out very slow talking about the story of Pete’s dad, Press. Press was a great basketball player too as a child. He loved the game more than anyone on any of his teams and he was willing to do anything just to play a few games of basketball. He even went to church so he could use the gym offered by the youth pastor. When Pete finally comes into the story, Press wants the absolute best for Pete. From day one Press pushed Pete very hard to be the best basketball player he could possibly be. My favorite parts were the stories of Pete’s commitment to practicing as a young child. Pete seriously practiced eight to ten hours a day no matter what the weather was or where he had to do it. During the school year, Pete didn’t take breaks from practicing either. Pete and his father had a goal from very early on in Pete’s life and that was for Pete to become the first athlete to be paid one million dollars. Finally when Pete got to the NBA he achieved his goal. If you love basketball and would like to know more about Pete Maravich’s life I would recommend this book, but other than that it is pretty dry.

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