A college basketball coach and First Lady Michelle Obama's brother, the author offers an inspirational memoir, celebrating the extraordinary family members and mentors, including President Barack Obama, who have shaped his life.
On Sale: April 20, 2010
Featuring: Craig Robinson
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The eagerly anticipated inspirational memoir from
Michelle Obama's brother, celebrating the extraordinary
family members and mentors who have shaped his life
When he stepped into history's spotlight at the
National Democratic Convention, Craig Robinson recalls that
nothing could have been more gratifying than introducing his
sister, Michelle Obama, to millions of Americans. Within
minutes, he won the hearts of the nation by sharing
highlights of growing up in the modest Robinson household,
where the two were raised by devoted parents who taught them
the values of education, hard work, and the importance of
reaching far beyond what even seemed possible.
Those lessons of character were fundamentals in shaping
Craig Robinson's own remarkable journey: from his days
playing street basketball on Chicago's Southside, while
excelling academically, to admission at Princeton
University, where he was later named Ivy League Player of
the Year, twice. After playing professionally in Europe,
Robinson made an about-face, entering the competitive field
of finance. With his MBA from the University of Chicago,
his meteoric rise landed him a partnership in a promising
new venture. But another dream beckoned and Craig made the
unusual decision to forego the trappings of money and status
in the business world in order to become a basketball coach.
He soon helped transform three struggling teams - as an
assistant coach at Northwestern, then as head coach at Brown
and now at Oregon State University. In his first season at
OSU, he navigated what was declared to be one of the
nation's best single season turnarounds.
Game of Character, Robinson takes readers behind the
scenes to meet his most important influences in his
understanding of the winning traits that are part of his
playbook for success. Central to his story are his parents,
Marian and Fraser, two indefatigable individuals who showed
their children how to believe in themselves and live their
lives with conviction through love, discipline and respect.
With insights into this exemplary family, we relive
memories of how Marian sacrificed a career to be a full-time
mom, how Fraser got up and went to work every day while
confronting the challenges of multiple sclerosis, how Craig
and Michelle strengthened their bond as they journeyed out
of the Southside to Princeton University and eventually, the
Heartwarming, inspiring, and even
transformational, A Game of Character comes just at
the right time in an era of change, reminding readers of our
opportunity to work together and embrace the character of
our nation, to make a difference in the lives of others and
to pave the way for the next generation.
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