Simon & Schuster
On Sale: March 22, 2016
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his inspiring memoir from sports and cultural icon Bill
Walton recounts his devastating injuries and amazing
recoveries, set in the context of his UCLA triumphs under
John Wooden, his storied NBA career, and his affinity for
music and the Grateful Dead.
In February 2008, Bill Walton suffered a catastrophic spinal
collapse—the culmination of a lifetime of injuries—that left
him unable to move. He spent three years on the floor of his
house, eating his meals there and crawling to the bathroom,
where he could barely hoist himself up onto the toilet. The
excruciating pain and slow recovery tested Walton to the
fullest. But with extraordinary patience, fortitude,
determination, and sacrifice—and pioneering surgery—he
recovered, and now shares his life story in this remarkable
and unique memoir.
Walton grew up in San Diego in the 1950s and 1960s and was
deeply influenced by the political and cultural upheavals of
that period. Although he strongly identified with the cool
people, particularly in music and politics, his greatest
role model outside his family was super-straight UCLA
basketball coach John Wooden, a thoughtful, rigorous mentor
who seemed immune to the turmoil of the times. Although
there was always tension and conflict between them, the two
men would speak nearly every day for forty-three years,
until Wooden’s death at age ninety-nine.
Despite a lifelong stuttering affliction, Walton chose a
career in broadcasting after his playing days ended. He
eventually won an Emmy Award and other accolades for
broadcasting and was recognized as a leading media pundit.
John Wooden once said that no greatness ever came without
sacrifice. Nothing better illustrates this saying than the
real story of Walton’s life. In his own words, Back from the
Dead shares this dramatic story, including his basketball
and broadcasting careers, his many setbacks and rebounds,
and his ultimate triumph as the toughest of champions.
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