Impressive, thoughtful, and obviously sincere personal memoir. I had no idea who this author was, and I reserved this book expecting a screed against white-dominated American society. What I read was a thoughtful African-American athlete's plea for a more egalitarian society with less racial inequity. The feeling underlying is not seething hate, although it would be justifiable. There are a number of searing self-evaluations and as many condemnations of systemic racism in American society, but the message is one of hope and progress, societal as well as personal ...well worthy of every one's support. What is most uncomfortable at the end, is the obvious exploitation of high school, college, and professional athletes by those who profit (financially) from them. Not pretty, and especially ugly for African -Americans!