This was an interesting read, because it's not really a sports book. Russell and Auerbach could well have been accountants, and the stories this book told would still ring true. This book is more suited for the "self-help" or "relationships" section of the bookstore. At times, I found that jarring, and wished it would go back to the biography of Russell. But, that wasn't fair to the book. That wasn't the point of writing it. Once I reminded myself of that, I was able to really enjoy the lessons the book was trying to teach me about friendship and how to stay an individual. Oh, sure, like any book written by an athlete, you can tell this book was written by an athlete. But, that was part of its charm. If some professor of philosophy wrote this book, the tales would ring more hollow. As it was, it was a great book about what one man thought it meant to be a friend. It was well worth the read.
Rating: 3 Quarters