But the life of one of the greatest tennis players is, as this book shows, nothing if not extraordinary . . . All In pulls evocatively on the threads of the tumultuous social and historical background to her life, painting a compelling portrait of modern America
Compelling...All In is a brave and moving book, a must-read for tennis fans and a vivid slice of social history... its achievement is to sound like Billie Jean herselfA terrific readA vivid and detailed account of her rise to sporting greatness and her struggles to attain equal treatment for women in a shockingly discriminatory sport...King revels in drama and tension...All In describes a life comprising one epic struggle after another, both on and off court
[She] writes candidly about a career that led the way for women's sports as we know them . . . thoughtful, soul-searchingThis is a fascinating, energising, inspirational book from a woman who continues to set the standard for making a positive difference in the world
[King's] new autobiography looks back on her success but also focuses on the
women's movement, civil rights, sexism, her eating disorder and being outed at the age of 51. Prepare to be inspired.
A cracking readI love this book. This is more than an autobiography -- it's a manual for how to love yourself for who you are. Brutally honest and vulnerable at every level, here's the real Billie Jean King, champion of equality. When she was little, the world she wanted didn't exist. So she built it -- and best of all, she's still building it. Athletes fight for trophies; legends fight for others. You'll see. All In hits homeTrue to its title, All In is bracingly candid. Alongside the sporting and political battles, it tells of the eating disorder from which Ms. King suffered, a sexual assault she experienced as a teenager, and the whirlwind of being outed as a lesbian by a former lover in 1981. Ms. King does nothing by half-measures -- so much the better for readers, sport, and the many women she encouraged and empoweredIt's easy work to be a former champion, easier still to be a legend - after all, the job requirements are nothing beyond showing up. But it's not easy to be an activist, and it's certainly not easy to commit your life to pushing the world closer to how you want it to be. All In reads as a manifesto, like Letters to a Young Poet with a heavy dash of bell hooks. . . . Her book is a powerful rallying cry, in a life full of them, for how she hopes we play the game after she's goneWhat resonates with me most deeply in All In are the little-known stories [King] tells of incidents that forged her character and steeled her resolve when she was 11 and 12, growing up in a working-class neighborhood in Long Beach, California, and trying to figure out her place in the world, too . . . At 77, King is not a former tennis champion on a late-life victory tour. She is a woman who approaches each day with an open heart and clear intentionAll In is everything the title promises: An all-encompassing look at what it took for women to progress, not just in tennis, but in America and how women of color were constantly left behind . . . At its center, it's a story about pressure-to be the best, to win equal pay, to be a representative for queer athletes. But King understands that ultimately that pressure was a result of privilege and with All In, she's produced a book that grapples with both[King's] drive to overcome any obstacle thrown in front of her powers this memoir. In scene after scene, she knocks down the barriers before her and others - even as she secretly wrestles with her sexuality. Billie Jean King's strength, energy, and personality shine on every page of this gripping autobiography that will inspire tennis and non-tennis fans alikeDeliciously readableThrilling . . . King is full of incredible stories . . . All In is both a moving memoir and a piece of social history - a record of a life, a sport and a world transformedAll In tells King's story in full, while serving up insights on leadership, business, activism, sports, politics, marriage equality, parenting, sexuality and loveThis is the story of a remarkable sporting career, but also the cultural mores that King has done so much to shiftStarting with an objection to the different ways boys and girls were treated at junior tournaments in 1950s LA, King's determination to ensure fair recognition, and later fair reward, for her talent and effort, would place her at the heart of campaigns for equality both on and off court, from parity of prize money to women's and gay rights. [A] blistering autobiographyAll In is the story of a true champion, one with an indomitable spiritOne of the world's most celebrated tennis icons and a tireless campaigner for gender equality, Billie Jean King shares the watershed moments from both her formidable sports career and her personal life in this touching and candid memoir
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'A constant role model in my life, Billie Jean King is a leading example of integrity in the face of adversity. The book's powerfully honest and unapologetic candor is a reflection of King's brilliant mark on the world and the glass ceilings she shattered' Serena Williams
An inspiring and intimate self-portrait of the champion of equality that encompasses her brilliant tennis career, unwavering activism, and an ongoing commitment to fairness and social justice.
In this spirited account, Billie Jean King details her life's journey to find her true self. She recounts her groundbreaking tennis career -- six years as the top-ranked woman in the world, twenty Wimbledon championships, thirty-nine grand-slam titles, and her watershed defeat of Bobby Riggs in the famous "Battle of the Sexes." She poignantly recalls the cultural backdrop of those years and the profound impact on her worldview from the women's movement, the assassinations and anti-war protests of the 1960s, the civil rights movement, and, eventually, the LGBTQ+ rights movement.
She describes the myriad challenges she's hurdled -- entrenched sexism, an eating disorder, near financial ruin after being outed -- on her path to publicly and unequivocally acknowledging her sexual identity at the age of fifty-one. And she talks about how her life today remains one of indefatigable service. She offers insights and advice on leadership, business, activism, sports, politics, marriage equality, parenting, sexuality, and love. She shows how living honestly and openly has had a transformative effect on her relationships and happiness. Hers is the story of a pathbreaking feminist, a world-class athlete, and an indomitable spirit whose impact has transcended even her spectacular achievements in sports.
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