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I may be wrong but I doubt it
2002
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The outspoken former NBA player and sports commentator shares his opinions and observations on basketball, popular culture, personal relationships, celebrity and fame, politics, money, and life. - (Baker & Taylor)

The outspoken former NBA player and sports commentator shares his words of wisdom about, opinions on, and witty observations of basketball, popular culture, personal relationships, celebrity and fame, politics, money, and life. 200,000 first printing. - (Baker & Taylor)

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Charles Barkley is a studio analyst for TNT’s Inside the NBA, a regular contributor to CNN’s TalkBack Live and a frequent color commentator. Named one of the fifty greatest NBA players of all time, he was selected to eleven All-Star teams and won the NBA’s MVP award in 1993. He lives in Scottsdale, Arizona.

Michael Wilbon is a Washington Post sports columnist and the cohost, with Tony Kornheiser, of the ESPN show Pardon the Interruption. He lives outside Washington, D.C. - (Random House, Inc.)

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Charles Barkley has never been shy about expressing his opinions. Michael Jordan once said that we all want to say the things that Barkley says, but we don’t dare. But even die-hard followers of the all-time NBA great, the star of TNT’s Inside the NBA and CNN’s TalkBack Live, will be astonished by just how candid and provocative he is in this book—and just how big his ambitions are. Though he addresses weighty issues with a light touch and prefers to stir people to think by making them laugh, there’s nothing Charles Barkley shies away from here—not race, not class, not big money, not scandal, not politics, not personalities, nothing. “Early on,” says Washington Post columnist and ESPN talk show host Michael Wilbon in his Introduction, “Barkley made his peace with mixing it up, and decided the consequences were very much worth it to him. And that makes him as radically different in these modern celebrity times as a 6-foot-4-inch power forward.”

If there’s one thing Charles Barkley knows, it’s the crying need for honest, open discussion in this country—the more uncomfortable the subject, the more necessary the dialogue. And if the discussion leader can be as wise, irreverent, (occasionally) profane and (consistently) funny as Charles Barkley, so much the better. Many people are going to be shocked and scandalized by I May Be Wrong but I Doubt It, but many more will stand up and cheer. Like Molly Ivins or Bill O’Reilly, Charles Barkley is utterly his own thinker, and everything he says comes from deep reflection. One way or another, if more blood hasn’t reached your brain by the time you’ve finished this book, maybe you’ve been embalmed. - (Random House, Inc.)

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Former NBA great Barkley was known for his candor and humor in the postgame locker room. Since his retirement, he's been a studio analyst for Turner Broadcasting's NBA coverage. The candor and humor have continued unabated along with Barkley asides on such topics as PETA (People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals) as he munched a hamburger onscreen, the New York Knicks (he opined that ratings were bad because the lackluster Knicks were always on), and politics (he is a strident Republican). Be forewarned; in his autobiography (Outrageous, 1993), he insisted he was misquoted when asked about a particularly controversial statement. Topically he ranges far and wide here, touching on everything from growing up poor to Tiger Woods to the positives and negatives of celebrity to his own twisted sense of humor. And speaking of the latter, one of his standard lines at a party is to claim that nothing makes him more nervous than watching white people dance. This is fun reading peppered with common sense. When Barkley explains his Republican affiliation, part of his rationale is that black people in Mississippi (his home state) have been voting Democratic for generations yet are as far down the economic scale as ever. It's hard to argue with his logic. Barkley's celebrity commands interest, and rest assured there will be controversy associated with Barkley's opinions. ((Reviewed September 15, 2002)) Copyright 2002 Booklist Reviews

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