The Whore of Akron

The Whore of Akron

One Man's Search for the Soul of LeBron James

Book - 2011
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Scott Raab is a last vestige of gonzo journalism in an era when sanitary decorum reigns. Crude but warmhearted, poetic but raving, Raab has chronicled many stories at GQ and Esquire, but the book you hold in your hands is neither a story nor a job: The Whore of Akron is the product of lifelong suffering. Raab sat in Cleveland Stadium on December 27, 1964, when the Browns won the NFL World Championship--the last sports title the declining city has held. Each generation born in Cleveland is another generation removed from that victory. LeBron James was supposed to change that. A native of Akron, he seemed like a miracle sent to transform Cleveland's losing ways. But after seven years--and still no parade--he left. And in a way that seemed designed to twist the knife. Now Raab bears witness to LeBron's every move, and in doing so acts as the eyes and ears of Cleveland itself.--From publisher description.
Publisher: New York : HarperCollins, c2011
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780062066367
Branch Call Number: 796.323 JAMES RAAB
Characteristics: 302 p. ; 22 cm


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Jul 10, 2017

Even though he's returned to Cleveland and ended the city's championship drought, mostly fulfilling the author's dreams that LeBron crushed when he took his talents to Southbeach, this is still a must read for every Cleveland sports fan and, really, anyone who has even casually followed pro sports since free agency became an option for players.

khouser Apr 11, 2014

Dear Author, I walked by the book at my library and grabbed it. Although neither a Clevelander or sports watcher, there was no way to miss Le Bron. Your treatment of sports and Le Bron inspire new praise for the Cleveland fan of any sport. I loved your writing and true acceptance of the villainy your vegeance has brought you. May you write so lovingly on sports forever. Thank you, KLH


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