A Game of Character: A Family Journey from Chicago's Southside to the Ivy League and Beyond

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Craig Robinson, the brother of Michelle Obama, has enjoyed tremendous success in both the business and basketball arenas. He has been a vice president with Morgan Stanley Dean Witter and a managing director and partner at Loop Capital Markets. In his first season coaching the Oregon State Beavers, he led the team to 18 victories, triple their previous season total. Here he shares valuable insights on what it takes to be a great leader in all aspects of life.

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Overview

Craig Robinson, the brother of Michelle Obama, has enjoyed tremendous success in both the business and basketball arenas. He has been a vice president with Morgan Stanley Dean Witter and a managing director and partner at Loop Capital Markets. In his first season coaching the Oregon State Beavers, he led the team to 18 victories, triple their previous season total. Here he shares valuable insights on what it takes to be a great leader in all aspects of life.

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Editorial Reviews

T. Rees Shapiro
Robinson's journey to Princeton University, a position with Morgan Stanley and, after a drastic career change, the coaching job at OSU—all this makes for an uplifting read.
—The Washington Post
The New York Times
He helped elect a president.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781449823542
  • Publisher: Recorded Books, LLC
  • Publication date: 4/20/2010
  • Format: CD
  • Edition description: Unabridged, 7 CDs and 8.5 hours
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 5.50 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Craig Robinson grew up on the Southside of Chicago with his younger sister, Michelle, and his parents, Marian and Fraser Robinson. He played college basketball for Princeton under the legendary Pete Carril, where he was a two-time Ivy League Player of the Year. After playing professionally in Europe, Craig made an about-face, entering the competitive field of finance. With his MBA from the University of Chicago, his meteoric rise landed him a partnership in a promising new venture. But another dream beckoned, and Craig left the financial world to become a basketball coach.

Prior to joining Oregon State, Craig spent two years as the head coach at Brown, leading a revival of the Bears’ program. He won more games in his first two years than any other head coach in Brown’s basketball history and was named Ivy League Men’s Basketball Coach of the Year by Basketball-U.com. Before Brown, Craig spent six seasons with the Northwestern Wildcats under head coach Bill Carmody, where he developed and implemented his local, national, and international recruiting technology. Craig Robinson currently lives in Oregon with his wife, Kelly, and his children.

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Table of Contents

Foreword Marian Robinson Robinson, Marian

Pregame: Tests of Character

Pt. I Fundamentals 1

1 Meet the Home Team 3

2 Robinson Family Values: Love, Discipline, Respect 22

3 Know Who You Are and Live Your Life with Conviction 43

4 Be Relentless: You Have to Win to Stay on the Court 64

5 Don't Be Afraid to Be Smart and Cool 75

6 The Correct Choice May Not Be the Right Choice 89

Pt. II On the Road 99

7 From the Southside of Chicago to Princeton 101

8 Learn the Game, Not Just Your Position 117

9 Luck Is Just Another Word for Hard Work 128

10 Character Is Shaped by Choices Made Every Step of the Way 140

11 Expect the Best but Prepare for the Unexpected 151

Pt. III A New Season 165

12 Building a Strong Family Is like Building a Strong Team 167

13 A Strategy for Change Starts with the Belief That You Can Win 181

14 Playing a New Position 193

15 Be Relentless: You Have to Win to Stay on the Court (Reprise) 205

Pt. IV Full-Court Press 217

16 What Would Fraser Robinson Say? 219

17 Harnessing Energy, Seizing Momentum 227

18 The Character of a Nation 237

Postgame: We All Have a Window of Opportunity 251

Acknowledgments 255

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  • Posted May 17, 2010

    Like a Livingroom Chat

    This self-help book is as much an autobiography of Craig Robinson as it is a help to making meaningful changes in one's life or in helping others. This is because he uses wonderful examples from his life to illustrate the character building points he wants to share. It makes for an easy and convincing read - like you've been invited into his livingroom for a chat! Some stories involve his sister, our First Lady, and, therefore, add another dimension of interest. His direct approach leaves no doubt as to what he wants to convey and the examples often made me smile ... and that in turn will help me remember! I could see myself giving this book as a gift. Parents, teachers, coaches, and social study buffs would all enjoy this volume of stories with a moral.

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  • Posted May 22, 2010

    Required Reading

    This book should be required reading. It shows how hard work, ethics and commitment is a must for rearing children. At 51yrs old, I feel good about not having children because I know what Mr. and Mrs. Robinson did as a couple, I could not do alone. As President Obama said in one of his speeches; "Any fool could make a baby, it takes a real man and woman to raise a child." Character is what defines you. A strong foundation is what will build that character. A Game of Character shows you how Craig and Michelle emulated what was taught by their parents.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 13, 2010

    excellent read!

    highy recommend to everyone.

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