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VOYAJon Stewart and Henry Kissinger have something in common: Both played soccer, both loved the game, and each admits he was not very good at it-teammates praised Stewart with "Way to try!" More than seventy famous journalists, politicians, actors, and business leaders focus on one aspect of their lives in the brief autobiographical snippets collected in this book: their involvement in sports when they were young. It turns out that most participated for the fun of the game, the camaraderie of sport, and the personal satisfaction of striving to excel. Many contributors even acknowledge that they lacked the "stuff" to be a great athlete, that their bodies were the wrong size and shape, that they lacked true athletic talent, but that nothing interfered with the joy that they found in their chosen sport, be it ice skating (Condaleeza Rice), boxing (Tony Danza), or baseball (George W. Bush). Overall it is an inspiring book. An imposing-looking volume, it need not be read cover-to-cover. Teens should feel free to dip into it and read about people they know or sports that interest them (an index would have made this book even better). Kilmeade has a great premise: that participating in sports, whether one wins or loses, is intrinsically valuable and will serve someone well throughout life. Why? Because the skills learned in sports (teamwork, discipline, persistence, the ability to compete, the grace to accept your own shortcomings) apply to life. This title is a good recommendation for both reluctant readers and reluctant athletes. VOYA CODES: 3Q 3P J S A/YA (Readable without serious defects; Will appeal with pushing; Junior High, defined as grades 7 to 9; Senior High, defined as grades 10 to 12;Adult-marketed book recommended for Young Adults). 2004, Regan Books/HarperCollins, 326p.; Photos., Ages 12 to Adult.