What will probably end up as John Wooden’s final co-authored book, “The Wisdom of Wooden: A Century of Family, Faith, and Friends,” a commemorative of his life written with his longtime collaborator Steven Jamison, has been given an early July release rather than its original mid-September date, which was closer to his upcoming 100th birthday in October, McGraw-Hill said.
The book is “filled with fond personal memories, warm fatherly advice, and beautiful color photographs–some never before seen, it is an unforgettable tribute to a life well lived,” the publishers said.
Philip Ruppel, president of McGraw-Hill Professional books, said that the seven titles Wooden had publish by his company between 1997 and 2009 “provide a unique look at the principles, insights, and lessons that guided his life and continue to serve as powerful and inspiring examples to people in all arenas–including business people, teachers, and parents.”
Some of them were written for those in business looking for structure and ethics. Others were inspirational. A couple were pure memoir. Until very recently, Wooden made regular appearances at bookstores where his events drew hundreds of fans who stood in line for hours to meet him.