All In: An Autobiography
ISBN: 1101947330
EAN13: 9781101947333
Language: English
Release Date: Aug 17, 2021
Pages: 480
Dimensions: 1.25" H x 9.25" L x 6.25" W
Weight: 1.98 lbs.
Format: Hardcover
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An inspiring and intimate self-portrait of the champion of equality that encompasses her brilliant tennis career, unwavering activism, and an ongoing commitment to fairness and social justice.

A story about the personal strength, immense growth, and undeniable greatness of one woman who fearlessly stood up to a culture trying to break her down.--Serena Williams

In this spirited account, Billie Jean King details her life's journey to find her true self. She recounts her groundbreaking tennis career--six years as the top-ranked woman in the world, twenty Wimbledon championships, thirty-nine grand-slam titles, and her watershed defeat of Bobby Riggs in the famous Battle of the Sexes. She poignantly recalls the cultural backdrop of those years and the profound impact on her worldview from the women's movement, the assassinations and anti-war protests of the 1960s, the civil rights movement, and, eventually, the LGBTQ+ rights movement.

She describes the myriad challenges she's hurdled--entrenched sexism, an eating disorder, near financial peril after being outed--on her path to publicly and unequivocally acknowledging her sexual identity at the age of fifty-one. She talks about how her life today remains one of indefatigable service. She offers insights and advice on Read More chevron_right

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   Too Much Detail
Billie Jean King is sure to have led a fascinating life on and off the court, but seemed to have included every waking minute in this book! It is sticky, subject matter jumps, far too much detail! I have read just under 100 pages and i'm skimming, would put it down and never pick it up again if I did not have to read for Book Club!
   Details, Details, Details
What a needless book, so hung by disappointing details. Who cares... etc. It goes on and on just. Yes, BJK has done wonders for women, sports for women, charities, foundations and etc. Her dishonesty and lack of integrity for more than fifty years of her life sheds a different light on her. She is not the hero I thought she was.
   A great front row seat to the evolution of womens professional tennis and equality of women.
Billie Jean, in an easy to read and thoughtful way, opens up the world she grew up in and was an active participant. Although most of the book focuses on her growth and experiences as a tennis player, she details many issues outside that arena that has influenced her world. I have admired her for a long time, but after reading her new book, I gained even more appreciation for her on and off court efforts.
   Women & Sports
I read this book just and loved it. At Las Vegas, I also started playing tennis at a small town outside of Paris at the age of 12. There was no organized girl's sports activity for kids like me to play in. I saw tennis on TV and followed every tennis match that was on. For 30 years, I played tennis until my spine began to break. If I can, I now fit in some Pickleball. Thank you for what you have done for female tennis and women's sports over all. Your drive and persistence paved the way for young girls to play, whatever sport they want, and not be afraid to be a jock. I actually have a tennis ball that you signed in Sacramento for a year and keep it as a valuable reminder that a woman can change the world. '' I used to play in your green Adidas tennis shoes. Thank you very much.
   What Started As An Interesting Memoir
I played tennis as a teen during the BJK era of tennis greatness and, as a teenager, I have admiration and respect for her achievements on the court. Her work towards equality for women was monumentally important. However, as Ms. King claims to be, I found her admitted abortion completely out of character for a woman who carried a Bible on tour with her, as well as her gay lifestyle and cheating on her husband. The childish and tiring lecturing on her liberal politics was incessant and tiring. I read it better before I liked it.
   King Serves An Ace!
Not only is it one of the best sports books I have ever read, but also one of the just plain books I have ever read. From page one, I was riveted by it. I can not recommend this book more strongly.
   Inspiring and heroic
I didn 't see the match with Bobby in the 70's, but remember being very glad that she won. I could relate to Billie's eating disorders later in life and the struggles for equality in the 60s and 70s. She was the original Trailblazer for women's sports.
   Historically relevant, engrossing
My husband has it as an audio track and I have it on Kindle. This is very well written and BJK sounds like she is speaking directly to you. Her history is both remarkable for her tennis achievements and groundbreaking actions on many important issues, both decades ago and now.