Out of print for more than 30 years, now available for the first time as an eBook, this is the controversial story of John Wooden's first 25 years and first 8 NCAA Championships as UCLA Head Basketball Coach. Notre Dame Coach Digger Phelps said, "I used this book as an inspiration for the biggest win of my career when we ended UCLA's all-time 88-game winning streak in 1974."

Compiled with more than 40 hours of interviews with Coach Wooden, learn about the man behind the coach. Click the Book to read the players telling their stories in their own words. This is the book that UCLA Athletic Director J.D. Morgan tried to ban.

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by Tony Medley

The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian (9/10): Fantasy, animals who speak, mystical lands; these are not the stuff of which my movie dreams are made. But director Andrew Adamson has done such a brilliant job of pacing that there is no point in the movie where you can leave for any reason whatever without missing something essential. This is an action-packed, fun-filled adventure in an enchanted forest. I suppose there is someone out there who might not like this, but Iím not one of them and Iím a very hard sell. This is 135 minutes that goes by in a trice.

Iron Man (9/10): Comic book foolishness done better than Iíve ever seen it as Robert Downey Jr. creates a suit of iron that allows him to be like Superman. This movie is a lot of fun. But what is superstar Gwyneth Paltrow doing in such a meager supporting role?

Young at Heart (8/10): This is a moving documentary about septuagenarians+ who sing rock and roll. Donít go for the music, though, because this is mostly commentary by these remarkable, admirable elders.

Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull (7/10): Because of a ludicrous story line (even actor Shia LaBeouf admits, ďItís very ambiguous about whatís going onĒ), director Steven Speilberg has loaded in far too many frantic, impossible chases with predictable outcomes. The scenery is beautiful, the special effects look wonderfully expensive, and the quips are vintage Harrison Ford. But the plot is so ridiculous that as it progressed my interest waned, up to the silly ending. Even so, the hundreds of millions of dollars spent to tell a fatuous story like this will probably result in close to $1 billion in gross revenue.

What Happens in Vegas (6/10): Ashton Kutcher and supporting actress Lake Bell give scintillating performances but they arenít enough to make up for the deficiencies of co-star Cameron Diaz and the script. Kutcher is brimming with talent, but it has been his misfortune to attach his star to people who arenít up to the quality of his gifts. He has time to correct this, but the clock is ticking.

Roman de Gare (6/10): Despite a smashing performance by Dominique Pinon, the unique and interesting story (written and directed by Claude Lelouch, originally under a nom de plume, Hervť Picard) has plot holes that left me remembering scenes and lines that seemed to belie the ending. In French.

Made of Honor (3/10): This enormously irritating derivative drivel has very little funny, and very little that is not predictable. The only thing it has going for itself is that Michelle Monaghan is gorgeous and a very good actress. For women, Iím reliably informed (by a woman) that Patrick Dempsey is a Hunk. If so, being a ďHunkĒ has nothing to do with being masculine any more.

Baby Mama (1/10): This Saturday Night Live-created Tina Fey-Amy Poehler vehicle is numbingly unfunny. Four of the mawkish jokes shown in the trailer appear in the first four minutes. Itís downhill from there.

The Forbidden Kingdom (1/10): Martial arts moves have become clichťs. There is no longer anything entertaining about some Asian with his hands open in a funny looking pose vanquishing thousands of foes all by himself. Enough!

Speed Racer (1/10): Although the color is beautiful, this is aimed at a 10-year-old, video-game intellect. It is overloaded with 2 hours of noisy, special effects-laden incomprehensible racing scenes, all filmed of actors in front of a green screen with everything else inserted graphically. It so lacks entertainment value that they might have to insert an audience graphically.

 

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