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The Whore of Akron: One Man's Search for the Soul of LeBron by Scott Raab

By Scott Raab

"If there has been a chance for me to come to Cleveland and people enthusiasts welcomed me again, that'd be an exceptional story."—Lebron James

Scott Raab is a final vestige of Gonzo Journalism in an period while sanitary decorum reigns. Crude yet warmhearted, poetic yet raving, Raab has chronicled—at GQ and Esquire—everything from nights out with the likes of Tupac and Mickey Rourke to an ethical research into Holocaust death-camp protect Ivan the poor to the rebuilding of the area exchange heart website, however the ebook you carry on your fingers is neither a narrative nor a task: The Whore of Akron is the fabricated from lifelong agony, and a undertaking certain with the that means of life.

Raab sat within the reduce bowl of Cleveland Stadium on December 27, 1964, whilst the Browns defeated the Colts for the NFL global Championship—the final activities name the declining urban has received. He nonetheless consists of his price ticket stub at any place he is going, correctly tucked inside a Ziploc bag. the consideration of that triumph is a simple factor to forget—each iteration born in Cleveland is one other new release faraway from that victory; a complete fan base "whose day-by-day bread has endlessly tasted of ash."

LeBron James used to be presupposed to swap all that. a local son of Akron, he was once already global recognized via the age of seventeen, had already graced the canopy of activities Illustrated, used to be already worthy $90 million to Nike. He gave the look of a miracle heaven-sent by way of God to rework Cleveland's wasting methods. That the Cavaliers drafted him, the homeland prodigy, with the 1st decide of the 2003 draft, appeared not anything in need of future. yet after seven years—and nonetheless no parade down Euclid Avenue—he left. And he left in a fashion that appeared designed to curl the knife: saying his flow to South seashore on a nationally televised ESPN construction with a sly identify ("The Decision") that echoed fifty years of Cleveland activities futility.

Out of James's treachery grew a monster. Raab, a fifty-nine-year-old, 350-pound, Jewish Santa Claus with a prime Wahoo tattoo, might endure witness to LeBron's each circulation, and in doing so could act because the eyes and ears of Cleveland itself. (He didn't continue this intentions a mystery and used to be in a timely fashion banned by way of the Miami Heat.)

The Whore of Akron is an indictment of a traitorous athlete and the tale of Raab's hilarious, profane (and profound) quest to bare the "wee jewel-box" of LeBron James's very soul.

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