Book Review

Book Review | All In by Billie Jean King

September 23rd, 2022

| Published: August 2021, Knopf Publishing |
| Genre: Non-Fiction Autobiography |
| Themes: Tennis, Activism |
| Length: 496 Pages |
| Rating: ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ |

An inspiring and intimate self-portrait of a champion of equality that encompasses her brilliant tennis career, unwavering activism, and an ongoing commitment to fairness and social justice.

Billie Jean King is a superstar of tennis, most famous for her 36 titles and the battle of the sexes match, where she defeated male player Bobby Riggs in straight sets to prove women were real competitors.

I picked this up because I’m a fan of the sport, and wanted to know more about one of the players who had such a huge impact on the game. But this was more than just a book about tennis. Billie Jean King has a very political mind and she has a lot to say about the history she has lived through, seen with her own eyes, and been a part of.

Everyone deserved to be treated like a human being, and you shouldn’t just say it. You need to live it.

It’s also not just the story of her tennis career, but also the history of tennis. It’s no exaggeration to say tennis is what it is today because of what King and her peers did to promote the sport, to lift it, and change it where it needed to be changed.

I normally stay away from books written by non-writers, but I found the writing in this one enjoyable. I did also listen to some of the audiobook thought as I just felt it was slightly long.

I knew next to nothing about King before going into this, but I left it absolutely in love with her, in awe of her, and inspired by her.

Thanks For Reading,
Jess X


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