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Speaker: Kareem Abdul-Jabbar
Event Date: Oct. 9, 2004
Running Time: 01:16

NBA Hall of Famer Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, who appeared at the National Book Festival in 2004, turns his attention to reading.

“Reading‚Ķessential ingredient”

Speaker Biography:
By the time that he retired in 1989 at age 42, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, six-time National Basketball Association Most Valuable Player, had made basketball history by out-scoring, out-blocking and out-playing nearly everyone else in the NBA. He is also the author of six books including "Brothers in Arms: The Epic Story of the 761st Tank Battalion, WWII's Forgotten Heroes." Inspired by recollections of a family friend and veteran of the battalion and working with co-writer Anthony Walton, Abdul-Jabbar interviewed surviving members to develop this recounting of the wartime experiences of courageous men.