With the contacts and friends he’d made in Detroit, Bing started a business in steel. The first year was rocky but the second year “paid off.”  

The business grew, but 29 years later, Bing was “tired of it.”  

It was time for Chapter Three. He began the process of passing his business forward to his daughters and set his eyes on fixing the ailing, scandal-ridden office of the Mayor of Detroit. He felt that his city needed him. He was up for the challenge…

“Dave Bing: A Life of Challenge” is a book that practically cries for polish.

It’s informative, but repetitive. Author Drew Sharp offers plenty of motivational inspiration, but he seemed oddly critical at times.  

We’re allowed access to parts of Bing’s life story, but the focus wavers with distracting tales of other people and in reminders about things that no conscious adult could not know about.  

Reading this book, I felt like a Super Ball in a hurricane.

You may be wondering if there’s good in this book and the answer is yes, but. But you’ve got to be patient. But you’ve got to be willing to skip paragraphs. But you’ll have to want to put up with the tangles.

If you can do that, you’ll find a powerful story inside “Dave Bing: A Life of Challenge.”  If not, well, this book is a challenge unto itself.

(“Dave Bing: A Life of Challenge” by Drew Sharp, foreword by Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, 2013, Human Kinetics, $17.95, 315 pages.)


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