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The #1 national bestseller and inside story of Steph Curry, the
greatest shooter basketball has ever seen.

Golden is the
first book to provide an all-access look at Steph Curry and the team
that has fueled Dub Nation—by longtime Warriors beat reporter and
Bay Area News Group sports columnist Marcus Thompson, the go-to expert
on all things Golden State.

A lifelong Warriors fan turned
insider Thompson is uniquely qualified to tell the definitive story of a
singular talent, pulling back the curtain on the crazy work ethic and
on-court intensity that make Curry great—and the emphasis on
family and faith that keeps him grounded.

Combining the
competitive grit and fun-loving spirit of his mother with the mild
demeanor, easy charm, and sharp shooting of his father, former NBA
player Dell Curry, Steph Curry derives support and strength from his
close-knit kin and his commitment to Christianity. This hard-working,
wholesome image however is both a blessing and curse in a League of big
personalities. Thompson unravels the complicated underpinnings of the
Steph Curry hate with a nuanced analysis of how class and complexion
come into play when a child with an NBA pedigree becomes the face of a
sport traditionally honed on inner-city black top and dominated by the
less privileged.

With unprecedented access, Thompson draws from
exclusive interviews with Steph Curry, his family, his teammates, Coach
Steve Kerr, and the Warriors owners to bring readers inside the locker
room and courtside with this remarkable athlete and man.

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Reviews for Golden: The Miraculous Rise of Steph Curry:

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Apr 28, 2017

Perfect for any Steph Curry fan or Golden State Warriors fan. This book details multiple aspects of Curry's life and rise to stardom: his background, his play style, his past NBA experiences, his family life, why so many current NBA stars don't seem to give him the respect he deserves, his underdog status and the hurdles he's had to overcome to get to where he is now. Marcus Thompson II writes in a clear, informative and at times humorous style that I really enjoyed. Thompson is co-host of the Perfect for any Steph Curry fan or Golden State Warriors fan. This book details multiple aspects of Curry's life and rise to stardom: his background, his play style, his past NBA experiences, his family life, why so many current NBA stars don't seem to give him the respect he deserves, his underdog status and the hurdles he's had to overcome to get to where he is now. Marcus Thompson II writes in a clear, informative and at times humorous style that I really enjoyed. Thompson is co-host of the Warriors Plus/Minus podcast as well as the co-host of the Dray Day podcast with Draymond Green and he has been a Bay Area journalist for years, so he is one of the most reliable sources for Warriors facts and info. I also enjoyed his retellings of games that were big-deal games for Curry; it helped me feel like I was there and it was also fun to read as I remember watching some of those games at the time.

This is a great biography in itself of an extremely influential player and human being, whether you're into basketball or not. But if you are into basketball or are a big Curry fan, you will find everything you're looking for right here. I shamelessly wore my 30 jersey the whole time I was reading (it added to the experience!). ...more
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Nov 04, 2017

If you want to know every last detail about the Golden State Warriors though 2016 then this is your book. I enjoyed the details about Steph Currys training and family and some details about the Warriors but there was a lot of repetition about some of the big series that they played. He continues to amaze and I appreciate him as a great human being who practices generosity and wish there was more about that side of him. It also seems a bit too soon for this story to be told. If you want to know every last detail about the Golden State Warriors though 2016 then this is your book. I enjoyed the details about Steph Curry’s training and family and some details about the Warriors but there was a lot of repetition about some of the big series that they played. He continues to amaze and I appreciate him as a great human being who practices generosity and wish there was more about that side of him. It also seems a bit too soon for this story to be told. ...more
3

Nov 16, 2018

Closer to 3.5 stars, really. This more a series of vignettes than a bio or deep dive into a season. It was fascinating, and my respect for Steph went even higher. Portions were captivating and offered fantastic insights into what makes Steph such a sensation and a great basketball player. Other portions dragged and felt like Thompson was turning columns into chapters. For basketball fans it is a fun, quick read.
2

Jun 25, 2017

Although Marcus Thompson II means well, his insight into Steph Curry's ascent to superstardom is all over the place. Breaking down a story thematically has its pitfalls from a reader's perspective. It was difficult to keep track of the timeline. When he mentions Kevin Durant at the start of the paragraph, I have no idea if he was still with the Oklahoma City Thunder or already with the Golden State Warriors. He did not bring fresh insight that we already knew from following the media circus.
3

Jun 22, 2017

Good book but not great. It's just a little too soon for the Steph Curry story. The book mostly covers the two year period in which Curry truly ascended but that leads to it being a little repetitive. Steph deserves to have his story told, just not today.
4

Apr 23, 2017

A Steph Curry hagiography more than a biography. I didn't mind because I am a Steph fan. Being more than a casual Warrior fan didn't learn much new. Think a newer fan would probably learn more about the Warriors and the two time MVP.
3

Jan 06, 2018

This book is pretty dull. The chapters are more like essays that could stand on their own. I follow basketball pretty closely and this book was full of publicly available knowledge. Was hoping for more of an insiders view, since the author has covered the Warriors for a long time. Sadly it wasnt there. There arent any interviews with players, coaches, staff, etc. It comes across as a book quickly cobbled together by a Warriors beat writer whos trying to capitalize on Stephs fame. This book is pretty dull. The chapters are more like essays that could stand on their own. I follow basketball pretty closely and this book was full of publicly available knowledge. Was hoping for more of an insiders view, since the author has covered the Warriors for a long time. Sadly it wasn’t there. There aren’t any interviews with players, coaches, staff, etc. It comes across as a book quickly cobbled together by a Warriors beat writer who’s trying to capitalize on Steph’s fame. ...more
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Dec 02, 2019

Really wanted to like this book. Liked the behind the breakdown of some of the classic games through the years, showing how special curry is. Book was just all over the place. Couldnt understand the sequence of the book and it was often repetitive and overly generic in his descriptions of Curry. Was hoping for more insight in the draft, why he didnt want warriors, more on his strengthening to take load off ankles. More on reaction to Jackson being let go... mostly the order of book was just Really wanted to like this book. Liked the behind the breakdown of some of the classic games through the years, showing how special curry is. Book was just all over the place. Couldn’t understand the sequence of the book and it was often repetitive and overly generic in his descriptions of Curry. Was hoping for more insight in the draft, why he didn’t want warriors, more on his strengthening to take load off ankles. More on reaction to Jackson being let go... mostly the order of book was just confusing—jumping around too much. ...more
5

Jun 26, 2017

As a big time Warriors fan going through a bit of a withdrawal after the conclusion of this past victorious season, this book was very satisfying and informative. I especially appreciated the insight into Steph's character, resilience, faith, and motivation. Very well written and highly recommended!
5

Jun 22, 2017

Golden State Warriors nerdirific, will give you conversation points as you watch Warrior games with fwends.
4

Sep 18, 2019

The title of my book is golden by Marcus Thompson. My book is mainly about the basketball player Stephen Curry. It talks about Curry through his college and NBA career. Also about his injuries and how he fought through them. The author does a good job on getting different players / coaches points of views on curry. I think people who like sports impartiality basketball because it talks about a basketball player.





































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Dec 18, 2019

Not meant for people very familiar with the Warriors run of the last decade. Not much new information, lots of stories you've heard time and time again about Steph Curry and the team in general with a couple new one's sprinkled in.
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Sep 27, 2017

The book Golden: The Miraculous Rise of Steph Curry by Marcus Thompson is about the life of Steph Curry. The book follows the life of Curry from his early life and struggles to make the team. It also tells the story of how he wasn't recruited by any major college and attended a small division I school called Davidson. It is here at Davidson where Curry begins to rise as a basketball player. He is eventually drafted in the first round by the Golden State Warriors. I recommend this book to any The book Golden: The Miraculous Rise of Steph Curry by Marcus Thompson is about the life of Steph Curry. The book follows the life of Curry from his early life and struggles to make the team. It also tells the story of how he wasn't recruited by any major college and attended a small division I school called Davidson. It is here at Davidson where Curry begins to rise as a basketball player. He is eventually drafted in the first round by the Golden State Warriors. I recommend this book to any Curry fan or NBA fan. ...more
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Dec 22, 2017

This book lacks focus. From the start the reader is to trust the the author, Marcus Thompson, is an authority on Steph Curry. He lacks quotes, interviews or insights from those close to Steph to make points, instead relying on his own observations as a beat writer and displaying them as law. This rings false when he describes Curry as wanting to use his talents to do evil. Something any fair-weathered Warriors fan knows is simply not true. The narrative is not chronological which gives off a This book lacks focus. From the start the reader is to trust the the author, Marcus Thompson, is an authority on Steph Curry. He lacks quotes, interviews or insights from those close to Steph to make points, instead relying on his own observations as a beat writer and displaying them as law. This rings false when he describes Curry as “wanting to use his talents to do evil.” Something any fair-weathered Warriors fan knows is simply not true. The narrative is not chronological which gives off a sense of redundancy when Thompson tries to make a point. Then there’s just blatant redundancy in chapters. The bizarre tangent on Jamal Crawford and comparison of Curry to Crawford is the low point of the book - and plain weird.
All that aside there are some interesting facts and anecdotes that are nice to be reminded of. It’ll pass as a reference for a future biographer in a couple decades but this book will not be the authoritative text it tries to be now. When time has passed and future generations are trying to learn more about Curry there will be better books to reference - hopefully. ...more
5

Apr 13, 2017

Just before the release of "Golden", I saw an interview with sports columnist and author Marcus Thompson II on NBC Bay Area Sports. I preordered the book and read it quickly during the 2016-2017 NBA season. I just completed a second read now.

As a sports writer, Marcus Thompson offers more than a biographical study; he analyzes many aspects of two-time MVP Steph Curry's family upbringing, training, character and challenges that have made him a game-changer for pro basketball in the second decade Just before the release of "Golden", I saw an interview with sports columnist and author Marcus Thompson II on NBC Bay Area Sports. I preordered the book and read it quickly during the 2016-2017 NBA season. I just completed a second read now.

As a sports writer, Marcus Thompson offers more than a biographical study; he analyzes many aspects of two-time MVP Steph Curry's family upbringing, training, character and challenges that have made him a game-changer for pro basketball in the second decade of the 21st century. Curry, at 6' 3" was considered two small to compete in the NBA, and yet in many ways, Steph Curry has changed the Golden State Warriors and the NBA. This is what makes Marcus Thompson's study a must read (I feel) for parents and coaches, for Curry and the Warriors have returned basketball to the status of a team sport, a home-town game - a game that is fun to play and a joy to watch, and which unites a community for the good.

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3

Dec 26, 2017

A fun, must read book for Curry fans, but it could have (and should have) been quite a bit shorter with less repetition and amature psychology. But there's some good insider info and fun tidbits for fans. And for anyone who started following Curry in the last couple years there's a lot of good backstory on how he got to where he is.
3

Jul 01, 2018

Marcus Thompson II does an excellent job highlighting the key moments of Stephen Curry's rise to one of the most iconic NBA players of his generation. Those who have been fans of the Warriors at any point during their rise will not find much new information, but Thompson makes up for this by going in-depth on Curry's cultural importance throughout his career.
3

Jan 17, 2018

Good book but not great. A lot of the information is stuff most of us Warriors fans already know. Marcus Thompson definitely knows his stuff about Curry and is a great writer. It would have been a better book if written maybe ten years from now. However, there were some parts of the book that touched on my emotions.
4

Jun 30, 2017

I didn't plan to read any sports books this year, or ever again in my life really. I like sports but aside from championship games I don't keep up with many teams. My students love the NBA, and I get dragged into debates about who's the greatest now and again. I let my seniors watch part of the NBA finals this year and starting reading more articles to be able to develop my thoughts and communicate with them about it. The only thoughts I've had about the NBA since Jordan retired the second time I didn't plan to read any sports books this year, or ever again in my life really. I like sports but aside from championship games I don't keep up with many teams. My students love the NBA, and I get dragged into debates about who's the greatest now and again. I let my seniors watch part of the NBA finals this year and starting reading more articles to be able to develop my thoughts and communicate with them about it. The only thoughts I've had about the NBA since Jordan retired the second time were that I don't think Lebron is better than him, and I miss the 90's Bulls. Pathetic in many ways, I know. But the more I read about Steph Curry, the more I enjoyed watching him play. And the more I watched him play the more I wanted to know about him. So I found the current definitive book about him and I'm glad I did. It's not that the author is that great a writer, but Steph's life and character are so strange for the times and context he's in. What's strange isn't that he exists, but that he's center stage as a global phenom. He and his entire family are devout Christians, with deep commitments to protecting themselves from the pitfalls that come with fame and fortune. What Steph's new teammate Kevin Durant said of him recently in the post game interview after Steph grabbed his second championship ring, that the rumors of Steph's humility are true, is a clear reality present through the entirely of his life based on his faith. His game and work ethic, and the way he doesn't get too high with the highs, or too low with the lows, combined with his proven success even though he doesn't fit the typical mold, are a testament to the affects of the fruits of the Spirit. I wanted a light and fun read and I got one. On top of that I felt inspired by an athlete for the first time since my childhood Jordan moments. I've been going on basketball shooting dates with my wife, and taking time to shoot with students after school a few days a week. I'm happy knowing a brother is the face of the NBA, and that I can tell my students he's a role model worth emulating on and off the court. He's an example of leadership through character and humility instead of power and force. ...more
3

Jan 20, 2020

Steph Curry revolutionized the game of basketball with his unprecedented shooting range and his ability to dribble. Marcus Thompson sets out on a quest to look at the super Steph Curry and share how he forever changed the game of basketball. Starting the book I respected Curry's game but was not a fan. Thompson shared so much from Steph's life: his upbringing, faith, opportunities, disappointments, struggles, successes, risks, and fears leaving the reader to see this superstar as just a normal Steph Curry revolutionized the game of basketball with his unprecedented shooting range and his ability to dribble. Marcus Thompson sets out on a quest to look at the super Steph Curry and share how he forever changed the game of basketball. Starting the book I respected Curry's game but was not a fan. Thompson shared so much from Steph's life: his upbringing, faith, opportunities, disappointments, struggles, successes, risks, and fears leaving the reader to see this superstar as just a normal person. That I believe is the strength of this book, Mr. Thompson's inside look at Steph's life and his ability to help us see Steph's vulnerability. However, the way in which he wrote the book is difficult to follow. From the title one would gather that there would be some sort of order or progression of Steph's life instead of randomly covering different topics and events through Steph's life. That to me is the greatest weakness: one minute you are talking about Steph being voted on to be the MVP next you are taken back to his college days, then brought back to his struggles with his teammates only to be quickly led back to his childhood days in Canada...this jumping definitely left me wishing there was some type of order or timeline. However, if the authors intend was to show the reader the "real" Steph Curry I would say he was rather successful. I finished the book having a greeting respect for Curry and possibly even being able to cheer for him. I wish I could give more stars but due to the writing style and flow of the book...three stars was pushing it. It's a shame because there was really good content in this book. ...more
5

May 15, 2018

I really enjoyed this book and thought it was the perfect read for me. You really get to see stephen curry rise from the bottom to the top and get a glimpse at his life story. The book was written in a way that any reader could understand and follow no matter what level reader you are. I love how you can almost picture steph curry speaking as you read this book because it is written just how he talks. With Me being a huge steph curry fan and basketball this book was a great read because it I really enjoyed this book and thought it was the perfect read for me. You really get to see stephen curry rise from the bottom to the top and get a glimpse at his life story. The book was written in a way that any reader could understand and follow no matter what level reader you are. I love how you can almost picture steph curry speaking as you read this book because it is written just how he talks. With Me being a huge steph curry fan and basketball this book was a great read because it explains the struggles that he endoured growing up and always being doubted. This book is great for anyone who is looking for that little bit of motivation.Steph was always seen as too small to play the game and not big enough, but he explains how he dealt with all the negativity and turned into nothing but positive energy. Steph talks about how his coaches always said he could never play in college because of his weight, height, and shot below the hip. Steph used this as motivation fuel him, he talks about all the times he wanted to give up and call it quits. This is my favorite aspect of the book because I could relate to what he was saying. Also throughout the book it shows his progress as a player and how he rose to the top. This book has a strong message behind it and this is to always believe in yourself no matter what anyone else says. I recommend this book to anyone who likes steph, or the game of basketball. Overall this book is very easy to comprehend and it is very interesting to see how he overcame all the obstacles he faced playing the game.

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5

May 30, 2018

Golden:The Miraculous Rise of Steph Curry
Marcus Thompson II
5/24/18

Golden:The Miraculous Rise of Steph Curry by Marcus Thompson is a sports biography which describes Warriors Point Guard Steph Curry entire life so far in basketball, and how he became one of the NBAs elite three-point shooters. This book describes Steph Currys childhood in playing basketball, then it shows his development as a basketball player at Davidson. Then this novel tells you about Curry being drafted by the Golden State Golden:The Miraculous Rise of Steph Curry
Marcus Thompson II
5/24/18

Golden:The Miraculous Rise of Steph Curry by Marcus Thompson is a sports biography which describes Warriors Point Guard Steph Curry entire life so far in basketball, and how he became one of the NBA’s elite three-point shooters. This book describes Steph Curry’s childhood in playing basketball, then it shows his development as a basketball player at Davidson. Then this novel tells you about Curry being drafted by the Golden State Warriors, and transitioning onto the NBA to become a superstar point guard.
I enjoyed the sports plot of this book as basketball was the sport that Steph Curry was playing throughout the biography. I thought it was interesting that the author used facts and statistics for each of Curry’s four years at Davidson, and each season he has been in the league from 2009-2016. I thought that this author really had a descriptive word choice and an informative tone which helped me understand this book in a better sense. On page 108, I thought it was interesting how the author described Curry as a, “Baby-faced assassin.” The author said this because of Curry’s baby-face, and his astounding ability to make the three-pointers. On page 254 the Warriors win the NBA championship series over the Cleveland Cavaliers and when Curry is being interviewed after the game he said, “This is a great, hardworking ball club.” I thought it was necessary for the author to put this quote in his book because he proves that hard work pays off. Overall I rate this book a five out of five stars.
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Dec 15, 2018

How does an undersized, initially injury prone, NBA basketball player become a two-time Most Valuable Player and help his team win 3 NBA championships in 4 years? San Jose Mercury News sports columnist Marcus Thompson II answers these questions in this book.

Golden State Warrior guard, Stephen Curry is the son of former NBA player, Dell Curry, but he rose above his fathers achievements to become the NBAs most beloved player. You learn about the heart and the hard work that it takes to be the How does an undersized, initially injury prone, NBA basketball player become a two-time Most Valuable Player and help his team win 3 NBA championships in 4 years? San Jose Mercury News sports columnist Marcus Thompson II answers these questions in this book.

Golden State Warrior guard, Stephen Curry is the son of former NBA player, Dell Curry, but he rose above his father’s achievements to become the NBA’s most beloved player. You learn about the heart and the hard work that it takes to be the best. Presented in themes from Steph’s killer instincts—known as the “Baby Faced Assassin”—to his solid family foundation of God first, family second and then everything else, Thompson provides great insight to what makes an NBA champion and a two-time MVP.

Although “Golden,” Curry is not immune to adversity. There were struggles early on with his size and injuries. His ankle injuries early in his NBA career could have easily sidelined him permanently. Curry has suffered from “Curry Hate” from many in the league that said the NBA is soft and he does not deserve the MVP’s or the championships. After a 73-win season, Curry and the Warriors struggled in the 2016 NBA finals against LeBron James and the Cavaliers. We discover Curry plays best with a chip on his shoulder, but he is humble and a team player.

Curry is still in his prime, and more books will be written about him in the future, but I highly recommend this book to sports fans to get the background story on Stephen Curry.
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Nov 30, 2017

This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. I absolutely enjoyed this read & enjoyed the journey that Marcus Thompson took the reader through throughout the book.

I met Marcus at the NABJ conference in New Orleans (August 2017) & after meeting him & seeing his personality & spirit I had to get this book.

I only have a few minor complaints (very minor, they did not stop me from enjoying the read).

There were a couple of misspellings in the book, most notably Dwyane Wades name & there were some repeated details.

On the I absolutely enjoyed this read & enjoyed the journey that Marcus Thompson took the reader through throughout the book.

I met Marcus at the NABJ conference in New Orleans (August 2017) & after meeting him & seeing his personality & spirit I had to get this book.

I only have a few minor complaints (very minor, they did not stop me from enjoying the read).

There were a couple of misspellings in the book, most notably Dwyane Wade’s name & there were some repeated details.

On the other end though, I learned a lot about Steph Curry and his personality.

I’ve followed Curry’s career since his time at Davidson & I saw the rise but I didn’t realize some of the doubt he’s faced.

I also never realized how personal (in a good way) he took it all.

I’m happy to know that he channels it towards his work ethic and his opposition.

It was pleasant to read how dedicated to the process Curry is and how some of the shots he makes look easy come with hours and hours of honing.

Absolutely great details and comparisons (especially light skin & dark skins haha) and I’d recommend this to anyone who is a fan of not only the Warriors, but basketball in general. ...more
5

Jul 04, 2018

I am new to basketball and am rapidly becoming one of its biggest fans. I was intrigued by the style of play of the Golden State Warriors. Between Steve Kerr's coaching style and Steph Curry's playing style, the team  and the game  has become a source of endless fascination to me.

This is a very good book for any Warriors fan, if not any basketball fan. I continue to watch the game, and the league, because I believe the style of play is moving away from hero-ball and towards a more cohesive I am new to basketball and am rapidly becoming one of its biggest fans. I was intrigued by the style of play of the Golden State Warriors. Between Steve Kerr's coaching style and Steph Curry's playing style, the team — and the game — has become a source of endless fascination to me.

This is a very good book for any Warriors fan, if not any basketball fan. I continue to watch the game, and the league, because I believe the style of play is moving away from hero-ball and towards a more cohesive level of team play. Kerr and Curry are the torch-bearers for where the league is going. Read this book if you want to understand the personality and style of play that is taking it there.

And Marcus is a beautiful writer. He is uncharacteristically poetic for a sports writer. He captures both the details of the game as well as its nuances. Marcus' writing style made this book an extra pleasure to read. ...more

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