Jeff Pearlman

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Chris Dessi comes of age

Back when I was a 14-year-old kid growing up on the mean streets of Mahopac, N.Y., my father self-published a book. It was titled “Conquering the Corporate Career,” and to say I was dazzled is to delve into great understatement. My dad wrote a book! A real book! And there it was! In our nearby Waldenbooks! Wow! Wow! Wow! (Side note: This is where I first learned the art of taking a book from a back-of-the-store shelf and discreetly relocated it to the Best Sellers section).

In many ways, I remain more impressed by the self-published author than someone like myself, who—by virtue of working at Sports Illustrated—lucked his way into being published by a big house. Self-publishing takes discipline and determination and a belief in the product. It’s a giant step, and it blows me away.

Which is my way of saying—Christopher Dessi blows me away.

A couple of months ago Chris, who was a younger classmate of mine at Mahopac High School (I used to beat his older brother in all sorta of sports in the playground—though Mark might remember things slightly differently), mentioned that he was trying to write a book about social media, and using it to advance yourself (professionally and, to a lesser degree, personally) in the modern era. I told him I’d be happy to give it an edit, then—truth be told—I couldn’t put the damn thing down.

Well, today Your World is Exploding was officially released on Amazon—and I couldn’t be happier. It is a fascinating, riveting, unique viewpoint on how the internet changes everything …absolutely everything. And that, if one doesn’t adjust and take advantage, he is doomed to flounder. I can’t recommend it strongly enough. Hell, I triple recommend it.

I know what it feels like to have a book published. It’s a euphoric moment; one where you can’t stop looking at the finished product; can’t stop floating on air.

Mazel Tov.

  • Jeff,

    Wow. I’m blown away by your kind words. Mahopac – represent.

    THANK YOU!

    Word.
    Dessi

  • Donna

    So proud of all of you..although I dont know Chris Dessi, as a former Mahopac graduate…I love watching you all suceed. Its awesome!!! Congrats Chris!

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Once again, Jeff Pearlman has produced an exhaustively researched, elegantly written book that re-creates one of the most colorful and memorable teams of the modern era. No basketball fan's bookshelf will be complete without it.

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