Less than 72 hours after its launch on Amazon, the e-book “Vagrant Kings: David Stern, Kevin Johnson and the NBA’s Orphan Team” is one of the hottest sports books in the United States.
“Vagrant Kings” hit No. 6 on Amazon’s sports/basketball best-seller list three days after its release on September 22, 2013, the 71st birthday of NBA Commissioner David Stern.
The book is the No. 1 best seller on Amazon’s national “hot new releases” list for basketball.
“People across America are responding to the inspirational message of ‘Vagrant Kings,’” said author R.E. Graswich, the veteran journalist who wrote the book after covering the Sacramento Kings for three decades as a sportswriter, columnist and broadcaster. “Hours after the release, I was hearing passion and controversy about the book. It made an immediate impact.”
Unprecedented in access and scope, the book describes Stern’s determination to find a home for America’s most migratory major-league sports team. “Vagrant Kings” also explores the commissioner’s special relationship with Sacramento Mayor Kevin Johnson, plus the team’s history as a founding NBA franchise.
“There’s never been a story like this,” Graswich said. “This team bounces across America, rejected everywhere until it gets to Sacramento. Then, when it’s threatened with another move, to Seattle and Microsoft’s Steve Ballmer, Commissioner Stern takes over.”
The author worked with Stern and Johnson on the Sacramento arena project as Special Assistant to the mayor from mid 2009 to late 2012, and began research and writing on “Vagrant Kings.”
Graswich said the book is “ultimately about redemption and finding a home. That’s what is resonating with readers across the country.”
“Vagrant Kings” is available for $8.99 on Amazon and is planned for debut today on Nook (Wednesday, September 25, 2013). A rollout on Apple iBooks/iTunes is expected by the week’s end.
Details about the print edition will be announced soon.