NEW YORK (AP) – Billie Jean King has a memory this summer and she calls it a journey to her “authentic self”.
Alfred A. Knopf announced on Thursday that “All In: An Autobiography” would be released on August 17th. It will cover the highlights of her acclaimed and groundbreaking tennis career, including her 39 Grand Slam titles and her loss to Bobby Riggs in the famous “Battle of the Sexes” match in 1973.
77-year-old King will also write about her activism for women in tennis and beyond, as well as private struggles like eating disorders and recognition of her sexual identity. She was married to Larry King (unrelated to the late broadcaster) for more than a decade before being withdrawn from circulation in 1981. She said she wasn’t entirely comfortable being gay until she was 51.
“The first thing I knew was that the world I wanted didn’t yet exist,” writes King in her book, based on an excerpt from Knopf. “It would be up to my generation to make it.”
King is also the author of “Printing Is a Privilege: Lessons Learned from Life and the Battle of the Sexes,” published in 2008. King published a memoir in the early 1980s entitled “Billie Jean King: The Autobiography “says she kicked it out at the urging of her then-manager, who was worried about her finances after her trip.
“This book was incomplete and written at a time when I was unwilling to share my truth,” she said in a statement to The Associated Press. “‘All In’ is the first full portrait of my life told in my own words.”
“All In” is edited by Jonathan Segal, who worked on memoirs by Andre Agassi and Arthur Ashe.
During one of the presidential debates last fall, Joe Biden defended his son from Trump attacks.
“Like many people, like many people you know at home, my son had a drug problem,” said the Democratic candidate. “He overhauled it. He fixed it. He worked on it and I’m proud of him. I’m proud of my son.”
Hunter Biden, who turned 51 on Thursday, is the oldest surviving child of the President, who lost his first wife and 1-year-old daughter Naomi in a car accident in 1972 and his son Beau Biden to brain cancer in 2015. The title of Jäger’s book refers to a term he and his brother would use together after Beau’s diagnosis to emphasize what was important in life.
Hunter Biden is a lawyer and former lobbyist whose work resulted in Trump’s first impeachment. Biden joined the board of directors of the Ukrainian gas company Burisma in 2014, around the time his father, then US Vice President, was leading the Obama administration’s foreign policy in the region. Trump and others have insisted that Biden take advantage of his father’s name and have brought unfounded corruption charges. The House of Representatives voted against Trump in 2019 after learning that he had pressured the Ukrainian president to announce he was investigating the Bidens. Trump was acquitted by the Senate.
Last December, Hunter Biden confirmed that the Justice Department was reviewing his tax affairs, and The Associated Press subsequently reported that he had received a subpoena asking about his interactions with numerous companies. Although Trump publicly made it clear that he wanted a dedicated lawyer to deal with the investigation, then-Attorney General William Barr did not appoint one. Biden has denied any wrongdoing.