The Incredible True Story of Blondy Baruti: My Unlikely Journey from the Congo to Hollywood

Blondy Baruti (Author) Joe Layden (With)

Product Details

Simon & Schuster
Publish Date
May 01, 2018
6.1 X 1.4 X 9.1 inches | 1.0 pounds
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About the Author

Blondy Baruti is a former basketball star and an actor. He was born in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, attended the University of Tulsa, and currently lives in California. Blondy has starred in Guardians of the Galaxy 2 as Huhtar, and has filmed several pilots for ABC. The Incredible True Story of Blondy Baruti is his first book.

Award-winning journalist and bestselling author Joe Layden has written more than thirty books for adults and children, including the critically acclaimed title, The Last Great Fight and the #1 New York Times bestseller The Rock Says. He lives in Saratoga Springs, New York, with his wife, Susan, and their two children.


"If you set out to write a fictional story about the long wondrous jounrey of a young boy who traveled from a war-torn region of Africa to the basketball courts of America, and all the way to Hollywood, you would be hard-pressed to imagine a story like that ever coming true. Yet Blondy baruti's journey is all true.. an almost unfathomable tale that brought him from a life-threatening ordeal in the congo, all the way to movie sets and Hollywood premieres. This is a rich heartfelt story that teaches us all that the most impossible dreams sometimes do come true."
--Bob Iger, CEO, The Walt Disney Company

"To meet Blondy Baruti is to fall in love with him, instantly. Yes, his smile and personality light up a room-- but his story, his incredible story of survival and hope, that will stick with you forever."
--Dan Fogelman, creator of the hit show, THIS IS US

"An inspiring true story about the power of hope, optimism, and grit in the face of seemingly insurmountable odds."

What shines through here is Baruti's good heart, persistence, and absolute unwillingness to give up on his dreams despite repeated setbacks. His remarkable journey and his courage are inspiring and aspirational.