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Basketball: A Love Story
Basketball: A Love Story

Basketball: A Love Story

Product ID : 34429271


Galleon Product ID 34429271
UPC / ISBN 1524761788
Shipping Weight 1.8 lbs
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Binding: Hardcover
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Manufacturer Crown Archetype
Shipping Dimension 9.41 x 6.42 x 1.61 inches
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Edition 1st Edition
Number Of Pages 448
Publication Date 2018-09-18
Release Date 2018-09-18
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About Basketball: A Love Story

Product Description NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • Inspired by a major ESPN film series, this is an extraordinary oral history of basketball—its eye-opening untold history, its profound deeper meaning, its transformative influence on the world—as told through an unprecedented series of candid conversations with the game’s ultimate icons.   This is the greatest love story never told. It has passion and heartbreak, triumph and betrayal. It is deeply intimate yet crosses oceans, upends lives and changes nations. This is the true story of basketball.   It is the story of a Canadian invention that took over America, and the world. Of a supposed “white man’s sport” that became a way for people of color, women, and immigrants to claim a new place in society. Of a game that demands everything of those who love it, yet gives so much back in return.   To tell this story, acclaimed journalists Jackie MacMullan, Rafe Bartholomew and Dan Klores embarked on a groundbreaking mission to interview a staggering lineup of basketball trailblazers. For the first time hundreds of legends, from Kobe, Lebron and Steph Curry to Magic Johnson, Dr. J and Jerry West, spoke movingly about their greatest passion. Former NBA commissioner David Stern and iconic coaches like Phil Jackson and Coach K opened up like never before. Those who shattered glass ceilings, from Bill Russell and Yao Ming to Cheryl Miller and Lisa Leslie, explained what it really took to lay claim to their place in the game.   At once a definitive oral history and something far more revelatory and life affirming, Basketball: A Love Story is the defining untold oral history of how basketball came to be, and what it means to those who love it. Review “Basketball is developing its own reputation for outstanding writing—as this sterling ‘love story’ about the game from MacMullan, Bartholomew, and Klores attests.”  —Booklist (starred review) “With unprecedented access to an unbelievably robust lineup of players, coaches, executives, journalists and others associated with the game, the authors bring readers into the action both on and off the court, rendering the entire history of the game in easy-to-read bites interspersed with helpful contextual stories and background information...this is must-read catnip for hoop heads.” —Kirkus (starred review) “A must-read for hoops fans...powerful and heartbreaking.” —Slate “Few things are as effective or as convincing as firsthand testimony. And in Basketball: A Love Story, Jackie MacMullan, Rafe Bartholomew, and Dan Klores deliver the history of the game and its impact through the men and women who made it what it is….From the mouths of Cousy and Russell, Magic and Bird, Phil Jackson and Doug Collins, to our ears. It’s straight gospel.” — Michael Wilbon, cohost of Pardon the Interruption “This is a shadow history of how basketball became the game that it is today—it’s all the details you don’t know about all the stuff you always thought you understood. Maybe you think you know everything about Wilt’s 100-point game. You don’t. Maybe you think you have a grasp on the ABA and the ACC and the complexity of institutional racism and Michael Jordan’s secret grudge with George Gervin. You do not. This is not a book for people who just think basketball is OK. This is a book for people who care.” —Chuck Klosterman, New York Times bestselling author of I Wear the Black Hat and But What If We’re Wrong? “The boldface names (Russell, Wilt, West, Jordan, Bird, Magic) and the boldface events (Celtics dynasty, Showtime, Magic's HIV) are all here. But what I appreciate most about  A Love Story are the reminiscences about the women’s game and especially the accounts of the racial battles fought by the game’s pioneers. Jackie, Rafe, and Dan have done a masterful job of historical hoops excavation.”  —Jack McCallum, New York Times bestselling author of Dream Team and Seven Seconds or Less “What MacMullan, Bartholomew, and Klores have done here is noth