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Knight: My Story
Bob Knight
0641500807

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Bob Knight: An Unauthorized Biography
Steve Delsohn
074324348X
February 2006
Hardcover
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From Publishers Weekly
With all that's been written about controversial college basketball coach Knight, do we need another book about him? Sportswriters Delsohn and Heisler make it hard to say no. The authors make good use of the material already written about Knight, including information culled from Knight's 2002 autobiography and John Feinstein's seminal A Season on the Brink. But they also interview Knight's friends and enemies, as well as curious onlookers. They nicely dissect Knight's early years as a player at Ohio State and his first coaching job at West Point in 1965, letting his early successes and failures serve as a mirror for his future triumphs and embarrassments (Knight's courtside outrage is well known: in his worst moments he kicked his son during a game and choked an Indiana player). They shine when covering Knight's...


Season on the Brink: A Year with Bobby Knight and the Indiana Hoosiers
John Feinstein
0671688774
November 1989
Paperback
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Book Review
Why is A Season on the Brink the bestselling sports book of all time? The answer is easy: Bobby Knight. Audaciously brilliant, exasperatingly volatile, and never boring, the Indiana University basketball coach is Greek drama and comedy neatly wrapped in a red sweater. Like all high-strung people, Knight is particularly interesting when things don't go according to his playbook. John Feinstein had the good fortune to follow Knight and his Hoosiers through a difficult 1985-86 campaign; that Feinstein could watch that season attached to Knight's hip gives A Season on the Brink its sights and its sounds. That such closeness allowed entry into Knight's heart gives the book its fury. The combination is irresistible.

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Chicago TribuneNothing less than...


Knight: My Story
Bob Knight
0312311176
February 2003
Paperback
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From Publishers Weekly
Knight was the basketball coach of Indiana University for 29 years before being fired in September 2000. Because of his fiery some would say uncontrollable temper, Knight has acquired many critics over the years, but he was a hero in Indiana, where his teams had many winning years, including an undefeated season in 1975-1976. With Knight's colorful background, it's surprising that the coach has delivered a mostly colorless autobiography. After excruciating detail about his days as a high school and college basketball player, Knight bogs downs his story with dry recitations of the highlights of virtually every team he coached. And to demonstrate that he is not some rogue figure, Knight goes to great lengths to describe the many friendships he has developed over the years. The combative Knight does not emerge until...


Jerry Tarkanian: Runnin' Rebel
Jerry Tarkanian
1596700181
October 2005
Hardcover
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Book Description
No matter where his basketball travels took him during his 31 seasons in NCAA Division I college basketball, controversy has never been far behind Jerry Tarkanian. The legendary former coach of the UNLV Runnin’ Rebels proved himself to be one of the greatest coaches in the game’s history, however, amassing an incredible overall record of 778-202, more wins than all but a handful of other coaches. He also had 29 20-win seasons, second all-time only to fellow legend Dean Smith of North Carolina, and never experienced a losing season. His 19 seasons of amazing success and breathtaking teams in Las Vegas are the foundation of Jerry Tarkanian’s revealing, heartbreaking, and sometimes hilarious autobiography, Runnin' Rebel, a book poised to reveal the skeletons in the closet of the NCAA and some of the...


Hamlet
William Shakespeare
0553212923
January 1988
Mass Market Paperback
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From Library Journal
It is a tragedy that all actors seem to crave to perform, and the Renaissance Theatre Company clearly relishes the chance to present Hamlet for the ear. It is a contemporary cast from which one has come to expect superior Shakespearean acting on stage and screen: Kenneth Branagh as Hamlet; Sir John Gielgud as the Ghost; Derek Jacobi as Claudius; and Emma Thompson as the Player Queen. Unlike the Recorded Books version (Audio Reviews, LJ 8/90), this BBC edition may be a little hard to follow by those unfamiliar with the play's text, particularly since stage directions are not provided and speakers are not clearly identified. But the program does give the complete version, a rare treat, and the accompanying booklet offers insights into both the acting and the production. Highly recommended.- Joyce Kessel, Villa Maria...


Glory Road: My Story of the 1966 NCAA Basketball Championship and how One Team Triumphed against the Odds and Changed America Forever
Don Haskins
1401307914
November 2005
Paperback
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From Publishers Weekly
Sportswriter Wetzel confronted an odd kind of problem when coauthoring the autobiography of Don Haskins, Texas college basketball icon and inadvertent civil rights pioneer. Instead of embellishing his story or telling the account of how, as a coach, he single-handedly changed college basketball in 1966 by winning the NCAA championship with five black starters, the comically humble Haskins "pretends it didn't matter, or, most often, that it didn't even happen in the first place." Such is the charm of Haskins, who became a living legend by coaching at Texas Miners College (now University of Texas–El Paso) from 1961 to 1999, but never let the fame get to him (although Haskins is not a saint: he's a vicious pool hustler and a terrorizing coach who wouldn't even let his players have water during practice)....


Coach K's Little Blue Book: Lessons from College Basketball's Best Coach
Barry Jacobs
1894963261
March 2004
Paperback
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Book Description
Barry Jacobs reveals the passion, intelligence and humanity that have made Krzyzewski a national icon.


Le Morte D'Arthur
Thomas Malory
0451528166
October 2001
Mass Market Paperback
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From AudioFile
According to tradition, a rogue knight of the fifteenth century collated all the legends and songs surrounding the pre-Christian Welsh chieftain Arthur into a fascinating, rambling prose narrative. Since then it has inspired numerous artists while becoming the principal source for today's notions of chivalry and the Knights of the Round Table. Yet, for modern Americans, it's as difficult to hear as to read, despite all efforts by the brilliant Derek Jacobi in this judicious abridgment. The diction, somewhere between the English of Chaucer and Shakespeare, has been tastefully edited for comprehension, but the values and literary conventions have not. If anyone can bring such fare to life, Jacobi can--and does! Through him, we hear what once inspired the fantasies of young boys. All the psychological and moral complexities...


Smart Take from the Strong: The Basketball Philosophy of Pete Carril
Pete Carril
0803264488
October 2004
Paperback
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Book Review
The class and success of Princeton University's basketball program can be traced to two words: Pete Carril. Carril coached the perennial Ivy League powerhouse for 29 seasons before his 1996 retirement, and his hardwood hard line couldn't have been simpler: play smart. Of course, it helped that his players were smart enough--they did get into Princeton--to compensate for any lack of size and talent. Carril preached winning through intelligence, selfless play, and dogged defense. The Smart Take from the Strong is his bible. While it makes a pass here and there at biography, the book's beauty is the keenness of its Carrilion collection of on- and off-the-court parables and beatitudes. How can you turn a deaf ear to eternal verities such as "Bad shooters are always open" and "The ability to rebound...

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