The history of basketball contains all the drama inherent in America's long struggle with racial intolerance and quest for equality. In ten focused chapters that highlight characters both famous (Bill Russell, Michael Jordan, Magic Johnson and Larry Bird) and more obscure (John McLendon, Earl Lloyd, Holcombe Rucker), this book explores how what's happened on the basketball court has mirrored race relations in the United States--and often preceded changes off of it.
Doug Merlino has contributed to publications including Slate, Men's Journal, Wired and the Seattle Times. His book, The Hustle: One Team and Ten Lives in Black and White, won the 2011 Washington State Book Award. He lives in New York City. In the summer, he can often be found watching basketball at Rucker Park in Harlem or at "the cage" at West 4th Street.
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Published July 10, 2011
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