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The assist : hoops, hope, and the game of their lives

Author: Neil Swidey
Publisher: New York : PublicAffairs, ©2008.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : English : 1st edView all editions and formats
"Anyone who cares about Boston and race and hope and hoops will take heart from Neil Swidey's The Assist, in which decent kids jockey for a lucky break in a world in which decency and luck are often in short supply. Set in compact, feisty, history-haunted Charlestown, this book is a powerhouse work of literary journalism about a powerhouse basketball program and the coach who wouldn't take no for an answer."  Read more...
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Named Person: Jack O'Brien; Jack O'Brien
Material Type: Biography, Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Neil Swidey
ISBN: 9781586484699 1586484699
OCLC Number: 171613605
Awards: Short-listed for Iowa High School Book Award 2011
Short-listed for Eliot Rosewater Indiana High School Book Award 2010
Description: xii, 373 pages, 8 pages of plates : illustrations ; 21 cm
Contents: Prologue --
part 1: The pre-season --
Hood --
Ridley --
The rules of the road --
O'Brien --
part 2: The season --
Fits and starts --
A taste of the high life --
Townies in black and white --
Rematch --
Fathers, sons, and surrogates --
part 3: The post-season --
The cities --
Survive and advance --
palyoffs and payoffs --
Mind over matter --
part 4: The off-season --
Crime's call --
No ordinary summer --
part 5: End game --
The unraveling --
The tipping point --
The decision --
Blind justice --
Revise and revoke --
Responsibility: Neil Swidey.


Hoop Dreams meets Common Ground in this riveting portrait of a driven basketball coach at an iconic high school, and of his players, each struggling to rise above the many forces pulling them down  Read more...
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