The Hustle

The Hustle

One Team and Ten Lives in Black and White

Book - 2011 | 1st U.S. ed
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"The experiment was dreamed up by two fathers, one white and one black. What would happen, they wondered if they put together a basketball team that mixed white players from an elite Seattle private school, famous for alums such as Microsoft's Bill Gates, and black kids from the inner city? Wouldn't the exposure to privilege give the black kids a chance at better opportunities? Wouldn't it open the eyes of the white kids to a different side of life? The 1986 season would be the laboratory. Out in the real world, hip-hop was going mainstream, Larry Bird and Magic Johnson ruled the NBA, and Ronald Reagan was president. In Seattle, the team's season unfolded like a perfectly scripted sports movie: The ragtag group of boys became friends, gelled as a team, and went on to win the league championship. The experiment was deemed a success. But was it? How did crossing lines of class, race, and wealth affect the lives of these ten boys? Two decades later, Doug Merlino, who played on the team returned to find his teammates"--Jacket.
Publisher: New York : Bloomsbury USA, c2011
Edition: 1st U.S. ed
ISBN: 9781608192595
Call Number: 796.32362 M565h 2011
Characteristics: 309 p. : ill., map ; 25 cm


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Meeseeks Oct 05, 2016

Merlino is a great writer, the book is part memoir, part sports story and part social study.

Aug 25, 2013

A look at class and economic disparity through the lens of high school basketball. The author follows the lives of members of his high school team who attended his elite Seattle private school or who were recruited because of their talent in more recent years, sharing some interesting history about Seattle race relations but ultimately revealing how race and class shape the dramatic differences in opportunities and outcomes.


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