Hoops, Hope, and the Game of Their Lives
By (author) Neil Swidey
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Assist by Neil Swidey
Book DescriptionJack O'Brien is a high school basketball coach extreme in both his demands and his devotion. With monastic discipline, he has built a powerhouse program that wins state championships year after year while helping propel players to college. He does this as a white suburban guy working exclusively with black city boys who make the daily trek across Boston to attend Charlestown High School, where the last battles of the city's school desegregation wars were fought a generation ago. The Assist is a gripping, surprising story about fathers, sons, and surrogates, all confronting the narrow margins of urban life. The book follows the players on their hunt for a state title. But it also stays with them, to see how young men who seldom get second chances survive without their coach hovering over them--and how he survives without them.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9781586486662
(210mm x 140mm x 28mm)
Publisher: The Perseus Books Group
Publish Date: 21-Oct-2008
Country of Publication: United States
Books By Author Neil Swidey
Assist, Hardback (July 2006)» View all books by Neil Swidey
Revolving around fascinating, complex characters, "The Assist" is a 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.
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Author Biography - Neil Swidey
Neil Swidey is a staff writer for The Boston Globe Magazine. His writing has won the National Headliner Award and been featured in The Best American Science Writing, The Best American Crime Reporting and The Best American Political Writing. He lives outside Boston with his wife and three daughters.
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