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Blue Blood: Duke-Carolina: Inside the Most Storied Rivalry in College Hoops Hardcover – October 20, 2005


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 373 pages
  • Publisher: Thomas Dunne Books; 1st edition (October 20, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0312327870
  • ISBN-13: 978-0312327873
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 6.4 x 1.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,254,776 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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What's interesting about the Duke-North Carolina basketball rivalry is that it's not the product of some marketing-savvy hypemeister. It's the real deal: there's respect, but dammit, them folks just don't like each other and haven't since whenever. Duke is a tony private school with high academic standards. North Carolina is a state school justifiably proud of its academic traditions, no matter what those Dukies say. Duke dominated basketball in the sixties, Carolina did so from the mid-seventies to the early nineties, and Duke was once again ascendant in the nineties and into this decade--except that North Carolina is now the defending national champion. Chansky provides an engaging overview of the rivalry--filled with great anecdotes--emphasizing the last 30 years, which encompass the reigns of dominant coaches Dean Smith (NC) and Mike Krzyzewski (Duke). He also delves beneath the surface to discuss recruiting ethics, the ever-escalating salaries of coaches, and their role as advertising pitchmen. An informative, intelligent history that will entertain even those college basketball fans who can't stand either school. Wes Lukowsky
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About the Author

ART CHANSKY is an author and sportswriter who has covered basketball on Tobacco Road for more than 30 years. By day, he is a sports marketing executive who developed an all-sports competition between Duke and Carolina called the Carlyle Cup. After graduating from UNC, he wrote for the Atlanta Constitution and was Sports Editor of the Durham Morning Herald for seven years. He has written The Dean's List and Dean's Domain on North Carolina basketball and Dean Smith. He lives with his family on the "Duke side" of Chapel Hill.

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It was well written and very interesting and thorough.
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Awesome insight into the history of the Carolina/Duke basketball rivalry.
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Most all Carolina fans will truly enjoy reading and owning this book.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Eli N. Evans on November 25, 2005
Format: Hardcover
Finally, a book that captures the passion, the intensity, the stories and anecdotes and legends of the UNC-Duke baskteball rivalry. For lifelong fans, the images and memories come flooding back and bring with them the heartbeat and electricity of the many moments of grand drama. Art Chansky has put lightning in a bottle because he has lived it and covered it and has spent several years interviewing and researching and uncovering the stories behind the games. Sometimes, the book takes your breath away, it is often sheer poetry, you can feel the heartstopping drama--the Coach K vs Dean Smith battles--two masters of their arts,two legends of the game. The NCAA championships, the players who have worn the blue--from Michael Jordan to Grant Hill, from Phil Ford and Ray Felton to Bobby Hurley and Dick Groat. It is all here--the circus, the madness, the spendid agony, the wonder. It is a basketball phantasmagora of a book. Enjoy. Eli Evans,lifelong fan. NYC; Durham, NC; USA
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Annemiek D. Gersten on November 22, 2005
Format: Hardcover
Blue Blood will be fascinating reading for any Blue Devil or Tar Heel sports fan; or anyone who loves college hoops regardless of school affiliation. Art Chansky has been fair to both schools, showering praise where due and bringing up "dirt" where appropriate (and often "poop" not before public).

The narrative is compelling and memories flood back to mind as well as many new insights. Frank McGuire, Coach Smith and Coach K are are revealed, running the gamut from what made them great to their personality quirks and motivational techniques. I especially enjoyed the early times and the Art Heyman-Larry Brown history/rivalry-but anyone who began following this rivalry much more recently will have much to enjoy and learn.

Great book!!
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Book Girl on January 10, 2006
Format: Hardcover
Art Chansky says in his forward that he has made an effort to be as unbiased as possible in the writing of this book. I think he has accomplished this goal and gone beyond. I didn't feel any favoritism for one team or the other as I read this book.

At any rate, the book is vividly written, and there is a lot of action. Chansky writes so well that you can literally feel the tension between the two schools just by reading the book (amusingly, many of the players get along very well off the court).

I grew up as a Duke fan and attended college at UNC, now being a diehard Tarheel. It made me remember how I felt at different times when each team won their championships.

I do feel that you have to be a part of the rivalry to really get the most from the book, but regardless, it will be an interesting adventure for anyone who reads it. It's a five-star book all of the way.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Glenn Gillen on July 14, 2006
Format: Hardcover
This is a thoroughly researched book that on the whole gives equal time to both UNC and Duke. Although I am a UNC fan, I know that Chansky is a UNC alumnus and can't completely hide his disdain for Mike Kryzewski. Although some of Dean Smith's foibles are mentioned, Coach K gets the worse treatment here. Chansky was rougher on Dean in his other book, "Dean's Domain."
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Monty Diamond on November 30, 2005
Format: Hardcover
The book's a great read. Well-edited. Chansky's gift lies in how well he draws the characters in the time-honored basketball rivalry dating back to the Everett Case-Frank McGuire-Vic Bubas years and the founding of the Atlantic Coast Conference. Excellent coaching aside, these early entrepreneurs of their sport were crusty figures from a by-gone era and Chansky brings them to life, like the doyens of Damon Runyan's Broadway or the charicatures in the Vanity Fair numbers of the late 19th century - which is to say, the book is funny. Art Chansky has been an insider and an outsider, closely allied with coaches and players from both programs for almost 4 decades. No one other than the former sports editor of the Chapel Hill Weekly AND the Durham Morning Herald could have written such a vivid portrayal of the men and events. Unforgiving, full of behind the scenes information and personal reflections of the great sports personalities he profiles, Chansky lets us in on observations he's been holding close to the vest for all this time. PS. There's a movie in the rough and tumble era when ACC basketball got its start. It's a basketballers 'must read' and a serious sports fan's delight. Monty Diamond
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Glenn Fernetti on January 15, 2006
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
If you appreciate college basketball at all (not just UNC, Duke, or the ACC) you will love the historical presentation of this great rivalry. Most fans will recall the recent events; the strength of this book is the story telling of all the past events that made and shaped this great rivalry.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Christopher Barat on July 22, 2007
Format: Paperback
This completes Chansky's trilogy-of-sorts on North Carolina basketball; he had previously written "The Dean's List" and "Dean's Domain," both about former UNC Coach Dean Smith. In the time-honored tradition of "never throwing anything anyway," Chansky includes many of the same anecdotes that graced his earlier books, but, to be fair, he goes into more detail in most cases. He also surveys a wider field than previously, tracing the history of the Duke-UNC rivalry from the earliest times to the present (2004-05 season). There are some factual errors that might have been eliminated with greater editorial diligence, such as the misidentification of Jim Nantz as the lead announcer on the famous Duke-Kentucky East Regional final of 1992. (It was actually Verne Lundquist, and no, it's not that hard to check, since clips from that game appear constantly during CBS' broadcasts of Tournament action.) The book is very thorough and, though it displays a slight bias towards UNC, does do a reasonably even-handed job of detailing the highs and lows of the love-hate relationships between the geographical and athletic rivals. It's definitely a good choice for the college basketball fan's permanent library.
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