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Coach K: Building the Duke Dynasty Paperback – September 28, 1999


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 221 pages
  • Publisher: Addax Publishing Group (September 28, 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1886110867
  • ISBN-13: 978-1886110861
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.6 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 1.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,743,963 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Mike is the coach of this generation. He has the ideal program. (Jim Calhoun, Connecticut Coach )

About the Author

Gregg Doyel has covered ACC basketball forThe Charlotte Observer since November, 1997. Before that he was atThe Miami Herald where he covered the Florida Marlins from 1995-1997. He has gone from writing about game seven of the World Series, which the Marlins won in eleven innings, to writing about an ACC basketball season that had Duke ranked No. 1 and North Carolina ranked No. 2. Since then, he has followed the Duke team for two seasons, including its 37-2 team that made it all the way to the 1999 championship game.

Doyel is a graduate of the University of Florida and is a member of the Atlantic Coast Sports Writers Association. He currently resides in Apex, North Carolina with his wife, Meloday, and their two sons, Macon and Jackson.

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THe worst written book I have ever read.
C. Seymour
Poorly written and without a shred of any real insight, this "book" has no real redeeming qualities.
David K. Semrow
Ok, all hyperbole aside this book is terrible.
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18 of 20 people found the following review helpful By booty poppin on November 3, 2005
Format: Paperback
Gregg Doyel represents what all college hoops beat writers should aspire to. He name drops(ok, anonymous source drops), insinuates and unleashes tawdry details, often authenticated or handed to him by "reliable sources who shall remain unnamed." He participates in mud-slinging and name calling as often as possible, often opening the door to the rational, intelligent discussion of college hoops. He doesn't let facts get in his way, and allows for his unbiased theories and fantasies about the world of college hoops to open the eyes of ignorant fans. You might wonder why Gregg (two Gs dude) rarely interviews coaches especially when he may be writing about them. Let's face it, Gregg possesses a well of knowledge that is deeper (and sexier) than that of Coach K, John Wooden, Red Auerbach, Einstein, and Jesus combined.

Ok, all hyperbole aside this book is terrible. I would have loved to hear some original content about what Coach had to say in regards to building the prototypical powerhouse program. Unfortunately, Doyel probably did not get off his pockmarked ass in the process of writing this book, ripping off all the information contained within from sources like DBR, or from gleaning information from Coach K's book (which, by the way, is everything this book is not.) This book will not reveal anything new to even the most casual duke fan.

Sadly, Doyel is dismissed by all members of the college hoops community, from the casual fan to a coaching legend such as Coach K. He has routinely shown himself to be unreliable in reporting the FACTS involved in a story, and far too often limbos below the level of those who make personal attacks against him. He is a hypocrite, lambasting someone's actions one minute, and then praising them the next.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By "35164654684" on November 5, 2002
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This book was nothing more than a carbon copy of the expanded Duke Basketball media guide. Its like Doyel simply copied numerical factoids out of the ACC statistics books. If I wanted to read a book on numbers I'd dust off my college calculus book. Don't waste your money.
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19 of 22 people found the following review helpful By David K. Semrow on November 3, 2005
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Poorly written and without a shred of any real insight, this "book" has no real redeeming qualities. Doyel needs to stick to his online gig in the daily online tabloids if this is the best quality he can summon in prose form.

Save your money.
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15 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Sharpie's Lair on November 3, 2005
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I'm embarrassed to call this a book. It's nothing more than a glorified press release. No wonder Coach K had nothing to do with this 5th grade book report. Very bad.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Wexler on November 3, 2005
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I think Doyel had a 4 year-old ghost write this book for him. My only regret aside from reading this piece of garbage is that you can't give negative stars for a rating.
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Craig Schwartz on December 31, 1999
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I'm a Coach K fan and was disappointed that this book didn't provide more insight into hows & whys of the program and Duke basketball tactics. The history was interesting and you do get a feel for the Duke-UNC rivalry, but not an understanding of how the coach really thinks and what strategies he truly uses on and off the court.
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14 of 17 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on April 3, 2000
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While this book has some great moments it also leaves a lot to be desired. It tells the great story of Krzyzewski's boyhood, the values instilled by his parents and his neighborhood friends, his time in the army and the early years with his wife Mickie. It touches on his relationship with Jim Valvano during his loosing battle with cancer. However, way too much of the book reads like a tell-all tabloid article. I suspect that was because Coach K did not participate in this effort and the writer is struggling to get enough material to produce the book. I would recommend Coach K's own "Leading with the Heart".
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11 of 14 people found the following review helpful By A Basketball Fan on February 16, 2005
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Doyel is obviously worshiping at the alter of Coach K. Along with Dick Vitale and the rest of the Duke lovin media. This is not objective journalism. It is overblown hero worship. Doyel's hero is obviously Coach K. This book glosses over anything negative with regard to the Duke basketball program. Just read the annual Duke media guide and you'll get the same info. Don't spend your money on this crap.
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