In terms of work ethic, John Feinstein is the sports equivalent of Stephen King: he's tireless, prolific, and multifaceted. With a past-performance line that includes A Season on the Brink, A Good Walk Spoiled, and A Civil War, he's regularly in the running for his genre's MVP. A March to Madness, which chronicles the 1996-97 Atlantic Coast Conference's ineluctable journey to March Madness, continues his string. Exhaustively reported, and penned with as much poignancy as panache, it's the story of the most competitive college basketball conference in the U.S., filtered through the eyes--and complex lives--of its head coaches. Coaching young in-your-faces is never easy; it's even harder in a pressure cooker such as the ACC, where expectations are enormous, winning is essential, and an NCAA tournament bid is requisite for survival. Feinstein had remarkable access to his high-profile, high-strung subjects, such as Dean Smith, Bobby Cremins, and Mike Krzyzewski, and the drama he records is every bit as fast-paced and stunning as a close Duke-North Carolina game with the final seconds ticking off the clock. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
The list of great sports books about anything but baseball is limited, but Feinstein (A Civil War, LJ 10/1/96) has increased it by one with this tour-de-force. Similar to his book about Indiana University Coach Bob Knight, A Season on the Brink (S. & S.,1988), Feinstein's latest covers one year with all of the teams in the perennially powerful Atlantic Coast Conference. After introducing each of the schools, their teams, their coaches, and their expectations for the 1996/97 basketball season, the book describes their progress week by week, culminating with Dean Smith's run to the NCAA Final Four. Such a detailed accounting of a sports season could seem interminable to readers, but Feinstein has again produced a narrative that is not only interesting but often exciting. He conveys the exhiliration of a road conference win and the gloom of a home loss. This book should appeal to all readers, not just to sports fans. Highly recommended for all libraries.?William O. Scheeren, Hempfield Area H.S. Lib., Greensburg, Pa.
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I have read several books written by coach K and as I am a Duke fan and none of these books have come close to John Finesteins "A March to Madness". Read morePublished on January 26, 2013 by Rizzo919
The book is moderately interesting, but verbose. You need to speed read this or you would have wasted many hours.Published on June 28, 2010 by J. M. Robinson
This book follows ACC basketball for a season. Very fun, like potato chips, hard to stop.Published on January 6, 2007 by Reader in Virginia
'A March to Madness' follows the Atlantic Coast Conference through the 1996-97 season with Feinstein's signature behind the scenes access. Read morePublished on December 11, 2006 by Douglas S. Wood
If you love ACC basketball and cannot get enough behind the scenes information about the coaches then you'll love this book. Read morePublished on September 26, 2006 by Riley
John Feinstein is a great writer, and this book is a look at one season in the ACC. He follows the teams around the conference for a season, giving us the background of the... Read morePublished on August 26, 2004 by T. Bratz
A March to Madness by John Feinstein is an in depth look at each men's basketball program in the Atlantic Coast Conference. Read morePublished on March 11, 2003 by Chris
No true college hoops should be without this book. Feinstein does another terrific job of showing the reader inside basketball. Read morePublished on January 3, 2003 by J. Davis
John Feinstein is one of the most prolific writers in the field of sports journalism. He has written books covering everything from the harshness of playing for Bobby Knight ("A... Read morePublished on June 12, 2002 by Patrick L. Randall