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Why is A Season on the Brink the bestselling sports book of all time? The answer is easy: Bobby Knight. Audaciously brilliant, exasperatingly volatile, and never boring, the Indiana University basketball coach is Greek drama and comedy neatly wrapped in a red sweater. Like all high-strung people, Knight is particularly interesting when things don't go according to his playbook. John Feinstein had the good fortune to follow Knight and his Hoosiers through a difficult 1985-86 campaign; that Feinstein could watch that season attached to Knight's hip gives A Season on the Brink its sights and its sounds. That such closeness allowed entry into Knight's heart gives the book its fury. The combination is irresistible. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Washington Post sportswriter Feinstein spent the 19851986 season with the Indiana Unversity basketball team. The season began under ominous circumstances because the 19841985 record had been a losing one, and its highlight (or, more accurately, nadir) had been coach Bob Knight's hurling a chair across the court in the Purdue game. His outbursts are central in this story, and it is not always clear when they are staged or if he is out of control. Feinstein writes that Knight believes in coaching through fear and, although those around him assert that he has learned to be more patient, he will not strike readers as noteworthy for his emotional control. So, despite his legendary loyalty to his friends and his acts of charity, Knight emerges here as an unlovely human being. Photos not seen by PW. First serial to Sports Illustrated. (November
Copyright 1986 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Great insight into the general and his world in the mid eighties...I watched much of the season on TV as a kid...the helped connect all of the dots and see how a mastermind worksPublished 1 month ago by J. DesMarteau
I'm biased in my review because I'm a Hoosier and an Indiana University graduate. I grew up watching the Hoosiers on TV along with The General. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Robert Sparrenberger
Wonderful rare insight into Bobby Knight from behind the scenes: the good, the bad, and the ugly. Especially recommend for anyone who coaches or plays any sport.Published 3 months ago by edward redington
Best biography you could want on Bob Knight. Feinstein's best and an inside look like no other on the most interesting program in the history of college basketball.Published 3 months ago by James Chapman Hall
I read this book over 20 years ago and remember liking it a lot.. Finstein does an excellent job of covering the Indiana Hoosier' 1985-6 season. Read morePublished 9 months ago by J. Davis
While the book is repetitive at times, it's generally a very good read. Readers offended by "bad" language need not apply.Published 14 months ago by Amazon Customer