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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Northeastern (October 9, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1555537774
  • ISBN-13: 978-1555537777
  • Product Dimensions: 9.4 x 6.6 x 1.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #629,071 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

PETER F. BURNS, JR., was born and raised in Connecticut and educated at UConn. In 2002 the University of Connecticut Alumni Association named him as its outstanding young alumnus of the year. He is a professor of political science at Loyola University New Orleans.

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Brings back great memories.
Sassy
This book is a great read for sports fans, but a MUST read for UCONN basketball fans!
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The one negative is that I would say it is written a little spacey.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Sassy on October 17, 2012
Format: Hardcover
Great history of UConn basketball and Big East basketball. A must for any UConn fan! Brings back great memories. Provides in depth look at program history and the Uconn basketball family.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Kate O'keefe on October 12, 2012
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This is the consummate history of UConn under Calhoun. UConn basketball is Connecticut and Burns gives the best insiders view a fan could hope for. It was great to relive the highs and lows shot by shot and game by game through the players themselves. As a UConn grad himself Burns does his school and his state proud with this thoughtful and well written book. To anyone who has been along for the ride since the first NIT win or the first NCAA title this book is for you. Go back and enjoy U-C-O-N-N UConn UConn UConn.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By PDiddy on October 5, 2012
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This book made me re-live many great, some not so great, memories during the Calhoun era. Found myself remembering where I was for various big moments - Tate's shot, 1st time beating Duke, the huge comeback win @ Pitt, and the championships. Book gives good behind the scene looks at various aspects of the program. Loved the decription of the 1st official practice of the Calhoun era.
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I heard about this book on the radio and the author seemed really knowledgable in the interview so I was thinking "hmm, ok let me remember this-- Shock the World" and then a week or so went by...

I had almost forgot about it but then my boyfriend really messed up his ankle playing basketball and was at home resting for a couple days. He kept complaining that he was bored, so I was thinking "ok, maybe if I get him this book he will shut up.. or I mean, find some other way to occupy himself" : ) I liked that the book was big, so he wouldn't finish it fast. When I gave it to him he was all, "Cool, UConn eh?" I told him how I heard about it and to let me know if he likes it.

After like a day he was on page 145. He said "this book is pretty good! I didn't know UConn used to suck!"

So now, he's almost done and has been telling his friends about it, he said he was going to let one of them read it next, but the way he was talking about it made it seem like it was something I might enjoy too. I flipped through a couple pages when he set it down, and thought the author did a good job of mixing in humor with actual basketball facts, plus my boyfriend said he did a lot of interviews with the players and they had a lot of stories. A LOT.

So anyway, this book is good for occasional do-nothing/injured boyfriends and anyone that just wants a good, revealing book to read about a team that has been pretty popular for our generation (1980+ babies).
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By Pez on October 20, 2012
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Shock the World: UConn Basketball in the Calhoun Era Mr. Burns history of UConn basketball in the Jim Calhoun era is a real treat for the fan. I first became aware that Jim Calhoun had become UConn's coach while working for the army in Germany in the mid-late eighties. I have been thrilled by the teams every year from that point on. Three national championships and so many exciting seasons are coach Calhoun's legacy. Burns captures every season and takes the reader back through Calhoun's entire UConn career. There are portraits of all of UConn's star players and those great role players that were so instrumental in the team's successes. Since Calhoun announced his retirement before the start of the 2012-13 season, this book is great way to remember those wonderful times. The book is well-written and accurately describes Calhoun's fabulous UConn career. If you're a fan of UConn basketball, read this book. You will love it.
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By SuzFut on October 22, 2012
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I thoroughly enjoyed reliving the memories Dr. Burns masterfully composes in his well researched book. As my freshman year as a UCONN student coincided with Jim Calhoun's first year as Husky coach, I have experienced every detail of the transformation of the UCONN basketball program. Not only was it an emotional rollercoaster reading in detail the agonizing defeats to Duke during the rise of the Huskies' success and to George Mason when expectations were high, but it was also interesting to learn more in depth about the individual players, such as Caron Butler. I also was enlightened by the players' accounts of the struggles they suffered through being coached by the curmudgeonly Calhoun, but yet still remain close to him and think of him as a father figure. "Shock the World ' is a must read for any UCONN Basketball fan.
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I am currently 22 years old (Just graduated from UConn) and have grown up through UConn's rise to glory in college basketball. I was born 2 months after Tate's Shot in 1990 which some people believe is the unofficial start of the UConn era. This book brought back incredible memories of my childhood and really put into perspective how influential Jim Calhoun was for the University of Connecticut. I had goosebumps page after page and had to put the book down to control the huge smile that ran across my face. I can even recall pumping my fist in the air as I read about UConn's biggest wins as I did when I watched them live. This book is a must read for anyone passionate about the University of Connecticut and college basketball. I am currently buying a copy for my father and for my friends this Christmas. Enjoy!
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