The late 1960s and early 1970s, in New York City and America at large, were years marked by political tumult, social unrest . . . and the best professional basketball ever played. Paradise, for better or worse, was a hardwood court in midtown Manhattan.
Harvey Araton has followed the Knicks, old and new, for decades—first as a teenage fan, then as a young sports reporter with the New York Post, and now as a writer and columnist for the New York Times. When the Garden Was Eden is the definitive account of the New York Knicks in their vintage pomp. With measured prose and shoe-leather reporting, Araton relives their most glorious triumphs and bitter rivalries, and casts light on a team all but forgotten outside of pregame highlight reels and nostalgic reunions at the Garden.
I grew up watching the Knicks during the same period. It was great to refresh my memories of some of the best group of players that played together. Read morePublished 6 days ago by Cheryl
The latest edition (2014) of the Spurs-Heat Finals was on. I watched the 3Q of the decisive Game Five. Read morePublished 4 months ago by dukeno1
Araton's insightful look at the great Knicks teams of the 1970's deepens my understanding of the team and its success, and gives me great insight into each of the key players... Read morePublished 5 months ago by Edward Jacobson
This book is not as riveting as I hoped. It is an in-depth and I mean in-depth look at the Knick's in the early 70's. Read morePublished 7 months ago by RS
When The Garden Was Eden is Harvey Araton's best book. Well-told by one of the best sports writers working today.Published 14 months ago by Richard Assad
I remember staying up to watch the Knicks win the second championship. My sister and I were so happy especially after the previous year's loss to the Lakers. Read morePublished 17 months ago by missann
This is a 5 star book for old Knick fans - simple as that. Being one myself, I loved this book. The author has done a good job of seeking the old players and providing insight... Read morePublished 18 months ago by Bubbles
Oh I loved this book and so glad I bought it. I was a big fan of the NY Knickerbockers during this era and it brought back a lot of great memories. Read morePublished 19 months ago by Trudi Neiverth