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"There are no secrets anymore in sport. Good grief, the best eighth-grade basketball players in the country are ranked. With his careful telling of the romantic saga of Magic and Bird, Seth Davis reminds us what fun it used to be when we could still be surprised, when a whole sport could be turned upside down, right before our wondering eyes. It's a delight to relive all that with When March Went Mad."—Frank Deford
“I can’t remember a behind-the-scenes story I have enjoyed more. A transcendent moment in sports that is so fully captured by Seth Davis -- I feel as if I was right in the middle of it all! Thanks, Seth, for the insight as to how this magical game is still a standalone event even thirty years later.”—Jim Nantz
"There is a lot more to what is known as ‘the Magic vs. Larry game’ than meets the eye. In When March Went Mad, Seth Davis does a superb job of shining a spotlight on many of those long-forgotten details."—John Feinstein
"Seth Davis’s When March Went Mad evokes more than a special season. Through deft reporting, he takes you behind the scenes from Terre Haute, Indiana, to East Lansing, Michigan, and on to the famous championship round in Salt Lake City. Best of all, though, Davis captures Larry Bird and Earvin ‘Magic’ Johnson as the young basketball genuises they were, basketball’s yin and yang, equal but opposing forces who would transform the game. This is a fine piece of work."—Mark Kriegel
"There are only a few perfect combinations in the world. Peanut butter on toast, scotch on ice, and Seth Davis on basketball."—Rick Reilly
Seth Davis is an on-air studio analyst for CBS Sports coverage of NCAA basketball and is an on-air host, reporter, and analyst for the College Sports Television cable network. He is also a staff writer at Sports Illustrated, where he has worked since 1995, primarily covering college basketball and golf. A graduate of Duke University, Davis lives with his family in Ridgefield, Connecticut.
Any basketball fan should have this book on their "must read" list.
Seth Davis does a great job of describing the background of both Magic Johnson/Michigan State and Larry Bird/Indiana State.
Davis, performed a great deal of research and interviews in writing the book and the resulting detail is excellent.
Our book club read this - an unusual choice for ladies but we loved it. It brought back the memories of not only this great game and its great players, but how the tournament... Read morePublished 8 months ago by Gloria
First, some disclosure: I requested this book through the Amazon Vine program because I thought my boyfriend would enjoy it, since he's a die-hard basketball fan. Read morePublished 19 months ago by atisheh
As much as this was about the game, this is also a statement about how College basketball became what it is. Read morePublished 20 months ago by ..one small voice.
If you are a fan of college basketball, this is a great book to read, especially in March when the NCAA tournament is underway. Read morePublished 21 months ago by B. Adducchio
Magic Johnson and Larry Bird. Larry Bird and Magic Johnson. These two will go down in the annuals of not just basketball history, but sports history, tied hand in hand. Read morePublished on March 27, 2011 by C. Baker
I was in high school when Magic Johnson and Larry Bird burst on the national scene. I was a sports nut in those days (not so much today), and I played playground ball with my... Read morePublished on June 3, 2010 by Avid Reader
I was a sixth-grader in Lansing when this game was played. It was the biggest thing that's ever happened in my hometown. Read morePublished on February 22, 2010 by Doctor Fresh
I didn't see the game - heard about it of course. This book lets you in on so much more than just the one game at the end of the season. Read morePublished on September 25, 2009 by Harold Harefoot
Seth Davis does an excellent job of building up to one of sport's most defining moments-- Indiana State's Larry Bird, the shy country boy and Michigan State's Earvin "Magic"... Read morePublished on July 16, 2009 by Michael B. Barer