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What's interesting about the Duke-North Carolina basketball rivalry is that it's not the product of some marketing-savvy hypemeister. It's the real deal: there's respect, but dammit, them folks just don't like each other and haven't since whenever. Duke is a tony private school with high academic standards. North Carolina is a state school justifiably proud of its academic traditions, no matter what those Dukies say. Duke dominated basketball in the sixties, Carolina did so from the mid-seventies to the early nineties, and Duke was once again ascendant in the nineties and into this decade--except that North Carolina is now the defending national champion. Chansky provides an engaging overview of the rivalry--filled with great anecdotes--emphasizing the last 30 years, which encompass the reigns of dominant coaches Dean Smith (NC) and Mike Krzyzewski (Duke). He also delves beneath the surface to discuss recruiting ethics, the ever-escalating salaries of coaches, and their role as advertising pitchmen. An informative, intelligent history that will entertain even those college basketball fans who can't stand either school. Wes Lukowsky
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Art Chansky is an author and sportswriter who has covered basketball on Tobacco Road for more than thirty years. By day, he is a sports marketing executive who developed an all-sports competition between Duke and Carolina called the Carlyle Cup. He has written The Dean's List: a Celebration of Tar Hell Basketball and Dean Smith and Dean's Domain: The Inside Story of Dean Smith and His College Basketball Empire on North Carolina basketball and coach Dean Smith. He lives with his family on the "Duke side" of Chapel Hill.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 400 pages
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin; Reprint edition (October 31, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0312327889
  • ISBN-13: 978-0312327880
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.9 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,655,923 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Eli N. Evans on November 24, 2005
Format: Hardcover
Finally, a book that captures the passion, the intensity, the stories and anecdotes and legends of the UNC-Duke baskteball rivalry. For lifelong fans, the images and memories come flooding back and bring with them the heartbeat and electricity of the many moments of grand drama. Art Chansky has put lightning in a bottle because he has lived it and covered it and has spent several years interviewing and researching and uncovering the stories behind the games. Sometimes, the book takes your breath away, it is often sheer poetry, you can feel the heartstopping drama--the Coach K vs Dean Smith battles--two masters of their arts,two legends of the game. The NCAA championships, the players who have worn the blue--from Michael Jordan to Grant Hill, from Phil Ford and Ray Felton to Bobby Hurley and Dick Groat. It is all here--the circus, the madness, the spendid agony, the wonder. It is a basketball phantasmagora of a book. Enjoy. Eli Evans,lifelong fan. NYC; Durham, NC; USA
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Blue Blood will be fascinating reading for any Blue Devil or Tar Heel sports fan; or anyone who loves college hoops regardless of school affiliation. Art Chansky has been fair to both schools, showering praise where due and bringing up "dirt" where appropriate (and often "poop" not before public).

The narrative is compelling and memories flood back to mind as well as many new insights. Frank McGuire, Coach Smith and Coach K are are revealed, running the gamut from what made them great to their personality quirks and motivational techniques. I especially enjoyed the early times and the Art Heyman-Larry Brown history/rivalry-but anyone who began following this rivalry much more recently will have much to enjoy and learn.

Great book!!
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Art Chansky says in his forward that he has made an effort to be as unbiased as possible in the writing of this book. I think he has accomplished this goal and gone beyond. I didn't feel any favoritism for one team or the other as I read this book.

At any rate, the book is vividly written, and there is a lot of action. Chansky writes so well that you can literally feel the tension between the two schools just by reading the book (amusingly, many of the players get along very well off the court).

I grew up as a Duke fan and attended college at UNC, now being a diehard Tarheel. It made me remember how I felt at different times when each team won their championships.

I do feel that you have to be a part of the rivalry to really get the most from the book, but regardless, it will be an interesting adventure for anyone who reads it. It's a five-star book all of the way.
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The book's a great read. Well-edited. Chansky's gift lies in how well he draws the characters in the time-honored basketball rivalry dating back to the Everett Case-Frank McGuire-Vic Bubas years and the founding of the Atlantic Coast Conference. Excellent coaching aside, these early entrepreneurs of their sport were crusty figures from a by-gone era and Chansky brings them to life, like the doyens of Damon Runyan's Broadway or the charicatures in the Vanity Fair numbers of the late 19th century - which is to say, the book is funny. Art Chansky has been an insider and an outsider, closely allied with coaches and players from both programs for almost 4 decades. No one other than the former sports editor of the Chapel Hill Weekly AND the Durham Morning Herald could have written such a vivid portrayal of the men and events. Unforgiving, full of behind the scenes information and personal reflections of the great sports personalities he profiles, Chansky lets us in on observations he's been holding close to the vest for all this time. PS. There's a movie in the rough and tumble era when ACC basketball got its start. It's a basketballers 'must read' and a serious sports fan's delight. Monty Diamond
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This is a thoroughly researched book that on the whole gives equal time to both UNC and Duke. Although I am a UNC fan, I know that Chansky is a UNC alumnus and can't completely hide his disdain for Mike Kryzewski. Although some of Dean Smith's foibles are mentioned, Coach K gets the worse treatment here. Chansky was rougher on Dean in his other book, "Dean's Domain."
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GO DUKE! THIS IS FOR TRUE FANS! ALL YOU CHEATOLINA ROBOTS NEED TO READ THIS! Been a Duke fan since 1986 and wanted to learn what the rivalry was about and how it start. This book details that and I bought this copy to leaned to all the HATERS in my area who know nothing about their so called FAVORITE TEAM! If you are going to be a fan then you should know a little history about what you are supporting! Another good one is The Blue Divide! So Quit Riding Mom and Dad's Coat Tails and learn about the FACTS! Cause if not for NC STATE there would be NO RIVALRY! GO DUKE! Oh yeah GO PACK!
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This is a great book that gives you some insight into the greatest rivalry in sports. It's historical and Chansky gets inside both schools and teams to give you an inside look in the rivalry. Overall, a great read.
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If you appreciate college basketball at all (not just UNC, Duke, or the ACC) you will love the historical presentation of this great rivalry. Most fans will recall the recent events; the strength of this book is the story telling of all the past events that made and shaped this great rivalry.
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