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The Fab Five: Basketball Trash Talk the American Dream Hardcover – November 30, 1993
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The Fab Five is a book about Chris Webber, Jalen Rose, Juwan Howard, Jimmy King and Ray Jackson, the fabulous five freshmen at the University of Michigan. A group assembled in many different ways, each contributing a unique story to what brought them to Ann Arbor. Albom takes his first few chapters describing the intricate lines that connected each player to Ann Arbor. Jalen and Chris were from Detroit and went to UofM because they were always best friends. Ray Jackson and Jimmy King are from Texas. Ray Jackson was noticed accidentally while scouts were in Texas recruiting other players. For Jimmy King, he came to UofM because Juwan Howard, his roommate on a recruiting trip, was going.Read more ›
The Fab Five loved playing basketball. They played with joy. They played with flair. They were trendsetters. But nothing about those things was unsportsmanlike. I am a white man married to an African American woman, and we take racism very seriously. Nothing bothers me more than false accusations of racism, which is far too prevalent these days in our politically charged society. But I have to say that I think the unfair mischaracterizations of the Fab Five were steeped in racism. If five white guys from Duke had accomplished the same things the Fab Five did at Michigan, Bill Walton and my friends would have praised them as one of the greatest teams ever.
But leaving my personal opinion about the Fab Five aside, this book is objectively written and absorbing from start to finish. I couldn't put it down. Whether you loved them or hated them, Mitch Albom has done a remarkable job of revealing the truth, beauty, struggles, successes and failures of five remarkable athletes and a historical team. I've worn black socks ever since. ;-)
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One of the best books I've ever read, check out the ESPN 30 for 30 about the Fab Five, this goes more in depth but the documentary is very good as well and features Mitch Albom.Published 1 month ago by Burton
Loved the ESPN movie and have watched it over and over. Surprisingly, the book is way better! A very detailed and close look at the Fab Five (and their teammates) and Coach... Read morePublished on August 17, 2014 by OhioWolverine