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The Fab Five: Basketball Trash Talk the American Dream Hardcover – November 30, 1993

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About the Author

Mitch Albom is a bestselling author, screenwriter, playwright, and nationally syndicated columnist. He is the author of six consecutive number one New York Times bestsellers including Tuesdays with Morrie, the bestselling memoir of all time and his books have collectively sold more than thirty-five million copies in forty-two languages. He has founded eight charities in Detroit and operates an orphanage in Port-au-Prince, Haiti. He lives with his wife, Janine, in Michigan.
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  • Hardcover: 360 pages
  • Publisher: Grand Central Publishing (November 30, 1993)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0446517348
  • ISBN-13: 978-0446517348
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 1 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (64 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #690,410 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Mass Market Paperback
...and a strikingly vivid portrayal of the intricacies of big-time college athletics. Albom has the ability to make the story of five basketball players from inner-city America transcend race, culture, and sport, and he writes a book moving to fans and non-fans alike. His prose is elegant, his portrayals intensely realistic. I've read this book at least twenty times, and it never ceases to amaze. It is the best tribute imaginable to the young men who were the Fab Five and to the cultural phenomenon they induced. Albom perfectly captures what it felt like to be a fan of the Fab Five in the early '90s and reminds us all of the complexities involved when five strong, brash, and confident individuals take the court...and there's only one ball. A must-read for all individuals--I promise it won't disappoint.
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Format: Hardcover
"What scares you Jalen? Death, said Jalen,... because I can't imagine a world without me in it." The cockiness that was the Fab Five is captured perfectly by Mitch Albom in his book the Fab Five; Basketball, Trash Talk and the American Dream. Like Albom's other books Tuesdays with Morrie and 5 People You Meet in Heaven, his story telling engulfs the reader and transforms a normal story into a legendary tale. Albom recognizes the important interaction between people in their actions and conversations and captures that in his writing. This story, the Fab Five, was a great book and one of the best for any sports fan. The "Greatest Class Ever Recruited", as Albom called them, is a great story that is told from behind the scenes, during the Fab Five's historic career at the University of Michigan. The Fab Five by Albom is the finest sports book because Albom's humorous and stylish writing brings to life the events surrounding five freshmen that transformed college basketball.

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.
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Format: Mass Market Paperback
With all the kids going to the pros now this book just gets more and more interesting. College hoops may never be the same as it was when the fab five were together. Although it may be wrong to say they were the reason for so many changes, they were certainly style agents of the nth degree. No doubt about the power of youth and potential and Albom captures all of it with a lot of excitement and enjoyment.
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Format: Kindle Edition
This is one of the 3 best sports books that I've ever read, along with "Friday Night Lights" and "The Courting of Marcus Dupree." Mitch Albom does a masterful job dispelling the myths and getting to the heart of these fascinating players and this particular team. I'm not a Michigan fan, but I was a huge fan of the Fab Five. I had heated arguments with many of my friends who - like Bill Walton and many others during that time - unfairly stereotyped these passionate young athletes as "thugs" who were bringing disrepute to the sport of basketball. I am a huge sports fan, and character and class are paramount virtues for me. But some people can't differentiate passion and enthusiasm from unsportsmanlike behavior.

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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I love the book, which reminds me of when I was little watching the Fab Five play. When read right before and after watching the documentary, it makes it even better. The thing that irks me is the tone of the old, white sportswriter (I know, Albom is more than a sportswriter now) portraying inner-city life and in-game trash talk. It makes me cringe and there isn't a page that goes by without that feeling. It made this book very hard to finish, but it's worth powering through.
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