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Glory Road: My Story of the 1966 NCAA Basketball Championship and How One Team Triumphed Against the Odds and Changed America Forever Paperback – November 30, 2005
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Don Haskins grew up in rural Oklahoma and his best childhood friend and fellow basketball fanatic was black - really unusual for the times - and a tip off to the totally color blind nature of the warm and wonderful Haskins.
And while the movie shows Haskins coming to El Paso and finding an all white team - in fact there were black players on the team and had been for years.
Haskins special ingredient was his complete dedication to victory, regardless of the race of the players. As a result his landmark accomplishment of fielding an all black starting lineup was (as he freely admits) a side effect of all that ever should matter - having the best people possible - on the court or in life - in place to do the job.
If you have only seen the movie, be sure to also read the book. The script liberties the movie producers took did a wonderful job of raising goosebumps in the theatre. But the correctness of the story as told in the book is a much richer experience.
Having lived in El Paso for a majority of my life, and having been a fan of the Miners since the early 80's, I can say this book is one of the best I've ever read. The living legend tells the story of his life, from his days playing college ball at Oklahoma A&M (now Oklahoma St.) for the master, Henry Iba, to his days coaching high school boys and girls, all the way to the hall of fame. Of course, you get the story of the '66 team as well as the fall out and how it affected Texas Western College (which became the University of Texas-El Paso the next year) along with some great stories about Don's pool shark days and a wonderful introduction to the book by the one and only Bob Knight.
If you only purchase one book this year, this book should be it. Finally the world will know what those of us in El Paso have known for years; Don Haskins wasn't only a great coach (possibly the best coach ever) he is a great human being.
As to the fortunes of 1966 team and the gentlemen representing that team so well, then and now, suffice it to say that the past 3 or 4 years have indeed been a trip down Glory Road: The team was elected to the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in Springfield, MA this past April, only the 6th team to ever be so honored - and the first collegiate team --- with the enshrinement proceedings to be held on September 7 and 8, 2007 at the HOF facility. The team has also been honored with dinner and a movie at the White House with President and Mrs. Bush; the team will be inducted in the Boys Clubs of New York Hall of Fame in October of 2007, and some of the members volunteered to take an Armed Services Entertainment Tour to Germany, the Netherlands and England in February of 2007 to entertain our country's troops and their families.Read more ›
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This book was recommended to me and I couldn't put it down. I would recommend reading the book and then watching the movie. The total package is spectacular.Published 13 days ago by Amazon Customer
It would be hard to write a bad book about such a momentous event. The material is just too good. Having said that, this isn't a very good book by conventional standards. Read morePublished 1 month ago by DenkoB
THANK YOU, DON HASKINS. I was in HS when Haskins brought his small college team, Texas Western to Cole Field House, at U of Maryland, about 10 miles from where I still live. Read morePublished 4 months ago by William G. Straub
It's an amazing book about an amazing story. It's so inspirational. Must read for any teen reader who loves sports.Published 14 months ago by Thomas A Casarez
I like this book much more than I liked the movie. This is usual, of course, that the book will always be correct and the movie has to be a condensed, often greatly changed story. Read morePublished 18 months ago by Allen
Good book...best basketball movie since "Hoosiers". Haskins coached a team that will go down in history as a basketball team that fought through racism on and off the court. Read morePublished on August 9, 2009 by Amazon Customer
GLORY ROAD IS ABOUT TEXAS WESTERN COLLEGE WHO WON THE 1966 NCAA BASKETBALL TOURNAMENT. THE BOOK IS WRITTEN BY DON HASKINS WHO COACHED THIS GROUND BREAKING TEAM. Read morePublished on August 8, 2008 by COOL JEWEL
An amazing person as well as basketball player and coach, Don Haskins relates the history of Texas Western/UTEP basketball in a way that the movie "Glory Road" (though very good)... Read morePublished on March 7, 2008 by Mark Harris