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More Than Rivals: A Championship Game and a Friendship That Moved a Town Beyond Black and White Paperback – June 7, 2016
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A New York Times bestseller!
"A monster slam dunk that will impact your life."--Pat Williams, founder and senior vice president, Orlando Magic
In 1970, one small southern town was a powder keg ready to erupt.
But it was also on the verge of something incredible.
Eddie Sherlin and Bill Ligon grew up on opposite sides of the tracks in Gallatin, Tennessee. They knew the barriers that divided them--some physical landmarks and some hidden in the heart--but those barriers melted away when the boys were on the basketball court. After years of playing wherever they could find a hoop, Eddie and Bill rose as leaders of their respective high school teams. And at the end of the 1970 season, all-white Gallatin High and all-black Union High faced each other in a once-in-a-lifetime championship game. What happened that night would challenge Eddie and Bill--and transform their town.
A fast-paced true story of courage, determination, and forgiveness, More Than Rivals offers hope and inspiration for our times.
"A riveting true story. This book will inspire and touch the hearts of young and old alike."--Roscoe Orman, actor; entertainer; and for forty years played Gordon on Sesame Street
"Read it immediately. It is truly an outstanding story."--Charles Martin "C.M." Newton, former basketball coach, Vanderbilt University; former athletic director, University of Kentucky
"A true story about a friendship that transcended the past, reconciled the present, and imagined a new future."--Skip Prichard, CEO, OCLC; leadership insights blogger at www.skipprichard.com
"This book will make you laugh, cry, and want to get to know people who don't look like you. A must-read."--Yolanda Conley Shields, CEO, Let's Go Innovate; author, Letters to Our Sons
Ken Abraham is the New York Times bestselling author of many books, including Against All Odds with Chuck Norris and Let's Roll with Lisa Beamer. His work has been featured on 20/20, Dateline, Larry King Live, Good Morning America, The CBS Morning Show, The Today Show, and many more. Learn more at www.kenabrahambooks.com.
About the Author
Ken Abraham is the New York Times bestselling author of many books, including Against All Odds with Chuck Norris and Let's Roll with Lisa Beamer. His work has been featured on 20/20, Dateline, Larry King Live, Good Morning America, CBS This Morning, The Today Show, and many more. At present, Ken has more than ten million books in print. Learn more at www.kenabrahambooks.com.
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Top Customer Reviews
I really enjoyed the book. I enjoyed reading about the boys’ antics and also about the friendship between Eddie and Bill. Even though the book was about 2 basketball players, the book was not bogged down by a ton of basketball or sports jargon, unlike some books I’ve read about sports figures.
The book also did a good job driving home how racially charged the 60s were in the state of Tennessee, where the boys grew up, and even further south. Many of the events in that time frame took place before I was born, so it was good to get a refresher on what it was like during that time period.
The ending was also awesome. Can’t get into the outcome of the book because I don’t want to share spoilers, but let’s just say that the reader will like the ending:).
The only thing that I didn’t really like about the book was that there were some events written that didn’t seem to fit with the overall story line of the boys, basketball, or the racial tensions of that time. I didn’t see how the stories of the girlfriends of Eddie and Bill fit into the story line, as well as the scene of Eddie’s mom and dad fighting over the fact that the dad chose a woman other than Eddie’s mom to sing a solo at church. I thought that the book might have gone somewhere with those events, but it did not.
Overall, I really liked the book and would recommend it.
Rating: 4 out of 5 stars
I received this book for free from the Revell Book Tour program in exchange for a review.
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