on February 12, 2012
This book contains little original information. Ken Rappoport, the co-author of this book, wrote this same book in 1979. His book, titled "The Classic" also chronicled the NCAA Tournament and covers much of what is already included in this book.
on February 19, 2012
After looking at the editorial reviews these two authors posted: "[S]erves as a nice primer for the 2012 tournament...(Publishers Weekly)" I decided to look at the actual review from Publisher's Weekly. Here is what the review really said: "This book serves as a nice primer for the 2012 tournament, but is far from a definitive history of the event." Not only did the authors take this quote out of context, but the review was very critical of this book. As Publisher's Weekly states, "The NCAA basketball tournament has evolved into one of the most prominent annual sporting events in the United States, but its colorful, far-reaching history proves too big for veteran sports writers Wilner (Harvard Beats Yale 29-29) and Rappoport to handle." It also goes on to say "this selective account shoots and misses with dull copy ('How would you describe one of college basketball's legendary coaches? A winner.') and little attribution." According to the actual review, this book is poorly organized and underwhelms.
on February 21, 2012
If this isn't the worst book I've ever read, I'm not sure what is. There's isn't much to say that hasn't already been covered by everybody else, but this book is complete garbage. I was very upset by the quality of the writing, and would advise everybody to not purchase this book. It's a total waste of your money.