- Taschenbuch: 272 Seiten
- Verlag: Hachette Books (30. November 2005)
- Sprache: Englisch
- ISBN-10: 1401307914
- ISBN-13: 978-1401307912
- Vom Hersteller empfohlenes Alter: Ab 13 Jahren
- Größe und/oder Gewicht: 13,3 x 1,9 x 20,7 cm
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- Amazon Bestseller-Rang: Nr. 431.622 in Fremdsprachige Bücher (Siehe Top 100 in Fremdsprachige Bücher)
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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 (Englisch) Taschenbuch – 30. November 2005
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Don Haskins was the head coach at Texas Western College (later renamed the University of Texas, El Paso), where he won 719 games, 14 Western Athletic Conference championships, and the 1966 national championship. He is a member of the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame and lives in El Paso with his wife, Mary. Dan Wetzel is the award-winning national columnist for Yahoo! Sports and the coauthor of the critically acclaimed books Sole Influence and Runnin' Rebel. He lives in Berkley, Michigan, with his wife, Jan, and daughter, Allie.
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The book and movie share the title - Glory Road - which is a name of a street on the UTEP campus to commemorate the championship basketball season.
The book obviously gives a more fuller picture of Haskins and does not solely focus on the monumental victory by Texas Western College (UTEP) over Kentucky in the 1966 NCAA Finals. There will be areas "filled-in" where the movie takes artistic license with some facts/scenes to push the plot along.
The years after the title run are especially interesting, since the basketball program somewhat faded from national view as the sport became a multi-billion-dollar industry.
It is a shame that history - especially when it comes to matters of race - oftentimes become blurry as the years lumber forward. Though Haskins has always downplayed his role in what was a defining moment on the court of race & athletics, he truly deserved the attention from the national platform that propelled the book to national bestseller status.
The lessons learned along that glory road are as important today as they were 40 years ago.
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.