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A Season on the Brink: A Year with Bob Knight and the Indiana Hoosiers Paperback – 1 Nov 2011

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Product details

  • Paperback: 337 pages
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster; Reprint edition (Nov. 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1451650256
  • ISBN-13: 978-1451650259
  • Product Dimensions: 14 x 2.3 x 21.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 551,783 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Dayton Daily News/Journal-Herald" Perhaps the best basketball book ever written -- a riveting work.

"Chicago Tribune" Nothing less than extraordinary.

"The Wall Street Journal" One of the best books on sports that I have read in some time.

"Sports Illustrated"'s #6 Sports Book of All Time

"Nothing less than extraordinary." --"Chicago Tribune"

"One of the best books on sports that I have read in some time." --"The Wall Street Journal"

"Bob Knight still curses the day he granted the author unfettered access to his program. Feinstein's year as an honorary Hoosier yielded an unsparing portrait of Indiana's combustible coach." --"Sports Illustrated"

"The best writer of sports books in America today." --"The Boston Globe"

"Riveting . . . Perhaps the best basketball book ever written." "--Dayton Daily News"

""A Season on the Brink" is not just my favorite sports book of all time, but one of my favorite books in general. Everything that's important and disturbing about basketball can be understood through its details." --Chuck Klosterman

"Nothing less than extraordinary." --"The Chicago Tribune"

"One of the best sportswriters alive." --"USA Today"

"Sports Illustrated" s #6 Sports Book of All Time

One of the best sportswriters alive. "USA Today"

"Sports Illustrated" s #6 Sports Book of All Time"

Nothing less than extraordinary. "The Chicago Tribune""

"A Season on the Brink" is not just my favorite sports book of all time, but one of my favorite books in general. Everything that s important and disturbing about basketball can be understood through its details. Chuck Klosterman"

One of the best sportswriters alive. "USA Today""

Sports Illustrated s #6 Sports Book of All Time"

Nothing less than extraordinary. The Chicago Tribune"

Riveting . . . Perhaps the best basketball book ever written. Dayton Daily News"

A Season on the Brink is not just my favorite sports book of all time, but one of my favorite books in general. Everything that s important and disturbing about basketball can be understood through its details. Chuck Klosterman"

The best writer of sports books in America today. The Boston Globe"

Bob Knight still curses the day he granted the author unfettered access to his program. Feinstein's year as an honorary Hoosier yielded an unsparing portrait of Indiana s combustible coach. Sports Illustrated "

One of the best sportswriters alive. USA Today"

About the Author

John Feinstein is the author of many bestselling books, including A Good Walk Spoiledand One on One.He writes for the Washington Post and Golf Digest and is a regular contributor to the Golf Channel.


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By Neutral VINE VOICE on 4 Jan. 2010
Format: Paperback
Bob Knight had a long, if controversial, career as a basketball coach. His coaching was based on his early coaching career in the army and one wonders if the discipline which was expected of soldiers was really suitable for the Indiana Hoosiers. That Knight achieved success is beyond question, whether it was because of his coaching, or despite it, remains an open question. His supporters would regard him as firm but fair, his detractors as debilitating and unfeeling.

One of the myths about collective team sports is that they thrive on aggression characterised by foul language. However, individual sports persons require individual treatment while avoiding favouritism. Professionals are often excused loutish behaviour on the field with the suggestion that taking the fire out of their temperament would reduce their effectiveness. It's a myth. The late Derek Dougan made this point when he denounced the idea of the "professional foul" while Joe Royle made a similar point when he said of one of his players, "he needs an arm round his shoulder".

Feinstein makes no concessions in describing Knight's approach. Hard, uncompromising and "what doesn't kill you makes you stronger" which one would expect from a coach who enjoyed belittling players as if to hide his own weaknesses. Total emotional involvement is a poor way of succeeding if such success diminishes one's own humanity. Knight's approach demanded discipline from his players while he showed little restraint in his behaviour towards officials. His one year of success was followed by constant failure which leads one to ask whether another approach would have been better.

In fairness to Knight he was always loyal to his players.
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As best I can tell, this is the finest book yet written about Indiana University basketball and Bob Knight, and it's 21 years old. Feinstein is a top notch biographer and he doesn't sugar coat anything in this book. It's filled with interesting anecdotes and quite a few raw quotes. The mid-1980s was a magical time for IU basketball, including in their rivalry with Purdue and Gene Keady. And Feinstein tagging along for a whole season gives the reader a good feel for some of the magic of basketball in the state of Indiana, as portrayed in the movie Hoosiers. I think Feinstein is quite objective in his portrayal of the good, the bad, and the ugly in Knight. Regardless of your opinion of Knight, I think it's clear that he cares about his players, the sport of college basketball, and about running a clean program. Feinstein ends by stating that the then 46-year-old Knight is "A young man with a bright future. If he doesn't destroy it." Knight may have come close to doing so around 2000, but he's recovered nicely and seems to be doing well at Texas Tech. Author of Adjust Your Brain: A Practical Theory for Maximizing Mental Health.
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By A Customer on 29 Jan. 1999
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I didn't know what to think of Bob Knight before I read this book but now I greatly admire him. Sure he's vulgar and aggressive, but he's a man who believes in athletics and academics. He does his job with all of the passion in his heart. I've read other things by Feinstein and I often find him to be unfair to people just for the sake of sensationalism; this holds true in this book. I take some things he says with a grain of salt for that reason. Read this book if you have a chance. The strongly convicted and impassioned among you will be huge Bob Knight fans by the end of it.
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...I admire him greatly. What a marvelous read. This is one of the top sports books I've ever read, and it was Feinstein's best book...(Sorry John, but each book gets worse...you are the Orson Wells of your genre) The book deals with such drama and human emotion that parts left me drained. Ever since I read this I have always rooted for coach Knight. He does so much good in the world, and yet we never read about it...curious. Even if you are not a sports fan, this is a wonderful read. Enjoy
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Feinstein is an excellent writer, and I'm a rabid fan of his, so I have to give this book 4 stars; he covers the characters and environment of IU basketball with such care and attention to detail, that you can't help but enjoy the text. I was a Knight fan before I read this book (how can you NOT like a guy that's impassioned enough to chuck a chair across a court?), but now I'm not so sure. That's the only drawback : maybe the characters are not so likable afterall....
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This is a fascinating look into the genius and the madness that is Bob Knight. Feinstein details what its like to play for the demanding hall of fame coach. He takes you behind the scenes and into the locker room. Once I started, I could not put this book down. This book is a must for any basketball fan.
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