By David Halberstam
"Among the simplest books ever written on expert basketball." The Philadelphia Inquirer
David Halberstam, best-selling writer of THE FIFTIES and the simplest AND THE BRIGHTEST, turns his prepared reporter's eye at the recreation of basketball -- the gamers and the coaches, the lengthy highway journeys, what occurs on courtroom, in entrance of tv cameras, and off-court, the place no eyes have -- in the past.
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