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A Season on the Brink: A Year with Bob Knight and the Indiana Hoosiers

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 28, 2007

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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.

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  • Posted September 30, 2014

    Great book! Recommend it to anyone who loves basketball. Shows t

    Great book! Recommend it to anyone who loves basketball. Shows the mind of one of the best college coaches in the history. Shows how much coaches think about their sport, and how they get the most out of their team.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 25, 2006

    Great Book

    If you like books about Basketball you would love A Season on the Brink by John Feinstein. This book takes you through an up and down season with Bobby Knight and his 85-86 Indiana Hoosiers. The player¿s comeback after an extremely disappointing 15-13 record and 7-11 record in the Big Ten. Bob Knight comes back with a new attitude towards everything, except winning. But the season started off rocky losing 6 out of their first 8 games on a road trip out of the U.S. But they finished their road trip strong winning their last 10. Then came their non-conference schedule filled with though teams such as Notre Dame, Kentucky, and Louisville. With wins over Notre Dame and Louisville the team had an 8-2 record going into big 10 play. They opened their conference schedule with games against Michigan and Michigan State, which were both losses. This scared Knight because last season they had also started 8-4. But with 3 straight wins against Northwestern, Wisconsin and Ohio State, the season was looking up. They finished the regular season 21-7 going into the NCAA tournament on a high note. They had to play little known Cleveland State, which went 27-3 in the regular season. They ended up losing 83-79. They ended their season 21-8 with the future looking bright. This is a great book that really changed my views on Bobby Knight. Before I read this I thought he was a hot head that blew up on the refs. Now I know he is a good coach. I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys basketball.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 28, 2005

    Road To Satisfaction

    A Season On The Brink shows the struggles of a great college basketball coach, Bobby Knight, to not have a losing season. The intensity of Bobby Knight can sometimes cause problems and hurt feelings. Knight tries to keep his poise during the 1986 season and clean up a little bit. The way things are going for a while really doesn¿t help him control his anger. Coming off from coaching possibly the best Olympic team, Knight expects nothing but the best for his Indiana Hoosiers. The book can be repetitive at points while John Feinstein the author is explaining non-exciting games play by play; but the close games can get you caught up in the action. You can be thrilled at one minute and then picture yourself in the locker room during one of Bobby Knight¿s intense speeches after the game. Feinstein did a great job with the details of the whole season and that is why A Season On The Brink is a best seller. ---Sean Weakley

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 7, 2000

    A Hoosier Icon

    This is a book for every college basketball fan; the Hoosier faithful will want to read this to get a better perspective on their Coach (that's Coach, with a capital 'C') and the events leading up to their most recent NCAA title, while everyone else will probably cringe at Feinstein's vivid and very real descriptions of 'The General''s antics. Little detail is spared though the blue language is blurbed here and there. Your mileage may vary, but I came away from the book with a better understanding of Bob Knight the Man as opposed to Bob Knight the Coach. Though he disawows the book today (and has in fact almost since it was released) Coach Knight is revealed here as nothing worse than human; flawed, but brilliant; a man with a coarse exterior who genuinely cares about his players. As he nears 60 and probable retirement, he is certainly a mortal lock for the Basketball Hall of Fame. Read this book and you'll learn why.

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