Alford, former Indiana University basketball player, and Garrity, South Bend (Ind.) Tribune sportswriter, here present a retrospective of Alford's IU basketball career, which serves as a corrective to John Feinstein's bestseller, A Season on the Brink. Where Feinstein documented one IU season, Alford, a Hoosier basketball dream (``Indiana Mr. Basketball,'' Olympic gold medal winner, NBA draft pick) endured four years of Bobby Knight's intimidating and imposing personality. Playing for him, the authors show, Alford and his teammates were forced, on a daily basis, to contend with Knight's mind games, which included unrelenting pressure, grueling practice sessions and a demanding code in which responsibility was the key word. Alford's story is told candidly, neither glorifying nor crucifying his basketball mentor, and the chapter on his Olympic experience leaves the reader thrilled and giddily patriotic. (Nov.)
In the third recent book about Indiana basketball's Knight, player Alford candidly relates his often stormy relations with the tempestuous coach but adds ultimate admiration after playing for Knight for four college years, the 1984 Olympic Gold Medal team, and a world tour. He steers a middle course between John Feinstein's critical A Season on the Brink ( LJ 11/1/86) and Joan Mellen's more sympathetic Bob Knight: His Own Man (Donald I. Fine, 1988). A fast-moving, intriguing tale, this does not replace Feinstein's book but is preferred to Mellen's for public and high school collections.-- Morey Berger, Monmouth Cty. Lib., Manalapan, N.J.