Michael Connelly is a lifelong Boston resident and Celtic fan who attended high school in the city during the turbulent decade of the 1970s. As a writer for the Boston Herald and author of 26 Miles to Boston (a personal narrative of running the Boston Marathon), he has long chronicled the sports that envelop the city and its people. He lives in West Roxbury, Massachusetts.
Rebound!: Basketball, Busing, Larry Bird, and the Rebirth of Bostonby Michael P. Connelly
In the mid-1970s, the city of Boston entered a period of upheaval on both its historic cobblestone streets and its legendary parquet basketball court. The Boston Celtics’ long dominance of the NBA came to an abrupt end, and the city's image as a hub of social justice was shaken to its core. When the federal courts declared, in 1974, that the city was in
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In the mid-1970s, the city of Boston entered a period of upheaval on both its historic cobblestone streets and its legendary parquet basketball court. The Boston Celtics’ long dominance of the NBA came to an abrupt end, and the city's image as a hub of social justice was shaken to its core. When the federal courts declared, in 1974, that the city was in violation of school desegregation rulings and would need to institute a busing program, Boston became deeply polarized.
Then, just as the city was struggling to pull itself out of economic and social turmoil, the Boston Celtics drafted a forward from Indiana State named Larry Bird. Upon the arrival of the “Hick from French Lick” to Boston in 1979, the fates of team and city were reborn. Pride, championships, reduced crime, and an economic boom re-emerged in Boston.
In Rebound!, author Michael Connelly chronicles these parallel but intertwining worlds. It is an account of a city in financial, moral, and social decline brought back to life by the re-emergence of the Boston Celtics dynasty and the return of hope, purpose, and pride to “Hub of the Universe.” Interviews with city officials, former players, and others on the frontlines provide a fascinating exploration into this tumultuous time.
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Nice book for people looking up the history of boston
That period in Boston was quite complicated and Connelly does a great job of intertwining the two parallel stories. It was a great book and the details are fascinating to read and remember. This is the second book that I read from this author and he has shown that he has the ability to bring great stories together.
A wonderful book that chronicles the racial divide in the City of Boston during the 70's on the back of the desegreagation order from Judge Garrity. Connelly draws paralells of this issue with that of the Celtics and their fall from grace during that same period. The story then culminates in the drafting of Larry Bird and renewed success of the Celtics while the city subsequently comes together. I enjoyed this book from cover to cover