Heaven Is a Playground, Third Edition

Heaven Is a Playground, Third Edition

by Rick Telander


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Heaven Is a Playground, Third Edition by Rick Telander

Heaven Is a Playground was the first book on the uniquely American phenomenon of urban basketball. Rick Telander, a young photojournalist and former high school basketball player, spent part of the summer of 1973 and all of the summer of 1974 in Brooklyn living the playground life with his subjects at Foster Park in Flatbush. He slept on the floor of a park regular’s apartment, observing, questioning, traveling and playing with, and eventually coaching a ragtag group of local teenagers whose hopes of better lives were often fanatically attached to the transcendent game itself.
At times little separates the author and his subjects, both of whom are emotionally linked by their passion for hoops. But as the summer unfolds and even superstars such as the legendary and incendiary Fly Williams are confronted with the realities of ghetto life and the sociological hurdles facing African American males, the joy of the game starts to be seen as the wispy pipe dream it often becomes. Written before cell phones, disposable cameras, and cable TV, Heaven Is a Playground is one of a kind—a funny, sad, ultimately inspiring book about Americans and the roots of the sport that they love.
In this third edition, thirty-five years after Telander discovered New York’s kings of basketball, the author provides a retrospective of the game and times.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780803226784
Publisher: UNP - Bison Books
Publication date: 11/01/2009
Edition description: Third
Pages: 256
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.60(d)

About the Author

A senior sports columnist for the Chicago Sun-Times and a contributor to Sports Illustrated and ESPN: The Magazine, Rick Telander has won the Illinois Sportswriter of the Year Award six times in seven years, most recently in 2008. He is the author of eight books, including From Red Ink to Roses and In the Year of the Bull.

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