The Hustle: One Team and Ten Lives in Black and White

The Hustle: One Team and Ten Lives in Black and White

by Doug Merlino


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The experiment was dreamed up by two fathers, one white, one black. What would happen, they wondered, if they mixed white players from an elite Seattle private school and black kids from the inner city on a basketball team? The team's season unfolded like a perfectly scripted sports movie: The ragtag group of boys gelled together to win the league championship. The experiment was deemed a success.

But was it? How did crossing lines of class, race, and wealth affect the lives of these ten boys? Two decades later, Doug Merlino, who played on the team, returned to find his teammates. The result is a complex, gripping, and at times unsettling story. An instant classic of narrative nonfiction, The Hustle tells the stories of ten teammates set before a background of sweeping social and economic change, capturing the ways race, money, and opportunity shape our lives.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781608192595
Publisher: Bloomsbury USA
Publication date: 01/31/2012
Pages: 320
Sales rank: 1,195,943
Product dimensions: 5.56(w) x 8.54(h) x 0.84(d)

About the Author

Doug Merlino is a veteran journalist who has written for Wired, Men's Journal, Legal Affairs, and many other publications. He previously lived in Budapest after leaving Seattle. He now lives in New York with his wife.

Table of Contents

Part 1 The Season 1

One for All 3

Black Seattle/White Seattle 13

You'll All Work for Us Someday 36

More Than Just Running Up and Down the Floor 52

Welfare Queens, the Huxtables, and Unlikely Champions 70

Part 2 Transitions 83

Moving On 85

Part 3 Money, Work, Career 109

Strictly for the Money 111

Boom, Bust 130

Gentrified 146

Saved 155

The System 171

Part 4 Schools 189

Our Kids Are Not Getting What They Need 191

Between Two Worlds 208

Lakeside Revisited 222

Part 5 Structure and Manhood 251

What It Means to Be a Man 253

Play Hard and Keep it Clean 270

Acknowledgments 293

Notes on the Sources 295

Index 298

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