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If this book was about a general or a politician or even a fictional figure it would be considered one of the great books of the 20th century. Unfortunately this book is about a college basketball coach so the stakes are smaller (do not tell Bobby Knight that) and the figure is real but at times seems stranger than fiction (sorry for using such a cliché phrase) thus it is merely considered one of the great sports books of the 20th century. A title it deserves.
Feinstein is given unrestricted access to Bobby Knight and the Indiana Hoosiers for a full year (practices, flights, locker rooms). It is as much a character study and a book about ‘how badly do you want to win’ than a tract about the misbehavior of Bob Knight. I would recommend this book to anyone (even non-sports fan) as Feinstein reports on one of the most fascinating characters I have ever read about.
I can not watch basketball now without imagining how Bobby Knight would react to a play.
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i ha e never been a Bob Knight fan. Seeing the headlines, I was never impressed with him as a person. The story gives an account of the true person that Bob Knight really is. It is too bad the antics get in the way of who he really is, but i guess all of these things rolled together are what make him great. I still wish he could get out of his own way so everybody could see him as the great coach, mentor, and friend to those close to him.