A Season on the Brink

  • by John Feinstein
  • Narrated by John Feinstein
  • 12 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Sports Illustrated's number-six Sports Book of All Time
A Season on the Brink chronicles the basketball season that John Feinstein spent following the Indiana Hoosiers and their fiery coach, Bob Knight. Knight granted Feinstein an unprecedented inside look at college basketball - with complete access to every moment of the season. Feinstein saw and heard it all - practices, team meetings, strategy sessions, and mid-game huddles - during Knight's struggle to avoid a losing season.
A Season on the Brink not only captures the drama and pressure of big-time college basketball but paints a vivid portrait of a complex, brilliant coach walking a fine line between genius and madness.

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What the Critics Say

"Nothing less than extraordinary." (The Chicago Tribune)
"Riveting.... Perhaps the best basketball book ever written." (Dayton Daily News)
"The best writer of sports books in America today." (The Boston Globe)

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Great Sports Journalism

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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- Robert

A look Behind the Headlines

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.
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- Elizabeth McMahon

Book Details

  • Release Date: 03-19-2013
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio