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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.

©2013 John Feinstein (P)2013 Simon & Schuster, Inc.

Critic Reviews

"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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Full access to a college basketball team and coach 36 years ago was unheard of.

I have read this book at least I will say 15 to 20 times. I never get tired of listening to this book I did not know this stuff went on. It is one of my all-time favorite books.

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As inside a sports team as it gets

I now know why this book is so revered in sports media circles. you truly feel like you were part of the Indiana team listening to this. Feinstein did a wonderful job fairly depicting Knight in all of his shades. even better job by Feinstein narrating! maybe all those CBS sports minutes paid off!

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A must read for any College Basketball fan!

Beautifully written is all is needed to say. A must listen you won't be disappointed

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Fantastic

Great story. Loved the inside story on BK and the complexity of the great coach.

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Great

Whether you like Bob night or not this is a fantastic basketball book. I’ve had it for several years on audio and listen to it at least twice a year. Of course this coincides with my sons basketball teams when they begin to play.

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Another great one

By Feinstein Sherman
You could get. Lot of learning
Or was it Einstein Sherman that I read ?
My gosh no. Hes already deD

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Fantastic...Take It From A Hoosier!

As an Indiana native and a life long Hoosier fan, I have always refused to get this book. I am sorry I waited so long. It is not a bash Indiana and Bob Knight book. It is a straightforward honest look at an iconic program and coach...all of it is here: good, bad, and ugly. Above all—excitement and pride.

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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.

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Best basketball book out there!

A journey with the Indiana Hoosiers in 85-86 has basketballs stories for days. Coaching lessons and life lessons are within as you sit along Bob Knight for the wild ride of ups and downs in big ten basketball.