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The Big Dance: The Story of the NCAA Basketball Tournament

2.33 of 5 stars 2.33  ·  rating details  ·  12 ratings  ·  3 reviews
Covered by four networks, allowing every game to be televised, March Madness has become an American phenomenon as anticipated as the Super Bowl. This is the story of the tournament from its beginnings seventy-three years ago as just an eight-team bracket to today s sixty-eight-team format. From the Cinderella teams like Butler and Gonzaga to perennial powerhouses such as U ...more
Paperback, 256 pages
Published February 16th 2012 by Taylor Trade Publishing (first published February 1st 2012)
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This review is based on a complimentary copy provided by the publisher through LibraryThing's Early Reviewers program. Thankfully. Quite frankly, this book is borderline terrible.

The only thing positive I can offer is that it does contain some interesting, if trivial, facts that I didn't know. That's about it.

Now for the negatives. First and foremost, the writing is truly dreadful. For example, in two separate chapters (one on the UCLA dynasty the other on "great performances") the authors use
I reviewed this in The Christian Science Monitor :

"The Big Dance" two-steps around the big picture and satisfies itself with winning anecdotes. The chapters feel like they could’ve been placed in any order at all. More compilation than comprehensive -- and a circuitous, narrow, and literally repetitious compilation at that. Disappointing: the authors -- veteran sportswriters -- did get great interviews and have a contagious enthusiasm. But this did not ad
I'm going to preface this review with a forewarning - "The Big Dance" isn't so much a comprehensive history of the NCAA Basketball tournament as it is a collection of defining sports moments in the history of the NCAA, presented in an intricate viewpoint of quotes and reports, like someone just taking a snippet of an article about a given set of games. If you're looking for a book that tells the inside story of the structure, founding, and history of the league in itself and the major players in ...more
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