Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.
Start by marking “Fab Five: Basketball, Trash Talk, The American Dream” as Want to Read:
Fab Five: Basketball, Trash Talk, The American Dream
Enlarge cover
Rate this book
Clear rating
Open Preview

Fab Five: Basketball, Trash Talk, The American Dream

4.23  ·  Rating Details ·  3,071 Ratings  ·  93 Reviews
Fans of the New York Times bestseller A Season on the Brink will savor this in-depth look at Michigan's Fab Five, the all-freshmen starting basketball team that wowed the country and stormed through the 1992 NCAA college basketball tournament. 16 pages of photos.
Mass Market, 417 pages
Published November 1st 1994 by Grand Central Publishing (first published 1993)
More Details... edit details

Friend Reviews

To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.

Reader Q&A

To ask other readers questions about Fab Five, please sign up.

Be the first to ask a question about Fab Five

Community Reviews

(showing 1-30)
filter  |  sort: default (?)  |  Rating Details
Holly Cline
This is my favorite book. I've reread it so many times that the glue in the binding is beginning to wear out. I love basketball. I love college basketball. My brother and I were devoted fans of the Fab Five back in the early 90s, and sometimes when I read the NCAA tournament stories from this, I find myself thinking that maybe THIS time things will end differently. It's like I'm right back in front of that tv again.

But every time I read Fab Five, the stories off the court are what I love most. J
Tommy Calautti
Apr 10, 2011 Tommy Calautti rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The Fab 5 is truly a terrific book. It tells the story of five Wolverine freshman who revolutionized the sport of college basketball. Albom is a very consistant author and continues to uphold his reputation with this book. Albom does a magnificent job of going in-depth on why these 5 black freshman were different from the rest. He also impresses with his attention to every player and how each is unique. The b ook comes across from multiple points of view and narrates how hard it was for these k ...more
Ben F
Sep 13, 2016 Ben F rated it it was amazing
This book was amazing,it is about 5 basketball players at the university of Michigan. The players names are Chris Webber, Jalen Rose,Juawn Howard, Jimmy King, and Mitch Albom. There were many scandals when they were playing there like they got caught with drugs, their grades were bad but they were still aloud to play, and they were being payed to play. I loved this book because it was so attention grabbing and detailed. It made me feel confused because why would you risk your career to do those ...more
Apr 05, 2013 Jarell added it
Fab Five by Mitch Albom, About a college basketball team, Michigan University, that had got real freshman talent in basketball. The players they got were Chris Webber, Jimmy King, Jalen Rose, Juwan Howard and Ray Jackson. Being a freshmen on a college basketball likely meant that you wouldn't start no matter how good you are. Some players started that were freshmen but not a whole team. In a small number of two weeks all of the freshmen on the basketball team were starting and out shining all of ...more
Nick Innis
Aug 15, 2014 Nick Innis rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
its a great book for basketball fans and especially if your a Michigan fan. This was an actual historic event in the basketball world in the 1990'a. I really enjoed it and i would read it again and again.
For my third Cinco de Mayo reading I returned to Mitch Albom and the circus act known as the Fab Five. I have only seen portions of the documentary that Jalen Rose produced for ESPN recently, but I have read much of the commentary on the controversy it stirred up. That turned my attention back to Albom’s book. Of the three books discussed here (and the three books by Albom I’ve read recently) this one was easily my favorite. That’s to be expected, considering my personal connection to the subjec ...more
ecounts the remarkable story of University of Michigan basketball players Chris Webber, Jalen Rose, Juan Howard, Jimmy King, and Ray Jackson, and chronicles their success in the NCAA tournaments of 1992 and 1993.bout the 1990s Michigan Wolverines men's basketball players known collectively as the Fab Five: Chris Webber, Jalen Rose, Juwan Howard, Jimmy King, and Ray Jackson. It chronicles the recruitment, glory years, notorious time-out fiasco, cultural impact and the scandal that followed these ...more
Mar 20, 2015 Fillip rated it it was amazing
The Fab Five by Mitch Albom this is definitely my favorite book i have read in a while. I would rate this book 5 stars because it is so fun to read especially if you like college basketball, and because once you're into it’s tough to put down. I would recommend it to a friend especially basketball fans. The book showcases the five fabulous freshman Michigan University had got and lead by coach Steve Fisher.
The start of an era coach Fisher got called up at a sort of a strange time. It was strange
Nick Dessy
Jan 21, 2014 Nick Dessy rated it it was amazing
The Book, Fab Five: Basketball, Trash Talk, The American Dream, by Mitch Album is an excellent book for any sports fan or anyone who wants to know more about the history of the University of Michigan Basketball team. This book gave an in-depth description on Michigan University Basketball team from the years of 1991 to 1993 which was more known as The Fab Five. This book is about five incoming freshman from all around the United States all coming from different backgrounds all want to play for t ...more
Thor White
Jun 10, 2016 Thor White rated it it was amazing
Wow, a book review will not be able to explain how great of a book this is. "Fab Five" by Mitch Albom is easily one of the best books about college basketball you could ever possibly read.
This book is about five African-Americans who completely culture shocked the entire college basketball community. Many people were used to seeing people play fundamentally. The Fab Five wanted to change people's perception of basketball. The most notable player of the Fab Five is Chris Webber. In his first yea
Nov 24, 2012 Rebecca rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
As far as college basketball books go, and I've read many, this is miles ahead of the pack. The story of the first two seasons of the Greatest Class Ever Recruited, the Fab Five of Michigan is incredible in and of itself, but somehow Albom manages to bring it to another level. The good times, the controversies and the legend of the class are all bought to life in this amazing book by a brilliant author. Albom brings another dimension to your average sports journalism, making you feel like you're ...more
Olie Russum
Sep 05, 2014 Olie Russum rated it it was amazing
I think that this book is a five star book. I believe this because it describes the beginning of a new college basketball era. In this book it describe a recruiting class that shaped college for the better and the worse. Steve fisher wanted to make a statement that his team, not the coach before him could win a championship. Chris webber, jalen rose, Juwan howard, ray jackson, and Jimmy king was his answer. All five freshman would start for steve fisher and the Michigan wolverines, being the onl ...more
Cooper Mattson
Jan 15, 2016 Cooper Mattson rated it really liked it
The Fab 5 is an amazing book. I enjoyed it because it tells the story of five Michigan Wolverine Basketball freshman who changed the sport of college basketball. Mitch Albom is a very consistent author and continues to uphold his reputation with this book. Mitch Albom does a great job of going in-depth on why these 5 freshman were different from the rest. The book comes across from multiple points of view and narrates how hard it was for these kids to succeed which was my favorite part of it.

Alex Sanborn
Apr 22, 2016 Alex Sanborn rated it really liked it
This book was great. Ive already seen the documentary about the fab five but this just took it to a whole new level of detail. I loved how he describes the way that every player commits. It was like watching a movie and switching from character to character. And when hes talking about somebody and then just goes off onto a completely new train of thought. But i didn't really like how long it took for him to get to when they where actually playing. It just seemed sometimes like he put unnessicary ...more
Sep 15, 2011 AJ rated it it was amazing
My book is about 4 college basketball players on Michigan wolverines. The main characters are Chris Webber, Jalen Rose, Jimmy King, Jawan Howard, and Ray Jackson. The main characters are basketball players. Their adventures are making it two three national championships. My favorite character is Chris because he is like the leader on the floor he leads by example as well as vocal.

I could relate to Chris because he has the most athletic ability out of all of them. The characters went though this
Aug 17, 2011 Mike rated it it was amazing
Shelves: best-sport
Mitch Albom as a writer is pure genius! The book is really well constructed and flows conversationally throughout which makes it really entertaining. This has to go down as one of the best sports books of all time.

Fab Five is a great book for any sports fan and especially those who love following recruiting. Albom breaks down the realities of recruiting poor black kids from the inner city and that, as sad as it is, racial issues still exist. This book isn't just for the true blue fans; it's for
Nov 26, 2013 Nathan rated it it was amazing
This book is one of my favorite books. I say this because for one it's about basketball and it has to do with Michigan which always makes me happy. Just the explanation of the fab give gives me a spark because this really has a chapter in basketball history.

The author Mitch Albom wrote this book. I'm not that familiar with other books he has written but after reading this, I plan continuing reading books he had written. Not just a author, but the number-one sportswriter in the nation.

My favorit
Mar 21, 2013 James rated it it was amazing
Shelves: sports, favorites
This was one of the first basketball books that I ever read as I was just getting into the sports book genre. For me, it will always be one of the standards in sports book journalism. I actually work at the school where I first checked the book out of the library and I've been frustrated quite a few times as I have browsed through our collection and found that the book has been weeded out. After watching ESPN's Fab Five documentary, I finally resolved to just buy the book and I wasn't disappoint ...more
Alex Pearce
Apr 10, 2013 Alex Pearce rated it it was amazing
The Fab Five was written by Mitch Albom as a biography on a young freshman Michigan team with small town players with big dreams. These 5 small town black boys from different cities all had the same love, basketball. They all wanted to do nothing with their lives but play basketball.
The author, Mitch Albom, wrote this book to teach and entertain people. The way it taught people was about all of the five players lives and where the come from and how they grew up, meaning, their financial state
Jun 12, 2008 Daniel rated it liked it
For some time, I thought that the more recent revelations about Chris Webber and the Fab Five at Michigan and all the rules that were broken in bringing that team together completely diminished what they were able to accomplish. But when I look back, I think that while the university and the program ultimately paid a hefty and fair price, what those kids did on the basketball floor as freshmen was and continues to be one of the greatest feats in the history of the NCAA Tournament.

What is eye-op
Mar 31, 2015 Trevor rated it really liked it
In 1992, during the middle of march madness and the NCAA tournament history was being made. The MIchigan Wolverines were a 6 seed at the time and had the best recruiting class of all time. It just so happens all of those freshman started and kicked off a revolution. On that team it had, Jimmy King, Chris Webber, Jalen, Rose, Dujuan Howard, and Ray Jackson. They ended up going to the tournament in an unorthodox fashion making unpredictable upsets. They started wearing black socks and baggy short ...more
May 31, 2015 Javi rated it it was amazing
This book was about the "Fab Five's" rise to fame as one of the most iconic basketball teams ever. Throughout the story, the Michigan Wolverines (aka the Fab Five) are depicted as the villains of the NCAA tournament for their actions and appearance. The book is set in the early 90's where there is still a large amount of racial tension, so issues come up because of all starting members of the team being black. How will they react to the media and country scrutinizing them throughout the biggest ...more
Liam Rooney
The Fab Five is a great non-fiction novel that represents going against society to accomplish great things. When the Fab Five all signed their letters to go to Michigan no one thought they would start. When they started no one thought they would win, and when they won and made the championship game two years in arrow they were ridiculed for trash talking, wearing baggy clothes, and listening to rap. No one believed in the Fab Five besides themselves and their coach and no one wanted them to succ ...more
Oct 10, 2013 Peterc rated it it was amazing
The best word to describe the book "Fab Five" was thrilling. Every game, every shot and every second kept me on the edge of my seat with my eyes wide open. This books main focus was to tell the story of the University of Michigan’s five talented freshmen or the “fab five” as they were called and how they changed the game of basketball forever. In the beginning, Mitch Albom did a phenomenal job introducing the main characters (Chris Webber, Jalen Rose, Juan Howard, Jimmy King, and Ray Jackson) th ...more
Carol Yu
Apr 02, 2011 Carol Yu rated it really liked it
I honestly saw the documetary of this movie before i read this boook. I was really captivating and intresting. What got me mad hype aout this boook is because there freshmens and i am one, and i play basketball!!!! so it sorta give me hope. Is about these 5 freshmen in collge that all became to start in the basketball game as startes but what shocked everyone was that they were soooo good! They made it to the finals and everything. PLus they started new trends in the world of basketball. Without ...more
Johnathan Bailey
Apr 10, 2008 Johnathan Bailey rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: anyone who likes sports
The funny background info from this book is that I got this from my English teacher (who went to Michigan State) but this is one of the greatest books I have ever read, this is what lead me into wanting to become a sports journalist. When I was 3-4 years old, I sat with my brother in front of the television when they played Duke during the regular season, my brother said that there will never be another team like this again. Even though OSU came close with the Thad 5, there will never be another ...more
Anthony Harris
Apr 15, 2014 Anthony Harris rated it it was amazing
What I liked about this book is that it's inspirational to basketball players, especially players that are incoming freshman going into college. This piece tell a story that has never been done before by any school in the history of NCAA basketball.
I didn't really dislike much about it because this is a good book not only because it's about basketball, but it tells how they grew and stuff like that.
This book was about five freshman that went to the Michigan Wolverines to play college basketball
Shubhamdeep Singh
Jun 01, 2015 Shubhamdeep Singh rated it it was amazing
Basketball is one of my favorite sports, and this book was truly a inspiring one as well. I also live in Michigan and this book is all about the Michigan Basketball team back in the retro days. The fab five was one of the best teams ever in NCAA history and a truly memorable one for all Wolverine fans and basketball fans all over the globe. This book takes you through the lives of the basketball players. How they came to the same team, how they grew up, and how they had much success not just in ...more
Apr 03, 2014 Derrick rated it it was amazing
The Fab Five is a book about Chris Webber, Jalen Rose, Juwan Howard, Jimmy King and Ray Jackson, the fabulous five freshmen at the University of Michigan. A group assembled in many different ways, each contributing a unique story to what brought them to Ann Arbor. Albom takes his first few chapters describing the intricate lines that connected each player to Ann Arbor. Jalen and Chris were from Detroit and went to UofM because they were always best friends. Ray Jackson and Jimmy King are from Te ...more
Jack Gallagher
Mar 28, 2014 Jack Gallagher rated it liked it
This was an interesting non-fiction book that told the story of the legendary basketball team from Michigan University in the early 1990's. I found the premise to the book to be intriguing, mostly because I am a huge college basketball game, but I did not think that Mitch Albom did a good job writing the book. I felt that the presentation of some parts of the story were not well documented, and I think it could have been much better. Overall, I found the premise of the story to be interesting, a ...more
« previous 1 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 next »
topics  posts  views  last activity   
Mrs. Anderson's E...: Basketball, trash talk, the American Dream, FAB FIVE 1 3 Oct 22, 2015 09:29AM  
  • A March to Madness: A View from the Floor in the Atlantic Coast Conference
  • The Last Great Game: Duke vs. Kentucky and the 2.1 Seconds That Changed Basketball
  • When March Went Mad: The Game That Transformed Basketball
  • FreeDarko Presents: The Undisputed Guide to Pro Basketball History
  • Red and Me: My Coach, My Lifelong Friend
  • Tip Off: How the 1984 NBA Draft Changed Basketball Forever
  • Bo: Life, Laughs, and Lessons of a College Football Legend
  • The Last Shot: City Streets, Basketball Dreams
  • When Nothing Else Matters: Michael Jordan's Last Comeback
  • Seven Seconds or Less: My Season on the Bench with the Runnin' and Gunnin' Phoenix Suns
  • Loose Balls: The Short, Wild Life of the American Basketball Association
  • The Miracle of St. Anthony: A Season with Coach Bob Hurley and Basketball's Most Improbable Dynasty
  • Playing for Keeps: Michael Jordan and the World He Made
  • The Art of a Beautiful Game: The Thinking Fan's Tour of the NBA (Sports Illustrated)
  • The Last Season: A Team In Search of Its Soul
  • Play Their Hearts Out: A Coach, His Star Recruit, and the Youth Basketball Machine
  • Can I Keep My Jersey?: Eleven Teams, Six Years, Five Countries, and My So-called Career as a Professional Basketball Player
  • Heaven Is a Playground
Mitchell David Albom is an author, journalist, screenwriter, playwright, radio and television broadcaster and musician. His books have collectively sold over 35 million copies worldwide; have been published in forty-one territories and in forty-two languages around the world; and have been made into Emmy Award-winning and critically-acclaimed television movies.
More about Mitch Albom...

Share This Book