Fab Five: Basketball, Trash Talk, The American Dream
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Fab Five: Basketball, Trash Talk, The American Dream

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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)
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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...more
Tommy Calautti
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
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 Dessy
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
Anthony Harris
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...more
Jack Gallagher
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
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...more
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
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...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
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...more
Alex Pearce
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...more
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
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...more
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
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
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
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
Johnathan Bailey
Apr 10, 2008 Johnathan Bailey rated it 5 of 5 stars
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
Carol Yu
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
Victor Wong
This is about a freshman basketball team that was underestimated by their wonderful talent. At first no one believed in them but later they prove themselves and show other who their really were. The theme of the story is don't judge a books by is cover just because of the fact they were looked down upon as a group but later people love them they beat teams together, they turned them around. I can really relate to just because I play basketball and I think junderestamting someone is just wrong if...more
Bradley Slenzak
How do u start reading it
Great book - well written, interesting subject matter, fun read. As a Duke fan, I particularly enjoyed the detailed descriptions of the Duke/Michigan rivalry (though I'm not sure I would have enjoyed it as much if Duke hadn't won all those games), but really as a fan of basketball in general, I enjoyed all the stories and personalities in the book. Definitely recommend it if you like college basketball. This is a team that really changed the image of the game, and this book tells the story of ho...more
With the distance of a few years, I don't buy Mitchie's assertions that he didn't know these guys were on the take. For all the time he spent with them, he had to know something and it was his duty to report it. That, plus his yen for embellishing things in his other books (and apparently in his column writing) call the plausibility seriously into question. The rating owes largely to the access he had with his subjects, a hard thing to do in any era of journalism – not that the Fab Five WEREN'T...more
When I was younger, I was obsessed with this book. I have actually read it several times. Nowadays, Albom is known more for books like Tuesdays With Morrie, but he started out as a sports writer, and this book is an example of excellent sports writing. He is able to channel the emotion and excitement of basketball, as well as incorporate raw human emotion. Even if you're not particularly interested in the sport, the quality of the writing and the story of these young men make it an enjoyable rea...more
I had forgotten that I'd read this book way back in the day but then the retirement of Chris Webber reminded me of it. I loved it at the time because I loved the players. I'm still bitter that they lost in the NCAA finals to Duke and North Carolina. Very good book though for anyone who is a fan of College Basketball or the Fab Five or just Jalen Rose and Chris Webber. It was also written by Mitch Albom and you can't go wrong with anything written by Mr. Albom.
Albom is one of my all-time favorite authors because of his ability to capture a non fictional story and then present it in an interesting manner.

His story chronicle's the formation of the all-star level college team at Michigan. It's a long book but it is rich in detail, flows well and showed me the amount of detail necessary to capture a story that features multiple true characters.
Aug 23, 2008 Eric rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: fans of this team, college bb fans
This is one of my all time favorite books. I just can't give it 5 stars, though, because of everything that's happened since then. Major NCAA violations came out of all this, and Mitch Albom turned out to be a journalist of suspect integrity. I can't tell you what this book did to me the first time I read it, and how much I still read it. It's just bittersweet now.
Holly Cline
Five Stars for the book itself. Zero Stars for the formatting. Everyone should just get the physical copy, because the person in charge of converting Fab Five to ebook failed miserably. Formatting and typo errors littered just about every page. But the book is still my favorite! After so many times reading it, I still can't put it down!
Received this book as a gift and so enjoyed reading it. It brought back tons of memories of watching the Fab Five and Coach Fisher. I have to admit i was a little obsessed with the young guns of basketball in the 90's. I have read all of Mitch Albom's books and this just proves what a great writer of any subject he is.
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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.
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