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A Season on the Reservation: My Soujourn with the White Mountain Apache
Kareem Abdul-Jabbar has always been fascinated by history -- nineteenth-century American history in particular. Tired of L.A., restless and looking for new adventure, challenge, and discovery, he decides to go live among the Apaches he's read about.He encounters a complex reality. The kids on the Alchesay Falcons team don't easily embrace what he's trying to teach them on ...more
Hardcover, 209 pages
Published March 31st 2000 by William Morrow & Company
(first published February 2000)
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In the last few months, I have been reading basketball books. I'm not sure why; maybe because I used to be fan and with our move i don't have a team that I follow. At any rate, Kareem's book on his season as an assistant coach with a high school team from the White Mountain Apache Reservation lead me to learn a bit about Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, his take on late 20th century American culture, and to feed my Basketball Jones. While not a classic like Halberstam's The Breaks of the Game it was so much ...more
A quick read. It read like a diary. Informative but not deep enough. Although the author had a very short time period to write about, it may have been helpful to add a bit more depth. If your interests lie in auto-biographical or history, this might be some too light. I appreciated the author's overall experience and would like to know if he has intentions of returning to the reservation in the future.
This is a great book. It gives some insight into an overlooked part of our population (in the U.S.). It is a great book but if you enjoy studying Native American culture then this is a must-read. Also, Kareem tells how one person can make a real difference. Oh yeah, it also has basketball, a wonderful sport.
Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (born Ferdinand Lewis Alcindor, Jr. on April 16, 1947 in New York City, New York, United States) is an American former professional basketball player and current assistant coach. Typically referred to as Lew Alcindor in his younger days, he changed his name when he converted to Islam.More about Kareem Abdul-Jabbar...