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Glory Road: My Story of the 1966 NCAA Basketball Championship and How One Team Triumphed Against the Odds and Changed America Forever

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Timed to the release of Jerry Bruckheimer's movie, the moving autobiography of Hall of Fame basketball coach Don Haskins and his storied team of players, the Texas Western Miners

In 1966, college basketball was almost completely segregated. In the championship game for the NCAA title that year, Don Haskins, coach of the then little-known Texas Western College, did something
Paperback, 272 pages
Published November 30th 2005 by Hachette Books (first published 2005)
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Mar 12, 2015 Samantha rated it it was amazing
Being a UTEP student, this book is now very important to me and was a must read.

While not the greatest prose, Glory Road is certainly a very enjoyable book that gave me a sense of place at the university by giving me a background of one of the most significant moments in the university's history. I've only recently started getting into basketball and Glory Road really allows the reader to get a deeper understanding of the sport and the way it runs in terms of coaches, the collegiate level, and
Sep 26, 2008 Kirsti rated it it was amazing
Riveting, sometimes hilarious memoir of a gentle, kind, humble man who might just tear out someone's heart to win a basketball game. Full of folksy expressions such as "He couldn't play dead."

The full subtitle of this book is "My Story of the 1966 NCAA Basketball Championship and How One Team Triumphed Against the Odds and Changed America Forever." The subtitle has more bragging than the entire book.

Hear the wisdom of Coach Haskins:

On his birthplace of Enid, Oklahoma: “Boy, was it flat. You cou
Dekean Baines
May 28, 2013 Dekean Baines rated it it was amazing
This book was astounding! Probably one of the best independant reading book I ever had with its heartbeat pounding and breath taking moments...Glory Road was excruitating! Coach Don had the best players that brought talent and determination to the floor to be the first black starters to win the NCAA Basketball championship in 1966. I guess you can say all the hard work payed off. Especially when all the hatred, all the discrimination, and all the racism that these black starters recieved from th ...more
Mar 27, 2014 Iglesias rated it really liked it
Don Haskins memoir, Glory Road: My Story of the 1966 NCAA Basketball Championship and How One Team Triumphed Against the Odds and Changed America Forever, he recalls back to his season at Texas Western. Back in 1966 college basketball was primarily white. There had been many African-American basketball players prior to this team, and even started games at the division one level. This team, though, was slightly groundbreaking in the fact they were the first to start five black athletes in a natio ...more
Mar 21, 2014 Maha rated it really liked it
This 254 page non fiction book really inspired me in many ways. It was about a young basketball player who was very good but busted his knee quite early in his career but was coached with discipline and values, which he used while coaching. It was quite sad for him but later on in his life he got a job offer to coach some very talented players in a collage called Texas Western. Due to the fact that this man, Dan Haskins was coaching a girls team from a small not well known school before, he was ...more
May 14, 2007 Lexi rated it liked it
Shelves: sports, non-fiction
The only thing this book has in common with the movie Glory Road is the title. A completely different book that tells the story of Coach Don Haskins from childhood to playing college ball for Henry Iba to coaching at Texas Western, later UTEP. Great book, quick read, really enjoyable. Fun fact: did you know there were actually two different Bobby Joe Hills who played for Texas Western?
Andres Cruz
Jan 21, 2014 Andres Cruz rated it it was amazing
Don Haskins’ Glory Road amused me with an interesting and surprising story. I thought the book was very fascinating; it was both humorous and exciting.

The theme in the story is hard to see because it is nonfiction and told in first person, but the theme is mainly to not judge people, and treat everyone equal.

Haskins writing style is in first person and can be very humorous and straight forward.

There are many characters throughout the book, but Haskins talks a lot about almost character some mo
Jan 13, 2014 Jordan rated it it was amazing
I just read a nonfiction book called Glory Road by Don Haskins and Dan Wetzel. The book is 248 pages and about $11, and has very little pictures. This was the first book I have read by them. The book is about Texas Western Coach Don Haskins move to start five black players in the NCAA finals against all white Kentucky, and how he turns a no good team into national champions. With this move he changed America forever. This book was written by two people, Coach Haskins and Dan Wetzel. Dan Wetzel i ...more
Shane McNally
Sep 22, 2015 Shane McNally rated it it was amazing
Glory Road, by Don Haskins is an inspiring true story about how Don Haskins and his Texas Western team, with 7 blacks on it which was very unusual in the 1960's, ended up winning the NCAA championship game. The coach and his team would get stuff thrown at them and everyone around just gave them a really hard time. They used that to their advantage though. They would show other teams up on the court, and they had one loss throughout the whole year. Don Haskins took a risk recruiting seven blacks ...more
Jul 13, 2009 Tif rated it really liked it
I'm biased since I graduated from UTEP (Texas Western used to be it's name) where Don Haskins continues to be an institution.
Kyle Helton
May 13, 2014 Kyle Helton rated it really liked it
The book I read this quarter was "glory Road". The author of the book I read was Don Haskins. The authors purpose of the book "Glory Road" is to show that just because you are a different race than other people does not mean you cannot win or play the same as them. The theme of the book is to tell that you can play any sport no matter what your skin color is. This book was a very good book to read because it caught me interested in it because it was about basketball and I like basketball. This b ...more
Armand Mcgrue
Apr 11, 2016 Armand Mcgrue rated it it was amazing
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This book was a real good attention grabber. The NCAA 1967 Championship Game, the game that started it all for African Americans. A real good thriller that involves the civil rights movement time period and how whites still had a hatred for African Americans. It shows how coach Don Haskins can bring white players and black players together and win a national title. No one thought it could be done he did the impossible.

The authors purpose of writing this
Samuel Daba
I think a lot of different thoughts towards this book. This book was a really different book compared to the other books i have read. This book was a real fun but yet exciting book to read. I really thought that this book was going to leave my head to my reading table, which it did but only because i stayed up reading it to the point where i fell asleep on the spot. This book had a lot of different controversy in it being in the segregated times and all. But this book really helps you see racism ...more
Kevin Nguyen
Jun 08, 2011 Kevin Nguyen rated it really liked it
This book "Glory Road" was a good basketball book. It is based on a true event in 1966. I like Don Haskins mentality for coaching the Texas Western College. He only wanted basketball player that are willing to bust their butt and hungry for a championship. Texas Western wasn’t a big college they weren’t really known. Haskins was the first coach ever to start 5 African American. Of course no one like the way he coach because he had blacks on his team. He wanted talent on his team and I can’t blam ...more
Matt Lodato
Jan 04, 2012 Matt Lodato rated it really liked it
Matt Lodato
Glory Road
By Coach Don Haskins with Dan Wetzel
248 pages (ages 13 and up)

Glory Road is the inspiring true story about the Texas Western basketball team changing America forever. The author of this book is a man named Dan Wetzel. He is a national sports columnist for Yahoo. Some of his most famous books that he has written are, Sole Influence, Glory Road, and Runnin' Rebel. The saying that Dan goes by when he writes is, “Get it right, and Make me see it.” This basically means th
Jacob Lewis
The book Glory Road is about the team from El Paso Texas. The teams was name Texas Western
college. The season before their hall of Fame coach reterea and then Texas Western College hire a coach name Don Haskins. In the season they were ranked in the top 25 to started the season. DOn Haskins rectruit some more black kids. Then the 1966 season no one if think the Texas Western would have made it to the title game and win the whole thing. In the title game it was 1vs.2. Texas Western was the first
Oct 25, 2010 Taylor rated it liked it
This book is a true story about the first team and coach to have ever played five starting black players on a team. The Coach who had put together this championship winning team was named Don Haskins and the college was Texas Western College. The five black players were from places like Michigan, New York and Indiana. This college wasnt well known so they couldnt get the best players in high school because they wouldnt come. Instead Don sends some recruits to the street courts from states in th ...more
Dec 01, 2013 Reganfitz15 rated it it was amazing
The book I read was Glory Road. The author, Don Haskins, wrote this story to not only tell his life as a basketball star and coach but to show that when he coached he broke the NCAA rulings by starting 5 black players against an all-white Kentucky team demonstrating the importance of desegregating college basketball and change the civil rights movement around the country.
The theme of this book is to never judge someone by the color of their skin because you never know how much talent they may
Jul 25, 2013 Delores rated it liked it
Shelves: non-fiction
Having watched the movie Glory Road several times, I decided to read Coach Haskins autobiography. It was interested to read what wasn't in the movie and compare what was added to the movie.

Coach Haskins was known for recruiting and playing black basketball players for Texas Western College (TWC) back in the mid 1960s. Back in those days, college basketball was almost completely segregated. In 1966, his team won the NCAA championship and he started five black players. This was unheard of for a li
Johnny Steinwart
The author, or authors', Don Haskins and Dan Wetzel, purpose of this book is to inform readers as well as entertain them. The authors talk about legendary coach Don Haskins' life and many interesting stories and things that happened in his life. The authors go very in depth into specific situations, for example, his practices as a high school girls' basketball coach.

There is no specific theme in this book, but one that was most apparent was to treat all people the same, no matter their race, ge
Pablo Caminada
Aug 21, 2013 Pablo Caminada rated it really liked it
Don't get thrown off by the super long title; Glory Road is a simple, autobiographical account of a revolutionary basketball team. Written by Coach Don Haskins, a legend and pioneer for the game, the story reflects on his life as a college basketball coach and specifically on the year 1966. Haskins coached the non-heralded Texas Western College to the NCAA tournament title and took the country by storm by openly defying the rules of sports by starting five black players against an all-white Kent ...more
Ian Hietala
Dec 02, 2015 Ian Hietala rated it really liked it
Glory Road, by Don Haskins, explains hi life as a 1966 college coach and the steps he took through his journey.
From a book now to a major motion picture, he explains as a UTEP student how one team changed everything, though NBA basketball was the most popular this man made college basketball a world wide sensation, with coaches all black team, he defeated the all white University of Kentucky. I would recommend this book to anyone tat likes to be inspired and be amazed at such a story. This book
Apr 16, 2013 Tonyb205 rated it it was amazing
This story is an unforgettable story that you will remember for the rest of your life. I would recommend anyone and everyone to read this amazing story. Coach Don Haskins tells memories from his life in El Paso and his focus on his 1966 NCAA Championship team. It also shows how Haskins breaks the color barrier in basketball, to make a team that he knew would be remembered forever in the history of basketball. He was the first to start five African Americans in a championship game. In the book th ...more
Amanda Gibson
May 23, 2008 Amanda Gibson rated it it was amazing
Texas Western Coach Don Hakins broke racial boundaries when he started five African American students and led them all the way to the 1966 NCAA Basketball Championship. Throughout the entire season the players and himself were faced with tremendous challenges that forced them overlook race as a whole. Because of their teamwork they overcame all of the racial and prejudice boundaries that were placed in front of them. Glory Road is an excellent story that students can relate to for numerous reaso ...more
David Ward
Jan 12, 2016 David Ward rated it liked it
Glory Road: My Story of the 1966 NCAA Basketball Championship and How One Team Triumphed Against the Odds and Changed America Forever by Don Haskins, Daniel Wetzel (Hyperion Books 2006)(Biography) is the biography of how Coach Don Haskins led Texas Western to the 1966 NCAA Basketball Championship over the University of Kentucky which was coached by Adolph Rupp, the legendary "Baron of the Bluegrass." This Texas Western team was the first NCAA program to start five black players. According to the ...more
Rashad miller
When I was reading this book I learned how to keep working hard and let stuff just happen and stay forces. This book really would help a lot of basketball and other sports that people play to and trying to get to that next level, because it helps you and leads you the right way,and when your reading the book it make you want to make a change in you life after high school and whats your next step that your going to take. Its helping me stay on top of my grade now and understanding that school is ...more
Jun 24, 2016 Lizzy rated it really liked it
A good read even if you're not interested in sports. Loved reading the crazy tales from Don Haskins's life. He shares many life lessons that can be applied both on and off the court. He's lived a life full of acceptance for all people and working hard to achieve excellence.
Kyon Simon
Apr 24, 2014 Kyon Simon rated it it was amazing
it was good but it wasn't like the movie because it talked more about the coach
Oct 03, 2008 Michael added it
Recommends it for: sports lovers
Recommended to Michael by: a friend
Coach Don Haskins realizes that the society is corrupted by racial discimination and feels it is his need to put an abrupt hault to this. Through the duraion of the book he goes through numerous obstacles coaching a team with numerous black players on his team and makes it clear of his opinion when he starts five black players in the championship game. He revolutionizes the sport as well as the world. All are equal, no one person should be treated differently because of race. This book please me ...more
Dec 18, 2011 Jordan rated it it was amazing
I though it was a great book. It was a good story about a coach who brought in 7 black players where in the south had no black players. The coach was the first coach to win a national championship with 5 starting black players. The coach was inducted into the basketball hall of fame. The coach didn't care about race the only race he cared about was the race to the national championship. I though this was a great inspirational story in sports. If this coach didnt do what he did their wouldnt be b ...more
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