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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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...more
Paperback, 272 pages
Published November 30th 2005 by Hyperion (first published 2005)
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Kirsti
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...more
Dekean Baines
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
Iglesias
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
Maha
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
Lexi
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
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...more
Jordan
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
Tif
I'm biased since I graduated from UTEP (Texas Western used to be it's name) where Don Haskins continues to be an institution.
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
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
Matt Lodato
11/21/11
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...more
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...more
Taylor
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
Reganfitz15
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...more
Delores
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...more
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...more
Pablo Caminada
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
Tonyb205
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
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
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
Michael
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
Jordan
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
Bo Manuszak
A very good story of a man by the name of Don Haskins who grew up in Enid Oklahoma during the dust bowl. He played basketball his whole childhood. He was recruited by the Mr. Iba at Oklahoma A&M. Iba was a harsh coach. When Don grew up he coached a few high schools in in Texas. He would soon coach at Western Texas now known as UTEP. The rest you will find out by reading on your own
Triston Foley
Glory Road talked about a well known coollege basketball coach in the 1960s. He talked about his experienc plauying and his experience coaching. He broke was one of the first coaches ever in the NCAA to start 5 african americans. He broke the color barrier for everyone especially after he won the championshi with all 5 black players.
angrykitty
i read this book in pretty much one sitting. it was that easy to read. i didn't really care for the movie (it was kind of boring), but the book had a flow to it that just made you want to finish reading it. it's really and incredible story, and don haskins seems like an incredible guy.
Emily
I am not a huge basketball fan (enjoyed playing and watching in college), however, I really liked reading about how he struggled and what the players went through back in the time.
Erin
The title is pretty self-explanatory. It's interesting to compare what really happened with the movie version. As always, don't trust Hollywood. But, it's an interesting read...it got a little long at the end.
Leslie
As always, the book is much better than the movie! I really enjoyed this book and the insight into the world of college basketball. Nice to read an enjoyable work of nonfiction.
Katie
this was a quick read, too. exciting if you get into the NCAA tournament . it's an interesting story with historical significance.
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