Cheryl's Reviews > The Hustle: One Team and Ten Lives in Black and White

The Hustle by Doug Merlino
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Jan 10, 2011

it was amazing
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Recommended to Cheryl by: First Reads
Read in February, 2011

The Hustle is one of those books that will linger in my heart and mind. Once started, I was mesmerized until the last page was read. The description said "The result is a complex, gripping, and, at times, unsettling story." In my opinion, this book far exceeded that. This is a book about far more than what happened to 10 boys on a basketball team.

Perhaps because of the author's journalistic background, there is a curious lack of condemnation in the book, even when describing difficult, heart-wrenching issues. This underlying respect for the reader's ability to evaluate the situation without being told what to think/feel was immensely appealing to me. Equally impressive was the masterly weaving of historical context throughout the book, creating a multi-layered story that provided the information necessary to understand the individual stories within the context of past and present. I learned a lot without ever feeling it was interfering with the story.

A heart-felt thank you to the author, Doug Merlino, and all the members of the team, for sharing their lives in such a deeply moving way.

*This book was provided free through the Goodreads First Reads program with the expectation of an honest review. My opinions are my own.
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Pamela Pickering You find the most interesting books. I'm anxious to hear your opinion on this one.

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