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The City Game: Triumph, Scandal, and a Legendary Basketball Team

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The powerful story of a college basketball team who carried an era's brightest hopes--racial harmony, social mobility, and the triumph of the underdog--but whose success was soon followed by a shocking downfall

The unlikeliest of champions, the 1949-50 City College Beavers were extraordinary by every measure. City College was a tuition-free, merit-based college in Harlem kn
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Hardcover, 448 pages
Expected publication: November 5th 2019 by Ballantine Books
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    Diane S ☔
    Jun 14, 2019 rated it really liked it
    Shelves: 5000-2019, lor-2019
    4.5 Community College in New York City and the basketball team that won two major championships. Cityy and school pride, the players heroes. Playing their games at Madison Square to huge crowds, they were a team of composed of young men from working class parents. It was also the time of Tammany Hall and rampant corruption. Mobs and gambling, shaving points to beat the spread, money in many pockets, riches to be had.

    This is book about basketball, a team that beat all odds, but it is also a book
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    Betsy
    Jul 03, 2019 rated it liked it
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    Three stars--This story is interesting, but it seems like it would make a tighter and more compelling piece of longform journalism.

    Thanks to Random House-Ballantine and NetGalley for giving me a DRC of this book, which will be available for purchase on November 5th.

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    Lance
    The 1949-50 basketball team from the City College of New York accomplished a feat that will never be done again. They won both the National Invitational Tournament (NIT) and the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) tourney in the same season. At that time, they were held at different times rather than concurrently as is done now. These championships came at a time when college basketball was much more popular than the professional game and also at a time when gamblers have a large inf ...more
    Patrick
    Aug 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing
    Exellebtly researches and written.
    Kylee Jackson
    Jul 01, 2019 rated it liked it
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    A bit slow and dense at the beginning, but an interesting story overall.

    6/10 would recommend.
    Jena Henry
    Aug 01, 2019 rated it really liked it
    I am a basketball fan, thriving on high school, college, and NBA action. I’m drawn to the speed, incredible skill and chess-like maneuvering of the game. I couldn’t wait to read this book and I found it just as thrilling as any NBA playoff game. Author Matthew Goodman’s book promised a story of “Triumph, Scandal, and a Legendary Basketball Team” and it delivered.

    When I tell you I’m from Cleveland, you will understand how I could relate to this book. Cleveland- sports proud and blessed with fans
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    Esturgis
    Sep 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing
    I was lucky enough to get an advanced copy of this book, having adored Goodman's previous book Eighty Days. His skill at storytelling, especially of an involved, multi-plot period of time, is amazing. As the reader learns, the subtitle is just the beginning of the journey Goodman takes us on.

    Like Eighty Days, where each chapter focused on the two women, but interwove the time periods so you could follow it easily and appreciate it, City Game develops multiple "story lines" and then pulls them t
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    Kyle
    Jul 10, 2019 rated it really liked it
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    Highly detailed exploration of City College and the forgotten college basketball giant. This book serves as a history lesson for both the college basketball enthusiasts and does an excellent job of exploring the lives of the young men involved. Furthermore, the book beautifully illustrates the vibe of New York City during this time period.

    I received an ARC of this book via NetGalley in exchange for my honest opinion.
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    Matthew Goodman is the bestselling author of three books of non-fiction.

    His essays, articles, short stories, and reviews have appeared in The American Scholar, Harvard Review, Salon, the Village Voice, the Forward, Bon Appetit, and many other publications, and have been cited for Special Mention in the Pushcart Prize and Best American Short Story anthologies.

    Matthew has taught creative writing an
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