Young, Black, Rich, and Famous: The Rise of the NBA, the Hip Hop Invasion, and the Transformation of American Culture

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University of Nebraska Press

BLACK PLANET By David Shields

The National Basketball Association is a place where white fans and black players enact virtually every racial issue and tension in U.S. culture. Following the Seattle SuperSonics for an entire season, David Shields explores how, in a predominantly black sport, white fans—including especially himself—think about and talk about black heroes, black scapegoats, and black bodies.

Critically acclaimed and highly controversial, Black Planet was a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award and the PEN USA Award and was named one of the “Top Ten Nonfiction Books of 1999” by Esquire, Newsday, Los Angeles Weekly, and Amazon.com.

ISBN: 978-0-8032-9354-0 (paper)

SPORTS HEROES, FALLEN IDOLS By Stanley H. Teitelbaum

On the court and on the field, they are the world's winners, exhibiting a natural grace and prowess their adoring fans can only dream about. Yet so often, when off the field, our sports heroes lose: their perspective, their balance, their place. In a work as timely as the latest fracas on the basketball court or the most recent drug-induced scandal in the dugout, Stanley H. Teitelbaum looks into the circumstances behind so many star athletes' precipitous falls from grace. Why, he asks, do these sports heroes who seem to have it all also seem, increasingly, to have a superhuman proclivity for self-destruction?

ISBN: 978-0-8032-1644-0 (paper)

MINDGAMES Phil Jackson's Long Strange Journey By Roland Lazenby

Mindgames follows the journey of Phil Jackson to the top of basketball's coaching hierarchy, a rise that took him from obscurity in the Continental Basketball Association to nine championship rings in the NBA. Along the way he turned multimillionaire players on to meditation, transformed the Michael Jordan-led Chicago Bulls from a one-man show to a five-man team of domination, and, after battling with Bulls management, ended one dynasty to start another on the West Coast.

ISBN: 978-0-8032-5998-0 (paper)

Order online at www.nebraskapress.unl.edu or call 1-800-755-1105. Mention the code “BOFOX” to receive a 20% discount.

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