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Fab Five: Basketball, Trash Talk, The American Dream [Mass Market Paperback]

Mitch Albom
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Nov. 1 1994
The inside story of a controversial college basketball team and its coach describes how its five players reached the NCAA as freshmen, how the players were compared to professional-level athletes, and how all overcame inner demons and challenges. Reprint.

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Mitch Albom is the author of nine books. His first novel, The Five People You Meet in Heaven , is the most successful U.S. hardback first novel ever and has to date sold over 8 million copies worldwide. Tuesdays With Morrie, (1997) his chronicle of time spent with a beloved but dying college professor, spent four years on the New York Times bestseller list and is now the most successful memoir ever published. Both books were eventually turned into celebrated TV films. The critically acclaimed Five People You Meet in Heaven aired on ABC in winter, 2004. Oprah Winfrey produced the film version of Tuesdays With Morrie in December 1999; starring Jack Lemmon and Hank Azaria. The film garnered four Emmy awards, including best TV film, director, actor and supporting actor. An award-winning journalist and radio host, Albom wrote the screenplay for The Five People You Meet in Heaven, and is an established playwright, having authored numerous pieces for the theater, including the off-Broadway version of Tuesdays With Morrie (co-written with Jeffrey Hatcher) which has seen more than 40 productions nationwide, and several recent comedies which have been produced and performed in venues across the country. Albom has founded three charities in the metropolitan Detroit area: "The Dream Fund," established in 1989, allows disadvantaged children to become involved with the arts. "A Time To Help," founded in 1998, brings volunteers together once a month to tackle various projects in Detroit, including staffing shelters, building homes with Habitat for Humanity, and operating meals on wheels programs for the elderly. “S.A.Y Detroit,” Albom’s most recent effort, is an umbrella program to fund shelters and care for the homeless in his city. He also raises money for literacy projects through a variety of means including his performances with The Rock Bottom Remainders, a band made up of writers which includes Steven King, Dave Barry, Scott Turrow, Amy Tan and Ridley Pearson. Albom serves on the boards of various charities and, in 1999, was named National Hospice Organization's Man of the Year.

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4.0 out of 5 stars The Fab Five...Review Oct. 15 2002
The Fab Five covers the lives and early years of the University of Michigan's five starting basketball players. Mitch Albom's writing is engaging and kept my attention throughout the novel. Using quotes from coaches and players, he was able to impart a sense of what the atmosphere was like on the famed team. Albom gave an in-depth background of the lives of the five players, and was able to give the reader a sense of the atmosphere among this famous group of college freshmen.
The novel covers U of M's trip to the NCAA tournament and the difficult adjustment to college life for the young players. Albom gives a profile of the players, including their early lives in a humorous but detailed style as well as an account of how the players felt on the court with one another.
When the Fab five were announce with hype, the press put pressure on them to win a championship. Albom shows how the extremely hyped-up atmosphere led to the downfall of the team, and the loss of the NCAA championship.
Albom's account of the lives of these young stars is detailed and allows one to come away with a real sense of the lives of these players, essentially teenagers thrust into the spotlight. They had not learned the responsibility on the court that they needed to win, even though their talent was never in doubt. Albom tells the story of why the famed "Fab Five" failed to live up to the hype.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Failures? I'd Disagree! May 19 2001
By Dave
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Some say that the Fab Five were failures. The say that with the level of talent they had and not being able to win a championship they underacheived. I consider making it to the Final Four two consecutive years is accomplishing quite a bit. How in the world could coach Steve Fisher handle the pressure of having the nation's basketball spotlight on him and the Fab Five? Mitch Albom does and abloslutely phenomenal job following the Michigan basketball team through the ups and downs of the years with the Fab Five. Mitch goes through what is was like for all five of the freshman before they decided to come to Michigan. If you are remotely interested in basketball, read this book! It is excellent and keeps you interested the entire way through! If you are not a basketball fan, read the book anyways; you will become one. READ IT!
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5.0 out of 5 stars The best sports book ever written... Nov. 2 1999
By A Customer
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...and a strikingly vivid portrayal of the intricacies of big-time college athletics. Albom has the ability to make the story of five basketball players from inner-city America transcend race, culture, and sport, and he writes a book moving to fans and non-fans alike. His prose is elegant, his portrayals intensely realistic. I've read this book at least twenty times, and it never ceases to amaze. It is the best tribute imaginable to the young men who were the Fab Five and to the cultural phenomenon they induced. Albom perfectly captures what it felt like to be a fan of the Fab Five in the early '90s and reminds us all of the complexities involved when five strong, brash, and confident individuals take the court...and there's only one ball. A must-read for all individuals--I promise it won't disappoint.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The greatest college talent ever assembled? Oct. 29 2002
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I'll start off with this: Anything Mitch Albom writes is bound to be good. Possibly the best sports writer of all-time, the state of Michigan is blessed to have him covering our teams.
Albom's Fab Five takes a close look at possibly the best college basketball talent ever assembled on one team. 5 Freshman taking a team to the national championship game will likely never occur again. Albom follows the team from the time Steve Fisher recruited through the infamous Timeout call Chris Webber made against North Carolina. Along the way, Albom captures the brash attitudes of Webber, Howard, Rose, King, and Jackson - 5 kids who were on top of the world in the early 1990's.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Unbelievable Dec 16 2003
By A Customer
Mitch Albom is supposedly a newspaper writer and journalist. Yet somehow he managed not to notice the fact the subjects of this book (The Fab Five) were paid over $600,000 to attend the University of Michigan.
This means that either:
A. Mitch knew about the payments and therefore all the material he wrote concerning the Michigan basketball program is suspect because he was in on the coverup.
B. Mitch didn't know about the payments and therefore all the material he wrote concerning the Michigan basketball program is suspect because he didn't even notice that the college kids he was covering were being paid over a half million dollars to play basketball.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Univ of Michigan Fab Five Rules!!! May 17 1999
By A Customer
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This is clearly the best sports book I ahave ever read in my life and would recommend this book to any of the college and NBA basketball fans out there. You will see how Chris, Juwan, and Jalen came about, where they are superstars in the NBA, while Jimmy and Ray had to try a little harder to become the stars, which they still haven't yet (but they will be in the NBA soon!!!). EVERYBODY, get this book its fun and fast reading, very informative, Mitch Albom did a great job in giving the reader an inside story of what was going on during the 92-94 Fab Five hype!
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Greatest Basketball Team Ever Assembled..... March 27 2004
This book is excellent by far. I read this book whenever I'm bored, and it still excites me to this day. I can just flashback and remember what I was doing during the time the Fab Five was wrecking havoc on the college hardwoods. I still believe dat dis book is the greatest book Mitch Albom has ever written. He's already my favorite sports columnist in the world. Just like another person typed, if you love basketball buy this book. If you don't still buy this book, because you will grow to love college basketball.
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