Fab Five: Basketball, Trash Talk, The American Dream Mass Market Paperback – Nov 1 1994
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About the Author
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.
Top Customer Reviews
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.
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.
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.
Most recent customer reviews
This is an amazing in-depth look at the most popular and ballyhooed basketball team ever, Michigan's Fab Five. Read morePublished on Jan. 16 2004
I enjoyed this Book a Great deal&don't think much of what the NCAA is doing with taking away Michigan's Wins&trips too the Championships. Read morePublished on Jan. 1 2003 by MAXIMILLIAN MUHAMMAD
I thought that this book was totally worth the time i spent reading it. It was insightful and full of fun, colorful pages. Read morePublished on June 5 2001 by Dale