The Hustle

The Hustle

One Team and Ten Lives in Black and White

Book - 2012
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The experiment was dreamed up by two fathers, one white, one black. What would happen, they wondered, if they mixed white players from an elite Seattle private school and black kids from the inner city on a basketball team? The team's season unfolded like a perfectly scripted sports movie: The ragtag group of boys gelled together to win the league championship. The experiment was deemed a success.

But was it? How did crossing lines of class, race, and wealth affect the lives of these ten boys? Two decades later, Doug Merlino, who played on the team, returned to find his teammates. The result is a complex, gripping, and at times unsettling story. An instant classic of narrative nonfiction, The Hustle tells the stories of ten teammates set before a background of sweeping social and economic change, capturing the ways race, money, and opportunity shape our lives.

Publisher: New York :, Bloomsbury,, 2012.
Edition: Paperback edition.
Copyright Date: ©2011
ISBN: 9781608192595
1608192598
Characteristics: 308 pages : illustrations, map.

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Meeseeks Oct 05, 2016

Merlino is a great writer, the book is part memoir, part sports story and part social study.


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Meeseeks Oct 05, 2016

Merlino is a great writer, the book is part memoir, part sports story and part social study.

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Aug 25, 2013

A look at class and economic disparity through the lens of high school basketball. The author follows the lives of members of his high school team who attended his elite Seattle private school or who were recruited because of their talent in more recent years, sharing some interesting history about Seattle race relations but ultimately revealing how race and class shape the dramatic differences in opportunities and outcomes.

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