The Hustle One Team and Ten Lives in Black and White

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  • Edition: 1st
  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 1/31/2012
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury USA

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An experiment dreamed up by two fathers, one white, one black. Poor black kids and rich white kids together on one basketball team. An opportunity for the black kids to earn a chance at a private school education. A way for the privileged white kids to learn about life's other side. The whole notion was a corny fantasy come to life. The ragtag bunch gelled and won a state title. The boys all became fast friends. 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? The Hustleweaves together their stories in a breathtaking narrative. Their passages through the gauntlet of American reality sharply capture just how much race, money, and wealth affect our lives. Damian is a minister and a teacher. JT struggles to support two daughters. Tyrell was murdered. Dino, the son of immigrants, now runs a hedge fund. Myran, the team clown, faces ten years in prison for his role in a forty-dollar drug deal. Sean, another goofball, is now a tough-on-crime prosecutor. Doug, a benchwarmer, is a writer trying to make sense of his teammate's lives. The Hustleis an instant classic of narrative nonfiction. Ten lives are masterfully painted against a background of broad social and economic change, with the city of Seattle becoming a character in its own right. A tale both personal and public, The Hustleis required reading for fans of The Corner, the Up Series films, or The Last Shot.

Author Biography

Doug Merlino has contributed to Slate, Wired, Men's Journal, the Seattle Times, and many other publications. He received master's degrees in journalism and international affairs from the University of California at Berkeley. He lives in New York City with his wife. His Web site is www.dougmerlino.net.

Table of Contents

The Seasonp. 1
One for Allp. 3
Black Seattle/White Seattlep. 13
You'll All Work for Us Somedayp. 36
More Than Just Running Up and Down the Floorp. 52
Welfare Queens, the Huxtables, and Unlikely Championsp. 70
Transitionsp. 83
Moving Onp. 85
Money, Work, Careerp. 109
Strictly for the Moneyp. 111
Boom, Bustp. 130
Gentrifiedp. 146
Savedp. 155
The Systemp. 171
Schoolsp. 189
Our Kids Are Not Getting What They Needp. 191
Between Two Worldsp. 208
Lakeside Revisitedp. 222
Structure and Manhoodp. 251
What It Means to Be a Manp. 253
Play Hard and Keep it Cleanp. 270
Acknowledgmentsp. 293
Notes on the Sourcesp. 295
Indexp. 298
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