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Spinning the Globe

The Rise, Fall, and Return to Greatness of the Harlem Globetrotters

Spinning the Globe by Ben Green
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Before Wilt Chamberlain, Bill Russell, Julius Erving, or Michael Jordan––before Magic Johnson and Showtime––the Harlem Globetrotters revolutionized basketball and spread the game around the world. In Spinning the Globe, author Ben Green tells the story of this extraordinary franchise and iconic American institution. We follow the Globetrotters' rise from backwoods obscurity during the harsh years of the Great Depression to become the best basketball team in the country and, by the early 1950s, the most popular sports franchise in the world. Green brings to life their struggles with racism and segregation, and their influence upon a nation's views about race and sport. We witness the Globetrotters' fall from grace to the brink of bankruptcy in the early 1990s, and their ultimate rebirth under Mannie Jackson today, as they once again amaze kids and families around the world. Now in paperback, this is the true and complete story of their amazing eighty years as a team, told with lyrical prose and masterful storytelling by Ben Green.

HarperCollins; September 2009
448 pages; ISBN 9780061960208
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Title: Spinning the Globe
Author: Ben Green
 
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RIP Meadowlark Lemon, the “clown prince” of the Harlem Globetrotters and the Buster Keaton of basketball. - New Republic
Mon, 28 Dec 2015 08:27:37 -0800
New RepublicRIP Meadowlark Lemon, the “clown prince” of the Harlem Globetrotters and the Buster Keaton of basketball.New ...
Legendary Globetrotter Marques Haynes, one of basketball's all-time greats, died Friday in Plano - Dallas Morning News (blog)
Fri, 22 May 2015 12:01:00 -0700
Dallas Morning News (blog)Legendary Globetrotter Marques Haynes, one of basketball's all-time greats, died Friday in ...
Globetrotter ran rings around the opposition - The Age
Sun, 31 May 2015 03:23:28 -0700
The AgeGlobetrotter ran rings around the oppositionThe Age"Almost single-handedly, he has revolutionised ball handling and ...
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0061960209
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9780061960208