416 pp., 6.125 x 9.25, 40 halftones, notes, index
Paperback ISBN: 978-1-4696-1908-8
Published: August 2014
eBook ISBN: 978-0-8078-6912-3
Published: November 2011
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Walker vividly re-creates the action of nail-biting games and the tensions of bitter recruiting battles without losing sight of the central off-court questions the league wrestled with during these two decades. As basketball became the ACC's foremost attraction, conference administrators sought to field winning teams while improving academic programs and preserving academic integrity. The ACC also adapted gradually to changes in the postwar South, including, most prominently, the struggle for racial justice during the 1960s. ACC Basketball is a lively, entertaining account of coaches' flair (and antics), players' artistry, a major point-shaving scandal, and the gradually more evenly matched struggle for dominance in one of college basketball's strongest conferences.
About the Author
J. Samuel Walker is a prize-winning historian and author of several books, including Prompt and Utter Destruction: Truman and the Use of Atomic Bombs against Japan. He has been a devoted fan of ACC basketball for over 40 years.
For more information about J. Samuel Walker, visit the Author Page.
"A lively account of the ACC's rise as a basketball powerhouse."--The Wall Street Journal
"A must for any sports-history collection in ACC territory."--Booklist
“These are the stories that laid the foundation for the most dominant conference in the sport. Any reader curious about how it got that way will find the book well worth their time.”--SLAM Magazine
“Recommended. All Readers.”--Choice
"This is serious (though fun) history. One hopes that a sequel is in the works."--Star-News
"A timely and enjoyable text that exposes tensions endemic to big-time college athletics and is a must-read for serious fans of men's college basketball and the ACC."--Journal of American History
Multimedia & Links
Read: In a guest blog post, Walker looks back 40 years to tell the story of one of the greatest games in the history of the ACC tournament. Read "The ACC’s Greatest Game."
Read: In another guest blog post, he writes about his “voyage of discovery” and why others might find it equally enlightening and entertaining. Read "Why ACC Basketball Fans Should Care about the Early History of the Conference."