The Boys of Dunbar: The Story of the Greatest High School Basketball Team

Alejandro Danois


The Boys of Dunbar: The Story of the Greatest High School Basketball Team

The Boys of Dunbar: The Story of the Greatest High School Basketball Team

  • Title: The Boys of Dunbar: The Story of the Greatest High School Basketball Team
  • Author: Alejandro Danois
  • ISBN: 9781451666991
  • Page: 299
  • Format: ebook

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The inspiring true story of a high school basketball team that overcame desperate circumstances in 1980s Balti to produce four NBA players and give hope to a neighborhood and a city, thanks to a remarkable coach who relentlessly pursued perfection.As the crack epidemic swept across inner city America in the early 1980s, the streets of Balti were crime ridden For pThe inspiring true story of a high school basketball team that overcame desperate circumstances in 1980s Balti to produce four NBA players and give hope to a neighborhood and a city, thanks to a remarkable coach who relentlessly pursued perfection.As the crack epidemic swept across inner city America in the early 1980s, the streets of Balti were crime ridden For poor kids from the housing projects, the future looked bleak But basketball could provide the quickest ticket out, an opportunity to earn a college scholarship and perhaps even play in the NBA.Dunbar High School had one of the most successful basketball programs, not only in Balti but in the entire country, and in the early 1980s, the Dunbar Poets were arguably the best high school team of all time Four starting players Muggsy Bogues, Reggie Williams, David Wingate, and Reggie Lewis would eventually play in the NBA, an unheard of success rate In The Boys of Dunbar, Alejandro Danois takes us through the 1981 1982 season with the Poets as the team conquered all its opponents But than that, he takes us into the lives of these kids, and especially of Coach Bob Wade, a former NFL player from the same neighborhood who knew that the basketball court, and the lessons his players would learn there, held the key to the future.Drawing on interviews with Coach Wade, Muggsy Bogues, and others, The Boys of Dunbar is a remarkable testament to the power of dedication, inspiration, and teamwork It is an ode to an extraordinary coach, a father figure who had lived the life of his players years before and who turned a dream into reality.


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“The Boys of Dunbar” by Alejandro Danois, published by Simon and Schuster.Category – Sports (Basketball) Publication Date – September 13, 2016.There are many stories about Sports figures but few that tell the story of an entire team that captured not only fans but an entire city.Dunbar High School in Baltimore, Maryland in the 1980’s brought together a basketball team like no other. The starting lineup saw four of the five players go to the NBA.A large amount of credit belongs to their [...]

4.5 stars!I won this in a Giveaway. As a casual viewer of basketball, I was somewhat afraid that I would have difficulty getting into this book or understanding the terminology. That, however, was not an issue. This is a really good story and easily held my attention. Aside from Muggsy Bogues, I was not very familiar with any of the Dunbar players prior to reading this book, but I enjoyed learning about their time growing up in Baltimore.

*** Thanks to Netgalley and the publisher for an ARC in exchange for an honest review ***I loved this book. I am a basketball fan, but I didn't know much about the players discussed in this book. I am embarrassed to say that I knew Muggsy because of SpaceJam. This is a book I can confidently recommend to students as it is inspirational and clean which is difficult to find anymore. Definitely see this as an motivational sports movie that teachers every where will force kids to watch every year.

*I got this book for free in a Giveaway*What a great story! I used to be obsessed with basketball as a child in Russia, and although my passion has not presented itself lately, and I know next to nothing about the NBA, it was still exciting to follow the narrative: a basketball empowerment story that is an odd cross between the Wire and Glee. You don't even know the rules of the game to read with enjoyment: you'll still smile widely as you read about the boys overcoming adversity to become NBA [...]

I am not a basketball fan, but I read this book in one day. It's a truly remarkable story. I live in Baltimore and Dunbar HS was still a basketball powerhouse when we moved here in the mid-80s, and I remember hearing about these boys. I wish I learned more about the boys, families, and coaches. Because I'm not a basketball fan, I would get lost in the descriptions of the basketball games from that season. I loved reading the authors thoughts about the cities problems, but I would have also liked [...]

The main characters in The Boys of Dunbar are the players on the team along with the head coach. They all distinctly have heart and never give up during the 1980-’81 season. The team has to face some tough competition throughout the schedule. There were also times when the team faced problems such as being arrogant to one another. The story takes place in the inner city of Baltimore.The story was very inspiring, like in the time when they played a team ranked better than them. The whole team h [...]

I'm not even much of a sports fan and I enjoyed this book. Well written, flowed well. The team and individual stories were interesting and endearing. Made me wish I had been at Dunbar High back then so I could watch the team play. Was happy that the book included an epilogue which gave a blurb on each person's story as it continued after high school. Well done. Thanks GoodReads for this giveaway win!

An excellent book about the best high school basketball team in history and what went into creating their excellence. It is a well written story about Baltimore during the early 80's and the boys and coaches who were part of the two time national champions at Dunbar High School.

Since there is not a 4.5 star option, I opted to just go ahead and give five stars. For the type of book it is, it is very well-written and interesting and commands your attention throughout. A must-read for basketball fans, and, actually, for any sports fan. Very enjoyable.

For basketball and Baltimore junkies. What better tale than a high school basketball book set in the early '80's in Baltimore featuring 4 future NBA players, one of whom is the smallest player ever to play in the NBA?

If it's about high school basketball, I've probably read it, and this is right up there with the best. Danois does an excellent job profiling each of the key players & coaches throughout the book. Quick, easy read, would recommend to any sports fan. Hoping for more from this author!

Great book giving some of the background of an iconic team and group of players as well as the community that rallied behind them!

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It is often said that sports teams can provide hope to those who are talented enough to play. Usually this refers to a high school football team, but in the winter of 1981-82, the Dunbar Poets in Baltimore’s roughest section put together an amazing team and amazing season that not only united the team but also showcased the talent of their coach Bob Wade. How this coach and his players made this team one of the greatest in the history of high school basketball is captured in this well research [...]

THE BOYS OF DUNBAR by Alejandro Danois is the true story of one of the greatest high school basketball teams ever, the 1981-82 Dunbar Poets from Baltimore, Maryland. Danois walks the reader through the season, highlighting most of the players, the coaches and important figures in the community, as well as many of the games. Growing up watching these players blossom into greatness, I really enjoyed this book. I watched Muggsy Bogues at Wake Forest and David Wingate and Reggie Williams at Georgeto [...]

For a book that wasn't all that good, I learned a lot. Alejandro Danois wasn't around for Muggsy Bogues' incredible junior year leading Dunbar basketball to national prominence. So much of this reads like high school basketball clips being read back to you. The reporting is biased toward Dunbar, though Danois helps us "discover" through basketball camp scouts. The interviews are w/ Dunbar players, staffs and fans far after the fact. They seem to focus on the good memories. Where Danois' book ma [...]

I was pleased to receive this book from a giveaway. This book documents one season (and parts of the previous and subsequent season) of the Dunbar Poets high school basketball team from Baltimore. The team included four future NBA players and numerous others that went on to play division I college basketball. Led by a dynamic coach and an undersized underdog of a point guard, the team was one of the truly dominant high school teams in history. It was a quick read - Danois does a nice job of tel [...]

I picked up this book because I'm from Baltimore and it's about the 1980-1981 Dunbar High School Poet's Basketball team, which is in Baltimore. I had not actually realized that Muggsy Bogues, who went on to play for my alma mater Wake Forest, was also on that team. That was just an extra bonus of enjoyment for me. I really just like inspirational sports stories, and this book following a high school team that wound up yielding 4 NBA players was something I would have enjoyed even if I had no oth [...]

I won a copy of The Boys of Dunbar from . I'm not a huge basketball fan, but I am an educator and I was very happy with this true story. These boys had real talent that was brought out by their amazing coach, Bob Wade. Sure, the book describes their high school careers, but the love Mr Wade had for them as people made them into the men they are today. He gave them the direction,focus and the structure they needed to play as a cohesive team. He taught them that hard work pays off. If anyone think [...]

I'd heard about the legendary Baltimore Dunbar mens basketball team with 4 future NBA players on it, so I was excited to find this book. There's a great story here, and Danois works to provide the greater context of Baltimore at the time and some of the leaders in the community who raised Baltimore basketball to the next level. Danois is probably not the best sportswriter, but he's not the worst either - the biggest thing is he delivers this great story.

I won this book in a giveaway. My opinion is just thatmined completely unbiased.I am not actually a basketball fan, but I am a fan of true, inspirational stories and this did not disappoint. In these trying times it is definitely nice to read a story about hard work, achieving goals, finding direction, working together, and in some cases, achieving your dreams. Very nicely done!

I won a copy of this book in a giveaway.My husband is an avid sports fan so I gave him this book to read. He loved it! He read this over several nights and really enjoyed it. According to him not only was the basketball story itself fascinating but the societal aspects of the tale were equally interesting. Two thumbs up to a really good story.

Basketball in the '80s was special. Without internet and ESPN just getting started, you heard about certain players and teams through word of mouth. I knew somewhat of the story of Dunbar High School in Baltimore but this book brought it to life.

I really enjoyed this. It is light reading about a very special high school basketball team, which had four future NBA players on it. I can only imagine how much fun it must have been to watch them play.

great story of one of the best high school basketball teams of all time!

Good read if you're a basketball fan and a great read if you're a Mugsy Bogues fan.

2.5 stars. Not the best written book. No drama, no tension, no conflict (other than they want to be national champions).

wonderful, well-written story of a "golden" time in college basketball and the true meaning of teamwork and commitment it's a hidden gem

I won this book through . A great book about basketball but so much more. I read it in 1 sitting. Couldn't read it fast enough.


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