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The powerful story of a college basketball team who carried an era's brightest hopes—racial harmony, social mobility, and the triumph of the underdog—but whose success was soon followed by a shocking downfall The unlikeliest of champions, the 1949–50 City College Beavers were extraordinary by every measure. City College was a tuition-free, merit-based college in Harlem known far more for its intellectual achievements and political radicalism than its athletic prowess. Only two years after Jackie Robinson broke the Major League Baseball color barrier—and at a time when the National Basketball Association was still segregated—every single member of the Beavers was either Jewish or African American. But during that remarkable season, under the guidance of the legendary former player Nat Holman, this unheralded group of city kids would stun the basketball world by becoming the only team in history to win the NIT and NCAA tournaments in the same year. This team, though, proved to be extraordinary in another way: During the following season, all of the team’s starting five were arrested by New York City detectives, charged with conspiring with gamblers to shave points. Almost overnight these beloved heroes turned into fallen idols. The story centers on two teammates and close friends, Eddie Roman and Floyd Layne, one white, one black, each caught up in the scandal, each searching for a path to personal redemption. Though banned from the NBA, Layne continued to devote himself to basketball, teaching the game to young people in his Bronx neighborhood and, ultimately, with Roman’s help, finding another kind of triumph—one that no one could have anticipated. Drawing on interviews with the surviving members of that championship team, Matthew Goodman has created an indelible portrait of an era of smoke-filled arenas and Borscht Belt hotels, when college basketball was far more popular than the professional game. It was a time when gangsters controlled illegal sports betting, the police were on their payroll, and everyone, it seemed, was getting rich—except for the young men who actually played the games. Tautly paced and rich with period detail, The City Game tells a story both dramatic and poignant: of political corruption, duplicity in big-time college sports, and the deeper meaning of athletic success.

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Genre: Biography & Autobiography
Author: Matthew Goodman
Publisher: Ballantine Books
Release: 2019-11-05
File: 448 Pages
ISBN-13: 9781101882849

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“The master prose stylist portrays parallel basketball worlds in New York City: Madison Square Garden . . . and the playgrounds of Harlem” (Sports Illustrated). The New York Knickerbockers, one of the NBA’s charter franchises, played professionally for twenty-four years before winning their first championship in 1970, defeating the Los Angeles Lakers in a thrilling seven-game series. Those Knicks, who won again in 1973, became legends, and captivated a city that has basketball in its blood. But this book is more than a history of the championship Knicks. It is an exploration of what basketball means to New York—not just to the stars who compete nightly in the garden, but to the young men who spend their nights and weekends perfecting their skills on the concrete courts of the city’s parks. Basketball is a city game, and New York is the king of cities.

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Genre: Sports & Recreation
Author: Pete Axthelm
Publisher: Open Road Media
Release: 2011-06-28
File: 210 Pages
ISBN-13: 9781453220641

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The players, people, flavor, and contributions New York has given the game. From the playgrounds to the NBA, New York has invented a way of playing basketball, and City/Game is not only about the three renowned NBA teams--the Knicks, the Nets, and the Liberty--and their predecessors, but also the many high-school and college basketball teams with legendary rivalries. Through art and testimonials from the fans, coaches, and players, we learn about Lew Alcindor (later known as Kareem Abdul-Jabbar), Kenny Anderson, and Chris Mullin, all birthed on the city blacktop and who took their skills to the NBA hardwood. Explore the famous street-ball courts on a map of the five boroughs, including Rucker Park and the Cage on West 4th Street, home to Abdul-Jabbar, Wilt Chamberlain, and Kyrie Irving; read about New York's style of play--like the infamous one-handed jump shot--and glossary of NYC-style trash talk and slang; see "celebrity row" photographs courtside at the Garden and Barclay's Center; revel in the images, headlines, and objects related to the 1970 and 1973 championship Knicks. Packed with new and archival images, this book brings the energy of the sport through original essays by noted writers and highlights from players, fans, and rising stars of the New York scene and features interviews with NBA greats including Queens-born Kenny Smith and Bronx-born former Knick Rod Strickland. A great book for any basketball fan to relive old memories and learn new details.

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Genre: Basketball
Author: William C. Rhoden
Publisher: Rizzoli Electa
Release: 2020-02-11
File: 192 Pages
ISBN-13: 9780847867622

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Immerse yourself in 45 spectacularly imagined virtual cities, from Arkham City to Whiterun, in this beautifully illustrated unofficial guide. Spanning decades of digital history, this is the ultimate travel guide and atlas of the gamer imagination. Dimopoulos invites readers to share his vision of dozens of different gaming franchises like never before: discover Dimopoulos’s Half-Life 2’s City 17, Yakuza 0’s Kamurocho, Fallout’s New Vegas, Super Mario Odyssey’s New Donk City, and many more. Each chapter of this virtual travel guide consists of deep dives into the history and lore of these cities from an in-universe perspective. Illustrated with original color ink drawings and—of course—gorgeous and detailed maps, readers can explore the nostalgic games of their youth as well as modern hits. Sidebars based on the author’s research tell behind-the-scenes anecdotes and reveal the real-world stories that inspired these iconic virtual settings. With a combination of stylish original maps, illustrations, and insightful commentary and analysis, this is a must-have for video game devotees, world-building fans, and game design experts.

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Genre: Design
Author: Konstantinos Dimopoulos
Publisher: The Countryman Press
Release: 2020-11-10
File: 224 Pages
ISBN-13: 9781682686102

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From the critically acclaimed author of The 25th Hour and When the Nines Roll Over and co-creator of the HBO series Game of Thrones, a captivating novel about war, courage, survival — and a remarkable friendship that ripples across a lifetime. During the Nazis’ brutal siege of Leningrad, Lev Beniov is arrested for looting and thrown into the same cell as a handsome deserter named Kolya. Instead of being executed, Lev and Kolya are given a shot at saving their own lives by complying with an outrageous directive: secure a dozen eggs for a powerful Soviet colonel to use in his daughter’s wedding cake. In a city cut off from all supplies and suffering unbelievable deprivation, Lev and Kolya embark on a hunt through the dire lawlessness of Leningrad and behind enemy lines to find the impossible. By turns insightful and funny, thrilling and terrifying, the New York Times bestseller City of Thieves is a gripping, cinematic World War II adventure and an intimate coming-of-age story with an utterly contemporary feel for how boys become men. From the Trade Paperback edition.

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Genre: Fiction
Author: David Benioff
Publisher: Penguin
Release: 2008-05-15
File: 272 Pages
ISBN-13: 9781440630583

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Documents the 1889 competition between feminist journalist Nellie Bly and Cosmopolitan reporter Elizabeth Bishop to beat Jules Verne's record and each other in a round-the-globe race, offering insight into their respective daunting challenges as recorded in their reports sent back home. 50,000 first printing.

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Genre: Biography & Autobiography
Author: Matthew Goodman
Publisher: Ballantine Books
Release: 2014-03
File: 465 Pages
ISBN-13: 9780345527271

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Find tips, tricks, hacks and cheats with our ProGamer eBook guides. Play the game as a pro and beat your opponents to advance further in the game. Complete all levels with ease and find useful insight secrets from professional gamers. Become the expert with this easy to understand eBook gaming guide.

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Genre: Games & Activities
Author: Pro Gamer
Publisher: Booksmango
Release: 2016-06-08
File: 24 Pages
ISBN-13: 9781633238077

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Sunday Scrabble - which is played by arranging nine store-bought, off-the-shelf, Scrabble boards into a composite three-board by three-board (forty-five-square by forty-five-square) mega grid and combining the corresponding nine standard bags of one hundred tiles each into a single Sunday bag of nine hundred tiles all told - gets even better and better as you vary the minimum word-width from the classic two letters to seven letters, one more letter at a time. So says the author after 120, two-person games of Sunday Scrabble while meticulously recording the turn-by-turn results. Games 1-20 play two-letter words on up. Games 21-40 play three-letter words on up. Games 41-60 play four-letter words on up. Games 61-80 play five-letter words on up. Games 81-100 play six-letter words on up. Games 101-120 play seven-letter words on up

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Author: Francis Gurtowski
Publisher:
Release: 2016-12-05
File: 576 Pages
ISBN-13: 1540804348

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The Russians have caused a nuclear explosion at 300 miles in the atmosphere above central China causing an electronic magnetic pulse and sending China back to the stone age. All electrical power is out and all electrical devices have been rendered inoperative. This has resulted in no transportation, no manufacturing and loss of medicine including no medical supplies. Because of this situation food is in short supply which will soon cause riots and many deaths. John Walker, a CIA agent, currently working for Omega Aviation in Salt Lake City is recruited to help the Chinese because of his fluency in speaking Mandarin Chinese Join John as he works his way through the many challenges he encounters in northern China trying to help the Chinese people overcome the issues presented to them by the EMP.

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Author: H. J. Walter
Publisher: Createspace Independent Publishing Platform
Release: 2016-05-16
File: 256 Pages
ISBN-13: 1533066477

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John Vincent, Washington correspondent of the Daily Standard, is in London to see his family when his daughter Henrietta is abducted. The kidnappers want the diaries of his late father Sir Roger Vincent, once head of MI6. The diaries hold information about a defected Russian secret service colonel, Oleg Krasov, who knows devastating facts about the Russian President Nikolaij Ivanowitsch Rubatschow and the American CIA Director Henry Snyder. There's only one problem: John Vincent hasn't got the diaries. Pretty Christine March, his young and fearless col-league at the Daily Standard, helps him in the des-perate search for Henrietta. Equally determined is his beautiful mistress Roberta Rawlins, a glamorous Washington socialite who is following an unexpected trail into upstate New York. This unusual thriller covers decades, culminating in Fleet Street's media mile of today. It has its climax in a remote farmhouse in Wales.

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Author: Pierre Frei
Publisher: Createspace Independent Publishing Platform
Release: 2016-07-13
File: 298 Pages
ISBN-13: 1535099291

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