The Hustle: One Team and Ten Lives in Black and White

The Hustle One Team and Ten Lives in Black and White The experiment was dreamed up by two fathers one white one black What would happen they wondered if they mixed white players from an elite Seattle private school famous for alums such as Microsoft

  • Title: The Hustle: One Team and Ten Lives in Black and White
  • Author: Doug Merlino
  • ISBN: 9781608192151
  • Page: 250
  • Format: Hardcover
  • The experiment was dreamed up by two fathers, one white, one black What would happen, they wondered, if they mixed white players from an elite Seattle private school famous for alums such as Microsoft s Bill Gates and black kids from the inner city on a basketball team Wouldn t exposure to privilege give the black kids a chance at better opportunities Wouldn t it opThe experiment was dreamed up by two fathers, one white, one black What would happen, they wondered, if they mixed white players from an elite Seattle private school famous for alums such as Microsoft s Bill Gates and black kids from the inner city on a basketball team Wouldn t exposure to privilege give the black kids a chance at better opportunities Wouldn t it open the eyes of the white kids to a different side of life The 1986 season would be the laboratory Out in the real world, hip hop was going mainstream, Larry Bird and Magic Johnson ruled the NBA, and Ronald Reagan was president In Seattle, the team s season unfolded like a perfectly scripted sports movie the ragtag group of boys became friends and gelled together to win the league championship 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 Two decades later, Doug Merlino, who played on the team, returned to find his teammates His search ranges from a prison cell to a hedge fund office, street corners to a shack in rural Oregon, a Pentecostal church to the records of a brutal murder The result is a complex, gripping, and, at times, unsettling story An instant classic in the vein of Michael Apted s Up series, The Hustle tells the stories of ten teammates set before a background of sweeping social and economic change, capturing the ways race, money, and opportunity shape our lives A tale both personal and public, The Hustle is the story a disparate group of men finding or not finding a place in America.

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    1. The Hustle is one of those books that will linger in my heart and mind. Once started, I was mesmerized until the last page was read. The description said "The result is a complex, gripping, and, at times, unsettling story." In my opinion, this book far exceeded that. This is a book about far more than what happened to 10 boys on a basketball team. Perhaps because of the author's journalistic background, there is a curious lack of condemnation in the book, even when describing difficult, heart-wr [...]

    2. I heard about this book through one of my high school classmates on Facebook. It intrigued me because I went to Garfield high school from 1986 to 1990, as did some of the people in the book. I knew some of them, not as friends, but I knew who they were. Lakeside was the main high school Merlino focused on, but he did mention Garfield and the surrounding area.Merlino did a great job explaining the atmosphere in and around Garfield during the late 80s. I remember it as "two Garfields" like he said [...]

    3. I won this book as a first-read giveaway.This book was not what I expected. I thought this would be your stereotypical story of a group of boys brought together by some controversy (in this case race) to play some sports team (basketball) and no one thought they could do it but in the end they are champions. The end. Well, that story is only the first 80 pages of this book.The rest of the book is devoted to the author, who was one of the players, going back and interviewing his teammates and fin [...]

    4. Having known one of the subjects since his arrival at Seattle Prep, I was introduced to this book, and motivated to read it by my love for, one of its central characters. While my expectations were not at all low, they were limited by my anticipation of reading about both a dear friend and a place and era I, too, grew up in. While I got both of those things in droves while reading The Hustle, the unexpected enjoyment comes from just how much bigger a story was told here. Mr. Merlino does a maste [...]

    5. The Hustle by Doug Merlino can be described in one word The beginning of the book was about 10 young kids (7 black 3 white) that were almost like a project to see if inner city kids play and private school kids play could mesh and become champions. No one believed they could do it until they were cutting down the nets and were given the trophy. But that wasn't the most amazing part of the book, and don't let the inside cover of the book fool you because so much of this isn't about basketball, bu [...]

    6. This is a great book, and, if you grew up in Seattle - a must read. Busing to schools in the 80s? Check. Crack epidemic in the 80s? Check. Racial issues in Seattle and gentrification of the CD? Check check. The crazy thing is, I don't know this author but I have had encounters with two of the people he writes about in his book, while my brother Matt played ball at Prep with two of the guys on the team. The only issue I had with the book was that he would latch on to so many different topics thro [...]

    7. I can't remember where I heard about this book. None of my GR friends have it shelved, so it can't have been here. I got it from someone on Bookcrossing in a trade, so I must have had it on my wishlist at some point. In any event, the book delivered a much more interesting story than I expected. I thought this would be a sports team story about the underdog sports club that managed to go win a championship. But that was really just the first fifth of the book. The heart of this book is a reprise [...]

    8. I received this book as part of GoodReads firstreads giveaway. I knew this book was going to be heavy, but I didn't realize it would be so dense. In addition to the story of his former teammates, Merlino includes a lot of information backing up his story. I learned about history of African Americans in Seattle, what a hedge fund is, the rise and fall of crack cocaine, issues of diversity in private school, integration in public schools.While I had some trouble keeping track of all the characters [...]

    9. In the book The Hustle it's based on a diversified basketball team that struggled with problems throughout the whole book.The main character is the author Doug Merlino. Merlino is white compared to some of his black teammates. However this racial difference doesn't stop them from achieving a goal in the end. An through all the struggle the boys find a way to incorporate togetherness with also winning a couple games here and there.I really enjoyed The Hustle.The book really makes you think in som [...]

    10. An interesting story, but it didn't flow well in my opinion. Doug Merlino used the stories of the basketball players on his 1986 team to try to tell a deeper story, but I think he tried to tackle too many things. He talked about Seattle's history, race, politics, sports, welfare, economics, jobs, gentrification, religion, education, poverty, wealth, among other topics. It was interesting to have those issues looked at from a local perspective, but the look at the issues was thin. It felt like Me [...]

    11. A necessary discussion on race relations in Seattle. As a minority born in the PNW, it was nice to find a source on the history of racism here (yes, it exists) related to a game that held my heart for thirteen years, and to be able to define the frustration I suffered as an adolescent. Not boring whatsoever, but if you're looking for Coach Carter on paper, this isn't it.

    12. The subject is an important piece of understanding Seattle’s history and segregation and how it plays out for different individuals. However, the book was all over the place and repeated itself constantly. It felt like reading a rough draft.

    13. A must-read for those interested in race and education, particularly in Seattle's Central District. I am grateful that Washington Middle School's Language Arts teachers include this in their 8th grade curriculum too.

    14. When he was fourteen years old, Mr. Merlino played on a fairly unique basketball team. Half of the players were white, from the prestigious Lakeside School, the elite Seattle private school which Bill Gates had attended. The other half were black, from Seattle's Central Area, a predominantly poor and African-American part of town. Of course, the team's experience wasn't just about basketball. It was about crossing barriers and expanding horizons. Despite being from extremely different background [...]

    15. My bias should be clear: I grew up in Seattle, playing basketball At Miller Rec (black) and Seattle Prep (white), and I knew a few of these guys. I am a white guy who has been teaching at a majority brown school for almost 20 years. This book gives incisive insight into the racial divide in our country - anecdotes for all those in Trump's US who say that racism is dead. The chapter "Lakeside Revisited" made me rethink race: There is no easy answer and we have a long way to go.

    16. I re-discovered the library this summer, thankfully, because during the re-discoverey process I stumbled upon The Hustle. I stopped by the library the day we left for our annual Tahoe trip with the intention of checking out a few Bill Bryson books. Our local Glen Park branch did not have any Bill Bryson, so I left the travel section, browsed through the new releases, and picked up The Hustle. Point of clarification. Ever since I demolished the original Friday Night Lights book in 1991, the "A se [...]

    17. I received this book as part of the LibraryThing Early Reviewers program, requesting it because the description made me assume it would be akin to a novelization of the kind of movie that features a rag-tag group of youngsters who come together to form a winning athletic team and learn life lessons along the way, with the added bonus of checking in on them 20 years later and finding out how they turned out. However, the book is filled with many digressions about the history of Seattle, cocaine a [...]

    18. I received this book through ' First Reads program. It's an interesting, thought-provoking book, and well worth reading. I do wish, however, that it was better organized.Merlino provides a lot (sometimes too much) of local and national history to give context to the individual lives and struggles of the 10 boys (now men) who were part of an experimental integrated high school basketball team in Seattle in 1986. Sometimes these history-lesson interludes meld seamlessly with the more personal stor [...]

    19. Having a daughter in both the Seattle AAU basketball scene and a Seattle private high school student, I chose the book expecting a deeper Seattle based "Hoosieresque" feel good story of sports, kids, race.c. Instead The Hustle is a more troubling, yet accurately authentic exploration of the lives and society surrounding this great experiment of a mixed race AAU boys team in the 80's. Merlino's historical and sociological analysis intertwined with the examples of real lives helps provide context [...]

    20. I received this book as part of a first-reads giveaway.This book was so much more than what I expected it to be. I expected a simple inspirational sports story. It was inspirational in places, but I found The Hustle to be more complex than that. It was even heartbreaking at times. The author, Doug Merino reflects on the issues of race and class in Seattle and beyond. The book follows the lives of both white and black teammates on an interracial basketball team. As the author reconnects with and [...]

    21. An excellent exploration of how the history and reality of white supremacy, racism, and class effect the lives of blacks and whites growing up in the Northwest United States. The gathering of a team of basketball players from two different racial and economic areas of Seattle in 1986 may set the stage, but this is far from a sports book, the summer season they played given minimal time. Instead, Merlino uses this sports hook to lead us through the history of Jim Crow to the Civil Rights era, rig [...]

    22. When I picked up this book, I expected a pure sports book. Even though that is not what this book was, it was engaging enough to not leave me disappointed.In the first part of the book, Merlino recounts his time on an integrated kids' basketball team in 1986 Seattle. He weaves the narratives of the games and time the team spends together with the history of Seattle's founding and early history. The book's transition takes place when Merlino learns of the murder of one of his teammates in 1991. T [...]

    23. I am very pleased that I won this book. The Hustle is not typical of a book that I would normally read, but something in the description peaked my interest. I am happy to say I was not disappointed. The Hustle is definitely a Good Read!Merlino explores the issues of race, class, and education in Seattle, both on a personal and societal level. Merlino's writing style is engaging and held my interest throughout. I really liked that the book was not a memoir looking back on the experimental basketb [...]

    24. This is much less the story of an integrated high-school basketball team than I thought it would be. Or at least it is less the conventional type of feel-good team story, and more the story of about a dozen boys and men whose lives intersected for a few years in high school, connecting them just enough to affect all of their lives in different ways. At the same time, Doug Merlino is telling the complex story of economics, race, privilege and circumstances that make these peoples' lives only part [...]

    25. Doug Merlino has a tremendous writing ability which is shown throughout the book. This story about a championship basketball team in Seattle and how their lives were influenced by the experience of the integrated team. Initially while reading this book, I felt all the facts about Seattle were a little heavy, yet as I went along, those details seemed to be as important as the actual story. The best thing about this book for me was that I could really feel the author's passion for the people he wr [...]

    26. This is an interesting book. The author was part of a basketball team in the 1980s that brought together some affluent white students from the suburbs of Seattle with some low-income African American students from the city. The book is an exploration of this integration "experiment" and its consequences for all the players. I loved the concept of this book, especially in light of the absence of political will for integration efforts today. But as a whole, the book didn't fully work for me. I LOV [...]

    27. I will never look at basketball the same way again. Before this book, it was always a game, and just a game. I will also never look at race relations the same way again. With the data Merlino provides, it seems very much to me like we are moving backwards rather than forwards with integration. I honestly had no idea how skewed our behaviors were, both individually and as a society. The next time I hear someone touting "diversity", I will be sure to examine things more closely rather than just ta [...]

    28. Set in Seattle, true story about race, discrimination, educational opportunities and the lives of a group of two sets of kids merged to form a basketball team and the opportunities or lack thereof that the kids encounter, contrasting the white kids against the black kids. The author was one of those kids and spent much time researching the history of the city and the schools and talking with his former teammaters - one of whom was killed and another incarcerated.There's a lot of history and back [...]

    29. Merlino gives the readers a succinct and simplified history of Seattle that parallels the lives of members from a high school basketball team, which composed of members from both the north and south end of Seattle. It does help to break down the Frasier-white-washed-Starbucks-drinking-Microsoft-base stereotype of Seattle. But it was hard for me to get through, until the last third. Additionally, Merlino did his best to incorporate Seattle history where appropriate, however there were times that [...]

    30. 5 kids from the Central District of Seattle and 5 kids from Lakeside private school form a basketball team in 1986. They won some sort of district award and then kind of drifted apart. The author, who was one of those 10 kids, decides to try to figure out what happened to all the kids on the team. It's a pretty fascinating read from the viewpoint of one who lives in Seattle and works in the school system as the book talks pretty frankly about how different the lives of Lakeside students are/were [...]

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