I went to Book People Monday evening for a book signing. Governor Rick Perry was signing copies of his new book called On My Honor: Why the American Values of the Boy Scouts Are Worth Fighting for. I picked up a copy for myself and another for my nephew Cameron who is an Eagle Scout. There was quite a crowd there and lines were long, but the Governor was cordial and I was able to get my photo taken shaking his hand.
As March Madness approaches I am always in the mood to read a good book or two about college basketball. Last year I read an excellent book, The Miracle of St. Anthony: A Season with Coach Bob Hurley and Basketball’s Most Improbable Dynasty by Adrian Wojnarowski as well as John Feinstein’s Last Dance: Behind the Scenes at the Final Four. While Feinstein’s books are always well-written and his insights into the NCAA basketball championship were fascinating, the St. Anthony’s book was absolutely inspiring, and I sent an email to the author to tell him so. I highly recommend it to anyone looking for a great basketball book to get them primed for March Madness, even though the story revolves around a Catholic high school in New Jersey.
This year I selected two books: Bob Knight: The Unauthorized Biography by Steve Delsohn and Mark Heisler, and Bill Little’s Hoop Tales: Texas Longhorns Men’s Basketball – Great Moments in Team History. I’ll be the first to admit that Texas doesn’t have the legacy of a school like Kansas or North Carolina when it comes to basketball, so it’s not surprising that this book is only 168 pages long. The Knight book was an impulse selection based mostly upon his decision to retire this year. I’ve read about half of it. While interesting and certainly more up to date, it pales in comparison to John Feinstein’s excellent Season on the Brink that chronicled Knight’s 1985-1986 season coaching the Hoosiers.