The Crossover: A Brief History of Basketball and Race, From James Naismith to LeBron James

The history of basketball contains all the drama inherent in America’s long struggle with racial intolerance and quest for equality. Highlighting characters both famous (Bill Russell, Michael Jordan) and obscure (Earl Lloyd, Holcombe Rucker), this book explores how what’s happened on the basketball court has mirrored race relations in the United States—and often preceded changes off of it. More

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About Doug Merlino

I'm a journalist and writer whose work has appeared in publications including Slate, Legal Affairs, the Seattle Times, Men's Journal and Wired. I earned master's degrees in journalism and international affairs from UC Berkeley. Originally from Seattle, I currently live in New York City with my wife.

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