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Last Dance
Behind the Scenes at the Final Four

by John Feinstein
Read by Arnie Mazer and Sean Runnette

      Do you wish your alarm clock had Dick Vitale's voice instead of a buzzer, because it's a lot louder and gets you roused up faster? Worship at the shrine of Mike Krzyzewski? John Wooden? Do you count Jimmie V laps around the arena looking for hugs instead of sheep to fight insomnia? Recommend Villanova's perfect game for inspiration to underdogs everywhere? Or do you have no clue what I'm talking about, but just want to know why everyone gets so excited over this thing called March Madness every year? In either case, have I got the book for you...

John Feinstein, one of today's top sportswriters, focuses on the people, events, history, and tradition surrounding the 2005 Final Four to show the reader what the annual NCAA men's basketball tournament, aka March Madness or "the dance" is really all about. Like Superbowl Sunday, it's transcended sports to become a cultural icon. Feinstein shows you how it got there, from the key role of TV to what winning that last dance and the championship in 2005 meant to someone like North Carolina coach Roy Williams. Read what it means to participate in something that is much more than just another game, because -win or lose- it will impact your life long after, according to Bill Bradley: former senator, former presidential candidate, and current holder of the all time scoring record in a Final Four game, set in 1965.

You don't have to know a drop step from a traveling violation to enjoy this. Feinstein is as expert a storyteller as he is about the game, and this book's focus is on storytelling. Interspersed with enough stats and details about the mechanics of such things as the selection process to keep more expert fans happy.

Do yourself a favor and before just automatically anteing in to this year's office pool, read Last Dance to really understand the one shot to win your place in history pressure that makes March Madness such an intense pleasure.

Arnie Mazer's reading style is smooth and warmly conversational, making it very easy to listen to.

The Book

Time Warner Audio Books
February 7, 2006
Audio CD (3 CDs), Abridged
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The Reviewer

Kim Malo
Reviewed 2006
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