<!DOCTYPE HTML PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.01 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/html4/loose.dtd"> <html> <head> <title>The Assist</title> <script language="javascript">AC_FL_RunContent = 0;</script> <script src="AC_RunActiveContent.js" language="javascript"></script> </head> <style type="text/css"> div.text { padding-bottom: 20px; padding-right: 10px; color: white; line-height: 18px; font-size: 12px; font-family: Helvetica, Verdana, Arial, sans-serif; width:310px; } a:Link {font-size: 12px;font-family: Helvetica, Verdana, Arial, sans-serif; margin:0; color:white; text-decoration: underline;} a:Visited {font-size: 12px;font-family: Helvetica, Verdana, Arial, sans-serif; margin:0; color:white; text-decoration: underline;} a:Hover {font-size: 12px;font-family: Helvetica, Verdana, Arial, sans-serif; margin:0; color:white; text-decoration: underline; background-color:#ba876b;} body { margin-left: 0px; margin-top: 0px; margin-right: 0px; margin-bottom: 0px } </style> <body style="background-image: url(images/backtile.jpg);"> <div align="center"> <table width="950" border="0" cellspacing="0" cellpadding="0"> <tr align="left" valign="top"> <td width="310" background="images/leftcolback.jpg"> <img src="images/title.jpg" width="310" height="450" border="0" alt="The Assist by Neil Swidey"> <div><a href="http://www.amazon.com/Assist-Hoops-Hope-Their-Lives/dp/1586486667/ref=ed_oe_p" target="_top"><img src="images/book.jpg" width="310" height="206" border="0" alt="order the book at Amazon.com"></a> <div class="text"> <div align="center">Start all your Amazon.com shopping at theassist.net; all referral commissions are donated directly to the Alray Taylor Second Chance Scholarship Fund.<br><br><div align="center"><img src="images/earlyreviews.jpg" alt="image"/><br><font color="#ffffff" size="1">&nbsp &nbsp Place mouse over text to stop scroll</font>&nbsp &nbsp &nbsp &nbsp<marquee bgcolor="A0522D" scrollamount="1" marquee direction="up" onmouseover=this.stop() onmouseout=this.start() scrollDelay=1 width="320"> <direction="up" loop="true" width="95%"> <center> <font color="#ffffff" size="2"><p>"Swidey, an award-winning journalist for the Boston Globe Magazine, quickly converts his readers into genuine fans of these young men. Like O'Brien, he shows a fanatical devotion to his subject. He follows the team off the court and into the projects, to pizza parties and prestigious tournaments. <i>The Assist</i> will prove indispensable to anyone interested in the art of coaching at any level or in any sport. And by distracting us from the sordid, steroid-fueled headlines, Swidey reminds us why we enjoy watching sports in the first place." <br>-- THE WASHINGTON POST </p><p>"I highly recommend it."<br> -Bill Simmons, ESPN's The Sports Guy.</p> <p>"Team sports, like life, are never simple. Beneath the concrete final score, there are games within games, small plays leading to big plays, a melding of diverse talents and personalities into a cohesive (or disparate) unit. Rarely is that tapestry revealed as fully, and as convincingly, as in Neil Swidey's <i>The Assist</i>." <br>-- BOSTON GLOBE </p><p>"Neil Swidey might have started out trying to tell the tale of an exceptionally successful high school basketball team and their coach, but as he spent time with the subjects of his story, he realized that they could help him explore a much larger story. His book is about basketball, certainly, but it is also about education, race, the hypocrisy with which our games are riddled, and a collection of young men trying to figure out who they are and who they can be."<br> -BILL LITTLEFIELD, HOST OF NPR'S ONLY A GAME</p><p>"One does not have to be from Boston to appreciate Swidey's writing skills. His characters are real and have a story to tell. It's a tale that pulsates with the intensity of a full-court press." - TAMPA TRIBUNE</p><p>ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY gives <i>The Assist</i> an A- <a>'There's triumph, tragedy, and salvation in this story. Not to mention a movie.'</a> <a href="http://www.ew.com/ew/article/0,,20170572,00.html">Read review here</a></p><p>"He shoots, it's good...Swidey masterfully deploys his observations to make his points." <br>--NEW YORK POST</p><p>"[Swidey] builds narrative momentum and details his subjects with the touch of a skilled novelist. This is a prodigiously reported, compulsively readable book that readers (sports fans or not) will savor."<br> -PUBLISHERS WEEKLY</p><p>"<i>The Assist</i> is a great book that should be read by every high school athlete in the country." <br>--Dan Rea, host of "NightSide with Dan Rea" on WBZ Radio (AM 1030) </p><p>"With a powerful, moving narrative, Neil Swidey has delivered the rarest of transcendent sports books. Coach Jack O'Brien and his Charlestown players will bring you to your feet, and they'll bring you to tears. Most of all, they'll make you care about a game so much bigger than winning and losing. This is a brilliant book, one that will stay with you."<br>- ADRIAN WOJNAROWSKI, author of <i>New York Times</i> bestseller <a href="http://www.amazon.com/Miracle-St-Anthony-Basketballs-Improbable/dp/1592401023?%5Fencoding=UTF8&tag=theassistnet-20"><i>The Miracle of St. Anthony</i></a></p><p>"Thankfully, <i>The Assist</i> isn't a formula sports story where everything leads up to 'The Big Game' that's won in overtime. It's an absorbing examination of at-risk, inner-city youths who succeed against all odds. GRADE: A." --<a href="http://www.rockymountainnews.com/news/2008/feb/01/the-assist-hoops-hope-and-the-game-of-their">ROCKY MOUNTAIN NEWS</a></p><p>"This is a fine piece of journalistic literature; do not make the mistake of thinking it is for sports fans only." --<a href="http://www.schoollibraryjournal.com/article/CA6527304.html?industryid=47085">SCHOOL LIBRARY JOURNAL</a></p> </p><p>"Like <i>Hoop Dreams</i>, this captivating account transcends its time and place." -BOOKLIST</p> <p>"Swidey is there for it all." -NCAA Champion Magazine</p> <p>"A noble debut." -Kirkus Reviews</p> <p>"A powerhouse work of literary journalism about a powerhouse basketball program and the coach who wouldn't take no for an answer." <br>-Madeleine Blais, Pulitzer Prize winner and author of <a href="http://www.amazon.com/These-Girls-Hope-Muscle/dp/0446672106?%5Fencoding=UTF8&tag=theassistnet-20"><i>In These Girls, Hope Is a Muscle</i></a></p></font> </center> </marquee> <div style="padding:5px 0 0 0;"><b><br><center><font color="#ffffff" font size ="2"> MORE REVIEWS:</font></b> <a href="reviews.html">See more reviews here</font></center></a></div><div style="padding:5px 0 0 0;"><b><br><center><font color="#ffffff" font size ="2"> &nbsp READER REVIEWS:</font></b> <a href="http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/1860104.The_Assist_Hoops_Hope_and_the_Game_of_Their_Lives">From Goodreads.com </a><br><br></div> </font></center></a></div> <div class="text"> <a href="http://forum.wgbh.org/wgbh/forum.php?lecture_id=4091"> <img src="images/jfk.jpg" border="0" alt="image"/></a><br><b>Race, Class, and Public Education.</b> <br>In a recent Kennedy Library Forum, Neil joined UMass Chancellor Keith Motley, former Charlestown High headmaster Michael Fung and Diamond Educators founder (and former Charlestown High star) Shawn Brown in a discussion about urban education and other issues highlighted in <i>The Assist</i>. <br><a href="http://forum.wgbh.org/wgbh/forum.php?lecture_id=4091 "> Watch, listen or podcast the forum here </a></div><br><div class="text"> <div align="center"> <b>Support the Second Chance Scholarship Fund with your Amazon purchase</b> <div align="center"> <iframe src="http://rcm.amazon.com/e/cm?t=theassistnet-20&o=1&p=27&l=qs1&f=ifr" width="180" height="150" frameborder="0" scrolling="no"></iframe></div> <br><br> <div><a href="http://www.amazon.com/Last-Lion-Fall-Rise-Kennedy/dp/1439138176/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1233783767&sr=1-1"><IMG SRC="images/kennedy.jpg" style="float: left;" width="120" height="182" border="0"></a><font size="2"><b>&nbsp &nbsp &nbsp &nbsp &nbsp<br>&nbsp &nbsp &nbsp &nbsp &nbsp<br>Neil is one of the co-authors of LAST LION, the new, definitive biography of Ted Kennedy, published by Simon & Schuster.</b></font></div><br><br> <br><br> <div class="text"><b><font size="+1">See Neil's other writing at <br>NEILSWIDEY.COM<br><a href="http://www.neilswidey.com"> Click here</a></div> <td width="10"> <img src="images/background.jpg" width="10" height="812" border="0" alt="image"> </td> <td width="630"> <img src="images/photo.jpg" width="630" height="321" border="0" alt="The Charlestown boys basketball team"> <img src="images/subhead.jpg" width="630" height="71" border="0" alt="Hoops, hope, and the game of their lives"> <table width="630" border="0" cellspacing="0" cellpadding="0" > <tr align="left" valign="top" width="630" > <td width="310"> <div class="text"> <b><font size="+1">NEW PAPERBACK EDITION</b> <div class="text"> <i>The Assist</i> is now available in paperback. It features a brand new Epilogue capturing all the drama that has continued to unfold in the story since the hardcover was released. Join <i>The Assist</i> Facebook page by <br><a href="http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=34398968660"> clicking here</a></div> <div class="text"> <div><img src="images/scolarship.gif" alt="image" style="margin: 0 0 5px 0;"/></div> <div class="text"> <b>The Alray Taylor Second Chance Scholarship Fund</b><br> <img src="images/ataylor.jpg" alt="image" align="right"/>Inspired by the stories in <i>The Assist</i>, this new scholarship is designed to help promising Boston students who left college get back on track and graduate. It is named in memory of Alray Taylor, a warm-hearted former Charlestown High basketball star whose life was cut short in 2006. <br><br>For more info on the fund, go to <a href="http://www.alray.org">alray.org </a> <br><br>Tax-deductible donations to the fund can be made by credit card using Paypal. <a href="http://c-townspirit.org/scholarships.html"> Click here:</a><br><br> Or by check:<br> The Alray Taylor Second Chance Scholarship Fund<br> PO Box 590214<br> Newton, MA 02459<br> <br> </div> <div class="text"> <img src="images/aboutthebook.jpg" alt="image"/> Jack O'Brien is a high school basketball coach extreme in both his demands and his devotion. With monastic discipline, he has built a powerhouse program that wins state championships year after year while helping boys rise above the neighborhood forces pulling them down, and get to college. He does this as a white suburban guy working exclusively with black city boys who make the daily trek across Boston to attend Charlestown High School, where the last battles of the city's school desegregation wars were fought a generation ago.<br> <i>The Assist</i> is a gripping, surprising story about fathers, sons, and surrogates, all confronting the narrow margins of urban life. At its center are the interwoven lives of O'Brien and two of his stars, easygoing Ridley Johnson and fierce Jason "Hood" White. The book follows Ridley and Hood on their hunt for a state title. But it also stays with them, to see how young men who seldom get second chances survive without their coach hovering over them -- and how he survives without them. A minister friend says O'Brien does the Lord's work "filling the space in these boys' lives." But O'Brien is no saint. Saints give without expecting anything in return. O'Brien needs his players and their problems as much as they need him.<br> <b>BUY IT:</b> <a href="http://www.amazon.com/Assist-Hoops-Hope-Their-Lives/dp/1586484699?%5Fencoding=UTF8&tag=theassistnet-20" target="_top">Order it on Amazon.com</a><br> <a href=http://search.barnesandnoble.com/booksearch/results.asp?WRD=the+assist+neil+swidey&z=y&r=1</a>Order <i>The Assist</i> &nbsp;on Barnes&Noble.com</a><br> <a href="http://www.bookweb.org/aba/booksense/storeSearch.do" target="_top">Find a local bookseller through Booksense.com</a><br> <b>LEARN MORE:</b> <a href="http://www.publicaffairsbooks.com/publicaffairsbooks-cgi-bin/display?book=9781586484699" target="_top">PublicAffairs, Publisher</a><br> <b>PREVIEW:</b> <a href="http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/2008/writers/the_bonus/02/14/assist/index.html">Read the excerpt</a><br> </div> <div class="text"> <img src="images/neilswidey.jpg" alt="image"/>is a staff writer for <i>The Boston Globe Magazine</i> and a winner of the National Headliner Award. His writing has been featured in <a href="http://www.amazon.com/Best-American-Science-Writing-2006/dp/006072644X?%5Fencoding=UTF8&tag=theassistnet-20" target="_top"><i>The Best American Science Writing</i></a>, <a href="http://www.amazon.com/Best-American-Crime-Reporting-2007/dp/0060815531?%5Fencoding=UTF8&tag=theassistnet-20" target="_top"><i>The Best American Crime Reporting</i></a>, and <a href="http://www.amazon.com/Best-American-Political-Writing-2007/dp/1568583435?%5Fencoding=UTF8&tag=theassistnet-20" target="_top"><i>The Best American Political Writing</i> </a>. He lives outside Boston with his wife and three children. To see his other writing, go to <a href="http://www.neilswidey.com">www.neilswidey.com</a><br> <b>MORE:</b> <a href="author.html">Expanded bio and contact info</a> </div> <div class="text"> <b>THE BOSTON GLOBE MAGAZINE DETAILS THE SECOND CHANCE SCHOLARSHIP:</b><br><a href="http://www.boston.com/bostonglobe/magazine/articles/2008/01/06/second_chance_scholarship/">Read the article</a> </div> <div><img src="images/reading.gif" alt="image" style="margin: 0 0 5px 0;"/></div> <b>Interested in choosing <i>The Assist</i> as your next selection for your book club?</b><br><a href="http://www.publicaffairsbooks.com/readersguides/9781586484699.pdf">Click here for a reading group guide.</a> </div> <div class="text"> <b>FOR TEACHERS</b><br>Parade Magazine recommends <i>The Assist</i> as part of its classroom curriculum on current events, sports, physical education, careers and critical thinking. <br><a href="http://www.parade.com/export/sites/default/paradeclassroom/downloads/lesson_plans/lesson_04_06_08_AllAmerica.pdf">Download Lesson Plan</a></div> <!-- Brightcove video --> <div style="margin: 0 0 20px 0;"> <img src="images/video.gif" alt="video" style="margin: 0 0 0px 0;"/> <iframe src="http://link.brightcove.com/services/player/bcpid1351321910" width="310" height="263" frameborder="0" scrolling="no"></iframe> </div></td> <td width="310"></div> <!-- begin column 3 --> <div class="text"> <img src="images/inTheNews.gif" alt="image" style="margin: 0 0 5px 0;"/></div> <div class="text"><b><i>The Assist</i> honored by Iowa High School Book Awards 2011-2012</b> </a><br><a href="http://www.glenwoodschools.org/education/components/scrapbook/default.php?sectiondetailid=18437&"> More info</a></div> <div class="text"><a href="http://www.ilfonline.org/programs-awards/eliot-rosewater-indiana-high-school-book-award/"><img src="images/rosie.jpg" border="0" alt="Rosie"/></a><br><b>The Assist has been named a 2010-2011 nominee for the Rosie Book Award. Named in honor of Eliot Rosenwater, a recurring character in Kurt Vonnegut s novels, the award is chosen each year by high school students across Vonnegut s home state of Indiana. The students will be reading the nominated books throughout the school year and then voting for their favorite. If you have any Hoosiers in your networks, please spread the word! </a><br><a href="http://www.ilfonline.org/programs-awards/eliot-rosewater-indiana-high-school-book-award/"> View the details here </a></div> <div class="text"><a href="http://dimemag.com/2010/07/top-10-basketball-books-of-all-time/"><img src="images/dime.jpg" border="0" alt="Dime"/></a><br><b>The Assist named honorable mention on Dime magazine's list of Top Ten Basketball Books of All Time. </a><br><a href="http://dimemag.com/2010/07/top-10-basketball-books-of-all-time/"> Story and list here </a></div> <div class="text"><a href="/wp.html"><img src="images/logowashpost.gif" border="0" alt="Washington Post"/></a><br><b>BEST BOOKS OF 2008</b><br><a><i>The Washington Post</i> names <i>The Assist</i> to its list of the year's best. </a><br><a href="http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-srv/artsandliving/features/2008/holiday-guide/gifts/best-books-of-2008/"> Read the full list here </a></div> <div class="text"><b><i>The Assist</i> named to Barnes & Noble's Best Books of the Year 2008 List.</b> </a><br><a href="http://browse.barnesandnoble.com/browse/nav.asp?visgrp=nonfiction&N=213909+800008264&Ne=213909"> More info</a></div> <div class="text"><b><i>Rocky Mountain News</i> selects <i>The Assist</i> as one of its favorite books of 2008.</b><br> <a href="http://www.rockymountainnews.com/news/2008/dec/05/the-rockys-holiday-book-gift-guide-nonfiction/">View the list here</a></div> <div class="text"> <a href="http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/21134540/vp/22407955#22407955"><img src="images/today.jpg" border="0" alt="image"/></a><br><b><i>THE ASSIST</i> SPOTLIGHTED ON THE TODAY SHOW</b><a href="http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/21134540/vp/22407955#22407955"><img src="images/nbcTodayShow.jpg" border="0" alt="image"/></a><br> Watch Neil Swidey, Ridley Johnson and Coach Jack O'Brien discuss Charlestown basketball and second chances on NBC's Today Show.<br> <a href= "http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/21134540/vp/22407955#22407955">Watch the Today Show segment here</a> </div> <div class="text"> <a href="http://www.ew.com/ew/article/0,,20170572,00.html"><img src="images/ew.gif" border="0" alt="image"/></a><br><b>ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY gives <i>The Assist</i> an A-</b><br> <a>'There's triumph, tragedy, and salvation in this story. Not to mention a movie.'</a> <a href="http://www.ew.com/ew/article/0,,20170572,00.html">Read review here</a> </div> <div class="text"> <b>Washington Post Book World raves:</b><br><a>"<i>The Assist</i> will prove indispensable to anyone interested in the art of coaching at any level or in any sport. And by distracting us from the sordid, steroid-fueled headlines, Swidey reminds us why we enjoy watching sports in the first place." </a><br><a href="/wp.html"> Click here for the full review </a></div> <div class="text"> <a href="http://www.boston.com/ae/books/blog/hcnonfiction/"> <img src="images/glogo.jpg" border="0" alt="image"/></a><br><b><i>The Assist</i> logs multiple weeks in the Top 5 of The Boston Globe Bestseller List. </b><br><a href="http://www.boston.com/ae/books/blog/2008/03/hardcover_nonfi_58.html"> View list here </a></div> <div class="text"> <a href="http://sports.espn.go.com/espn/page2/story?page=simmons/links/080314&campaign=rsssrch&source=bill_simmons"><img src="images/espn.jpg" border="0" alt="image"/></a><br><b>Bill Simmons, The Sports Guy from ESPN:</b> <br> <a>"<i>The Assist</i> should be a must-read... The second-best book about inner-city high school basketball behind Darcy Fray's <i>The Last Shot</i>." </a> <a href="http://sports.espn.go.com/espn/page2/story?page=simmons/links/080314&campaign=rsssrch&source=bill_simmons"><br>Read Bill's spotlight here</a> </div> <div class="text"> <a href="http://www.youtube.com/v/rCbD0GhTgeE"><img src="images/chronicle.jpg" border="0" alt="image"/></a><br><b><i>THE ASSIST</i> SPOTLIGHTED ON CHRONICLE HD'S SUMMER READING SERIES</b><br><a href="http://www.youtube.com/v/rCbD0GhTgeE">Watch here</a></div> <div class="text"><a href="http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/2008/writers/the_bonus/02/14/assist/index.html"><img src="images/si_logo.jpg" border="0" alt="SI.com"/></a><br><b>Sports Illustrated spotlights <i>The Assist</i></b></a><br> <a href="http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/2008/writers/the_bonus/02/14/assist/index.html"> Read the Sports Illustrated coverage here </a></div> <div class="text"> <a href="http://archives.onlyagame.org/features/2008/01/assist.asp"><img src="images/oag.gif" border="0" alt="image"/></a><br><b>Bill Littlefield, host of NPR's "Only A Game," interviews Neil and gives <i>The Assist</i> a big thumbs up.</b></a><br><a href="/media/ASSIST1.mp3">Listen to interview part 1</a> &nbsp &nbsp <a href="/media/ASSIST2.mp3">Listen to interview part 2</a><br> <a href="http://archives.onlyagame.org/features/2008/01/assist.asp">Read Bill's review here </div> <div class="text"> <a href="http://www.necn.com/Boston/Sports/Neil-Swidey-author-of-The-Assist/1207183667.html"><img src="images/necn.bmp" border="0" alt="image"/></a><br><b>NECN News Night host Jim Braude: "<i>The Assist</i>: Get it. Read it. It is really terrific."</b></a><br><a href="http://www.necn.com/Boston/Sports/Neil-Swidey-author-of-The-Assist/1207183667.html"> Watch the interview here </a> </div> <div class="text"><a href="http://audio.weei.com/m/19279999/neil_swidey_author_the_assist.htm?pageid=967"><img src="images/weei.gif" border="0" alt="weei"/></a><br><br> <b>The Dale and Holley Show</b><br> Co-host Michael Holley: "There was a point for Bostonians where <i>Common Ground</i> was the book you had to read. I think <i>The Assist</i> is that book now." <br>Co-host Dale Arnold: "Spectacular." <br><a href="http://audio.weei.com/m/19279999/neil_swidey_author_the_assist.htm?pageid=967">Listen to Neil's entire "Dale and Holley" interview here </a> </div> <div class="text"> <b>THE NEW YORK TIMES MAGAZINE'S PLAY: 'More Than a Coach.'</b><a href="/play.html"></a> <a href="/play.html"> Read profile here</a> </div> <div class="text"><b>BORDERS selects <i>The Assist</i> for its ORIGINAL VOICES,</b> which highlights the work of the most promising new and emerging authors.</b><br> <a href="http://www.bordersstores.com/search/title_detail.jsp?id=56214530&srchTerms=the+assist&mediaType=1&srchType=Keyword"> Original Voices</a></div> <div class="text"> <b>NEIL DISCUSSES THE BOOK ON FOX25 NEWS</b> <a href="http://www.myfoxboston.com/dpp/sports/Charlestown_Basketball_on_Display_in_The_Assist"><img src="images/fox.gif" border="0" alt="image"/></a><br>Neil Swidey's new book takes you inside the boys basketball team in Charletstown.</a><br> <a href="http://www.myfoxboston.com/dpp/sports/Charlestown_Basketball_on_Display_in_The_Assist">Watch interview here</a> </div> <div class="text"> <b>THE NEW YORK POST: 'He Shoots, It's Good.'</b><a href="http://www.nypost.com/seven/01062008/postopinion/postopbooks/he_shoots__its_good_616954.htm"</a><br> <a href="http://www.nypost.com/seven/01062008/postopinion/postopbooks/he_shoots__its_good_616954.htm"> Read review here</a> </div> <div class="text"><a href="http://www.boston.com/ae/books/blog/2008/02/neil_swidey_rea.html"><b>GREAT WRITERS PODCAST</a><br><a>Neil reads from "The Assist" on Great Writers</b></a><br><a>Listen here to Neil's talk at the Harvard Book Store, as part of the Great Writers Podcast series.</a><br><a href="http://www.boston.com/ae/books/blog/2008/02/neil_swidey_rea.html"> Read more and listen to the podcast </a></div> <div class="text"><a href="http://realserver.bu.edu:8080/ramgen/w/b/wbur/herenow/2008/01/hn_0128.rm?start=34:26"><img src="images/logo_main.gif" border="0" alt="here and now"/></a><br><b>NPR's Here & Now spotlights <i>The Assist</i></b></a><br> <a href="http://realserver.bu.edu:8080/ramgen/w/b/wbur/herenow/2008/01/hn_0128.rm?start=34:26"> Listen to the interview here </a></div> <div class="text"> <b>FOXSPORTS.COM COLUMNIST MARK KRIEGEL (AUTHOR OF <i>PISTOL</i>):</b> "The Celtics may have reached 30 wins in fewer games than any team in NBA history, but the best story to come out of Boston this season is <i>The Assist</i> by Neil Swidey."</div> <div class="text"> <b>POWELLS.COM:</b><br> Original Essay Series features a piece by Neil on Jay-Z videos and other adventures from writing the book.<br> <a href="http://www.powells.com/essays/swidey.html"> Read essay here</a> </div> <div class="text"> <b>YAHOO SPORTS: 'This Is Great Literature.'</b><br><a href="http://sports.yahoo.com/nba/news?slug=aw-lastshot010408&prov=yhoo&type=lgns"</a> <a href="http://sports.yahoo.com/nba/news?slug=aw-lastshot010408&prov=yhoo&type=lgns">Read review here</a> </div> <div class="text"><b>TAMPA TRIBUNE</b><br> "One does not have to be from Boston to appreciate Swidey's writing skills. His characters are real and have a story to tell. It's a tale that pulsates with the intensity of a full-court press." -Bob D'Angelo<br><a href="http://www.tbo.com/sports/MGB7T94RSBF.html"> Full review here</a><br> </div> <div class="text"><a href="http://www.projo.com/news/content/SWIDEY_02-12-08_3B8VIRB_v19.371705e.html"><b>PROVIDENCE JOURNAL</b></a><br><a>Sports only small part of team's tale </a><br><a href="http://www.projo.com/news/content/SWIDEY_02-12-08_3B8VIRB_v19.371705e.html"> Click here for article</a></div> <div class="text"><a href="http://www.rockymountainnews.com/news/2008/feb/01/the-assist-hoops-hope-and-the-game-of-their/"><b>ROCKY MOUNTAIN NEWS</b></a><br><a>"Thankfully, The Assist isn't a formula sports story where everything leads up to 'The Big Game' that's won in overtime. It's an absorbing examination of at-risk, inner-city youths who succeed against all odds. GRADE: A."</a><br><a href="http://www.rockymountainnews.com/news/2008/feb/01/the-assist-hoops-hope-and-the-game-of-their/"> Click here for full review</a></div> <div class="text"> <b>ESPN: 'Gripping Journey.'</b></a> <a href="http://sports.espn.go.com/ncaa/highschool/news/story?id=3159581"> Read excerpt here</a> </div> <div class="text"> <a href="http://www.dimemag.com"><img src="images/dime.jpg" border="0" alt="image"/></a><br><a>"368 pages of fast reading. Turn the TV off and dig into The Assist. Once you do, you'll realize just how high the stakes are for every jump shot, rebound, and game." </a><a href="http://www.dimemag.com"> Read the review</a> </div> <div class="text"><b><font size ="2"> <a>MORE COVERAGE:</font></b></a> <a href="news.html">See more coverage here</a></div> </td> </tr> <tr align="left" width="630" span="2"> <th colspan="2"> <script language="javascript"> if (AC_FL_RunContent == 0) { alert("This page requires AC_RunActiveContent.js."); } else { AC_FL_RunContent( 'codebase', 'http://download.macromedia.com/pub/shockwave/cabs/flash/swflash.cab#version=9,0,0,0', 'width', '630', 'height', '310', 'src', 'photos', 'quality', 'high', 'pluginspage', 'http://www.macromedia.com/go/getflashplayer', 'align', 'middle', 'play', 'true', 'loop', 'true', 'scale', 'showall', 'wmode', 'window', 'devicefont', 'false', 'id', 'photos', 'wmode', 'transparent', 'name', 'photos', 'menu', 'true', 'allowFullScreen', 'false', 'allowScriptAccess','sameDomain', 'movie', 'photos', 'salign', '' ); //end AC code } </script> <noscript> <object classid="clsid:d27cdb6e-ae6d-11cf-96b8-444553540000" codebase="http://download.macromedia.com/pub/shockwave/cabs/flash/swflash.cab#version=9,0,0,0" width="630" height="310" id="photos" align="middle"> <param name="allowScriptAccess" value="sameDomain" /> <param name="allowFullScreen" value="false" /> <param name="movie" value="photos.swf" /><param name="quality" value="high" /><param name="wmode" value="transparent"> <embed src="photos.swf" quality="high" bgcolor="#92502b" width="630" height="310" name="photos" align="middle" allowScriptAccess="sameDomain" allowFullScreen="false" wmode="transparent" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" pluginspage="http://www.macromedia.com/go/getflashplayer" /> </object> </noscript> </th></tr> </table> </td> </tr> </table> </div> <script src="http://www.google-analytics.com/urchin.js" type="text/javascript"> </script> <script type="text/javascript"> _uacct = "UA-3300028-1"; urchinTracker(); </script></body> </html>