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How Debate Team Became Cool

Cross-X by Joe Miller

Reviewed by Stacy A. Teicher
Christian Science Monitor

"The high school debaters featured in Cross-X can cram a long string of words into a breathless minute. Journalist Joe Miller reproduces that intensity by cramming at least three intertwined stories into one book. The first tale is the stuff of Hollywood flicks: Underdogs from the inner city surmount personal and institutional barriers to take the national debate circuit by storm. But understanding this story requires an examination of everything from the quirks of the debate subculture to the racial and political dynamics of education. Finally, Miller himself becomes the protagonist in a third narrative strand, utterly abandoning his original journalistic objectivity...." Read the entire Christian Science Monitor review.




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