Synopses & Reviews
For nearly five years Arthur Agee's and William Gates' remarkable lives were chronicled by a team of filmmakers. Roughly 250 hours of film were devoted to their journeys from the playgrounds to high school competition to college recruitment and -- whittled down to three hours -- it became the award-winning film Hoop Dreams. Now journalist Ben Joravsky vividly brings to light all the richness and subtlety of their stories, and the impact their aspirations had on themselves, their families and their relationships. It is an intimate look, complete with an up-to-date epilogue on the latest developments in their lives.
"A heart-wrenching and uplifting story of survival." Publishers Weekly
"Reveals just how literally basketball is a means of survival in the inner city....Hoop Dreams offers new perspectives not only on basketball, but on family and societal relationships." Book Page
"Reveals just how literally basketball is a means of survival in the inner city....Hoop Dreams offers new perspectives not only on basketball, but on family and societal relationships." New Media
"If you liked the movie you'll love the book....Hoop Dreams is the best case yet for the power of the printed word over visual images." Milwaukee Journal
"A worthy explooration of an all-American dream....A celeberation of the passions and possibilities of doggedly pursuing a goal." Columbus dispatch
About the Author
Ben Joravsky is a prize winning journalist whose piece about Chicago's Roosevelt High School was chosen as one of 1992's outstanding sports articles.
Co-author of Race and Politics in Chicago,he is a resident of Chicago, Illinois.