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Jerry M. reviewed A Season on the Brink: A Year with Bobby Knight and the Indiana Hoosiers on
Even though Knight is no longer with Indiana, the book gives a great insight into one of the most successful and controversial coaches in college basketball. Feinstein is a great writer, and the combination of a good story to tell and a good storyteller makes for great reading.
Like his heroes Woody Hayes and George Patton, Indiana University coach Knight is alternately described as dedicated, dictatorial, compassionate, belligerent, and brilliant. Feinstein offers a close look at the man by following him and his basketball team through the 1985-86 season. Knight's mercurial personality is no better exemplified than in the famous chair-throwing incident and in his close relationship with a permanently injured former player. At times the author serves as an apologist, but he does manage to reflect the intensity of feelings generated by the Hoosier mentor. This book likely will leave fans with their love/hate opinions intact.