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The Secret Game: A Basketball Story in Black and White

Scott Ellsworth

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Prose: non-fiction, Basketball

The true story of the game that never should have happened -- and of a nation on the brink of monumental change

In 1943, at the North Carolina College for Negroes, Coach John McLendon was on the verge of changing basketball forever. His team was the highest-scoring team in America, and yet they faced danger whenever they traveled backcountry roads.

Across town, the best squad on Duke University's campus wasn't the Blue Devils, but an all-white team from the medical school. They were prepared to take on anyone -- until an audacious invitation arrived.

THE SECRET GAME is the story of a long-buried moment in the nation's sporting past. A riveting account of a barrier-shattering game, the evolution of modern basketball - and the coming of a new America.

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