224 pp., 6.125 x 9.25, 15 halftones, notes, index
Hardcover ISBN: 978-1-4696-3038-0
Published: October 2016
eBook ISBN: 978-1-4696-3039-7
Published: September 2016
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Drawing on extensive personal interviews and a variety of other sources, Chansky takes readers beyond the basketball court to highlight the community that supported Smith and Scott during these demanding years, from assistant basketball coach John Lotz to influential pastor the Reverend Robert Seymour to pioneering African American mayor Howard Lee. Dispelling many myths that surround this period, Chansky nevertheless offers an ultimately triumphant portrait of a student-athlete and coach who ensured the University of North Carolina would never be the same.
About the Author
Art Chansky is a veteran sportswriter and author of several books on UNC basketball, including Light Blue Reign and Blue Blood.
For more information about Art Chansky, visit the Author Page.
"A story rich in detail, anecdote, and context."--Eric Frederick, News & Observer
"More than just a fan fest, Game Changers reminds us of the tough road toward civil rights this state had to follow. It also shows how athletics can steer popular culture, often for the good."--Ben Steelman, Wilmington Star-News
“Mix[es] an examination of the civil rights struggle in Chapel Hill in the 1960s with behind-the-scenes stories on the recruiting and college career of basketball star Charlie Scott, UNC’s first Afro-American scholarship player.”--Joel Buckley, Community Sports News
“One of the most insightful and intriguing books ever written about college sports.”--Caulton Tudor, NC Sports Hall of Fame Writer
“[A] fascinating account of Dean Smith, Charlie Scott and turbulent Chapel Hill in the '60s. . . . a must-read.”--R.L. Bynum, Raleigh & Company
"Civil rights was the biggest story in Chapel Hill in the 1960s--until Dean Smith signed Charlie Scott. Then the two stories became one. Chansky's is a riveting account of how a coach under fire, a lonely pioneer, an uncaring campus, and a town in turmoil came together in Carmichael Auditorium, and everybody won in the end. A must-read if you want to know the truth."--Curry Kirkpatrick, former senior writer at Sports Illustrated and Basketball Hall of Fame award-winning author