Book Review: “More Than Rivals” by Ken Abraham

July 12, 2016 at 1:20 am | Posted in Books | Leave a comment
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Ken Abraham in his new book, “More Than Rivals book coverMore Than Rivals” published by Revell gives us A Championship Game and a Friendship That Moved a Town Beyond Black and White.

From the back cover:  In 1970, one small southern town was a powder keg ready to erupt.
But it was also on the verge of something incredible.

Eddie Sherlin and Bill Ligon grew up on opposite sides of the tracks in Gallatin, Tennessee. They knew the barriers that divided them–some physical landmarks and some hidden in the heart–but those barriers melted away when the boys were on the basketball court. After years of playing wherever they could find a hoop, Eddie and Bill rose as leaders of their respective high school teams. And at the end of the 1970 season, all-white Gallatin High and all-black Union High faced each other in a once-in-a-lifetime championship game. What happened that night would challenge Eddie and Bill–and transform their town.

Ken Abraham knows how to tell History so that is it accurate and informing. Mr. Abraham also knows how to tell a story so that it is interesting as well. There is a lot of conflict in this town. Gallatin is highly segregated but Eddie and Bill don’t see their color when they are playing Basketball. And then it all comes down to the night of the championship game. There is a lot going on in this story. Mr. Abraham writes an interesting story that moves along at a remarkably brisk pace.  Mr. Abraham has given us real life characters in Eddie and Bill to work with as he tells the story of friendship, prejudice and transformation. I highly recommend this book.

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Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Revell.   I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 <> : “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

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