Today´s National Basketball Association commands millions of spectators worldwide, and its many franchises are worth hundreds of millions of dollars. But the league wasn´t always so successful or glamorous: in the 1940s and 1950s, the NBA and its predecessor, the Basketball Association of America, were scrambling to attract fans. Teams frequently played in dingy gymnasiums, players traveled as best they could, and their paychecks could bounce higher than a basketball. How did the NBA evolve from an obscure organization facing financial losses to a successful fledgling sports enterprise by 1960? Drawing on information from numerous archives, newspaper and periodical articles, and Congressional hearings, The Rise of the National Basketball Association chronicles the league´s growing pains from 1946 to 1961. David George Surdam describes how a handful of ambitious ice hockey arena owners created the league as a way to increase the use of their facilities, growing the organization by fits and starts. Rigorously analyzing financial data and league records, Surdam points to the innovations that helped the NBA thrive: regular experiments with rules changes to make the game more attractive to fans, and the emergence of televised sports coverage as a way of capturing a larger audience. Notably, the NBA integrated in 1950, opening the game to players who would dominate the game by the end of the 1950s decade: Bill Russell, Elgin Baylor, Wilt Chamberlain, and Oscar Robertson. Long a game that players loved to play, basketball became a professional sport well supported by community leaders, business vendors, and an ever-growing number of fans. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Todd Barsness. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/017471/bk_acx0_017471_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
A. D. Jameson celebrates the triumph of geekdom in I Find Your Lack of Faith Disturbing, an insightful and irreverent journey through the science fiction, fantasy, and superhero pop-culture cinematic icons whose legions of fans have put them at the top of the box office over and over. Star Wars, Marvel superheroes, The Lord of the Rings - properties that were once supposedly the domain of socially maladroit youth have become mainstream entertainment, enjoyed by enormous audiences and by more than a few film critics too. But there are those commentators who have decried the way in which serious adult cinema has seemingly vanished, with Hollywood dominated by mindless kiddie fare such as tentpole-event movies, franchises, and endless remakes and reboots. As a lifelong geek, A. D. Jameson blasts through the clichés that have always surrounded pop-culture phenomena: that fans are mindless followers who will embrace all things Spider-Man, regardless of quality; or that the popularity and financial success of nerd cinema represents the death of ambitious filmmaking. Instead, he makes a case for why genre films are worthy of serious critical attention - and shares his thoughts on where their true flaws lie. Shining a new light on beloved classics, and exploding misconceptions as to their historical and intellectual value, I Find Your Lack of Faith Disturbing explores how the geek inherited the earth. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Holter Graham, A. D. Jameson - introduction. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/aren/003515/bk_aren_003515_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Journalist Eric Schlosser is the guest on this archive edition of Fresh Air. Schlosser is the author of the best seller Fast Food Nation: The Dark Side of the All-American Meal. In it he traces diverse consequences of fast food (the rise of franchises and the spread of obesity), its production and the growth of the secret flavor industry. Listen to the audio version of Fast Food Nation at audible.com. (Original Fresh Air broadcast date January 22, 2001) 1. Language: English. Narrator: Terry Gross. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/rt/whyy/010924/rt_whyy_010924_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
From the NYT best-selling author with unprecedented access to the Patriot franchise comes Belichick and Brady, the epic inside story of the rise and dominance of Tom Brady, Bill Belichick, and the New England Patriots. Featuring interviews from Patriots players and coaches, Holley presents a fascinating portrait of the partnership between Tom Brady, the Patriots´ star quarterback, and Bill Belichick, the team´s prolific coach. Chock-full of behind-the-scenes anecdotes and information exploring how they have strategized and weathered controversies, all culminating in four Super Bowl rings, this is required listening for any Patriots fan and students of the game of football. By examining the relationship between this dynamic quarterback and coach duo, Holley explores exactly how these two men have formed the core of the greatest dynasty in the modern-day NFL. PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying reference material will be available in your Library section along with the audio. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Dan Woren. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/hach/002809/bk_hach_002809_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
In 1913, little Malka Treynovsky flees Russia with her family. Bedazzled by tales of gold and movie stardom, she tricks them into buying tickets for America. Yet no sooner do they land on the squalid Lower East Side of Manhattan, than Malka is crippled and abandoned in the street. Taken in by a tough-loving Italian ices peddler, she manages to survive through cunning and inventiveness. As she learns the secrets of his trade, she begins to shape her own destiny. She falls in love with a gorgeous, illiterate radical named Albert, and they set off across America in an ice cream truck. Slowly, she transforms herself into Lillian Dunkle, ´´The Ice Cream Queen´´ - doyenne of an empire of ice cream franchises and a celebrated television personality. Lillian´s rise to fame and fortune spans 70 years and is inextricably linked to the course of American history itself, from Prohibition to the disco days of Studio 54. Yet Lillian Dunkle is nothing like the whimsical motherly persona she crafts for herself in the media. Conniving, profane, and irreverent, she is a supremely complex woman who prefers a good stiff drink to an ice cream cone. And when her past begins to catch up with her, everything she has spent her life building is at stake. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Susan Jane Gilman. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/hach/001612/bk_hach_001612_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Learn the Incredible Story of the San Antonio Spurs´ Basketball Star LaMarcus Aldridge! In LaMarcus Aldridge: The Inspiring Story of One of Basketball´s Most Dominant Power Forwards, you will learn the inspirational story of one of basketball´s premier power forwards, LaMarcus Aldridge. Since joining the NBA, LaMarcus Aldridge has demanded respect from defenses across the league for his ability to stretch the floor and score efficiently as a big man. While he started his career with the Portland Trailblazers, he signed as a free agent with the San Antonio Spurs as arguably the most coveted free agent of 2015. LaMarcus Aldridge still has much to prove as he begins his journey as a San Antonio Spur. Besides needing to eventually fill the shoes left by the game´s greatest power forward to ever play the game, Tim Duncan, Aldridge also must help lead the Spurs to another NBA championship. Here is a preview of what is inside this book: Early Life and Childhood High School Years of LaMarcus Aldridge LaMarcus Aldridge´s NBA Career Getting Drafted Rookie Season Second Year Continued Consistency Rise to All-Star Status Being the Franchise Player and the Coming of Damian Lillard Final Year with the Trailblazers The Most Coveted Free Agent in 2015 First Season as a Spur LaMarcus Aldridge´s Personal Life Aldridge´s Legacy and Future 1. Language: English. Narrator: BJ Fessant. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/055093/bk_acx0_055093_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Here´s a biographical profile of Charles Howard, who built the world´s largest automobile dealer network. Howard owned the famous thoroughbred Seabiscuit, and the story of the scrappy horse is fascinating; but Howard´s rise to power and wealth is just as captivating. Howard gained the Buick franchise for San Francisco in 1904 but couldn´t sell the three cars. Then the Great Earthquake of 1906 struck and changed San Francisco and Howard´s fortunes forever. As fire spread across the city, horses bolted in panic. Firemen were unable to get to the fire, the injured unable to escape it. Howard leaped into the void with his three Buicks, carting the injured to temporary hospitals, bringing explosives to the front lines, above all proving the utility of the automobile.By the 1920s the San Francisco Chronicle hailed him as ´´the world´s greatest auto distributor´´. Howard´s story is much like that of Seabiscuit. Both became great champions. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Baron Ron Herron. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/bigh/000115/bk_bigh_000115_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
The star of The Real Housewives of New Jersey and three-time New York Times best-selling author offers a behind-the-scenes look at life in prison, her marriage, her rise to fame, the importance of her family, and the reality TV franchise that made her a household name in her explosive and ultimately uplifting first-ever memoir. ´´People think they know everything about me...but they don´t. Not even close.´´ Teresa Giudice, star of The Real Housewives of New Jersey, has seen it all, but nothing - not even Real Housewives scandals - could compare to the media firestorm that ensued after she was convicted on federal fraud charges. The infamous, fun-loving Jersey mom of four was sentenced to 15 months in the same prison where Piper Kerman - the real-life inspiration behind Orange Is the New Black - did her time. Her tiny prison cubicle in Connecticut felt so far removed from the glamorous world portrayed on The Real Housewives of New Jersey. What was a skinny Italian to do? Keep a diary, of course... In her very first tell-all memoir, Teresa comes clean on all things Giudice: growing up as an Italian American, meeting the love of her life and starting a family, dealing with chaos and catfights on national television, and eventually coming to terms with the reality of life in prison. Turning the Tables captures some of the most memorable moments of her prison stay, including the cringe-inducing fistfights she witnessed, the awkward conundrum of being trapped when a fellow inmate had a...guest...over, and the strength she found while confined between four concrete walls. Even at her lowest of lows, Teresa was able to live la bella vita by staying positive and realizing her purpose. Friends, foes, and fans have speculated about Teresa´s prison experience, but nothing will prepare you for the revelations she makes in this entertaining and heartwarming memoir. ´´The world will ... 1. Language: English. Narrator: Teresa Giudice. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/sans/007357/bk_sans_007357_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
All the glory and passion of Falcons football direct from the gridiron - newly updated! Through all the pain, all the glory, and all the moments of absurdity, fans of the Atlanta Falcons have always had one thing in common - passion. Now those stalwart supporters will get to relive all the history of their favorite franchise in this newly updated edition of Tales from the Atlanta Falcons Sideline. Since their inauspicious beginnings in 1966, the Atlanta Falcons have risen to become one of the powerhouse teams of the NFC South. In this riveting collection of misbegotten woes and tireless efforts, Matt Winkeljohn captures an epic journey of athletic redemption. From the team’s miserable, mosquito-infested first training camp, to the shocking defeat of the Minnesota Vikings in the 1999 NFC Championship game, and up through their recent success, Tales from the Atlanta Falcons Sideline has it all. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Charles Carroll. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/adbl/008739/bk_adbl_008739_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Learn the Inspiring Story of the Utah Jazz´s Star Center, Rudy Gobert! In Rudy Gobert: The Inspiring Story of One of Basketball’s Rising Star Centers, you´ll learn the incredible story of one of basketball´s centers, Rudy Gobert. In the last few years, Gobert has quickly emerged as a prominent big man in the league due to the significant impact he brings to the defensive end of the floor. At the time of this writing, Gobert is just 25 years old, with many more years to go in his career. Don´t be surprised if at the end of his career we are calling Gobert one of the best French players to ever play the game. With Gordon Hayward having left the Utah Jazz franchise for the Boston Celtics in the summer of 2017, it will be exciting to see how Gobert rises to the occasion of being one of the key leaders for the Jazz. If you´re a fan of Rudy Gobert, don´t delay in picking up this book. Start learning his inspiring story today. Here´s a preview of what you´ll learn about: Childhood and Early Life Cholet Basket Career NBA Career Getting Drafted Rookie Season The Rise of the French Rejection A Tower Reaching Stardom, First Playoff Appearance International Career Rudy Gobert´s Personal Life Gobert´s Impact on Basketball and Legacy 1. Language: English. Narrator: Roger Wood. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/108621/bk_acx0_108621_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.