What are they saying?

“. . . a rich model for making connections between conversations about basketball, racial ideologies, and the broader socioeconomic environment.”

“. . . an accessible and entertaining work”

Cat Ariail in The Sport in American History blog 

“A readable and endlessly quotable academic book—a rarity really.”

Brandon Soderberg in Baltimore’s City Paper

“It’s a revelation.”

Slam Magazine

“In this compelling critical dissection of a truly fascinating sport, Yago Colás effectively breaks down the game of basketball in ways social, cultural, and political. As Rasheed Wallace said, ‘Ball don’t lie!’ Neither does this book.”

Todd Boyd

author of Young, Black, Rich and Famous: The Rise of the NBA, the Hip Hop Invasion and the Transformation of American Culture. 

Katherine and Frank Price Endowed Chair for the Study of Race and Popular Culture at the University of Southern California School of Cinematic Arts and 

Ball Don’t Lie! is an original, unique, well-conceived, and well-executed work on the history and culture of basketball. In an accessible and engaging writing style, Colás tackles basketball from the perspective of a literary critic. He cleverly sets up each chapter with a myth and then he goes about deconstructing it from a variety of angles. This book can help change how we teach and write about sport.”

Aram Goudsouzian

author: King of the Court: Bill Russell and the Basketball Revolution

Chair of the Department of History at the University of Memphis

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