The Whistleblower

The Whistleblower

Rooting for the Ref in the High-stakes World of College Basketball

Book - 2015
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A riveting tour of college basketball, guided by an unlikely sports hero: the referee.
Publisher: Lebanon, NH : ForeEdge, [2015]
Copyright Date: ©2015
ISBN: 9781611684513
Characteristics: xi, 207 pages, 10 unnumbered pages : illustrations ; 23 cm
Alternative Title: Whistle blower
Call Number: 796.323 KAT


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May 04, 2015

Even if you're like me and you don't watch basketball much, you'll still find plenty to appreciate in The Whistleblower, a memoir of everyman ref Ed Hightower. From his difficult and humble childhood in the Midwest to a storied career in both the NCAA (as a referee) and education (as a superintendent), Hightower possesses an attitude and work ethic that I deeply respect. Author Bob Katz is clearly a blue-blooded college basketball fan, and you can see it in the way he relates the plight of referees to us, but you need not be versed in the world of basketball to see the universal human element of Hightower's story.

I cracked opened this book with certain expectations and came away pleasantly surprised by how much I enjoyed it. I recommend The Whistleblower.


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