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Dynasty's End: Bill Russell and the 1968-69 World Chamption Boston Celtics

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2003 non-fiction book by Thomas J. Whalen

Well-written sports books are a rarity, and Whalen's is one of them. Neither a gushing fan's account nor a professorial social history, it tells the story of the great Boston Celtics team of the late 1950s and early 1960s coached by Red Auerbach and … see full wiki

Tags: Books, Sports
Author: Thomas J. Whalen
Genre: Sports History
Publisher: Northeastern Univ Pr
Date Published: November 14, 2003
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Recalling a very special time in Boston sports history.

  • Oct 3, 2009
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For those of us who were lucky enough to be around New England in the 1960's the incredible championship run of the Boston Celtics was a wonder to behold.  Imagine winning 11 World Championships in 13 years!  I really don't think most of us truly understood the magnitude of what was being accomplished.  And needless to say, it's a pretty safe bet that there will never be anything like it again in professional sports.

"Dynasty's End: Bill Russell and the 1968-69 World Chamption Boston Celtics" recalls the incredible accomplishments of Bill Russell, Sam Jones, John Havlicek and the rest of the cast that completely dominated the sport for more than a decade.  While the focus is ultimately on the Celtics improbable 1968-69 championship season author Thomas Whelan has done a nice job of filling us in on the history of this storied franchise.  It is really quite stunning when you realize that for many years the Celtics were winning championship after championship on a shoestring budget and were rarely able to sell out the building.  You begin to understand just how smart Red Auerbach really was.  Whelan also recalls great fondness longtime Celtics radio announcer Johnny Most.  He truly was one of a kind and really was an intregal part of the Boston Celtics story.

While Whalen gives us the lowdown on all of the significant Celtics players of the period he hones in on Hall of Famer Bill Russell.  Here was a multi-talented player with an extremely complex personality who toward the end of his storied career would have the distinction of becoming player-coach of the Celts.  Some of the stories and anecdotes about Russell are absolutely priceless.  Whalen also profiles many of the Celtics key adversaries of the day including Elgin Baylor, Bill Bradley, Billy Cunningham and of course Bill Russell's arch-rival Wilt "The Stilt" Chamberlain. Suffice to say that Russell had his way with the 7'1" Chamberlain more often than not. 

"Dynasty's End: Bill Russell and the 1968-69 World Chamption Boston Celtics" is an exceptionally  well written book destined to be enjoyed by history buffs and basketball fans alike.  It is a snapshot of a different era in the country as a whole and professional sports in particular.  A fun read!       Highly Recommended!
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