{Reading} We Will Rise: A True Story of Tragedy and Resurrection in the American Heartland Author Steve Beaven – Intimatenights.co.uk

We Will Rise: A True Story of Tragedy and Resurrection in the American Heartland Thoughts soon. I eagerly anticipated reading Steve Beaven s We Will Rise A True Story of Tragedy and Resurrection in the American Heartland, a book that remembers the December 13, 1977 plane crash that took the lives of the entire University of Evansville basketball team along with coaches, boosters, and everyone else on the plane In fact, the lone player to not be on that plane would actually die a mere two weeks later in a car crash It was and remains a tragedy that has a permanent place in the Indiana I eagerly anticipated reading Steve Beaven s We Will Rise A True Story of Tragedy and Resurrection in the American Heartland, a book that remembers the December 13, 1977 plane crash that took the lives of the entire University of Evansville basketball team along with coaches, boosters, and everyone else on the plane In fact, the lone player to not be on that plane would actually die a mere two weeks later in a car crash It was and remains a tragedy that has a permanent place in the Indiana consciousness, especially for those of us, myself included, who had any connection at all to that particular basketball team While I did not have a direct connection to the tragedy, my indirect connection was strong as I was in the same class as UE basketball player Mark Siegel Additionally, Siegel s father, Ed Siegel, was a beloved Pike High School teacher and basketball coach I would graduate from Pike in 1983 As was true for most Pike students, we felt this tragedy in our bones Beaven s book is a competent, though often quite scattered, account of the tragedy though the book devotes surprisingly little time to the tragedy itself A good amount of the early part of the book is devoted to the years leading up to the tragedy, while Beaven does serve up quite a bit of information about the Dick Walters years that followed and began, I believe, in late 1978 In terms of the tragedy itself, it seems like Beaven did what most sportsbooks do he devoted most of the material to the team s stars while offering very little information about the bit players There s a sliver of a chapter about Mark Siegel, mostly an accurate accounting of the impact on Mark s death on his father However, it s a surprisingly abrupt chapter lacking anything resembling nuance I also found Beaven s back and forth approach to the stories distracting We Will Rise often lacks a cohesiveness that allows you to emotionally invest in a story that absolutely should lead to your emotional investment While the direct chapters around the plane crash are involving, most of the closing chapters aren t muchthan your usual sports reporting At times, it actually feels rather disrespectful I wanted to truly love We Will Rise, but I simply had trouble engaging with the book and can t help but feel like it s a missed opportunity to create a truly gripping tale of a tremendous tragedy that many people don t even know about or know very little about Beaven has crafted a competent account, but it s a disappointingly uneven one that never quite connects as much as it should To be honest I did not read this entire book I relegated it to my will not be finishing this one bookshelf Way too many details on every coach, player, anyone involved with a coach or player family friends for me to stay interested Sports nuts interested in decades old high school basketball in a small town will love this To be honest I did not read this entire book I relegated it to my will not be finishing this one bookshelf Way too many details on every coach, player, anyone involved with a coach or player family friends for me to stay interested Sports nuts interested in decades old high school basketball in a small town will love this Excellent book on a sports tragedyOn December 13,1977 a plane crash near Evansville, Indiana killed all on board, including the players,coaches and managers of the Evansville University basketball team The grieving by the school and city as well as their recovery from this tragedy is the topic of this excellent book by Evansville native Steve Beaven.He uses his first hand knowledge of the town and the Purple Aces history, along with information from over 150 interviews and many other stories to Excellent book on a sports tragedyOn December 13,1977 a plane crash near Evansville, Indiana killed all on board, including the players,coaches and managers of the Evansville University basketball team The grieving by the school and city as well as their recovery from this tragedy is the topic of this excellent book by Evansville native Steve Beaven.He uses his first hand knowledge of the town and the Purple Aces history, along with information from over 150 interviews and many other stories to paint an excellent picture of the basketball program From legendary coach Arad McCutcheon, who won multiple Division II titles in Evansville to the heartbreaking loss in the 1982 NCAA tourney to Marquette, Beavan s account reads like a history lesson of Evansville University basketball The most interesting part of this information is the six day coaching stint no games,.practices, or recruiting by Jerry Sloan, who abruptly resigned after making his alma mater excited about their most famous player coming to coach Don t feel.sorry for Sloanhe ended up with a long and successful career coaching in the NBA, most notably for the Utah Jazzthan 20 years.Of course, in the middle.of all this basketball history is the terrible night of December 13, 1977 Here, Beavan describes the night of the crash with great detail, especially with the delayed takeoff and resulting errors that led to the fatal.crash and the doctor who heard the crash, ran out of his house and tried to help any survivors The reader will also know something about many of the young men on the plane, such as prize recruit Mike Hoff and Kevin Kingston Even the only player not on the plane, David Furr, couldn t escape tragedy as he and his younger brother were killed in a car crash two weeks after David s teammates perished.But this somber story is not the mood for the book, nor the school or its basketball team There is great detail in how the Purple Aces, under coach Dock Walters, hired to replace the popular Bobby Watson after the crash, built the team.back to its winning just three years after the crash While Meagan also is able to write about some of the surviving family members of the players and how they mourned, soles and moved on, their stories are not as.prominent in the book after the crash as the basketball is and that is the only minor flaw, in my opinion, in an otherwise very uplifting book Fans of the story of the Marshall football team rebuilding after a plane crash, told in the movie We Are Marshall , will enjoy this similar tale of tragedy and resurrection after a very dark period Especially recommended for college basketball fans who recall that tragic day 4.5 only occasionally did I get confused about who was who, but wow, was this captivating I think you have to be a bit of a sports enthusiast to love it, but it was so great I cried way too many times. Boring and meaningless It reads like an infinite number of old newspaper stories No human interest, no story line, no emotion, no passion The author seems not to care why should I. I am a resident of Evansville, Indiana, the city featured in this book We were all impacted greatly by the airplane tragedy, and the author did an excellent job of explaining the degree of basketball importance in our city Some readers are saying there are too many insignificant statistics and details, but true Aces fans appreciate every bit of it It s a matter of having the right reading audience. As exceptional story of a college and community overcoming devastation and rebuilding a basketball program that was the heart of the town Beaven lets the story unfold in all its heartache and triumph without any unnecessary theatrics. The Inspiring True Story Of The Tragic Loss And Triumphant Resurrection Of A Basketball Team And Its Coach At The Heart Of A Small Indiana TownBy The University Of Evansville S Purple Aces Basketball Team Had Won Five Small College National Championships With A Charismatic Young Coach And A Freshman Phenom, This Small Indiana City Hoped To See Its Team Shine In The National Spotlight Then, On A Foggy Night, After Just Four Games, The Plane Carrying The Team And Its Coach Crashed After Takeoff, Killing Everyone On BoardThe Tragedy Seemed Insurmountable, A Devastating Blow To The Identity Of A Fading Factory Town But, With The Support Of A City In Mourning, Ambitious New Coach Dick Walters Promised To Rebuild The Cherished Institution Assembling A Team Of Castoffs, Walk Ons, And Overachievers, Walters Restored The Legacy Of The Team And Its Fans Against All Odds, His Young Men Made HistoryA Tribute To Those Who Were Lost, And To Those Who Carried On, We Will Rise Is The Rich And Powerful Story Of An Underdog Team And Its Fans And The Spirit Of A Resilient Community Reading 2020Book 2 We Will Rise A True Story of Tragedy and Resurrection in the American Heartland by Steve BeavenFoundFirst Reads through Katie Colcomb Augustine AKA Pink Katie, and tried my first book from that service You get books that are not published yet I chose a nonfiction since I had not read one in awhile.The story is of the 1977 University of Evansville Purple Aces basketball team One foggy evening they take off late on their flight to their next game, the plane crashes Reading 2020Book 2 We Will Rise A True Story of Tragedy and Resurrection in the American Heartland by Steve BeavenFoundFirst Reads through Katie Colcomb Augustine AKA Pink Katie, and tried my first book from that service You get books that are not published yet I chose a nonfiction since I had not read one in awhile.The story is of the 1977 University of Evansville Purple Aces basketball team One foggy evening they take off late on their flight to their next game, the plane crashes shortly after takeoff, everyone on the plane dies I know a cheery subjectThe book goes on to show how the school, the community, and the team rebuild not only the team, but their lives From the national spotlight to pitied around the NCAA, can there be any hope of rebounding from such a tragedy I am excited to keep using theFirst Reads service on my Kindle, though it might get overwhelming with all the choices and the pile up of books on my Kindle to read I did like the book, but not love it The crash happens about midway through the book, too much story up front, would have liked the book detailedafterwards It was mired down in too much backstory of everything I think also it was the writing style that did not hook me completely Overall it was an interesting read, and I certainly would recommend it to someone who was interested in the topic My rating 3

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