SubtitleAfrican American Hoopsters in the Holy Land
AuthorBy David A. Goldstein
Published7 November 2017
Dimensions6.00 x 9.00in.
“A compelling and honest look at the State of Israel from a totally unique perspective--through the eyes of African American basketball players. I'm thrilled that David Goldstein wrote this book--we are not a perfect country, but we are an extraordinary one, and some untold wonders of Israel are captured beautifully through the words and feelings of these beloved athletes who choose to make Israel their home."
—Tal Brody, Goodwill Ambassador for the State of Israel; 1977 European Cup champion and 10-time Israeli champion with Maccabi Tel Aviv
“A remarkable story that transcends sports, race, and even Israeli history. It's a story about humanity, grit, and teamwork. An inspiring read for everyone.”
—Alan Dershowitz, Felix Frankfurter Professor of Law at Harvard University and author of the New York Times bestseller The Case for Israel
“Israelis are intense about everything ... including their sports. Over the past forty years, a surprising number of American basketball pros have learned to love the intensity of Israeli life. One of them helped put Israel on the international sports map, at a time that Israelis needed good news. Alley-Oop to Aliyah masterfully weaves together a series of individual stories that combined make up a collective sensation. Serving the role of interviewer, narrator, and educator, David Goldstein has made a meaningful contribution in chronicling this slice of Israeli sports history. This is a thought-provoking and eye-opening book that is also a fun and important read.”
—Dan Senor, co-author, Start-Up Nation: The Story of Israel's Economic Miracle
“The phrase the "global game" is tossed around liberally these days, but David Goldstein connects those dots beautifully here. The rich history of African American ballplayers making the trek to the other side of the world to pursue their hoop dreams, only to find out that the passion for the game in Israel is as strong as it is anywhere, was truly enlightening. If you didn't already know that the ties that bind all of us hoops heads knows no boundaries, you will after reading this book.”
—Sekou Smith, columnist, NBA.com and analyst, NBA TV
“Coverage of the globalization of basketball tends to focus on the influx of internationals in the NBA. David Goldstein takes a fascinating look at a different kind of global drift: that of African American players heading to Israel--a country with a vibrant hoops scene--and becoming far more than temporary reinforcements. Alley-Oop to Aliyah isn't just a basketball book; it's also about immigration, religion, politics, and how players' lives were changed by their experiences in Israel.” —Luke Winn, senior writer, Sports Illustrated