Pacific Rims: Beermen Ballin' in Flip-Flops and the Philippines' Unlikely Love Affair with Bas ketball

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Penguin, Jun 1, 2010 - Sports & Recreation - 400 pages
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A young man's journey through the Philippines' most unlikely obsession: basketball.

In Pacific Rims, Rafe Bartholemew, journalist, New Yorker, and veteran baller, ventures through the Philippines to investigate the country's love of basketball.

From street corners where diehards fashion hoops out of old car parts to the professional league where politicians exploit team loyalties to win elections, Pacific Rims gets the story-and gets in the game.

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User Review  - krizia_lazaro - LibraryThing

If you are Filipino and a hoops fan then this is definitely a book for you. It's funny and fun to read. For a foreigner, he got to know the Filipinos so well. A lot of positive and negative write ups ... Read full review

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User Review  - Liebo - LibraryThing

Having read and enjoyed Jim Yardley's Brave Dragons, which covered Chinese professional basketball, earlier this year I was eager to further explore the genre of "books about Asian basketball written ... Read full review


Title Page Copyright Page Dedication Acknowledgements Introduction
Hoop Epiphanies
Alaska in the Philippines
A Career Reborn
A Head Start Becomes Destiny
From Savior to Lemon in 48 Minutes
The Birth of Paeng Bartolome and Other Initiations
The Legend of the Black Superman
FilAm or FilSham?
Courts of Public Opinion
My Big Break
Skirts Versus Squirts
Powers that
The Gift of Basketball

A Rim in Every Baryo

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Rafe Bartholomew is the author of Pacific Rims: Beermen Ballin' in Flip-Flops and the Philippines' Unlikely Love Affair with Basketball. For more than four years, Bartholomew worked at the ESPN website as a senior editor. His writing has appeared in the New York Times, Seattle Weekly, and The Best American Sports Writing 2007. He currently lives in New York.

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