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The Blue Divide
The Blue Divide

The Blue Divide

Duke, North Carolina, and the Battle on Tobacco Road
By Johnny Moore, By Art Chansky, Foreword by Jay Bilas

SPORTS & RECREATION

272 Pages, 6 x 9

Formats: Cloth, EPUB, Mobipocket, PDF

Cloth, $25.95 (US $25.95) (CA $28.95)

ISBN 9781600789861

Rights: WOR

Triumph Books (Oct 2014)

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Overview

A complete look at the storied basketball rivalry between the Duke Blue Devils and North Carolina Tar Heels, this guide is penned by two authorities on the subject—Art Chansky, a bestselling author and sports reporter who has covered the famed match up since his days as a student reporter at UNC and Johnny Moore, who has been intimately involved with Duke athletics for nearly four decades. Segmenting the various commonalities the Blue Devils and Tar Heels have shared for more than 60 years and nearly 250 meetings on the court, each chapter covers a distinct aspect of the rivalry between these two schools that stand a mere 10 miles apart. This book offers new details on long-forgotten stories as well as a chance to better understand where the pride and passion of today comes from between the two contiguous competitors.

Author Biography

Art Chansky is the bestselling author of Blue Blood, The Dean's List, and Light Blue Region. He is the former sports editor of the Durham Morning Herald and a graduate of the University of North Carolina–Chapel Hill. He lives in <!--?xml:namespace prefix = st1 ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:smarttags" /-->Chapel Hill, North Carolina. Johnny Moore is a producer for the radio and television networks at DukeUniversity and has been involved with Duke athletics for nearly 40 years. He lives in Durham, North Carolina. A former Duke basketball player, Jay Bilas, who is also a lawyer, has gained prominence as a national college basketball analyst for ESPN. He resides in Charlotte, North Carolina.

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The Blue Divide:

Duke, North Carolina, and the Battle on Tobacco Road

By Johnny Moore and Art Chansky

Foreword by Jay Bilas

 

The Essence of the Greatest Rivalry in College Basketball

 

With only ten miles between the two and nearly 250 meetings on the hardwood, the North Carolina Tar Heels and Duke Blue Devils have formed one of the greatest rivalries in all of sports. UNC alum and best-selling author Art Chansky teamed up with Johnny Moore, who has spent four decades involved in Duke Athletics, to collaborate on this amazing new book. With two definitive perspectives on the rivalry, The Blue Divide: Duke, North Carolina, and the Battle on Tobacco Road (Triumph Books, October 2014) provides fans of both shades of blue with an inside look into the history, players and legacies that have pinned these two programs against one another.

 

Unlike most sports feuds, Duke and UNC feed off one another as their rivalry pushes both teams to reach new goals. Delving into the foundations and history of both teams, The Blue Divide shows how Duke and UNC’s basketball identities are actually more alike than many realize. Such similarities have resulted not only in heated recruiting conflicts but also in a rivalry that is founded more on mutual respect than hatred. The Blue Divide provides stories of games and players that have helped to create this legendary clash, including:

 

  • The  memorable 1984 Duke-Carolina game that lead Duke fans to create the “Duke Blue 77–Carolina Blue 74” bumper sticker
  • How Roy Williams snared Harrison Barnes from under Coach K
  • Coach K’s journey to Duke and how Adolph Rupp was nearly one of his predecessors
  • The truth behind Carolina’s hunt for a successor to Dean Smith and Bill Guthridge

 

Whether you are a die-hard Blue Devil or an avid supporter of the Tar Heels, The Blue Divide is the perfect book for both sides to learn about the origins and history of this famous rivalry.

 

About the Authors:

Art Chansky is the bestselling author of Blue Blood, The Dean's List, and Light Blue Region. He is the former sports editor of the Durham Morning Herald and a graduate of the University of North Carolina–Chapel Hill. He lives in Chapel Hill, North Carolina. Johnny Moore has been involved with Duke for nearly 40 years in the sports information and marketing offices, publishing Blue Devil Weekly for 18 years and serving as executive producer of the radio network and television shows at Duke University. He lives in Durham, North Carolina.

 

Contact: Josh Williams - Triumph Books - 312.568.5404 - j.williams@triumphbooks.com

 

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