I m going to preface this review with a forewarning The Big Dance isn t so much a comprehensive history of the NCAA Basketball tournament as it is a collection of defining sports moments in the history of the NCAA, presented in an intricate viewpoint of quotes and reports, like someone just taking a snippet of an article about a given set of games If you re looking for a book that tells the inside story of the structure, founding, and history of the league in itself and the major players in I m going to preface this review with a forewarning The Big Dance isn t so much a comprehensive history of the NCAA Basketball tournament as it is a collection of defining sports moments in the history of the NCAA, presented in an intricate viewpoint of quotes and reports, like someone just taking a snippet of an article about a given set of games If you re looking for a book that tells the inside story of the structure, founding, and history of the league in itself and the major players in front of and behind the scenes, this is not the book to pick up, and I ll admit that from the blurb the book gives, my expectations for this book were not met.What The Big Dance does entail is a series of stories, ranging from teams such as UCLA, Carolina, Duke, among other teams throughout the years, and the stories of the players contributing to those defining games But I ll admit that as a fan of the games and March Madness especially, I was very underwhelmed by the presentation in this book For one, it s quite randomized, a grab bag of sorts without easy transition Each of the chapters jump from one event to the next with little cohesion, and probably could ve benefited from further structuring from event to event I probably would ve even liked if there were headings that organized the events in decades rather than the general titles they were given, because it was difficult to tell what the subject matter would be about It wasn t the kind of compilation I would turn to learn about the history of the game and the organization as a whole, and it seemed to lack the narrative passion and intrigue that could ve made these storiesintimate and filled with just as much excitement as the games.I think the only reason I give this two stars is because it sof a benefit of the doubt ranking this probably would ve made for a better special edition magazine compilation, combined with photos and interviews of those involved with the games, but since this is a book and it doesn t seem to have the directive to carry it, it wouldn t be something I d recommend to sports fans who are looking for a detailed non fiction account of the NCAA.Overall score 2 5Note I received this as an ARC from NetGalley, from the publisher Taylor Trade Publishing I reviewed this in The Christian Science Monitor The Big Dance two steps around the big picture and satisfies itself with winning anecdotes The chapters feel like they could ve been placed in any order at all More compilation than comprehensive and a circuitous, narrow, and literally repetitious compilation at that Disappointing the authors veteran sportswriters did get great interviews and have a contagious enthusiasm But this did not ad I reviewed this in The Christian Science Monitor The Big Dance two steps around the big picture and satisfies itself with winning anecdotes The chapters feel like they could ve been placed in any order at all More compilation than comprehensive and a circuitous, narrow, and literally repetitious compilation at that Disappointing the authors veteran sportswriters did get great interviews and have a contagious enthusiasm But this did not add up to a good book Covered by four networks, allowing every game to be televised, March Madness has become an American phenomenon as anticipated as the Super Bowl This is the story of the tournament from its beginnings seventy three years ago as just an eight team bracket to today s sixty eight team format From the Cinderella teams like Butler and Gonzaga to perennial powerhouses such as UCLA and Kentucky, covering buzzer beaters, upsets, and dynasties, the story of one of the most followed sporting events in history is comprehensively told here