Billy Ray Bates. Wayne Embry. David Twardzik. The subtleties of the game. Apparently it is as fraught with nuance as a Pinter play—which is why good teams often get worse after acquiring a superstar. There are many intriguing people and there is much good stuff in The Breaks of the Game. If you're a sports fan, it's a good bet you'll enjoy this book even if you have been lukewarm about the sport. If you're a basketball nut, it's my guess you'll still learn a few things from it. And even if you're not a fan, you'll enjoy Halberstam's reportage.