One Goal: A Coach, a Team, and the Game That Brought a Divided Town Together (Hardcover)

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We can use more books that make us feel good about being Americans. This one does that, not by hiding the dissension that arose in Lewiston Maine after an influx of Somali refugees, but by showing how the town grew in dealing with it. And along the way, telling an exciting and inspiring sports story. Amy Bass found a good story and tells it well.

— Lee

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In the tradition of Friday Night Lights and Outcasts United, ONE GOAL tells the inspiring story of the soccer team in a town bristling with racial tension that united Somali refugees and multi-generation Mainers in their quest for state--and ultimately national--glory.

When thousands of Somali refugees resettled in Lewiston, Maine, a struggling, overwhelmingly white town, longtime residents grew uneasy. Then the mayor wrote a letter asking Somalis to stop coming, which became a national story. While scandal threatened to subsume the town, its high school's soccer coach integrated Somali kids onto his team, and their passion began to heal old wounds. Taking readers behind the tumult of this controversial team--and onto the pitch where the teammates vied to become state champions and achieved a vital sense of understanding--ONE GOAL is a timely story about overcoming the prejudices that divide us.

About the Author


A professor of history in New York, Amy Bass lived in Lewiston, Maine for four years as a student at Bates College. Her writing has appeared in Slate, Salon, and CNN Opinion, and her work for NBC's Olympics coverage earned her an Emmy in 2012 for Outstanding Live Event Turnaround. One Goal is her fourth book.
Product Details
ISBN: 9780316396547
ISBN-10: 0316396540
Publisher: Hachette Books
Publication Date: February 27th, 2018
Pages: 328
Language: English