To start off: I would read anything by David Halberstam. I would open any of his books with the expectation that this woiuld be an experience when I would probably be talking a lot, because there would be surprising, interesting things to report. It would be a "Did you know," "I never knew," "Did you have any idea" experience where I would become a better, more learned person. This is what happens when you read David Halberstam books.
He also writes really beautifully. You not only have a book that's extremely well researched, but you have gorgeous sentences. It's heaven with a cover.
This is one of my favorites of his books. Halberstram traveled with the Portland Trailblazers in the 1979-1980 season. He had complete access. The book becomes an in-depth look at this team and also a big picture look at what was happening to the game at that point in time. As with all Halberstam books, I would recommend that, even if you don't like basketball, to give this book a try.You'll find wonderful character studies. You'll get a snapshot of America during that period of time. You'll get a sense of history and business and humanity all rolled up in this sprawling book that will cause your brain to fire up continually. There's just so much information, such a wonderful sensibility, this sense of passion and curiousity and love and respect for the subjects depicted here. It's truly exciting to read. There's just so much to discover.