Big Game, Small World: A Basketball Adventure

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Grand Central Publishing, May 30, 2010 - Sports & Recreation - 448 pages
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Alex Wolff canvasses the globe and travels to 16 different countries (and 10 states in the U.S.) to find out exactly why basketball has become a worldwide phenomenon. Whether it's in a pick-up game on the Royal court in Bhutan, in the heart of a former female college player of the year turned cloistered nun, in the tragedy of the legendary junior national team in war torn Yugoslavia, or in the life's work of one of the greatest players to ever play in the NBA, Alex Wolff discovers that basketball can define an individual, a race, a culture, and in some instances even a country. Fusing John Feinstein's talent for finding the human drama behind sport with Bill Bryson's travelogue style, Wolff shows how the power and love of basketball extends to the four corners of the earth and engages people of all cultures, races, genders, and generations.
 

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Basketball's popularity worldwide often goes beyond the bounds of recreation, business, and entertainment. In some countries, its impact is political and even cultural, as Sports Illustrated writer ... Read full review

Contents

PROLOGUE
CALLED FOR TRAVELING
ONE
TWO
THREE
FOUR
FIVE
SIX
FIFTEEN
SIXTEEN
SEVENTEEN
EIGHTEEN
NINETEEN
TWENTY
TWENTYONE
TWENTYTWO

SEVEN
EIGHT
NINE
TEN
ELEVEN
TWELVE
THIRTEEN
FOURTEEN
TWENTYTHREE
TWENTYFOUR
TWENTYFIVE
TWENTYSIX
TWENTYSEVEN
EPILOGUE
ACKNOWLEDGMENTS
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Alexander Wolff has been on the staff of Sports Illustrated since 1980. Today he serves as the longest-tenured writer on staff. He is the author or co-author of six books about basketball.

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