Synopses & Reviews
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.
"Wolff's passion for the game burns as feverishly as it did 20 years ago, when he was looking for pickup games. This is a wonderful book, certainly the best on basketball this season." Wes Lukowsky, Booklist (Starred Review)
"[Wolff] proves that the game's essence transcends national boundaries, and he turns up dozens of dedicated, delightful even tragic basketball stories....He doesn't neglect U.S. homegrown teams...but it is the new comparative basketball culture that excites his best writing." Publishers Weekly
"[An] enlightening sports travelog....Wolff's knack for finding fascinating people to interview goes far in humanizing basketball in a global context. Highly recommended..." Library Journal
"Wolff always personalizes the large theme he pursues, revealing how the game brings different races, cultures, ethnic groups and eccentric individuals together. By touring outside the NCAA and NBA, Wolff has written one of the richest, most varied basketball books out there." Tom LeClair, Book Magazine
About the Author
Alexander Wolff is an award-winning senior writer for Sports Illustrated. He has been on staff for more than 20 years and is considered the dean of basketball writers within the magazine industry. He lives in New York and Connecticut.