Synopses & Reviews
John Feinstein meets Bill Bryson in this globetrotting odyssey by New York Times bestselling author Alexander Wolff in search of hoop dreams. Alex Wolff canvasses the globe and travels to 16 different countries (and 10 different states here in the U.S.) to uncover why basketball has become a global phenomenon. In searching for the game at its purest level, Wolff finds the power of basketball in some of the most unlikely places. Whether it's in the heart of a former female college basketball star turned cloistered nun, the disappointment of the national team in war-torn Yugoslavia, or the life's work of an NBA legend, Wolff discovers basketball can define an individual, a culture, and in some cases, even a country. But more than define, basketball often serves as the glue that holds individuals and nations together during the most difficult of times. Fusing John Feinstein's instinct's for uncovering the human drama behind the sport with Bill Bryson's travelogue style, Big Game, Small World is an adventure about two spinning spheres--one great and one small, one rock and one leather--and why the two go perfectly together.
- BIG GAME, SMALL WORLD was published in Warner hardcover in 1/02. It was named a "New York Times Notable Book of the Year, winning nationwide acclaim in publications, including the "New York Times, New York Times Book Review, Publishers Weekly, Library Journal, Booklist, and ESPN.com, among others.- Alexander Wolff is the "New York Times bestselling co-author of "Raw Recruits (Pocket, 1991), which upon publication was hailed as "the most important sports book in years," and the author of "100 Years of Hoops (Oxmoor House, 1991), with over 100,000 copies in print.- Like John Feinstein's "A March to Madness (Little, Brown and Company, 1997) and "Season on the Brink (Simon & Schuster, 1980), BIG GAME, SMALL WORLD appeals to the large number of readers fascinated by basketball.- Alexander Wolff is an award-winning senior writer for "Sports Illustrated, and is considered the dean of basketball writers within the magazine industry.
This title is Alexander Wolff's in-depth look at hoop dreams around the world.