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.... recruiting magazines already ranked asthebest prospect of hisagein the country, though Shaun wasstill only 5a#39;9aquot; and110 pounds. Hewas likely toattendPeoriaa#39;s Manual High School, which had justfinished an unprecedented runoffour straight state titlesunderits coach, Wayne McClain. ... He was 6a#39;4aquot; and broadshoulderedanot the kind ofplayer youa#39;d imaginebreaking down a defender off the dribble.
|Title||:||Big Game, Small World|
|Publisher||:||Hachette UK - 2010-05-30|