November 4, 2015

Alexander Wolff spoke about his book, The Audacity of Hoop, at Politics & Prose on Monday, November 23, 2015.

In this unique analysis of Obama’s presidency, Wolff, a Sports Illustrated senior writer and the author of Big Game, Small World, studies how the Chief Executive plays basketball and uses Obama’s on-court technique as a key to understanding how he leads the nation. With photos of the president in pick-up games, a detailed “Baracketology,” and timelines showing the parallel developments in Obama’s political and athletic styles, this book is a tribute to how sports can build character.

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ISBN: 9781439913093
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Published: Temple University Press - November 13th, 2015

October 21, 2015

Diana Nyad spoke about her book, Find a Way, at Politics & Prose on Wednesday, October 21, 2015.

One of the all-time great long-distance swimmers, Nyad has accomplished feats requiring not just extraordinary athleticism and determination, but sheer courage. In 1975 she broke a 45-year-old record for swimming the 28 miles around Manhattan; in 1979 she covered the 102 miles between the Bahamas and Florida, without a shark cage. While pursuing a successful career as a sports commentator for NPR, ABC’s Wide World of Sports, and others, Nyad has continued swimming, and her fourth book is an inspiring account of her long struggle to swim the 110 miles from Cuba to Florida, a goal she reached on her fourth try, in 2013 at age sixty-four, setting a new record.

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ISBN: 9780804172912
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Published: Vintage - June 28th, 2016

June 23, 2015

Kent Babb spoke about his book, Not a Game, at Politics & Prose on Tuesday, June 23, 2015.

Now a Washington Post sports writer, Babb has been honored for his work by both the editors of the 2013 Best American Sports Writing anthology and the Associated Press sports editors, who awarded him first place in feature writing in 2005 and 2010. In this illuminating biography of professional basketball star Allen Iverson, Babb follows the athlete’s on-court achievements in tandem with his off-court misbehavior, examining a culture that is willing to overlook the self-destructiveness of its stars.

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ISBN: 9781476778976
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Published: Atria Books - June 21st, 2016