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The Audacity of Hoop: Alexander Wolff on Basketball and Obama

Thu, Feb 25, 2016 | 3:30 pm

In The Audacity of Hoop (Temple University Press, 2015), best-selling author Alexander Wolff explores Barack Obama, person and president, through the game of basketball. Join us as Wolff discusses this rich text, which includes more than 125 images that explore how America’s “first post-industrial sport” helped Obama introduce himself to voters, wage two successful presidential campaigns, and exercise the power of the office at home and abroad. Wolff has been writing for Sports Illustrated for more than thirty years. He has served as the president of the United States Basketball Writers Association, and has been honored by the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame. In addition to The Audacity of Hoop, Wolff is the author or co-author of six other books about basketball.

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