FIND A WAY by Diana Nyad

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.

Find a Way: The Inspiring Story of One Woman's Pursuit of a Lifelong Dream By Diana Nyad Cover Image
ISBN: 9780804172912
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Published: Vintage - June 28th, 2016

NOT A GAME by Kent Babb

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.

Not a Game: The Incredible Rise and Unthinkable Fall of Allen Iverson By Kent Babb Cover Image
ISBN: 9781476778976
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Published: Atria Books - June 21st, 2016

STRONG INSIDE by Andrew Maraniss

December 1, 2014

Andrew Maraniss spoke about his book, Strong Inside: Perry Wallace and the Collision of Race and Sports in the South, at Politics & Prose on Monday December 1, 2014.

Based on more than eighty interviews, this fast-paced, richly detailed biography of Perry Wallace, the first African American basketball player in the SEC, digs deep beneath the surface to reveal a more complicated and profound story of sports pioneering than we've come to expect from the genre. Perry Wallace's unusually insightful and honest introspection reveals his inner thoughts throughout his journey. Wallace entered kindergarten the year that "Brown v. Board of Education" upended "separate but equal." As a 12-year-old, he sneaked downtown to watch the sit-ins at Nashville's lunch counters. A week after Martin Luther King Jr.'s "I Have a Dream" speech, Wallace entered high school, and later saw the passage of the Civil Rights and Voting Rights acts. On March 16, 1966, his Pearl High School basketball team won Tennessee's first integrated state tournament--the same day Adolph Rupp's all-white Kentucky Wildcats lost to the all-black Texas Western Miners in an iconic NCAA title game. The world seemed to be opening up at just the right time, and when Vanderbilt recruited him, Wallace courageously accepted the assignment to desegregate the SEC. His experiences on campus and in the hostile gymnasiums of the Deep South turned out to be nothing like he ever imagined.

Strong Inside: Perry Wallace and the Collision of Race and Sports in the South By Andrew Maraniss Cover Image
ISBN: 9780826520234
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Published: Vanderbilt University Press - December 1st, 2014