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Alexander Wolff: The Audacity of Hoop

When: Wed., Dec. 2, 12:30 p.m. 2015

ALEXANDER WOLFF: THE AUDACITY OF HOOP

WEDNESDAY, DEC. 2, CHAPEL HILL

BULL'S HEAD BOOKSHOP AT UNC—From wrestling buff Abe Lincoln and croquet fan Rutherford B. Hayes to the football-favoring presidents of the late-20th century, sports enthusiasts have often been found in the highest office in the land. But it's safe to say that Barack Obama, in addition to his other, more profound, historical achievements, is our first chief executive who truly has game. During his candidacy, his love of basketball humanized him. Along with helping him woo Michelle, his on-court grit was anecdotal evidence that he had the mettle to lead the free world. Basketball has played such an unprecedented role in the Obama story that the cleverly titled The Audacity of Hoop: Basketball and the Age of Obama feels entirely justified. Rather than a puff biography, it's an exploration of the connection between sport and life—and sports' potential to inspire people to act boldly. Alexander Wolff, a celebrated writer for Sports Illustrated, traces the young player's personal evolution through the prism of America's "first post-industrial sport" while also going deep into the nuances of O's hardwood style, or "Baracketology." 12:30 p.m., free, 207 South Road, Chapel Hill, 919-962-5060, www.store.unc.edu.David Klein

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