The game's impact on Obama. Obama's impact on the game.
With five main essays, fifteen sidebars, an illustrated timeline and more than 125 images, The Audacity of Hoop looks at Barack Obama, person and president, by the light of the game most closely associated with him. The book explains how he used basketball to find everything from his identity to his spouse. It explores how America’s “first post-industrial sport” helped him introduce himself to voters, wage two successful presidential campaigns, and exercise the power of the office at home and abroad. It profiles the basketball personalities around him and in his administration. And it takes the measure of changes in the game during his time in the White House, including a heightened political consciousness in the NBA's locker rooms. Part biographical sketch, part political narrative, and part cultural history, this is the first account of the game’s impact on Obama and Obama’s impact on the game, from an award-winning Sports Illustrated writer.