By Roger Bennett
A hugely illustrated, superbly designed tribute to ping pong, the world's hottest but least favored sport—with stories from the desk by means of Nick Hornby, Will Shortz, Davy Rothbart, Harold Evans, Jonathan Safran Foer, and others.
each game claims to be the world's game—soccer, basketball, kabaddi. yet none can fit the worldwide prestige got by means of modest, ubiquitous ping pong—the most well liked but misunderstood hobby on this planet at the present time, a dozing titanic of fast paced enjoyable. subscribe to us on a trip into the darkish corners and far-off alleys of this ponging globe, from suburban basements of misspent youths to Bangkok backrooms to New Jersey rec rooms to Beijing stadia to dwarf baby champions to aged lovers to Hollywood hipsters to perky porn stars. This forged of millions, mixed with artifacts from the authors' ever-growing selection of ping pongalia, unearths the hidden truths of the realm at the back of the sport: the secrets and techniques of everlasting adolescence, guerrilla war, foolproof seduction, status and adulation—all defined via paddles, sixty inches of web, and a bouncing, bouncing ball. an international the place every little thing you recognize is pong.
*Please notice: a few photos contained during this ebook are of an grownup nature.