Paper $30.00 ISBN: 9781551647166 Published April 2020 N/F/S Canada, Ireland & United Kingdom
Cloth $80.00 ISBN: 9781551647142 Published April 2020 N/F/S Canada, Ireland & United Kingdom
An e-book edition will be published.

Close of Play

President, Prince, and Cricket

William Walcott

Close of Play

William Walcott

Distributed for Black Rose Books

Paper $30.00 ISBN: 9781551647166 Published April 2020 N/F/S Canada, Ireland & United Kingdom
Cloth $80.00 ISBN: 9781551647142 Published April 2020 N/F/S Canada, Ireland & United Kingdom
E-book $12.00 ISBN: 9781551647180 Published October 2019
In this allegorical excursion, William Walcott explores the intersections between United States politics and the game of cricket in a book reminiscent of C. L. R. James’s classic Beyond a Boundary. In Close of Play, Walcott highlights the careers of former US president Barack Obama and the Trinidadian cricket and cultural phenom Brian Lara—one of the greatest batsmen of all time, who Obama once called “the Michael Jordan of cricket.” Readers are invited to explore the parallel poetics of politics and sport through the life and words of these luminaries, both of whom promised to deliver far-reaching social change yet found themselves “on the back foot.”
 
In his analysis, Walcott delves into matters of Caribbean and American identity, political leadership, oratory, and the blending of cricket vocabulary into political commentary. He also challenges us to understand the sociological links between international sport, socio-economic inequality, and racial politics. This book is a fascinating journey into the world of global sociopolitical life and the curiosities of language embedded in cricket and political play, both of which constitute enormous sectors within a multibillion dollar “sticky wicket” of transnational capitalism.
 
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