The Book of James: The Power, Politics, and Passion of Lebron


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6.1 X 9.3 X 1.3 inches | 1.1 pounds

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About the Author

Valerie Babb is Andrew Mellon Professor of Humanities at Emory University. She holds a joint appointment in the departments of African American Studies and English.


"Valerie Babb has brilliantly explored the majesty of King James. She has laid out a powerful analysis of the ways that LeBron's unapologetic Blackness fuels his commitment to community, his confidence, his rooted sense of family, his refusal to accept inequality, his knowledge of the power of controlling the narrative, and his understanding of the responsibilities of celebrity and wealth. The Book of James is simply a triumph."--Carol Anderson, New York Times-bestselling author of author of White Rage
"With The Book of James, Babb has created an exquisite exploration into the context, characters and culture that created LeBron James. I've imagined this book for decades and never believed we would get a book worthy of the complicated wonder of LeBron James. That book is here, and it is stunning."--Kiese Laymon, award-winning author of Heavy and Long Division
"I'm so glad LeBron James never did 'stick to sports'--and even more glad Babb wrote this extraordinary book. This deeply powerful and incisive account is a wonderful companion to James' legacy, and an outright clinic on how to write about basketball, race, culture and America itself."--Mirin Fader, New York Times-bestselling author of Giannis
"The Book of James is bigger than LeBron and bigger than basketball. Be careful handling this work because Babb's insights are so sharp you might hurt yourself. Basketball fan or not, this book will take you places you never intended--and you will enjoy every moment of the ride."--Tayari Jones, award-winning author of An American Marriage