Considered one of the best books ever on the intersection of sports and race, Strong Inside was a New York Times bestseller and the recipient of both the Lillian Smith Book Award and the RFK Book Awards' Special Recognition Prize, the first sports-related book ever to receive either prestigious civil rights book award. The biography of the first African American basketball player in the Southeastern Conference, Vanderbilt's Perry Wallace, Strong Inside is not just the story of a trailblazing athlete, but of civil rights, race in America, a campus in transition during the tumultuous 1960s, the mental toll of pioneering, decades of ostracism, and eventual reconciliation and healing. Bookpage called Strong Inside "superbly written, hard to put down and fascinating for sports fans and non-sports fans alike.”
Join Andrew Maraniss for a reading and signing of his bestselling Strong Inside just in time for its release in paperback.
New York Times Best Seller
2015 RFK Book Awards Special Recognition
2015 Lillian Smith Book Award
2015 AAUP Books Committee "Outstanding" Title