Apparently, ping-pong is more than a great sport, it's also a real game changer. Nicholas Griffin's new book, Ping-Pong Diplomacy: The Secret History Behind the Game that Changed the World, traces the intersection of sport and history. Through a cast of eccentric characters, from spies to hippies and Ping-Pong-obsessed generals to atom-bomb survivors, Griffin explores how a neglected sport was used to help realign the balance of worldwide power. The story of Ping-Pong Diplomacy is riveting, fun, suspenseful, and hilarious.
Nicolas Griffin's Ping-Pong Diplomacy: The Secret History Behind the Game that Changed the World is available wherever books are sold. Stop by SPiN Standard at The Standard, Downtown LA this Thursday at 7PM for a reception, reading, and naturally, a little Ping-pong.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Nicholas Griffin is a journalist and author of four novels and one work of nonfiction. His writing has appeared in major publications on topics as disparate as sports and politics, piracy, filmmaking in the Middle East, and the natural sciences. Griffin has written for film and was a term member of the council on Foreign Relations. He lives in Miami and has "an English father, an American mother, a Venezuelan wife, a surfing son, a skateboarding daughter and a dog from New Jersey".