Ping pong or Table Tennis for you highbrow types triggers memories for different people (Bangkok’s “ping-pong shows” not withstanding). Famous fans of the sport include everyone from Fidel Castro, Sasha and Malia Obama, to Henry Miller, and anyone who can recall a middle school history class should remember the term “ping-pong politics”. For the authors Roger Bennett and Eli Horowitz, the sport is also a personal obsession that inspired them both to chronicle the game in Everything You Know Is Pong: How Mighty Table Tennis Shapes Our World ($17). Within its 272 pages, readers will find a collection of images, illustrations, and an omnivorous history of the pastime, as well as a series of essays on the subject from authors like Nick Hornby, Will Shortz, Davy Rothbart, Harold Evans, and Jonathan Safran Foer. Sadly, Forrest Gump wasn’t able to take a break from runnin’ to complete the forward.

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