From the intro you get the sense you are in the hands of a great storyteller. Taken around the world and back again, the story casts light on current events -- the independence of South Sudan -- through the flawed, but extraordinary life of Manute Bol. I remember watching Bol play when I was a kid, but really had no idea about the life he lived. Turns out his legacy is not a jersey hanging from the rafters, but the freedom of a nation. This is a great read.