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  • Soccer in Sun and Shadow

    Translated by Mark Fried ...
    One of Sports Illustrated’s Top 100 Sports Books of All Time—a history of soccer that “stands out like Pelé on a field of second-stringers” (The New Yorker).The beautiful game deserves a beautiful book, and Eduardo Galeano—one of Latin America’s most acclaimed authors—has written it. From Aztec champions sacrificed to appease the gods, to the goals that were literally scored into wooden posts in ... Read more

    $12.99 USD

  • The Ball is Round

    A Global History of Soccer

    The definitive book about soccer, from the author of The Games: A Global History of the Olympics.There may be no cultural practice more global than soccer. Rites of birth and marriage are infinitely diverse, but the rules of soccer are universal. No world religion can match its geographical scope. The single greatest simultaneous human collective experience is the World Cup final.In this ... Read more

    $14.99 USD

  • The First Star

    Red Grange and the Barnstorming Tour That Launched the NFL

    by Lars Anderson ...
    In The First Star, acclaimed sports writer Lars Anderson recounts the thrilling story of Harold "Red" Grange, the Galloping Ghost of the gridiron, and the wild barnstorming tour that earned professional football a place in the American sporting firmament.Red Grange's on-field exploits at the University of Illinois, so vividly depicted in print by the likes of Grantland Rice and Damon Runyan, had ... Read more

    $5.99 USD

  • Redemption

    A Rebellious Spirit, a Praying Mother, and the Unlikely Path to Olympic Gold

    by Bryan Clay ...
    This is the story of the most unlikely Olympic decathlete in history. Despite size and stature, Bryan Clay is the defending champion of the 2008 Olympic gold medal and winner of the 2004 Olympic silver medal in the decathlon. His journey is as inspiring as it is gritty, as troubled as it is triumphant.Far more than just a sports memoir, Redemption details the drudgery, devastation, and ultimate ... Read more

    $6.99 USD

  • The World in the Curl

    An Unconventional History of Surfing

    A definitive and highly readable history of surfing and the cultural, political, economic, and environmental consequences of its evolution from a sport of Hawaiian kings and queens to a billion-dollar worldwide industryDespite its rebellious, outlaw reputation, or perhaps because of it, surfing occupies a central place in the American – and global – imagination, embodying the tension between ... Read more

    $14.99 USD

  • The Ride of My Life

    by Mat Hoffman ...
    I had seriously reached a point in my life where I wasn't scared of anything. Panic was replaced by awww, shit, how can I fix this before I hit the ground?Childhood for Mat Hoffman was packed with hazardous behavior and a constant searching for a new rush: sliding down the laundry chute, blatantly misusing a trampoline, leaping off the roof holding an umbrella, executing a two-story bomb drop into ... Read more

    $11.99 USD

  • The Book of Basketball

    The NBA According to The Sports Guy

    by Bill Simmons ...
    NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • The NBA according to The Sports Guy—now updated with fresh takes on LeBron, the Celtics, and more!Foreword by Malcom Gladwell • “The work of a true fan . . . it might just represent the next phase of sports commentary.”—The AtlanticBill Simmons, the wildly opinionated and thoroughly entertaining basketball addict known to millions as ESPN’s The Sports Guy, has written ... Read more

    $10.99 USD $7.99 USD

  • Behind the Curtain

    Football in Eastern Europe

    'Epic... Wilson writes captivatingly with humour...anyone with an interest in eastern European sport will be consulting this book for years to come' FINANCIAL TIMES**'**This fascinating and perceptive travelogue includes a fine collection of anecdotes too colourful for fiction' SUNDAY TIMES**'**A blissful book, lovingly and stylishly written' DAILY TELEGRAPHFrom the war-ravaged streets of Sarajevo ... Read more

    $3.99 USD

  • The Complete Guide to Northern Praying Mantis Kung Fu

    Developed by Wang Lang over 300 years ago, Praying Mantis Kung Fu is the only martial art based on the fighting skills of an insect. This fascinating system utilizes swift, methodical movements for defense and offense, and is well respected as an art that helps practitioners develop great strength and perseverance. The Complete Guide to Northern Praying Mantis Kung Fu provides an in-depth look at ... Read more

    $12.99 USD

  • Cooperstown Confidential

    Heroes, Rogues, and the Inside Story of the Baseball Hall of Fame

    by Zev Chafets ...
    If baseball is America's national religion, then the Hall of Fame is its High Church. Being named among its 286 inductees makes you the closest thing our country has to an undisputed hero - even a secular saint. But the men in the Hall of Fame are no angels. Among their number are gamblers, drunks, race-baiters, at least one murderer, and perhaps the greatest collection of bona fide characters ... Read more

    $10.59 USD

  • Running for My Life

    My Journey in the Game of Football and Beyond

    Warrick Dunn was only eighteen when his mother, a Baton Rouge police officer, was shot and killed. Yet somehow he managed to enroll at Florida State University and help his team to a national championship during his freshman year—while also caring for his five brothers and sisters. Despite his modest size, Dunn went on to a storied NFL career with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and the Atlanta Falcons, ... Read more

    $12.99 USD

  • Hunting Trips of a Ranchman and The Wilderness Hunter

    series Modern Library Classics
    Written during his days as a ranchman in the Dakota Bad Lands, these two wilderness tales by Theodore Roosevelt endure today as part of the classic folklore of the West. The narratives provide vivid portraits of the land as well as the people and animals that inhabited it, ever underscoring the author's abiding concerns as a naturalist.Originally published in 1885, Hundting Trips of a Ranchman ... Read more

    $2.99 USD

  • Twelve Yards

    The Art and Psychology of the Perfect Penalty Kick

    by Ben Lyttleton ...
    An all-encompassing look at the penalty kick, soccer’s all-or-nothing play—its legendary moments and the secrets to its successNo stretch of grass has been the site of more glory or heartbreak in the world of sports than the few dozen paces between goalkeeper and penalty kicker in soccer. In theory, it’s simple: place the ball beyond a single defender and secure a place in history. But once the ... Read more

    $7.99 USD

  • Boycott

    Stolen Dreams of the 1980 Moscow Olympic Games

    With a thorough exploration of the political climate of the time and the Soviet Union's invasion of Afghanistan, this book describes the repercussions of Jimmy Carter's American boycott of the 1980 Olympic Games in Moscow. Despite missing the games they had trained relentlessly to compete in, many U.S. athletes went on to achieve remarkable successes in sports and overcame the bitter ... Read more

    $9.99 USD

  • Muscle

    A Writer's Trip Through a Sport with No Boundaries

    by Jon Hotten ...
    Bodybuilding is the wildest, wierdest sport in the world, but it's more than just a sport. It's a whole way of life for the supermen who scale its Olympian heights. Muscle is a journey through a land of giants, men for whom life is given meaning by the pursuit of the perfect pec and who worship at the shrine of Schwartzenegger.Jon Hotten has a 40-inch chest and 12-inch arms. Undaunted, he fights ... Read more

    $14.89 USD

  • Kings of the Road

    How Frank Shorter, Bill Rodgers, and Alberto Salazar Made Running Go Boom

    A “lively, informative history” of distance running’s 1970s heyday—including the famous Falmouth Road Race—written “with a true fan’s contagious enthusiasm” (Newsweek).It was 1978. Jimmy Carter was president; gas prices were soaring; and Americans were hunkering down to weather the economic crisis. But Jim Fixx’s The Complete Book of Running was a bestseller. Frank Shorter’s gold medal in the 1972 ... Read more

    $14.39 USD

  • Tall Men, Short Shorts

    The 1969 NBA Finals: Wilt, Russ, Lakers, Celtics, and a Very Young Sports Reporter

    **From the New York Times bestselling author of The Big BamA clash of NBA titans. Seven riveting games. One young reporter. Welcome to the 1969 NBA Finals.**They don’t set up any better than this. The greatest basketball player of all time - Bill Russell - and his juggernaut Boston Celtics, winners of ten (ten!) of the previous twelve NBA championships, squeak through one more playoff run and land ... Read more

    $14.99 USD

  • Namath: A Biography

    by Mark Kriegel ...
    In between Babe Ruth and Michael Jordan there was Joe Namath, one of the few sports heroes to transcend the game he played. Novelist and former sports-columnist Mark Kriegel’s bestselling biography of the iconic quarterback details his journey from steel-town pool halls to the upper reaches of American celebrity—and beyond. The first of his kind, Namath enabled a nation to see sports as show biz. ... Read more

    $9.99 USD

  • Race and Football in America

    The Life and Legacy of George Taliaferro

    by Dawn Knight ...
    The “beautifully written” biography of the first African American player to be drafted by the NFL, “a must read for any sports fan” (Warren Rogan, host of the podcast Sports’ Forgotten Heroes).As the first African American to play quarterback, George Taliaferro was a trailblazer whose athletic prowess earned him accolades throughout his football career. Instrumental in leading Indiana University ... Read more

    $12.99 USD

  • Tales from the Notre Dame Fighting Irish Locker Room

    A Collection of the Greatest Fighting Irish Stories Ever Told

    series Tales from the Team
    Former ESPN basketball commentator Digger Phelps is regarded as one of the most charismatic and opinionated analysts in the profession. And he was the same personality during his twenty years as the head coach at the University of Notre Dame. In this book, first published in 2004, Phelps teams up with Tim Bourret and recalls the most successful period in Notre Dame basketball history. In his ... Read more

    $12.99 USD

  • Moment of Glory

    The Year Underdogs Ruled Golf

    After winning 6 of the 12 Majors from 2000 to 2002, Tiger Woods struggled in 2003. Four unknown golf players -- Mike Weir, Jim Furyk, Ben Curtis, and Shaun Micheel -- would seize the day, rising to become champions in his wake.Mike Weir -- considered a good golfer but not a great one -- triumphed in The Masters, becoming the first Canadian to win a Major. Jim Furyk emerged victorious in the U.S. ... Read more

    $9.99 USD

  • Three-Week Professionals

    Inside the 1987 NFL Players' Strike

    by Ted Kluck ...
    In 1987 the players of the National Football League went on strike, demanding better pay and the right to seek free agency. Determined to keep the league going, team owners pulled replacements from wherever they could be found, from the semi-pro leagues to bar stools, in order to create makeshift teams. For three weeks, “regular” men—truck drivers, school teachers, stockbrokers—were able to put on ... Read more

    $32.39 USD

  • Illegal Procedure

    A Sports Agent Comes Clean on the Dirty Business of College Football

    For fifteen years, sports agent Josh Luchs made illegal deals with numerous college athletes, from top-tier, nationally recognized phenoms to late-round draft picks. Flagrantly flaunting NCAA and NFL Players Association rules, he made no-interest loans to players in exchange for the promise of representation on their lucrative pro contracts. After cleaning up his act in 2003, he moved to a new ... Read more

    $11.29 USD

  • Those Guys Have All the Fun

    Inside the World of ESPN

    In the exclusive behind the scenes look, sports fans can unlock the fascinating history of the channel that changed the way people watch and interact with their favorite teams.It began, in 1979, as a mad idea of starting a cable channel to televise local sporting events throughout the state of Connecticut. Today, ESPN is arguably the most successful network in modern television history, spanning ... Read more

    $11.99 USD