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  • Ballyhoo!

    The Roughhousers, Con Artists, and Wildmen Who Invented Professional Wrestling

    by Jon Langmead ...
    Series series Sports and American Culture
    Ballyhoo! The Roughhousers, Con Artists, and Wildmen Who Invented Professional Wrestling is a history of professional wrestling’s formative period in the U.S., from roughly 1874 to 1941, and the contested interplay of wrestlers and promoters who built the “sport” as we know it. During this period, the major conventions that would define wrestling to the present day were perfected and codified, as ... Read more

    $26.99 USD

  • Go Like Hell

    Ford, Ferrari, and Their Battle for Speed and Glory at Le Mans

    by A. J. Baime ...
    The epic story also told in the film FORD V. FERRARI: By the early 1960s, the Ford Motor Company, built to bring automobile transportation to the masses, was falling behind. Young Henry Ford II, who had taken the reins of his grandfather’s company with little business experience to speak of, knew he had to do something to shake things up. Baby boomers were taking to the road in droves, looking for ... Read more

    $14.99 USD $1.99 USD

  • Populism and Professional Wrestling in the Sunbelt South

    From Rasslin’ to Sports Entertainment

    Series series Sport, Identity, and Culture
    Populism and Professional Wrestling in the Sunbelt South: From Rasslin’ to Sports Entertainment traces the history of professional wrestling in the South within the Trans-Mississippi Region between the 1950s–1990s. Examining professional wrestling through the lens of kayfabe, also known as the perception of the realism and the suspension of disbelief among fans, this book discovers that the ... Read more

    $40.99 USD

  • The Anatomy of Liverpool

    A History in Ten Matches

    Jonathan Wilson and Scott Murray provide a forensic analysis of ten key Liverpool games that have shaped the club's fortunes over the last century: from the long-lost triumphs of Tom Watson (a 19th-century Bill Shankly) to 1970s European triumphs over the likes of Borussia Monchengladbach and the mind-blowing 2005 comeback against AC Milan.Aston Villa v. LiverpoolApril 1899Wolves v. LiverpoolMay ... Read more

    $3.99 USD

  • One for the Ages

    Jack Nicklaus and the 1986 Masters

    by Tom Clavin ...
    Chronicling the unforgettable and improbable triumph of Jack Nicklaus in the 1986 Masters, this celebration recounts how the tarnished Golden Bear,” with his eldest son Jackie as his caddy, won the most prestigious golf tournament for the sixth time at the astonishing age of 46. Though he was not a favorite to win-ranked 160th on the PGA Tour money list and six years without a win at a major ... Read more

    $18.99 USD or Free with Kobo Plus

  • A Giant Win

    Inside the New York Giants' Historic Upset over the New England Patriots in Super Bowl XLII

    by Tom Coughlin ...
    Legendary Giants coach Tom Coughlin takes readers inside his coaching masterpiece: Super Bowl XLII when Eli Manning and the underdog Giants beat the undefeated, 18-0 Patriots of Tom Brady and Bill Belichick.Super Bowl XLII was the greatest upset in NFL history. In A GIANT WIN, Coach Tom Coughlin recounts the strategies and people that made it possible.Coach Coughlin reveals the intricacies of the ... Read more

    $16.99 USD

  • Brady vs Manning

    The Untold Story of the Rivalry That Transformed the NFL

    by Gary Myers ...
    **New York Times BestsellerFrom Acclaimed sports journalist Gary Myers comes the definitive inside account of the greatest rivalry in NFL history**Tom Brady and Peyton Manning are perhaps the two greatest quarterbacks of all time. They are living legends who have come to embody the quarterback position and shape an entire generation of the NFL. They have also been fierce rivals every step of the ... Read more

    $14.99 USD

  • Paul Brown's Ghost

    How the Cleveland Browns and Cincinnati Bengals Are Haunted by the Man Who Created Them

    Paul Brown was a football genius and the father of two NFL franchises?the Cleveland Browns, who carry his name, and the Cincinnati Bengals. Arguably the most important figure in the history of the sport, he was a renowned coach and owner, and when he passed away on August 5, 1991, the game lost a giant. But for the Browns and Bengals, his death would herald a new era of bad luck, poor judgment, ... Read more

    $12.99 USD

  • Dreamers and Schemers

    How an Improbable Bid for the 1932 Olympics Transformed Los Angeles from Dusty Outpost to Global Metropolis

    by Barry Siegel ...
    How one man brought the Olympics to Los Angeles, fueling the city's urban transformation.Dreamers and Schemers chronicles how Los Angeles’s pursuit and staging of the 1932 Olympic Games during the depths of the Great Depression helped fuel the city’s transformation from a seedy frontier village to a world-famous metropolis. Leading that pursuit was the “Prince of Realtors,” William May (Billy) ... Read more

    $20.99 USD

  • Ancient Greek Athletics

    Primary Sources in Translation

    The Sourcebook of Ancient Greek Athletics offers the most comprehensive collection to date of primary sources in translation for the study of ancient Greek athletics. Because Greek athletics was such an essential feature of both Greek and Roman culture, there is an especially strong need for proper treatment and understanding of the texts and other media used to reconstruct practices and ... Read more

    $33.99 USD

  • Doping

    A Sporting History

    A gripping, provocative history of doping in sports—packed with examples—that proposes a new emphasis for modern anti-doping efforts.Why is doping a perennial problem for sports? Is this solely a contemporary phenomenon? And should doping always be regarded as cheating, or do today’s anti-doping measures go too far?Drawing on case studies from the early twentieth century to the present day, Doping ... Read more

    $22.99 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

    $7.99 USD

  • World in Their Hands

    The Story of the First Women's Rugby World Cup

    by Martyn Thomas ...
    Shortlisted for the Sunday Times Rugby Book of the Year 2023 World in their Hands recounts the remarkable events that led to a group of friends from south-west London staging the inaugural Women’s Rugby World Cup in 1991. The tournament was held just 13 years after teams from University College London and King’s contested a match that catalysed the growth of the women’s game in the UK, and the ... Read more

    $12.99 USD or Free with Kobo Plus

  • The Nine Waves

    The Extraordinary Story of How India Took Over the Cricket World

    by Mihir Bose ...
    The Nine Waves is a tour de force. The most entertaining and up-to-date history of Indian cricket ever published, it tells the story of the nine great waves of the game from 1932 to the present day. Each wave in Indian cricket was chock-full of mesmerising stars, thrilling moments, great victories, heartbreaking losses and significant turning points. The first wave of Indian cricket rolled in ... Read more

    $9.99 USD or Free with Kobo Plus

  • Cellar Dwellers

    The Worst Teams in Baseball History

    In 1890, baseball’s Pittsburgh Alleghenys won a measly 23 games, losing 113. The Cleveland Spiders topped this record when they lost an astonishing 134 games in 1899. Over 100 years later, the 2003 Detroit Tigers stood apart as the only team in baseball history to lose 60 games before July in a season. These stories and more are told in Cellar Dwellers: The Worst Teams in Baseball History, a ... Read more

    $67.99 USD

  • The Best Game Ever

    Giants vs. Colts, 1958, and the Birth of the Modern NFL

    by Mark Bowden ...
    The NFL championship game that changed the history of football: a New York Times bestseller by the author of Black Hawk Down.Yankee Stadium, December 28, 1958. What was about to go down on this Sunday evening in front of sixty-four thousand fans and forty-five million home viewers—the largest viewership ever assembled for a live televised event—was the first sudden death overtime in NFL history. ... Read more

    $12.99 USD or Free with Kobo Plus

  • Golden Days

    West's Lakers, Steph's Warriors, and the California Dreamers Who Reinvented Basketball

    by Jack McCallum ...
    The bestselling author of Dream Team tells the interconnected stories of the NBA champion Golden State Warriors and the early-1970s Los Angeles Lakers, two extraordinary teams playing in extraordinary times and linked by one extraordinary man: Jerry West.With an update on Jerry West’s new gigIn Golden Days, acclaimed sports journalist Jack McCallum uses two teams—today’s Golden State Warriors and ... Read more

    $5.99 USD

  • Walking Alone

    The Untold Journey of Football Pioneer Kenny Washington

    by Dan Taylor ...
    The inspirational story of African American trailblazer Kenny Washington, the first player to reintegrate the NFL.On September 29, 1946, football star Kenny Washington made history. When he trotted onto the field for the Los Angeles Rams, Washington broke the color barrier in the NFL.In Walking Alone: The Untold Journey of Football Pioneer Kenny Washington, Dan Taylor reveals Washington’s ... Read more

    $30.99 USD

  • Sky Girls

    The True Story of the First Women's Cross-Country Air Race

    by Gene Jessen ...
    "A beautiful and inspiring book...fascinatingly told." — Donna Shirley, former head of the U.S. Mars program, NASAThe exhilarating story of the first women who boldly conquered the skies in the first female cross-country air raceThe year is 1929, and on the eve of America's Great Depression, nineteen gutsy and passionate pilots soared above the glass ceiling in the very first female cross-country ... Read more

    $12.99 USD

  • Jail Blazers

    How the Portland Trail Blazers Became the Bad Boys of Basketball

    by Kerry Eggers ...
    In the late ’90s and early 2000s, the Portland Trail Blazers were one of the hottest teams in the NBA. For almost a decade, they won 60 percent of their games while making it to the Western Conference Finals twice. However, what happened off-court was just as unforgettable as what they did on the court.When someone asked Blazers general manager Bob Whitsitt about his team’s chemistry, he replied ... Read more

    $17.99 USD

  • Their Life's Work

    The Brotherhood of the 1970s Pittsburgh Steelers, Then and Now

    “The definitive book of the 1970s Pittsburgh Steelers” (Scott Brown, ESPN), Their Life’s Work is a triumphant yet intimate literary sports book that—through exquisite reportage, love, and honesty—tells the full story of the best team to ever play the game.The Pittsburgh Steelers of the 1970s won an unprecedented and unmatched four Super Bowls in six years. A dozen of those Steelers players, ... Read more

    $15.99 USD

  • The Mosquito Bowl

    A Game of Life and Death in World War II

    Instant New York Times Bestseller · Winner of the General Wallace M. Greene Jr. Award from the Marine Corps Heritage Foundation“Buzz Bissinger’s Friday Night Lights is an American classic. With The Mosquito Bowl, he is back with a true story even more colorful and profound. This book too is destined to become a classic. I devoured it.” — John GrishamAn extraordinary, untold story of the Se... ... Read more

    $16.99 USD

  • The Wrong Stuff

    The return of a sports classic with a new foreword by the authorFinally back in print after many years, here is Bill Lee’s classic tale of his renegade life on and off the mound. Whether walking out on the Montreal Expos to protest the release of a valued teammate or telling sportswriters eager for candid and offbeat comments more about the game than his bosses wanted anyone to know, pitcher Bill ... Read more

    $14.99 USD

  • Freedom to Win

    A Cold War Story of the Courageous Hockey Team That Fought the Soviets for the Soul of Its People—And Olympic Gold

    A classic David & Goliath tale, complete with colorful heroes, cold-hearted villains, and nail-biting games—with the hockey rink serving as an arena for a nation’s resistance.During the height of the Cold War, a group of small-town young men would lead their underdog hockey team from the little country of Czechoslovakia against the Soviet Union, the juggernaut in their sport. As they battled on ... Read more

    $18.99 USD