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  • 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

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  • When Nothing Else Matters

    Michael Jordan's Last Comeback

    by Michael Leahy ...
    As one of the greatest, most celebrated athletes in history, Michael Jordan conquered professional basketball as no one had before. Powered by a potent mix of charisma, nearly superhuman abilities, and a ferocious need to dominate the game, he won six NBA championships with the Chicago Bulls and captured every basketball award and accolade conceivable before retiring and taking a top executive ... Read more

    $15.99 USD

  • A People’s History of Sports in the United States

    250 Years of Politics, Protest, People, and Play

    by David Zirin ...
    series New Press People's History
    From the author Robert Lipsyte calls "the best young sportswriter in America," a rollicking, rebellious, myth-busting history of sports in America that puts politics in the ring with pop cultureIn this long-waited book from the rising superstar of sportswriting, whose blog Edge of Sports is read each week by thousands of people across the country, Dave Zirin offers a riotously entertaining ... Read more

    $13.99 USD

  • Sam Patch, the Famous Jumper

    The true history of a legendary American folk heroIn the 1820s, a fellow named Sam Patch grew up in Pawtucket, Rhode Island, working there (when he wasn't drinking) as a mill hand for one of America's new textile companies. Sam made a name for himself one day by jumping seventy feet into the tumultuous waters below Pawtucket Falls. When in 1827 he repeated the stunt in Paterson, New Jersey, ... Read more

    $11.99 USD

  • Dynamite and Davey

    The Explosive Lives of the British Bulldogs

    by Steven Bell ...
    Dynamite and Davey: The Explosive Lives of The British Bulldogs is the triumphant but ultimately tragic story of Tom Billington and Davey Boy Smith. Cousins born just a couple of years apart in a small mining town near Wigan, Tom and Davey discovered the art of wrestling as schoolboys. Tom went on to become 'The Dynamite Kid', arguably the greatest and most pioneering wrestler in history, but his ... Read more

    $9.99 USD

  • Lift

    Fitness Culture, From Naked Greeks and Acrobats to Jazzercise and Ninja Warriors

    by Daniel Kunitz ...
    A fascinating cultural history of fitness, from Greek antiquity to the era of the “big-box gym” and beyond, exploring the ways in which human exercise has changed over time—and what we can learn from our ancestors.We humans have been conditioning our bodies for more than 2,500 years, yet it’s only recently that treadmills and weight machines have become the gold standard of fitness. For all this ... Read more

    $8.49 USD

  • Looking at the Lights

    My Path from Fan to a Wrestling Heel

    by Pete Gas ...
    How did an untrained former college football player end up in the middle of a ring, wrestling during the highest-rated segment during the WWE’s acclaimed Attitude Era?That’s the story behind Looking at the Lights. As a childhood friend of Shane McMahon, Pete Gas was given the opportunity most only pray for. Beginning with appearances to interfere in McMahon’s matches, his role blossomed into ... Read more

    $16.99 USD $1.99 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

  • Ultimate Glory

    Frisbee, Obsession, and My Wild Youth

    by David Gessner ...
    A story of obsession, glory, and the wild early days of Ultimate Frisbee.David Gessner devoted his twenties to a cultish sport called Ultimate Frisbee. Like his teammates and rivals, he trained for countless hours, sacrificing his body and potential career for a chance at fleeting glory without fortune or fame. His only goal: to win Nationals and go down in Ultimate history as one of the greatest ... Read more

    $11.99 USD

  • The Fall of the House of FIFA

    The Multimillion-Dollar Corruption at the Heart of Global Soccer

    by David Conn ...
    In 2015, FIFA-the multibillion dollar governing body of the world's most-loved sport-was brought down by allegations of industrial-scale bribes, kickbacks, money laundering, racketeering and tax evasion. Beginning with early morning raids in Zurich and the indictment of twenty-seven executives by the US Department of Justice, the rottenness at the core of FIFA seemed to extend throughout all of ... Read more

    $16.99 USD

  • 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

    $63.99 USD

  • Players

    The Story of Sports and Money, and the Visionaries Who Fought to Create a Revolution

    “Provocative…terrific stories” (The New Yorker) of the people who transformed sports—in the span of a single generation—from a job that required even top athletes to work in the off-season to make ends meet into a massive global business.It started, as most business deals do, with a handshake. In 1960, a Cleveland lawyer named Mark McCormack convinced a golfer named Arnold Palmer to sign with him. ... Read more

    $14.99 USD

  • A Brief History of Surfing

    by Matt Warshaw ...
    Matt Warshaw knows more about surfing than any other person on the planet, as evidenced by The History of Surfing, Warshaw's definitive take on the sport. Now, he has honed that book into an abridged and excerpted edition for surfers everywhere. Each spread features a micro essay alongside an image capturing a slice of surf history, from Kelly Slater and the invention of the thruster to shark ... Read more

    $11.99 USD

  • The Masters

    Golf, Money, and Power in Augusta, Georgia

    by Curt Sampson ...
    The Masters golf tournament weaves a hypnotic spell. It is the toughest ticket in sports, with black-market tickets selling for $10,000 and more. Success at Augusta National breeds legends, while failure can overshadow even the most brilliant of careers. But as Curt Sampson, author of the bestselling Hogan, reveals in The Masters, a cold heart beats behind the warm antebellum façade of this famous ... Read more

    $13.99 USD $9.99 USD

  • Brilliant Orange

    The Neurotic Genius of Dutch Soccer

    by David Winner ...
    A look at the history of soccer’s development in the Netherlands and how it reflects the history of the nation itself.If any one thing, Brilliant Orange is about Dutch space and a people whose unique conception of it has led to the most enduring arts, the weirdest architecture, and a bizarrely cerebral form of soccer?Total Football?that led in 1974 to a World Cup finals match with arch-rival ... Read more

    $12.99 USD

  • Triumph

    The Untold Story of Jesse Owens and Hitler's Olympics

    by Jeremy Schaap ...
    This New York Times–bestselling author’s account of the 1936 Olympics in Berlin offers a “vivid portrait not just of Owens but of ’30s Germany and America” (Sports Illustrated).At the 1936 Olympics, against a backdrop of swastikas and goose-stepping storm troopers, an African American son of sharecroppers won a staggering four gold medals, single-handedly falsifying Hitler’s myth of Aryan ... Read more

    $12.99 USD

  • Golazo!

    The Beautiful Game from the Aztecs to the World Cup: The Complete History of How Soccer Shaped Latin America

    The definitive book about the national identities, heroes, and dramatic stories from Latin American soccer throughout history, perfect for World Cup reading.“Golazo!” means “amazing goal!” And the word perfectly captures the unique, exuberant, all-encompassing, passionate role that soccer plays in Latin America.Andreas Campomar offers readers the definitive history of Latin American soccer from ... Read more

    $11.99 USD $7.99 USD

  • Major Taylor

    The Inspiring Story of a Black Cyclist and the Men Who Helped Him Achieve Worldwide Fame

    In the wake of the Tour de France’s fallen heroes, the story of one of history’s most legendary cyclists provides a much-needed antidote. In 1907 the world’s most popular athlete was not Cy Young or Ty Cobb. Rather, he was a black bicycle racer named Major” Taylor.In his day, Taylor became a spiritual and athletic idol. He was the fastest man in America and a champion who prevailed over ... Read more

    $12.99 USD

  • The Perfect Pass

    American Genius and the Reinvention of Football

    by S. C. Gwynne ...
    An “excellent sports history” (Publishers Weekly) in the tradition of Michael Lewis’s Moneyball, award-winning historian S.C. Gwynne tells the incredible story of how two unknown coaches revolutionized American football at every level, from high school to the NFL.Hal Mumme spent fourteen mostly losing seasons coaching football before inventing a potent passing offense that would soon shock players ... Read more

    $12.99 USD

  • Ten-Gallon War

    The NFL's Cowboys, the AFL's Texans, and the Feud for Dallas's Pro Football Future

    “It’s every bit as fascinating to read about the battles between the Cowboys and the Texans as it is to follow today’s never-ending NFL dramas.” —Mike Florio, ProFootballTalkIn the 1960s, on the heels of the “Greatest Game Ever Played,” professional football began to flourish across the country—except in Texas, where college football was still the only game in town. But in an unlikely series of ... Read more

    $14.99 USD

  • The Professor, the Banker, and the Suicide King

    Inside the Richest Poker Game of All Time

    by Michael Craig ...
    The Players: the best poker professionals in the world The Challenger: a wealthy banker from Dallas The Game: the richest poker stakes of all time... In 2001, a rich stranger from Texas descended upon the high-stakes poker room in the opulent Bellagio casino in Las Vegas. A self-made billionaire by the name of Andy Beal, the stranger challenged some of the world's greatest poker players-including ... 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

    $17.99 USD

  • Stranger to the Ground

    by Richard Bach ...
    Richard Bach’s first book, Stranger to the Ground is above all else an insight into the character of a man whose great compulsion is to measure himself against storm and night and fear. On the surface it is the tale of a memorable mission of a young fighter pilot utilizing his skills in a lonely duel with death. Yet between the lines emerges the portrait of the airman as a breed, probing outward, ... Read more

    $13.99 USD

  • The Glory of Their Times

    The Story of the Early Days of Baseball Told by the Men Who Played It

    “Easily the best baseball book ever produced by anyone.” —Cleveland Plain Dealer“This was the best baseball book published in 1966, it is the best baseball book of its kind now, and, if it is reissued in 10 years, it will be the best baseball book.” — PeopleFrom Lawrence Ritter (The Image of Their Greatness, The 100 Greatest Baseball Players of All Time), comes one of the bestselling, most... ... Read more

    $13.99 USD