Analyzes hidden influences and subtle biases that shape sports plays, covering such topics as performance pressures, the "home field advantage," and the overpayment of athletic talent.
An opinionated tour of the past, present, and future of pro basketball, written by ESPN's "Sports Guy" columnist, shares insights on everything from major NBA events and underrated players to how Hall of Famers should be selected.
Drawing on more than five hundred interviews with loved ones and fellow baseball players, the author crafts a deeply personal biography of the Yankee great, weaving her own memories of the major league slugger with an authoritative account of his life on and off the field.
Three Yahoo! Sports writers assert that the current collegiate football Bowl Championship Series is designed to line the pockets of a select few and denies many deserving teams from ever seeing the post-season, arguing that a 16-team March Madness-style tournament would better serve the players, the fans and the colleges and universities.
A candid memoir by the tennis champion includes coverage of his Grand Slam wins, establishment of a charitable foundation for underprivileged children and marriage to Stefanie Graf. Reprint. A #1 best-seller and New York Times Notable Book.
Describes the tragedy on K2 in August of 2008 where eleven climbers perished, in an journalistic account based on interviews with the surviving climbers, their Sherpa guides, and the families of those lost.
Based on interviews with surviving climbers, sherpas, porters, and family and friends, a reporter from the New York Times recreates the tragic 2008 K2 ascent that killed eleven climbers, severely injured two more, and made headlines around the world.
In 1939 the Savage Mountain claimed its first victim. Born into vast wealth yet uneasy with a life of leisure, Dudley Wolfe, of Boston and Rockport, Maine, set out to become the first man to climb K2, the world's second-highest mountain and, in the opinion of mountaineers, an even more formidable challenge than Mt. Everest. Although close to middle age and inexperienced at high altitude, Wolfe, with the team leader, made it higher than any other members of the expedition, but he couldn't get back down. Suffering from altitude sickness and severe dehydration, he was abandoned at nearly 25,000 feet; it would be another sixty-three years before Jennifer Jordan discovered his remains. Here, readers follow Wolfe from the salons of Europe to the most forbidding landscape on earth.—From publisher description.
The award-winning author of The Whale Warriors documents his year-long surfing journey from Southern California down the coast of Mexico, where he witnessed the beauty and power of the natural world associated with surfing sub-culture. Original.
An in-depth profile of the founder of Lipton Tea describes his post-Civil War journey across America to establish a first chain of grocery stores, his novel use of mass media to create a winning public persona and his legendary pursuit of the America's Cup trophy. By the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of Hershey.
Explains why we win at sports, why we don't and how the games of life are really played and demonstrates how sports offer powerful and often overlooked tools with which to explore fundamental subjects, including biology, morality, the relationship between mind and matter, globalization, culture, gender, race and economics. 100,000 first printing.
This is the story of the men and women who risked everything to find the deepest cave on Earth, earning their place in history beside the likes of Peary, Amundsen, Hillary, and Armstrong. Tabor focuses particularly on the heroic efforts of Bill Stone in the vast Cheve Cave of southern Mexico and Alexander Klimchouk in the supercave Krubera of the Republic of Georgia.
Why England Loses, Why Germany and Brazil Win, and Why the U.S., Japan, Australia, Turkey--and Even Iraq--are Destined to Become the Kings of the World's Most Popular Sport
Using insights and analogies from economics, statistics, psychology, and business to cast a new and entertaining light on how the game of soccer works, "Soccernomics" reveals the often surprisingly counterintuitive truths about the world's most popular game. An essential guide for the 2010 World Cup.
A leading NBA star presents the story of his inner-city Ohio youth basketball team on which players overcame challenging hardships to qualify for a national championship while learning key lessons about teamwork.