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Into the Silence

Into the Silence

The Great War, Mallory, and the Conquest of Everest

by Wade Davis

Paperback, 655 pages, Vintage, $16.95, published October 2 2012 | purchase
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  • The Great War, Mallory, and the Conquest of Everest
  • Wade Davis

Wade Davis describes British climbers' attempts to scale Mount Everest in the early 1920s, discussing such topics as the role of imperial ambition in the expedition and the way in which the ascent reflected England's post-World War I redemption efforts.

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The Good Son

The Good Son

The Life of Ray "Boom Boom" Mancini

by Mark Kriegel

Paperback, 316 pages, Simon & Schuster, $15.99, published July 9 2013 | purchase
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  • The Life of Ray "Boom Boom" Mancini
  • Mark Kriegel

FOX Sports columnist Mark Kriegel follows the story of the 1980s champion fighter — who was motivated by a promise he made to his war-injured father. The Good Son follows Ray "Boom Boom" Mancini's rise to the status of a national hero before a fateful match in 1982, in which his South Korean challenger sustained brain injuries and died days later.

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Born to Run

Born To Run

A Hidden Tribe, Superathletes, and the Greatest Race the World Has Never Seen

by Christopher McDougall

Paperback, 287 pages, Random House Inc, $15.95, published March 29 2011 | purchase
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  • Born To Run
  • A Hidden Tribe, Superathletes, and the Greatest Race the World Has Never Seen
  • Christopher McDougall

Recounts the author's experiences with the reclusive Tarahumara Indians, whose techniques allow them to run long distances with ease, and describes his training for a 50-mile race with the tribe and a number of ultramarathoners.NPR Bestseller

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Wild

Wild

From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail

by Cheryl Strayed

Paperback, 315 pages, Random House Inc, $15.95, published March 26 2013 | purchase
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  • From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail
  • Cheryl Strayed

At 22, Cheryl Strayed thought she had lost everything. In the wake of her mother's death, her family scattered and her own marriage was soon destroyed. Four years later, with nothing more to lose, she made the most impulsive decision of her life. With no experience or training, driven only by blind will, she would hike more than 1,000 miles of the Pacific Crest Trail, from the Mojave Desert through California and Oregon to Washington state — and she would do it alone.NPR Bestseller

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The Naked Olympics

The Naked Olympics

The True Story of the Ancient Games

by Tony Perrottet

Paperback, 214 pages, Random House Inc, $16, published June 1 2004 | purchase
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  • The Naked Olympics
  • The True Story of the Ancient Games
  • Tony Perrottet

A history of the original Olympic games depicts the events of the first competitions more than 1,200 years ago, during which tens of thousands of sweltering-hot spectators watched nude athletes participate in such events as hoplitodromia, a full-armor sprint, and the pankration, a no-holds-barred lethal brawl.

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The Book of Olympic Lists

The Book of Olympic Lists

by David Wallechinsky and Jaime Loucky

Paperback, 300 pages, Trafalgar Square, $14.95, published July 1 2012 | purchase
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  • David Wallechinsky and Jaime Loucky

Features more than one hundred fifty unexpected Olympic trivia lists, including the ten unluckiest competitors, the eleven strangest sports ever contested, and the fourteen most unusual injuries.

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Root for the Home Team

Root for the Home Team

Minor League Baseball's Most Off-the-Wall Team Names and the Stories Behind Them

by Tim Hagerty

Paperback, 95 pages, Simon & Schuster, $12.95, published May 8 2012 | purchase
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  • Root for the Home Team
  • Minor League Baseball's Most Off-the-Wall Team Names and the Stories Behind Them
  • Tim Hagerty

Sportscaster Tiim Hagerty delves into the weirdly wonderful world of minor league baseball's team names.

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Austerity Olympics

Austerity Olympics

When the Games Came to London in 1948

by Janie Hampton

Paperback, 368 pages, Trafalgar Square, $20, published June 1 2012 | purchase
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  • Austerity Olympics
  • When the Games Came to London in 1948
  • Janie Hampton

Janie Hampton remembers the 1948 London Olympics, which took place in a city still recovering from World War II and cost less than one-one hundredth of a percent of London 2012's budget.

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How to Watch the Olympics

How to Watch the Olympics

The Essential Guide to the Rules, Statistics, Heroes, and Zeroes of Every Sport

by David Goldblatt and Johnny Acton

Paperback, 400 pages, Penguin Group USA, $15, published May 29 2012 | purchase
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  • How to Watch the Olympics
  • The Essential Guide to the Rules, Statistics, Heroes, and Zeroes of Every Sport
  • David Goldblatt and Johnny Acton

David Goldblatt and Johnny Acton offer an entertaining guide to the rules, strategy and history of each Olympic sport through witty, detailed descriptions and illustrations.

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Wherever I Wind Up

Wherever I Wind Up

My Quest for Truth, Authenticity, and the Perfect Knuckleball

by R. A. Dickey and Wayne Coffey

Hardcover, 340 pages, Penguin Group USA, $26.95, published March 29 2012 | purchase
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  • Wherever I Wind Up
  • My Quest for Truth, Authenticity, and the Perfect Knuckleball
  • R. A. Dickey and Wayne Coffey

Relates the author's unlikely journey to the big leagues after his athletic dream was nearly destroyed and how he was sustained by his Christian faith and the love of his family before emerging as one of the National League's premier pitchers.

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The Longest Fight

The Longest Fight

In the Ring With Joe Gans, Boxing's First African American Champion

by William Gildea

Hardcover, 245 pages, Farrar Straus & Giroux, $26, published June 19 2012 | purchase
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  • The Longest Fight
  • In the Ring With Joe Gans, Boxing's First African American Champion
  • William Gildea

An account of the lesser-known story of early sports hero Jon Gans centers on his epic 1906 boxing match against Oscar "Battling" Nelson, discussing how the competition reflected period racial tensions and the realities endured by African-American athletes.

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The Big Fight

The Big Fight

My Life in and Out of the Ring

by Sugar Ray Leonard and Michael Arkush

Paperback, 303 pages, Penguin Group USA, $16, published May 29 2012 | purchase
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  • The Big Fight
  • My Life in and Out of the Ring
  • Sugar Ray Leonard and Michael Arkush

The International Boxing Hall of Fame icon shares the story of how he rose from impoverished origins to become a national Golden Gloves champion, Olympic gold medalist and top-rate pro, offering insight into such topics as his professional relationships, exposure to sport corruption and struggles with addiction. 75,000 first printing.

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In The Long Run

In the Long Run

A Father, a Son, and Unintentional Lessons in Happiness

by Jim Axelrod

Paperback, 290 pages, Farrar Straus & Giroux, $15, published May 8 2012 | purchase
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  • In the Long Run
  • A Father, a Son, and Unintentional Lessons in Happiness
  • Jim Axelrod

A former chief White House correspondent reveals how during a crossroads in his personal and professional life he learned about his late father's marathon achievements and resolved to run the 2009 New York Marathon himself.

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Soccernomics

Soccernomics

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

by Simon Kuper and Stefan Szymanski

Paperback, 438 pages, Perseus Books Group, $16.99, published May 1 2012 | purchase
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  • Soccernomics
  • 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
  • Simon Kuper and Stefan Szymanski

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.

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Just Ride

Just Ride

A Radically Practical Guide to Riding Your Bike

by Grant Petersen and Retsu Takahashi

Paperback, 212 pages, Workman Pub Co, $13.95, published May 8 2012 | purchase
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  • A Radically Practical Guide to Riding Your Bike
  • Grant Petersen and Retsu Takahashi
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Over Time

Over Time

My Life As a Sportswriter

by Frank Deford

Hardcover, 354 pages, Pgw, $25, published May 1 2012 | purchase
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  • Over Time
  • My Life As a Sportswriter
  • Frank Deford

The eminent sportswriter traces his career from his early years at "Sports Illustrated" in the 1960s to the present, interweaving a narrative of the history of American sportswriting with his own personal story.

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Ball Four

Ball Four

by Jim Bouton

Paperback, 472 pages, John Wiley & Sons Inc, $15.95, published July 26 1990 | purchase
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  • Jim Bouton

The diary of a major league baseball player during one season reveals the game's venal and foolish aspects

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