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The Hidden Influences Behind How Sports Are Played and Games Are Won

by Tobias J. Moskowitz and L. Jon Wertheim

Paperback, 278 pages, Random House Inc, $15, published January 17 2012 | purchase
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  • The Hidden Influences Behind How Sports Are Played and Games Are Won
  • Tobias J. Moskowitz and L. Jon Wertheim

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.

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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 Secret History of Balls

The Secret History of Balls

The Stories Behind the Things We Love to Catch, Whack, Throw, Kick, Bounce, and Bat

by Josh Chetwynd and Emily Stackhouse

Paperback, 221 pages, Penguin Group USA, $13.95, published May 3 2011 | purchase
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  • The Stories Behind the Things We Love to Catch, Whack, Throw, Kick, Bounce, and Bat
  • Josh Chetwynd and Emily Stackhouse

This quirky sports trivia and history guide provides insight into 60 balls of all shapes, sizes and materials used on playing fields, in stadiums and arenas around the world, from basketballs to wiffle balls and the lesser-known sliotar.

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One on One

One on One

Behind the Scenes With the Greats in the Game

by John Feinstein

Hardcover, 448 pages, Little Brown & Co, $27.99, published December 5 2011 | purchase
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  • Behind the Scenes With the Greats in the Game
  • John Feinstein

The author and popular sports commentator for NPR and CBS describes his most interesting encounters with coaching greats and sports legends including Bob Knight, Joe Torre, Jack Nicklaus, Ivan Lendl and Mary Carillo.

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Hard Work

Hard Work

A Life on and Off the Court

by Roy Williams and Tim Crothers

Paperback, 316 pages, Workman Pub Co, $15.95, published October 11 2011 | purchase
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  • A Life on and Off the Court
  • Roy Williams and Tim Crothers

Roy Williams writes about his professional and personal life in this memoir about how he found his way to the Hall of Fame as the men's basketball coach at the University of Kansas.

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The Last Boy

The Last Boy

Mickey Mantle and the End of America's Childhood

by Jane Leavy

Paperback, 468 pages, HarperCollins, $16.99, published October 4 2011 | purchase
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  • Mickey Mantle and the End of America's Childhood
  • Jane Leavy

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.

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100 Yards of Glory

100 Yards of Glory

The Greatest Moments in NFL History

by Joe Garner, Bob Costas and Joe Montana

Hardcover, 320 pages, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, $35, published November 8 2011 | purchase
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  • The Greatest Moments in NFL History
  • Joe Garner, Bob Costas, et al

The creators of the best-selling And the Crowd Goes Wild present an officially endorsed collection of key historical events that combines archival photography with coverage of such famed stories as the Immaculate Reception, the Ice Bowl and the Music City Miracle, in a volume complemented by a 10-part documentary by an Emmy Award-winning team.

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The Best American Sports Writing 2011

The Best American Sports Writing 2011

by Jane Leavy

Paperback, 350 pages, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, $14.95, published October 4 2011 | purchase
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  • The Best American Sports Writing 2011
  • Jane Leavy

The best-selling author of Sandy Koufax and The Last Boy brings together the year's finest writing in sports, in all its drama, humanity and excitement.

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Moneyball

Moneyball

The Art of Winning an Unfair Game

by Michael Lewis

Paperback, 317 pages, W W Norton & Co Inc, $15.95, published August 22 2011 | purchase
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  • The Art of Winning an Unfair Game
  • Michael Lewis

Michael Lewis explains how baseball's Billy Beene, the general manager of the Oakland Athletics, is using a new kind of thinking to build a successful baseball team without spending enormous sums of money.NPR Bestseller

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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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  • 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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Three and Out

Three and Out

Rich Rodriguez and the Michigan Wolverines in the Crucible of College Football

by John U. Bacon

Hardcover, 438 pages, Farrar Straus & Giroux, $28, published October 25 2011 | purchase
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  • Three and Out
  • Rich Rodriguez and the Michigan Wolverines in the Crucible of College Football
  • John U. Bacon

Traces the challenges faced by the University of Michigan football team after 2008, drawing on interviews with players and coaches to offer insight into topics ranging from their most heated rivalries and heartbreaking defeats to the pivotal contributions of Rich Rodriguez and the winner-take-all culture that has dominated their efforts. 40,000 first printing.

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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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Showdown

Showdown

JFK and the Integration of the Washington Redskins

by Thomas G. Smith

Hardcover, 277 pages, Random House Inc, $26.95, published September 6 2011 | purchase
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  • JFK and the Integration of the Washington Redskins
  • Thomas G. Smith
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The Vail Hiker and Ski Touring Guide

The Vail Hiker and Ski Touring Guide

50 Historic Hiking, Showshoe, and Ski Trails in Eagle County, the Holy Cross, and Gore Range Wilderness Areas

by Mary Ellen Gilliland

Paperback, 122 pages, Alpenrose Press, $16.95, published June 1 2001 | purchase
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  • 50 Historic Hiking, Showshoe, and Ski Trails in Eagle County, the Holy Cross, and Gore Range Wilderness Areas
  • Mary Ellen Gilliland
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Those Guys Have All the Fun

Those Guys Have All the Fun

Inside the World of ESPN

by Tom Shales and James Andrew Miller

Hardcover, 763 pages, Little Brown & Co, $27.99, published May 24 2011 | purchase
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  • Inside the World of ESPN
  • Tom Shales and James Andrew Miller

Presents the history of sports channel ESPN based on interviews with nearly five hundred current and former employees, featuring announcers and analysts as well as sports stars including LeBron James, Peyton Manning, and Jeff Gordon.

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Stan Musial

Stan Musial

An American Life

by George Vecsey

Hardcover, 397 pages, Random House Inc, $26, published May 10 2011 | purchase
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  • An American Life
  • George Vecsey

A portrait of the three-time MVP and World Series champion celebrates his consistent performances that won him the batting title seven times for the St. Louis Cardinals and earned him the unacknowledged status as the sport's greatest hitter.

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