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Range: Why Generalists Triumph in a Specialized World
by David J. Epstein

Language

English

Pages

351

Publication Date

May 28, 2019

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<b>What's the most effective path to success in any domain? It's not what you think.</b><br /><br />Plenty of experts argue that anyone who wants to develop a skill, play an instrument, or lead their field should start early, focus intensely, and rack up as many hours of deliberate practice as possible. If you dabble or delay, you'll never catch up to the people who got a head start. But if you take a closer look at the world's top performers, from professional athletes to Nobel laureates, you'll find that early specialization is the exception, not the rule. <br /><br />David Epstein, author of the <i>New York Times</i> bestseller <i>The Sports Gene</i>, studied the world's most successful athletes, artists, musicians, inventors, forecasters and scientists. He discovered that in most fields--especially those that are complex and unpredictable--generalists, not specialists, are primed to excel. Generalists often find their path late, and they juggle many interests rather than focusing on one. They're also more creative, more agile, and able to make connections their more specialized peers can't spy from deep in their hyperfocused trenches. As experts silo themselves further while computers master more of the skills once reserved for highly focused humans, people who think broadly and embrace diverse experiences and perspectives will increasingly thrive. <br /><br />Our obsession with getting a head start is understandable; early specialization feels efficient. But Epstein marshals an enormous body of scientific research to argue that we should all actively cultivate inefficiency. Failing a test is the best way to learn. Frequent quitters end up with the most fulfilling careers. The most impactful inventors cross domains rather than deepening their knowledge in a single area. Provocative, rigorous, and engrossing, <i>Range</i> explains how to maintain the benefits of breadth, diverse experience, interdisciplinary thinking, and delayed concentration in a world that increasingly incentivizes, even demands, hyperspecialization.
Ball Four (RosettaBooks Sports Classics)
by Jim Bouton

Language

English

Pages

496

Publication Date

March 20, 2012

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Ball Four: The Final Pitch is the original book plus all the updates, unlike the 20th Anniversary Edition paperback. <br /><br />When Ball Four was published in 1970, it created a firestorm. Bouton was called a Judas, a Benedict Arnold and a “social leper” for having violated the “sanctity of the clubhouse.” Baseball commissioner Bowie Kuhn tried to force Bouton to sign a statement saying the book wasn’t true. Ballplayers, most of whom hadn’t read it, denounced the book. It was even banned by a few libraries.<br /><br />Almost everyone else, however, loved Ball Four. Fans liked discovering that athletes were real people--often wildly funny people. Many readers said it gave them strength to get through a difficult period in their lives. Serious critics called it an important document.<br /><br />David Halberstam, who won a Pulitzer for his reporting on Vietnam, wrote a piece in Harper’s that said of Bouton: “He has written… a book deep in the American vein, so deep in fact that it is by no means a sports book.”<br /><br />In 1999 Ball Four was selected by the New York Public Library as one of the “Books of the Century.” And Time magazine chose it as one of the “100 Greatest Non-Fiction” books.<br /><br />Besides changing the image of athletes, the book played a role in the economic revolution in pro sports. In 1975, Ball Four was accepted as legal evidence against the owners at the arbitration hearing, which lead to free agency in baseball and, by extension, to other sports.<br /><br />Today Ball Four has taken on another role--as a time capsule of life in the sixties. “It is not just a diary of Bouton's 1969 season with the Seattle Pilots and Houston Astros,” says sportswriter Jim Caple. “It's a vibrant, funny, telling history of an era that seems even further away than four decades. To call it simply a “tell all book” is like describing The Grapes of Wrath as a book about harvesting peaches in California.”<br /><br />This ebook version of Ball Four includes the first edition, the 1980, 1990 and 2000 updates, and 138 photos.<br /><br />ABOUT THE AUTHOR<br /><br />Jim Bouton was born in Newark, NJ, in 1939. He grew up in Rochelle Park, a blue-collar town that was too small for Little League. The result was that kids learned to play baseball without uniforms, parents, coaches, or umpires.<br /><br />In high school, his nickname was “warm up Bouton” because he never got into the games. Advised that becoming a major league pitcher was “unrealistic,” Bouton wrote his Careers Week report on the life of a forest ranger. He got a C on his report and an A on the cover--a nice drawing of a squirrel in a tree.<br /><br />Bouton was an All-Star pitcher and won 20 games for the Yankees in 1963. The next year he won 18 games and beat the Cardinals twice in the World Series. Eventually a sore arm got him sold to the Seattle Pilots--for a bag of batting practice balls. That’s when he began taking notes for his diary Ball Four, published in 1970.<br /><br />In the 1970s he was a top-rated TV sportscaster in New York City, acted in a Robert Altman film called The Long Goodbye, and made a brief comeback with the Atlanta Braves.<br /><br />In 2003 Bouton wrote and self-published Foul Ball, a diary of his battle to save a historic ballpark in Pittsfied, MA. Bouton says he only writes when he’s bursting to say something. “Ball Four was a book I wanted to write,” he says. “Foul Ball was a book I had to write.<br /><br />Today Bouton lives in a forest in western Massachusetts.
Bigger Leaner Stronger: The Simple Science of Building the Ultima...
by Michael Matthews

Language

English

Pages

490

Publication Date

January 05, 2014

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<h2>This book has helped thousands of men build their best bodies ever. Will YOU be next?</h2><br />If you want to get muscular, lean, and strong as quickly as possible <b>without steroids, good genetics, extreme dieting, or wasting ridiculous amounts of time in the gym</b> . . . regardless of your age . . . you want to read this book.<br /><br />Here's the deal:<br /><br /><h2>Building muscle and burning fat isn't as complicated as the fitness industry wants you to believe. <u>This book is the shortcut.</u></h2><br /><li><b>You don't need to:</b>Spend hundreds of dollars per month on the worthless supplements that steroid-fueled bodybuilders "swear by." Most pills and powders do <u>absolutely nothing.</u></li><br /><li><b>You don't need to:</b> Constantly change up your weightlifting routine to gain muscle mass quickly and effectively. Muscle building is <u>much simpler</u> than that.</li><br /><li><b>You don't need to:</b> Waste a couple of hours in the gym every day grinding through grueling workouts. In fact, this is a great way to get <u>nowhere.</u></li><br /><li><b>You don't need to:</b> Slog away at boring cardio to shed ugly belly fat and get a six-pack. In fact, you don't have to do <u>any cardio</u> to get the body you really want.</li><br /><li><b>You don't need to:</b> Obsess over "clean eating" and avoiding "unhealthy" foods to get ripped. Instead, you can get the body you want <u>eating the foods you love.</u></li><br />Those are just a few of the harmful lies and myths that keep guys from <u>ever achieving</u> the lean, muscular, strong, and healthy bodies they truly desire.<br /><br />And in this book you're going to learn something <b>most guys will never know</b> . . .<br /><br /><h2>The exact methods of diet and training that make putting on 10 to 15 pounds of quality lean mass a breeze . . . <u>and it only takes a few months.</u></h2><br />Here are just a few of the things you're going to discover in this book:<br /><br /><li>The <b>10 biggest fat loss and muscle-building myths and mistakes</b> that keep guys fat, weak, and frustrated.</li><br /><li>The 3 scientific laws of muscle growth and fat loss that literally <b>force your body to get bigger, leaner, and stronger.</b> You'll be shocked at how easy it really is to build muscle and lose fat once you know what you're doing.</li><br /><li>How to create flexible diet plans that help you <b>transform your body composition eating the foods you love</b> . . . and without ever feeling starved, deprived, or like you're "on a diet."</li><br /><li>A paint-by-numbers training system that will help you build a <b>big, full chest . . . a wide, tapered back . . . thick, powerful legs . . . and strong, bulging arms</b> . . . spending no more than 3 to 6 hours in the gym every week...doing challenging, fun workouts that you enjoy.</li><br /><li>A no-BS guide to supplements that will show you what works and what doesn't, <b>saving you hundreds if not thousands of dollars each year</b>.</li><br /><li>And a whole lot more!</li><br />Imagine . . . <b>just 12 weeks from now</b> . . . being constantly complimented on how great you look and asked how the heck you're doing it . . .<br /><br />Imagine enjoying the added benefits of <b>high energy levels, no aches and pains, better spirits</b>, and knowing that you're getting <b>healthier every day</b> . . .<br /><br /><h2>The bottom line is you CAN get that <u>"Hollywood hunk" body</u> without following boring, bland "bodybuilder" diets or living in the gym. This book shows you how.</h2><br /><b>SPECIAL BONUS FOR READERS!</b><br /><br />With this men’s fitness book, you'll also get a <b>FREE 56-page reference guide</b> with all of the book's key takeaways, a year's worth of <i>Bigger Leaner Stronger</i> workouts, 10 premade meal plans for cutting and lean bulking, and more!<br /><br /><b>Scroll up, click the "Buy" button now, and begin your journey to a bigger, leaner, and stronger you!</b>
Jailhouse Strong: 8 x 8 Off-Season Powerlifting Program
by , Adam Benshea

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English

Pages

Publication Date

July 09, 2019

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Are you tired of entering meet after meet with minuscule increases in your total as you perpetually burn out? <br /><br />Stop burning the candle at both ends!<br /> <br />A properly planned powerlifting off-season separates the champs from the chumps. The Jailhouse Strong 8 x 8 Off-Season Powerlifting Program will give you the tools to hone your technique, use new exercise variations to stimulate muscle hypertrophy all while increasing your work capacity and preventing mental and physical burnout.<br /><br />Join the strongest people in the world on what was once a closely guarded secret by hopping on the Jailhouse Strong 8 x 8 Off-Season Powerlifting Program!
Sixth Man, The: A Memoir
by Andre Iguodala

Language

English

Pages

255

Publication Date

June 25, 2019

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<b>**The Instant National Bestseller**<br /><br />The standout memoir from NBA powerhouse Andre Iguodala, the indomitable sixth man of the Golden State Warriors.<br /><br /> </b>Andre Iguodala is one of the most admired players in the NBA. And fresh off the Warriors’ fifth Finals appearance in five years, his game has never been stronger. <br /><br />Off the court, Iguodala has earned respect, too—for his successful tech investments, his philanthropy, and increasingly for his contributions to the conversation about race in America. It is no surprise, then, that in his first book, Andre, with his cowriter Carvell Wallace, has pushed himself to go further than he ever has before about his life, not only as an athlete but about what makes him who he is at his core.<br /><br /><i>The Sixth Man </i>traces Andre’s journey from childhood in his Illinois hometown to his Bay Area home court today. Basketball has always been there. But this is the story, too, of his experience of the conflict and racial tension always at hand in a professional league made up largely of African American men; of whether and why the athlete owes the total sacrifice of his body; of the relationship between competition and brotherhood among the players of one of history’s most glorious championship teams. And of what motivates an athlete to keep striving for more once they’ve already achieved the highest level of play they could have dreamed. <br /><br />On drive, on leadership, on pain, on accomplishment, on the shame of being given a role, and the glory of taking a role on: This is a powerful memoir of life and basketball that reveals new depths to the superstar athlete, and offers tremendous insight into most urgent stories being told in American society today.
If These Walls Could Talk: Boston Red Sox
by , Sean McDonough

Language

English

Pages

256

Publication Date

July 09, 2019

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<DIV>The Boston Red Sox are one of the most iconic teams in Major League Baseball, with eight World Series championships and countless greats who have donned the Sox uniform. In <I>If These Walls Could Talk: Boston Red Sox</I>, former player and longtime broadcaster Jerry Remy provides insight into the team's inner sanctum as only he can. Readers will gain the perspective of players, coaches, and personnel in moments of greatness as well as defeat, making for a keepsake no fan will want to miss.</DIV>
Shoe Dog: A Memoir by the Creator of Nike
by Phil Knight

Language

English

Pages

401

Publication Date

April 26, 2016

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<b><i>NEW YORK TIMES</i> BESTSELLER</b><BR> <BR>In this instant<i> </i>and tenacious bestseller, Nike founder and board chairman Phil Knight “offers a rare and revealing look at the notoriously media-shy man behind the swoosh” (<i>Booklist</i>, starred review), illuminating his company’s early days as an intrepid start-up and its evolution into one of the world’s most iconic, game-changing, and profitable brands.<BR><BR>Bill Gates named <i>Shoe Dog</i> one of his five favorite books of 2016 and called it “an amazing tale, a refreshingly honest reminder of what the path to business success really looks like. It’s a messy, perilous, and chaotic journey, riddled with mistakes, endless struggles, and sacrifice. Phil Knight opens up in ways few CEOs are willing to do.”<BR> <BR>Fresh out of business school, Phil Knight borrowed fifty dollars from his father and launched a company with one simple mission: import high-quality, low-cost running shoes from Japan. Selling the shoes from the trunk of his car in 1963, Knight grossed eight thousand dollars that first year. Today, Nike’s annual sales top $30 billion. In this age of start-ups, Knight’s Nike is the gold standard, and its swoosh is one of the few icons instantly recognized in every corner of the world.<BR> <BR>But Knight, the man behind the swoosh, has always been a mystery. In <i>Shoe Dog</i>, he tells his story at last. At twenty-four, Knight decides that rather than work for a big corporation, he will create something all his own, new, dynamic, different. He details the many risks he encountered, the crushing setbacks, the ruthless competitors and hostile bankers—as well as his many thrilling triumphs. Above all, he recalls the relationships that formed the heart and soul of Nike, with his former track coach, the irascible and charismatic Bill Bowerman, and with his first employees, a ragtag group of misfits and savants who quickly became a band of swoosh-crazed brothers.<BR> <BR>Together, harnessing the electrifying power of a bold vision and a shared belief in the transformative power of sports, they created a brand—and a culture—that changed everything.
Thinner Leaner Stronger: The Simple Science of Building the Ultim...
by Michael Matthews

Language

English

Pages

474

Publication Date

January 06, 2014

Product Description
Customer Reviews
<h2>This book has helped thousands of women build their best bodies ever. Will YOU be next?</h2><br />If you want to be fit, lean, and strong as quickly as possible <b>without crash dieting, good genetics, or wasting ridiculous amounts of time</b> in the gym . . . <u>regardless of your age</u> . . . you want to read this book.<br /><br />Here's the deal:<br /><br /><h2>Losing fat and building lean muscle isn't as complicated as the fitness industry wants you to believe. <u>This book is the shortcut.</u></h2><br /><li><b>You don't need to:</b> Spend hundreds of dollars per month on the worthless supplements, "detoxes," or "skinny teas." Most pills and powders do <u>absolutely nothing.</u></li><br /><li><b>You don't need to:</b> Constantly change up your workout routine to get lean, defined muscles. It's <u>much simpler</u> than that.</li><br /><li><b>You don't need to:</b> Waste a couple of hours in the gym every day grinding out grueling workouts. In fact, this is a great way to get <u>nowhere.</u></li><br /><li><b>You don't need to:</b> Slog away at boring cardio to shed ugly belly, hip, and thigh fat. In fact, you probably don't have to do <u>any cardio</u> to get the body you really want.</li><br /><li><b>You don't need to:</b> Obsess over "clean eating" and avoiding "unhealthy" foods to get fit. Instead, you can get the body you want <u>eating the foods you love.</u></li><br />Those are just a few of the harmful lies and myths that keep gals from ever achieving the lean, toned, sexy, and healthy bodies they <u>truly desire.</u><br /><br />And in this book you're going to learn something <b>most women will never know</b> . . .<br /><br /><h2>The exact formula of exercise and eating that makes losing 10 to 15 pounds of fat while building lean, sexy muscle a breeze . . . <u>and it only takes 8 to 12 weeks.</u></h2><br />Here are just a few of the things you're going to discover in this book:<br /><br /><li>The <b>10 biggest fat loss and muscle-building myths and mistakes</b> that keep women overweight, weak, and frustrated.</li><br /><li>The 3 scientific laws of lean muscle growth and fat loss that literally <b>force your body to get fitter, leaner, and stronger.</b> You'll be shocked at how easy it really is to build lean muscle and lose fat once you know what you're doing.</li><br /><li>How to create flexible diet plans that help you <b>transform your body composition eating the foods you love</b> . . . and without ever feeling starved, deprived, or like you're "on a diet."</li><br /><li>A paint-by-numbers training system that will help you <b>add lean muscle to all the right places and get sexy, athletic curves</b> . . . spending no more than three to six hours in the gym every week . . . doing challenging, fun workouts you enjoy.</li><br /><li>A no-BS guide to supplements that will show you what works and what doesn't, <b>saving you hundreds if not thousands of dollars each year</b>.</li><br /><li>And a whole lot more!</li><br />Imagine . . . <b>just 12 weeks from now</b> . . . being constantly complimented on how great you look and asked how the heck you're doing it . . .<br /><br />Imagine enjoying the added benefits of <b>high energy levels, no aches and pains, better spirits</b>, and knowing that you're getting <b>healthier every day</b> . . .<br /><br /><h2>The bottom line is you CAN get that <u>"Hollywood babe" body</u> without following boring, bland "bodybuilder" diets or living in the gym. This book shows you how.</h2><br /><b>SPECIAL BONUS FOR READERS!</b><br /><br />With this women's fitness book, you'll also get a <b>FREE 56-page reference guide</b> with all of the book's key takeaways, a year's worth of <i>Thinner Leaner Stronger</i> workouts, 10 premade meal plans for cutting and lean bulking, and more!<br /><br /><b>Scroll up, click the "Buy" button now, and begin your journey to a fitter, leaner, and stronger you!</b>
Fly Girls: How Five Daring Women Defied All Odds and Made Aviatio...
by Keith O'Brien

Language

English

Pages

384

Publication Date

August 07, 2018

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Customer Reviews
<DIV>A <I>New York Times</I> Bestseller * An Amazon Best Book of the Year * A <I>New York Times Book Review</I> Editors’ Choice * A <I>Time</I> Best Book for Summer<BR />  <BR /> Between the world wars, no sport was more popular, or more dangerous, than airplane racing. While male pilots were lauded as heroes, the few women who dared to fly were more often ridiculed—until a cadre of women pilots banded together to break through the entrenched prejudice.<BR /><BR /><I>Fly Girls</I> weaves together the stories of five remarkable women: Florence Klingensmith, a high school dropout from Fargo, North Dakota; Ruth Elder, an Alabama divorcée; Amelia Earhart, the most famous, but not necessarily the most skilled; Ruth Nichols, who chafed at her blue blood family’s expectations; and Louise Thaden, the young mother of two who got her start selling coal in Wichita. Together, they fought for the chance to fly and race airplanes—and in 1936, one of them would triumph, beating the men in the toughest air race of them all.</DIV>
Cry of the Kalahari
by , Delia Owens

Language

English

Pages

384

Publication Date

April 22, 2014

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Customer Reviews
<DIV><P><B>“A remarkable story beautifully told…Among such classics as Goodall’s <I>In the Shadow of Man </I>and Fossey’s <I>Gorillas in the Mist</I>.”—<I>Chicago Tribune</I></B><BR /><BR /> Carrying little more than a change of clothes and a pair of binoculars, two young Americans, Mark and Delia Owens, caught a plane to Africa, bought a thirdhand Land Rover, and drove deep into the Kalahari Desert. There they lived for seven years, in an unexplored area with no roads, no people, and no source of water for thousands of square miles. In this vast wilderness the Owenses began their zoology research, working along animals that had never before been exposed to humans.<BR /><BR /> An international bestseller, Cry of the Kalahari is the story of the Owenses’s life with lions, brown hyenas, jackals, giraffes, and the many other creatures they came to know. It is also a gripping account of how they survived the dangers of living in one of the last and largest pristine areas on Earth.</P></DIV>

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