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Chasing Excellence: A Story About Building the World’s Fittest ...
by Ben Bergeron

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English

Pages

204

Publication Date

July 19, 2017

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CrossFit trainer Ben Bergeron has helped build the world’s fittest athletes, but he’s not like other coaches. He believes that greatness is not for the elite few; that winning is a result, not a goal; and that character, not talent, is what makes a true champion. His powerful philosophy can help anyone excel at all aspects of life.<br /><br />Using the dramatic competition between the top contenders at the 2016 Reebok CrossFit Games® as a background, Ben explores the step-by-step process of achieving excellence and the unique set of positive character traits necessary for leveling up to world-class. The mindset and methodology that have produced some of the greatest athletes in the world’s most gruelling sport can work equally well for golfers, lawyers, artists, entrepreneurs—anyone who’s willing to commit totally to becoming better than the best.<br /><br />By Chasing Excellence, you’ll discover how extraordinary it’s possible for you to be.
The Boys in the Boat: Nine Americans and Their Epic Quest for Gol...
by Daniel James Brown

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English

Pages

417

Publication Date

June 04, 2013

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<b>The #1 <i>New York Times</i>–bestselling story about American Olympic triumph in Nazi Germany and now the inspiration for the PBS documentary “The Boys of ‘36”<br /><br /></b>For readers of <i>Unbroken</i>, out of the depths of the Depression comes an irresistible story about beating the odds and finding hope in the most desperate of times—the improbable, intimate account of how nine working-class boys from the American West showed the world at the 1936 Olympics in Berlin what true grit really meant.<br /><br /> It was an unlikely quest from the start. With a team composed of the sons of loggers, shipyard workers, and farmers, the University of Washington’s eight-oar crew team was never expected to defeat the elite teams of the East Coast and Great Britain, yet they did, going on to shock the world by defeating the German team rowing for Adolf Hitler. The emotional heart of the tale lies with Joe Rantz, a teenager without family or prospects, who rows not only to regain his shattered self-regard but also to find a real place for himself in the world. Drawing on the boys’ own journals and vivid memories of a once-in-a-lifetime shared dream, Brown has created an unforgettable portrait of an era, a celebration of a remarkable achievement, and a chronicle of one extraordinary young man’s personal quest.<br /><br /><br /><i>From the Trade Paperback edition.</i>
Concussion
by Jeanne Marie Laskas

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English

Pages

297

Publication Date

November 24, 2015

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<b><i>NEW YORK TIMES </i>BESTSELLER • The riveting, unlikely story of Dr. Bennet Omalu, the pathologist who first identified CTE in professional football players, a discovery that challenges the existence of America’s favorite sport and puts Omalu in the crosshairs of football’s most powerful corporation: the NFL</b><br />  <br /> <b>Now a major motion picture starring Will Smith</b><br /><b> </b><br />Jeanne Marie Laskas first met the young forensic pathologist Dr. Bennet Omalu in 2009, while reporting a story for <i>GQ</i> that would go on to inspire the movie <i>Concussion</i>. Omalu told her about a day in September 2002, when, in a dingy morgue in downtown Pittsburgh, he picked up a scalpel and made a discovery that would rattle America in ways he’d never intended. Omalu was new to America, chasing the dream, a deeply spiritual man escaping the wounds of civil war in Nigeria. The body on the slab in front of him belonged to a fifty-year-old named Mike Webster, aka “Iron Mike,” a Hall of Fame center for the Pittsburgh Steelers, one of the greatest ever to play the game. After retiring in 1990, Webster had suffered a dizzyingly steep decline. Toward the end of his life, he was living out of his van, tasering himself to relieve his chronic pain, and fixing his rotting teeth with Super Glue. <i>How did this happen?,</i> Omalu asked himself. <i>How did a young man like Mike Webster end up like this?</i> The search for answers would change Omalu’s life forever and put him in the crosshairs of one of the most powerful corporations in America: the National Football League. What Omalu discovered in Webster’s brain—proof that Iron Mike’s mental deterioration was no accident but a disease caused by blows to the head that could affect everyone playing the game—was the one truth the NFL wanted to ignore.<br />  <br /> Taut, gripping, and gorgeously told, <i>Concussion</i> is the stirring story of one unlikely man’s decision to stand up to a multibillion-dollar colossus, and to tell the world the truth.<br />  <br /> <b>Praise for <i>Concussion</i></b><br /> <i> </i><br />“A gripping medical mystery and a dazzling portrait of the young scientist no one wanted to listen to . . . a fabulous, essential read.”<b>—Rebecca Skloot, author of <i>The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks</i></b><br /><br />“The story of Dr. Bennet Omalu’s battle against the NFL is classic David and Goliath stuff, and Jeanne Marie Laskas—one of my favorite writers on earth—makes it as exciting as any great courtroom or gridiron drama. A riveting, powerful human tale—and a master class on how to tell a story.”<b>—Charles Duhigg, author of <i>The Power of Habit</i></b><br />  <br /> “Bennet Omalu forced football to reckon with head trauma. The NFL doesn’t want you to hear his story, but Jeanne Marie Laskas makes it unforgettable. This book is gripping, eye-opening, and full of heart.”<b>—Emily Bazelon, author of <i>Sticks and Stones</i></b>
The Last Englishman: A Thru-Hiking Adventure on the Pacific Crest...
by Mr Keith Foskett

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English

Pages

351

Publication Date

February 13, 2014

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<p>Between desert and sky, snow and sun, where few have ventured before, one hiker takes on the six-month challenge of a lifetime.</p><p><b>Short-listed for Outdoor Book of the Year by The Great Outdoors Magazine.</b></p><p>There are few who can walk a thousand miles in Keith Foskett’s shoes. One can easily forgive such unwillingness considering the places his legs have carried him.</p><p>Across arid, desolate expanses of scorching heat, the magnificence of the Sierra Nevada, and the dense forests of Oregon and Washington, those who dare tackle the Pacific Crest Trail find there’s no room for complacency when facing the extremes of the elements.</p><p>However, within the heart of a hiker lives the soul of a writer. One who can easily translate the awe-inspiring and often humbling moments of life on the trail into a powerful, honest, and light-hearted tale of desperation, perseverance, and spirit.</p><p>Discover the wonder of the Pacific Crest Trail that so many aspire to but so few prevail as you journey across all 2,640 miles from Mexico to Canada. Witness the fear as he battles a phobia of bears, snakes, spiders, and camping in the woods after dark.</p><p>With the harshest winter for years looming, be by his side as he enters into a desperate race against time, facing a dangerous, physical and very real threat to become the last Englishman to complete the greatest long distance hiking trail on Earth.</p><p></p><p><b>Reviews</b></p><p></p><p><i>'I’m not sure if Keith Foskett knows it but he has penned a hiking classic. I just wanted to pack up my bags and head off into the wilderness.'</i></p><p><b>– Spencer Vignes (The Observer).</b></p><p><i>'Telling the true story of a six-month PCT hike from Mexico to Canada, crossing wild desert and mountain and meeting everything from eccentric hikers to rattlesnakes along the way. Easy to read and at times laugh-out-loud funny, it will make you want to pack your rucksack and go.'</i></p><p><b>– Rosie Fuller (Adventure Travel magazine).</b></p><p><i>'Long-distance hiking is tragically romantic: it’s not all about fresh air, aesthetic majesty, and colorful company. This book is refreshingly honest about the difficulties and day-to-day monotony. But it also captures the rewards of this oversized effort to hike the United States end to end.'</i></p><p><b>– Andrew Skurka (National Geographic Adventurer of the Year).</b></p><p><i>‘The Pacific Crest Trail is one of the most beautiful and diverse long distance trails in the world. The Last Englishman allows you to experience this amazing trail through the eyes of a thru-hiker. If you cannot take the time to hike the trail, then you should definitely take the time to read about it.’</i></p><p><b>– Jennifer Pharr Davis (Previous record holder for the fastest thru-hike of the Appalachian Trail)</b></p><p><i>‘It’s rare to find a book that captures the experience of long distance backpacking so well, and that is also fun to read. Fozzie’s account of his Pacific Crest Trail hike is educational, inspirational and hilarious. A must read for aspiring thru-hikers and outdoor adventure seekers.’</i></p><p><b>– Erik Asorson (Author: The PCT Atlas)</b></p><p><b></b></p>
Peak: Secrets from the New Science of Expertise
by , Robert Pool

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English

Pages

339

Publication Date

April 05, 2016

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<DIV><DIV><DIV><DIV><B>“This book is a breakthrough, a lyrical, powerful, science-based narrative that actually shows us how to get better (much better) at the things we care about.”—Seth Godin, author of </B><I><B>Linchpin</B></I><BR /><BR /><B><B>“Anyone who wants to get better at anything should read [</B><I>Peak</I><B>]. Rest assured that the book is not mere theory. Ericsson’s research focuses on the real world, and he explains in detail, with examples, how all of us can apply the principles of great performance in our work or in any other part of our lives.”—</B><I>Fortune</I></B><BR /><BR /> Anders Ericsson has made a career studying chess champions, violin virtuosos, star athletes, and memory mavens. <I>Peak</I> distills three decades of myth-shattering research into a powerful learning strategy that is fundamentally different from the way people traditionally think about acquiring new abilities. Whether you want to stand out at work, improve your athletic or musical performance, or help your child achieve academic goals, Ericsson’s revolutionary methods will show you how to improve at almost any skill that matters to you.<BR />  <BR /><B>“The science of excellence can be divided into two eras: before Ericsson and after Ericsson. His groundbreaking work, captured in this brilliantly useful book, provides us with a blueprint for achieving the most important and life-changing work possible: to become a little bit better each day.”—Dan Coyle, author of </B><I><B>The Talent Code</B></I><BR />  <BR /><B>“Ericsson’s research has revolutionized how we think about human achievement. If everyone would take the lessons of this book to heart, it could truly change the world.”—Joshua Foer, author of </B><I><B>Moonwalking with Einstein</B></I></DIV></DIV></DIV></DIV>
What Doesn't Kill Us: How Freezing Water, Extreme Altitude, and E...
by Scott Carney

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English

Pages

288

Publication Date

January 03, 2017

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<div><b><i><span>What Doesn't Kill Us, </span></i></b><b><span>a<i> New York Times </i>bestseller, traces our evolutionary journey back to a time when survival depended on how well we adapted to the environment around us.</span></b><span> </span><span><br /><br /><span>Our ancestors crossed deserts, mountains, and oceans without even a whisper of what anyone today might consider modern technology. Those feats of endurance now seem impossible in an age where we take comfort for granted. But what if we could regain some of our lost evolutionary strength by simulating the environmental conditions of our </span></span><span>forebears? </span><span><br /><br /><span>Investigative journalist and anthropologist Scott Carney takes up the challenge to find out: Can we hack our bodies and use the environment to stimulate our inner biology? Helping him in his search for the answers is Dutch fitness guru Wim Hof, whose ability to control his body temperature in extreme cold has sparked a whirlwind of scientific study. Carney also enlists input from an Army scientist, a world-famous surfer, the founders of an obstacle course race movement, and ordinary people who have documented how they have cured autoimmune diseases, lost weight, and reversed diabetes. In the process, he chronicles his own transformational journey as he pushes his body and mind to the edge of endurance, a quest that culminates in a record-bending, 28-hour climb to the snowy peak of Mt. Kilimanjaro wearing nothing but a pair of running shorts and sneakers.</span><br /><br /><span>An ambitious blend of investigative reporting and participatory journalism, </span><i>What Doesn't Kill Us</i><span> explores the true connection between the mind and the body and reveals the science that allows us to push past our perceived limitations.</span></span><br /><span> </span></div>
Should the Tent Be Burning Like That?: A Professional Amateur’s...
by Bill Heavey

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English

Pages

240

Publication Date

December 05, 2017

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For more than twenty years, Bill Heavey—a three-time National Magazine Award finalist—has staked a claim as one of America’s best writers. In feature stories and his <i>Field & Stream</i> column “A Sportsman’s Life,” as well as other publications, he has taken readers across the country and beyond to experience his triumphs and failures as a suburban dad who happens to love hunting and fishing.<br /><p><i>Should the Tent Be Burning Like That?</i> gathers together a wide range of Heavey’s best work. He nearly drowns attempting to fish the pond inside the cloverleaf off an Interstate Highway four miles from the White House. He rents and crashes a forty-four-foot houseboat on a river in Florida. On a manic weeklong deer archery hunt in Ohio, he finds it necessary to practice by shooting arrows into his motel room’s phonebook (the blunt penetrates all the way to page 358, "KITCHEN CABINET—REFACING & REFINISHING"). Accompanying a shaggy steelhead fanatic—Mikey, who has no job or fixed address but owns four boats—on a thousand-mile odyssey up and down the California coast in search of fishable water, he comes to see Mikey as a purer soul than almost anyone he has ever met.<p>Whatever the subject, Heavey’s tales are odes to the notion that enthusiasm is more important than skill, and a testament to the enduring power of the natural world. Whether he’s hunting mule deer in Montana, draining cash on an overpriced pistol, or ruminating on the joys and agonies of outdoor gear, Heavey always entertains and enlightens with honesty and wit.
Ron Shandler's 2018 Baseball Forecaster: & Encyclopedia of Fanaly...
by , Ron Shandler

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English

Pages

272

Publication Date

January 15, 2018

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<DIV>The industry's longest-running publication for baseball analysts and fantasy leaguers, the <I>2018 Baseball Forecaster</I>, published annually since 1986, is the first book to approach prognostication by breaking performance down into its component parts. Rather than predicting batting average, for instance, this resource looks at the elements of skill that make up any given batter's ability to distinguish between balls and strikes, his propensity to make contact with the ball, and what happens when he makes contact—reverse engineering those skills back into batting average. The result is an unparalleled forecast of baseball abilities and trends for the upcoming season and beyond.</DIV>
Grandma Gatewood's Walk: The Inspiring Story of the Woman Who Sav...
by Ben Montgomery

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English

Pages

292

Publication Date

April 01, 2014

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Emma Gatewood was the first woman to hike the entire Appalachian Trail alone, as well as the first person—man or woman—to walk it twice and three times and she did it all after the age of 65. This is the first and only biography of Grandma Gatewood, as the reporters called her, who became a hiking celebrity in the 1950s and '60s. She appeared on TV with Groucho Marx and Art Linkletter, and on the pages of Sports Illustrated. The public attention she brought to the little-known footpath was unprecedented. Her vocal criticism of the lousy, difficult stretches led to bolstered maintenance, and very likely saved the trail from extinction. Author Ben Montgomery was given unprecedented access to Gatewood's own diaries, trail journals, and correspondence. He also unearthed historic newspaper and magazine articles and interviewed surviving family members and hikers Gatewood met along the trail. The inspiring story of Emma Gatewood illustrates the full power of human spirit and determination.
The Captain Class: The Hidden Force That Creates the World's Grea...
by Sam Walker

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English

Pages

275

Publication Date

May 16, 2017

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<b>From the founding editor of <i>The Wall Street Journal</i>’s sports section comes a bold new theory of leadership drawn from the elite captains who inspired their teams to achieve extraordinary success.</b><br /><br /><b>Named one of the best business books of the year by CNBC, <i>strategy+business,</i> <i>Forbes,</i> and <i>SI.com</i></b><br /><br /><i>The secret to winning is not what you think it is.</i><br /> <i>It’s not the coach. It’s not the star.</i><br /> <i>It’s not money. It’s not a strategy.</i><br /> <i>It’s something else entirely.</i><br /><br /> Several years ago, Sam Walker set out to answer one of the most hotly debated questions in sports: What are the greatest teams of all time? He devised a formula, then applied it to thousands of teams from leagues all over the world, from the NBA to the English Premier League to Olympic field hockey. When he was done, he had a list of the sixteen most dominant teams in history. At that point, he became obsessed with another, more complicated question: What did these freak teams have in <i>common</i>?<br /><br /> As Walker dug into their stories, a pattern emerged: Each team had the same type of captain—a singular leader with an unconventional skill set who drove it to achieve sustained, historic greatness.<br /><br /> Fueled by a lifetime of sports spectating, twenty years of reporting, and a decade of painstaking research, <i>The Captain Class</i> tells the surprising story of what makes teams exceptional. Drawing on original interviews with athletes from two dozen countries, as well as general managers, coaches, executives, and others skilled at building teams, Walker identifies the seven core qualities of this Captain Class—from extreme doggedness and emotional control to a knack for nonverbal communication to tactical aggression and the courage to stand apart.<br /><br /> Told through riveting accounts of some of the most pressure-soaked moments in sports history—from Bill Russell’s legendary “Coleman Play” in the 1957 NBA Finals to Barcelona’s “Figo Game” against Real Madrid in 2000—<i>The Captain Class</i> doesn’t just bring these events to life; it presents a fresh, counterintuitive take on leadership that can be applied to a wide spectrum of competitive disciplines.<br /><br /> The men and women who make up the Captain Class were never the most skilled athletes, nor were they gifted orators or paragons of sportsmanship. They were often role players who were allergic to the spotlight. In short, the seven attributes they shared challenge your assumptions of what inspired leadership looks like.

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