View by Category

Sports & Outdoors books and presentations

Sort by:
1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER SOON TO BE A MAJOR MOTION PICTURE Hailed as the top nonfiction book of the year by Time magazine Winner of the Los Angeles Times Book Prize for biography and the Indies Choice Adult Nonfiction Book of the Year awardOn a May afternoon in 1943 an Army Air Forces bomber crashed into the Pacific Ocean and disappeared leaving only a spray of debris and a slick of oil gasoline and blood Then on the ocean surface a face appeared It was that of a young lieutenant the plane s bombardier who was struggling to a life raft and pulling himself aboard So began one of the most extraordinary odysseys of the Second World War The lieutenant s name was Louis Zamperini In boyhood he d been a cunning and incorrigible delinquent breaking into houses brawling and fleeing his home to ride the rails As a teenager he had channeled his defiance into running discovering a prodigious talent that had carried him to the Berlin Olympics and within sight of the four-minute mile But when war had come the athlete had become an airman embarking on a journey that led to his doomed flight a tiny raft and a drift into the unknown Ahead of Zamperini lay thousands of miles of open ocean leaping sharks a foundering raft thirst and starvation... enemy aircraft and beyond a trial even greater Driven to the limits of endurance Zamperini would answer desperation with ingenuity suffering with hope resolve and humor brutality with rebellion His fate whether triumph or tragedy would be suspended on the fraying wire of his will In her long-awaited new book Laura Hillenbrand writes with the same rich and vivid narrative voice she displayed in Seabiscuit Telling an unforgettable story of a man s journey into extremity Unbroken is a testament to the resilience of the human mind body and spirit Praise for Unbroken Extraordinarily moving a powerfully drawn survival epic The Wall Street Journal A one-in-a-billion story designed to wrench from self-respecting critics all the blurby adjectives we normally try to avoid It is amazing unforgettable gripping harrowing chilling and inspiring New York Staggering mesmerizing Hillenbrand s writing is so ferociously cinematic the events she describes so incredible you don t dare take your eyes off the page People A meticulous soaring and beautifully written account of an extraordinary life The Washington Post Ambitious and powerful a startling narrative and an inspirational book The New York Times Book Review Marvelous Unbroken is wonderful twice over for the tale it tells and for the way it s told It manages maximum velocity with no loss of subtlety Newsweek Moving and yes inspirational Laura Hillenbrand s unforgettable book deserve s pride of place alongside the best works of literature that chart the complications and the hard-won triumphs of so-called ordinary Americans and their extraordinary time Maureen Corrigan Fresh Air Hillenbrand tells this story with cool elegance but at a thrilling sprinter s pace Time Unbroken is too much book to hope for a hellride of a story in the grip of the one writer who can handle it Christopher McDougall author of Born to Runmore
George Will on baseball Perfect Los Angeles Times In A Nice Little Place on the North Side leading columnist George Will returns to baseball with a deeply personal look at his hapless Chicago Cubs and their often beatified home Wrigley Field as it turns one hundred years old Baseball Will argues is full of metaphors for life religion and happiness and Wrigley is considered one of its sacred spaces But what is its true hyperbole-free history Winding beautifully like Wrigley s iconic ivy Will s meditation on The Friendly Confines examines both the unforgettable stories that forged the field s legend and the larger-than-life characters from Wrigley and Ruth to Veeck Durocher and Banks who brought it glory heartbreak and scandal Drawing upon his trademark knowledge and inimitable sense of humor Will also explores his childhood connections to the team the Cubs future and what keeps long-suffering fans rooting for the home team after so many years of futility In the end A Nice Little Place on the North Side is more than just the history of a ballpark It is the story of Chicago of baseball and of America itself
LEARN HOW TO HACK HUMAN MOVEMENTJoin the movement that has reached millions of athletes and coaches learn how to perform basic maintenance on your body unlock your human potential live pain free and become a Supple Leopard Improve your athletic performance extend your athletic career treat body stiffness and achy joints and rehabilitate injuries all without having to seek out a coach doctor chiropractor physical therapist or masseur In Becoming a Supple Leopard Kelly Starrett founder of MobilityWod com shares his revolutionary approach to mobility and maintenance of the human body and teaches you how to hack your own human movement allowing you to live a healthy happier more fulfilling life Performance is what drives the human animal but the human animal can be brought to an abrupt halt by dysfunctional movement patterns Oftentimes the factors that impede performance are invisible to not only the untrained eye but also the majority of athletes and coaches Becoming a Supple Leopard makes the invisible visible In this one of a kind training manual Starrett maps out a detailed system comprised of more than two hundred techniques and illuminates common movement errors that cause injury and rob you of speed power endurance and... strength Whether you are a professional athlete a weekend warrior or simply someone wanting to live healthy and free from restrictions Becoming a Supple Leopard will teach you how to maintain your body and harness your genetic potential Learn How to prevent and rehabilitate common athletic injuries overhaul your movement habits quickly identify diagnose and fix inefficient movement patterns problem solve for pain and dysfunction in austere environments with little equipment fix poor mechanics that rob power bleed force and dump torque unlock reservoirs of athletic capacity you didn t know you had identify and fix poor movement patterns in children reverse the aging process develop strategies that restore function to your joints and tissues accelerate recovery after training sessions and competition create personalized mobility prescriptions to improve movement efficiency improve your quality of life through regained work capacity run faster jump higher and throw farthermore
For readers of Laura Hillenbrand s Seabiscuit and Unbroken the dramatic story of the American rowing team that stunned the world at Hitler s 1936 Berlin Olympics Daniel James Brown s robust book tells the story of the University of Washington s 1936 eight-oar crew and their epic quest for an Olympic gold medal a team that transformed the sport and grabbed the attention of millions of Americans The sons of loggers shipyard workers and farmers the boys defeated elite rivals first from eastern and British universities and finally the German crew rowing for Adolf Hitler in the Olympic games in Berlin 1936 The emotional heart of the story lies with one rower Joe Rantz a teenager without family or prospects who rows not for glory but to regain his shattered self-regard and to find a place he can call home The crew is assembled by an enigmatic coach and mentored by a visionary eccentric British boat builder but it is their trust in each other that makes them a victorious team They remind the country of what can be done when everyone quite literally pulls together a perfect melding of commitment determination and optimism Drawing on the boys own diaries and journals their photos and memories of a once-in-a-lifetime shared dream The Boys... in the Boat is an irresistible story about beating the odds and finding hope in the most desperate of times the improbable intimate story of nine working-class boys from the American west who in the depths of the Great Depression showed the world what true grit really meant It will appeal to readers of Erik Larson Timothy Egan James Bradley and David Halberstam s The Amateurs more
An unforgettable spiritual journey through the Himalayas by renowned writer Peter Matthiessen 1927-2014 the National Book Award-winning author of the new novel In Paradise In 1973 Peter Matthiessen and field biologist George Schaller traveled high into the remote mountains of Nepal to study the Himalayan blue sheep and possibly glimpse the rare and beautiful snow leopard Matthiessen a student of Zen Buddhism was also on a spiritual quest to find the Lama of Shey at the ancient shrine on Crystal Mountain As the climb proceeds Matthiessen charts his inner path as well as his outer one with a deepening Buddhist understanding of reality suffering impermanence and beauty This Penguin Classics edition features an introduction by acclaimed travel writer and novelist Pico Iyer
If you are a college basketball fan like I am you ll understand why I ve long admired John Calipari s leadership style While no coach treasures a win more than John this terrific book reveals his greater purpose to lead his young players to better lives and then challenge them to give back to others President William J Clinton In Players First John Calipari relates for the first time anywhere his experiences over his first four years coaching the Kentucky Wildcats college basketball s most fabled program from the doldrums to a national championship drawing lessons about leadership character and the path to personal and collective victory At its core Calipari s coaching philosophy centers on keeping his focus on the players what they need to get the best out of themselves and one another He is beloved by his players for being utterly honest with them and making promises that he always keeps no matter what He knows that in this age they come to Kentucky to prepare for the NBA every year he gets players who in a previous era would have gone directly into the pros from high school but now have to play college basketball for one year Calipari has fought against this system but he has to play within it and so he does better than... anyone The result is an extraordinary leadership challenge every year Coach Cal gets a handful of eighteen-year-old kids who have been in a bubble for the previous four years at least filled with hype about their own greatness and they come to Kentucky feeling sure that they will play for their coach only for seven months before they go on to greater glory Every year he has to reinvent his team After his 2012 NCAA championship it was particularly dramatic he lost his first six players in the first round meaning that someone who couldn t even start for Kentucky was a first-round draft pick The overall record at Kentucky and for his career puts Calipari in the pantheon of the greatest coaches in the history of the game Bold funny and truthful like Coach Calipari himself Players First is truly the first deep reckoning with the meaning of his experiences and the gifts of insight they offer more
Undoubtedly the finest guide to North American birds Guy McCaskie Birding The publication of The Sibley Guide to Birds in 2000 quickly established David Allen Sibley as the author and illustrator of the nation s supreme and most comprehensive guide to birds Used by millions of birders from novices to the most expert The Sibley Guide became the standard by which natural history guides are measured The highly anticipated second edition builds on this foundation of excellence offering massively expanded and updated information new paintings new and rare species and a new elegant design The second edition of this handsome flexibound volume offers a wealth of improvements and updates All illustrations reproduced 15 to 20 percent larger for better detail Includes nearly 7 000 paintings digitally remastered from original art for enhanced print quality Expanded text includes habitat information and voice description for every species and more tips on finding birds in the field More than 600 new paintings including illustrations of 115 rare species and additional paintings of common species and regional populations More than 700 updated maps of ranges showing winter summer year-round migration and rare ranges 85 bird family pages now... cross-referenced to species accounts Revised taxonomic order and most current common names for every species The Sibley Guide to Birds second edition brings the genius of David Allen Sibley to the world once again in a thoroughly updated and expanded volume that every birder must own more
For Any Climate in Any Situation Newly updated to reflect the latest in survival knowledge and technology the internationally bestselling SAS Survival Handbook is the definitive resource for all campers hikers and outdoor adventurers From basic campcraft and navigation to fear management and strategies for coping with any type of disaster this complete course includes Being prepared Understanding basic survival needs and preparing essentials such as a pocket survival kit Making camp Finding the best location constructing the appropriate shelter organizing camp and creating tools Food What to eat what to avoid where to find it and how to prepare it First aid A comprehensive course in emergency wilderness medicine including how to maximize survival in any climate or when injured Disaster survival How to react in the face of increasingly frequent natural disasters and hostile situations and how to survive at home if all services and supplies are cut off
A Best Book of the Year NPR The Boston Globe Entertainment Weekly Vogue St Louis Dispatch At twenty-two 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 a thousand miles of the Pacific Crest Trail from the Mojave Desert through California and Oregon to Washington State and she would do it alone Told with suspense and style sparkling with warmth and humor Wild powerfully captures the terrors and pleasures of one young woman forging ahead against all odds on a journey that maddened strengthened and ultimately healed her
When Jeff Bauman woke up on Tuesday April 16th 2013 in the Boston Medical Center groggy from a series of lifesaving surgeries and missing his legs the first thing he did was try to speak When he realized he couldn t he asked for a pad and paper and wrote down seven words Saw the guy Looked right at me setting off one of the biggest manhunts in the country s history Just thirty hours before Jeff had been at the finish line of the 2013 Boston Marathon cheering on his girlfriend Erin when the first bomb went off at his feet As he was rushed to the hospital he realized he was severely injured and that he might die but he didn t know that a photograph of him in a wheelchair was circulating throughout the world making him the human face of the Boston Marathon bombing victims or that what he d seen would give the Boston police their most important breakthrough Up until the marathon Jeff had been a normal 27-year-old guy looking forward to moving in with Erin and starting the next phase of their lives together But when his life was turned upside down in ways he could never have fathomed Jeff did not give up Instead he faced his new circumstances with grace humor and a sense of purpose he was determined no matter what to walk again In... STRONGER Jeff describes the chaos and terror of the bombing itself and the ongoing FBI investigation in which he was a key witness He takes us inside his grueling rehabilitation and discusses his attempt to reconcile the world s admiration with his own guilt and frustration And he tells of the courage of his fellow survivors Brave compassionate and emotionally compelling Jeff Bauman s story is not just his but ours as well It proves that the terrorists accomplished nothing with their act of cowardice and shows the entire world what Boston Strong really means more