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The New York Times BestsellerWith inside access and reporting Sports Illustrated senior baseball writer and FOX Sports analyst Tom Verducci reveals how Theo Epstein and Joe Maddon built led and inspired the Chicago Cubs team that broke the longest championship drought in sports chronicling their epic journey to become World Series champions It took 108 years but it really happened The Chicago Cubs are once again World Series champions How did a team composed of unknown young players and supposedly washed-up veterans come together to break the Curse of the Billy Goat Tom Verducci twice named National Sportswriter of the Year and co-writer of The Yankee Years with Joe Torre will have full access to team president Theo Epstein manager Joe Maddon and the players to tell the story of the Cubs transformation from perennial underachievers to the best team in baseball Beginning with Epstein s first year with the team in 2011 Verducci will show how Epstein went beyond Moneyball thinking to turn around the franchise Leading the organization with a manual called The Cubs Way he focused on the mental side of the game as much as the physical emphasizing chemistry as well as statistics To accomplish his goal Epstein needed manager Joe Maddon... an eccentric innovator as his counterweight on the Cubs bench A man who encourages themed road trips and late-arrival game days to loosen up his team Maddon mixed New Age thinking with Old School leadership to help his players find their edge The Cubs Way takes readers behind the scenes chronicling how key players like Rizzo Russell Lester and Arrieta were deftly brought into the organization by Epstein and coached by Maddon to outperform expectations Together Epstein and Maddon proved that clubhouse culture is as important as on-base-percentage and that intangible components like personality vibe and positive energy are necessary for a team to perform to their fullest potential Verducci chronicles the playoff run that culminated in an instant classic Game Seven He takes a broader look at the history of baseball in Chicago and the almost supernatural element to the team s repeated loses that kept fans suffering but also served to strengthen their loyalty The Cubs Way is a celebration of an iconic team and its journey to a World Championship that fans and readers will cherish for years to come more
The inside story of LeBron James s return and ultimate triumph in Cleveland What really happened when LeBron James stunned the NBA by leaving a potential dynasty in Miami to come home to play with the Cleveland Cavaliers How did the Cavs use secret meetings to put together the deal to add star Kevin Love Who really made the controversial decision to fire coach David Blatt when the team was in first place Where did the greatest comeback in NBA history truly begin-and end RETURN OF THE KING takes you onto the private planes inside the locker-room conversations and into the middle of the intense huddles where one of the greatest stories in basketball history took place resulting in the Cavs winning the 2016 NBA title after trailing the Golden State Warriors three games to one You ll hear from all the characters involved the players the executives the agents and the owners as they reveal stories never before told Get the background on all the controversies the rivalries and the bad blood from two reporters who were there for every day plot twist and social media snafu as they take you through the fascinating ride that culminated in a heart-stopping Game Seven
Atlanta Braves third baseman Chipper Jones one of the greatest switch-hitters in baseball history shares his remarkable story while capturing the magic nostalgia that sets baseball apart from every other sport Before Chipper Jones became an eight-time All-Star who amassed Hall of Fame worthy statistics during a nineteen-year career with the Atlanta Braves he was just a country kid from small town Pierson Florida A kid who grew up playing baseball in the backyard with his dad dreaming that one day he d be a major league ballplayer With his trademark candor and astonishing recall Chipper Jones tells the story of his rise to the MLB ranks and what it took to stay with one organization his entire career in an era of booming free agency His journey begins with learning the art of switch-hitting and takes off after the Braves made him the number one overall pick in the 1990 draft setting him on course to become the linchpin of their lineup at the height of their fourteen-straight division-title run Ballplayer takes readers into the clubhouse of the Braves extraordinary dynasty from the climax of the World Series championship in 1995 to the last-gasp division win by the 2005 Baby Braves all the while sharing pitch-by-pitch dissections... of clashes at the plate with some of the all-time great starters such as Clemens and Johnson as well as closers such as Wagner and Papelbon He delves into his relationships with Bobby Cox and his famous Braves brothers Maddux Glavine Smoltz among them and opponents from Cal Ripken Jr to Barry Bonds The National League MVP also opens up about his overnight rise to superstardom and the personal pitfalls that came with fame his spirited rivalry with the New York Mets his reflections on baseball in the modern era outrageous money steroids and all and his special last season in 2012 Ballplayer immerses us in the best of baseball as if we re sitting next to Chipper in the dugout on an endless spring day more
In this candid and riveting memoir for the first time ever Nike founder and board chairman Phil Knight shares the inside story of the 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 Young searching 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 Plymouth Valiant Knight grossed eight thousand dollars that first year 1963 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 more than a logo A symbol of grace and greatness it s one of the few icons instantly recognized in every corner of the world But Knight the man behind the swoosh has always been a mystery Now in a memoir that s surprising humble unfiltered funny and beautifully crafted he tells his story at last It all begins with a classic crossroads moment Twenty-four years old backpacking through Asia and Europe and Africa wrestling with life s Great Questions Knight decides the unconventional path is the only one for him Rather than work for a big... corporation he will create something all his own something new dynamic different Knight details the many terrifying risks he encountered along the way the crushing setbacks the ruthless competitors the countless doubters and haters and hostile bankers as well as his many thrilling triumphs and narrow escapes Above all he recalls the foundational 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 Together harnessing the electrifying power of a bold vision and a shared belief in the redemptive transformative power of sports they created a brand and a culture that changed everything more
Many people dream of escaping modern life but most will never act on it This is the remarkable true story of a man who lived alone in the woods of Maine for 27 years making this dream a reality not out of anger at the world but simply because he preferred to live on his own A New York Times bestsellerIn 1986 a shy and intelligent twenty-year-old named Christopher Knight left his home in Massachusetts drove to Maine and disappeared into the forest He would not have a conversation with another human being until nearly three decades later when he was arrested for stealing food Living in a tent even through brutal winters he had survived by his wits and courage developing ingenious ways to store edibles and water and to avoid freezing to death He broke into nearby cottages for food clothing reading material and other provisions taking only what he needed but terrifying a community never able to solve the mysterious burglaries Based on extensive interviews with Knight himself this is a vividly detailed account of his secluded life why did he leave what did he learn as well as the challenges he has faced since returning to the world It is a gripping story of survival that asks fundamental questions about solitude community and what... makes a good life and a deeply moving portrait of a man who was determined to live his own way and succeeded more
Rick Ankiel had the talent to be one of the best pitchers ever Then one day he lost it The Phenomenon is the story of how St Louis Cardinals prodigy Rick Ankiel lost his once-in-a-generation ability to pitch--not due to an injury or a bolt of lightning but a mysterious anxiety condition widely known as the Yips It came without warning in the middle of a playoff game with millions of people watching And it has never gone away Yet the true test of Ankiel s character came not on the mound but in the long days and nights that followed as he searched for a way to get back in the game For four and a half years he fought the Yips with every arrow in his quiver psychotherapy medication deep-breathing exercises self-help books and eventually vodka And then after reconsidering his whole life at the age of twenty-five Ankiel made an amazing turnaround returning to the Major Leagues as a hitter and playing seven successful seasons This book is an incredible story about a universal experience--pressure--and what happened when a person on the brink had to make a choice about who he was going to be
It s time to get off the beaten path Inspiring equal parts wonder and wanderlust Atlas Obscura celebrates over 700 of the strangest and most curious places in the world Talk about a bucket list here are natural wonders the dazzling glowworm caves in New Zealand or a baobob tree in South Africa that s so large it has a pub inside where 15 people can drink comfortably Architectural marvels including the M C Escher-like stepwells in India Mind-boggling events like the Baby Jumping Festival in Spain where men dressed as devils literally vault over rows of squirming infants Not to mention the Great Stalacpipe Organ in Virginia Turkmenistan s 40-year hole of fire called the Gates of Hell a graveyard for decommissioned ships on the coast of Bangladesh eccentric bone museums in Italy or a weather-forecasting invention that was powered by leeches still on display in Devon England Created by Joshua Foer Dylan Thuras and Ella Morton ATLAS OBSCURA revels in the weird the unexpected the overlooked the hidden and the mysterious Every page expands our sense of how strange and marvelous the world really is And with its compelling descriptions hundreds of photographs surprising charts maps for every region of the world it is a book to enter... anywhere and will be as appealing to the armchair traveler as the die-hard adventurer Anyone can be a tourist ATLAS OBSCURA is for the explorer more
Ernie Johnson Jr has been in the game a long time With one of the most recognized voices in sports broadcasting he is a tireless perfectionist when it comes to preparing and delivering his commentary Yet he knows that some of sports greatest triumphs--and life s greatest rewards--come from those unscripted moments you never anticipated In this heartfelt gripping autobiography the three-time Sports Emmy Award-winner and popular host of TNT s Inside the NBA provides a remarkably candid look at his life both on and off the screen From his relationship with his sportscaster father to his own rise to the top of sports broadcasting from battling cancer to raising six children with his wife Cheryl including a special needs child adopted from Romania Ernie has taken the important lessons he learned from his father and passed them on to his own children This is the untold story the one Ernie has lived after the lights are turned off and the cameras stop rolling Sports fans cancer survivors fathers and sons adoptive parents those whose lives have been touched by a person with special needs anyone who loves stories about handling life s surprises with grace--Unscripted is for all of these
The 1 New York Times bestseller - now a major motion picture starring Charlie Hunnam Tom Holland Sienna Miller and Robert Pattinson In 1925 the legendary British explorer Percy Fawcett ventured into the Amazon jungle in search of a fabled civilization He never returned Over the years countless perished trying to find evidence of his party and the place he called The Lost City of Z In this masterpiece of narrative nonfiction journalist David Grann interweaves the spellbinding stories of Fawcett s quest for Z and his own journey into the deadly jungle as he unravels the greatest exploration mystery of the twentieth century Look for David Grann s new book Killers of the Flower Moon available now
1 Bestseller The incredible and inspiring story of Stephen Curry the greatest shooter basketball has ever seen and the ascension of the Golden State Warriors a team on the verge of being an NBA dynasty by long-time Warriors beat reporter and Bay Area News Group sports columnist Marcus Thompson When it comes to Stephen Curry point guard for the Golden State Warriors and reigning MVP of the NBA journalists fans and sports analysts are running out of ways to say wow Deemed too small and too short at 6 3 and 180 pounds by NBA coaches around the league Curry has taken the game back from the bigger men who usually dominate the court With his incredible shooting ability that started a three-point revolution he led the Warriors to seventy-three wins in the 2015-2016 season beating out Michael Jordan and the 1996 Chicago Bulls long-time record Told by Marcus Thompson a lifelong Warriors insider who has been reporting on the team for twelve seasons Golden is the definitive story of this singular talent Thompson explores this all-star player his love for the game and his team and his close-knit and supportive family including his Instagram celebrity chef wife Ayesha and adorable young daughters From avid fans to newcomers of the sport... Curry has become a role model for both children and aspiring players everywhere And he leads the ultimate team a collection of talent and personalities that complement Curry s game and push him to heights no one ever imagined for a kid from Davidson or this beleaguered franchise These Warriors have carved out their place in history as one of the most memorable and transformative the NBA has ever seen And they are led by a superstar who has solidified his place among the greats more