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The 1 New York Times bestselling story about American Olympic triumph in Nazi GermanyFor readers of Unbroken 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 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
NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER Winner of the 2014 Samuel Johnson Prize Named the Costa Book of the Year 1 bestseller in the UKWhen Helen Macdonald s father died suddenly on a London street she was devastated An experienced falconer Helen had been captivated by hawks since childhood she d never before been tempted to train one of the most vicious predators the goshawk But in her grief she saw that the goshawk s fierce and feral temperament mirrored her own Resolving to purchase and raise the deadly creature as a means to cope with her loss she adopted Mabel and turned to the guidance of The Once and Future King author T H White s chronicle The Goshawk to begin her challenging endeavor Projecting herself in the hawk s wild mind to tame her tested the limits of Macdonald s humanity and changed her life Heart-wrenching and humorous this book is an unflinching account of bereavement and a unique look at the magnetism of an extraordinary beast with a parallel examination of a legendary writer s eccentric falconry Obsession madness memory myth and history combine to achieve a distinctive blend of nature writing and memoir from an outstanding literary innovator
1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER NOW A MAJOR MOTION PICTURE Look for special features inside Join the Random House Reader s Circle for author chats and more In boyhood Louis Zamperini was an incorrigible delinquent As a teenager he channeled his defiance into running discovering a prodigious talent that had carried him to the Berlin Olympics But when World War II began the athlete became an airman embarking on a journey that led to a doomed flight on a May afternoon in 1943 When his Army Air Forces bomber crashed into the Pacific Ocean against all odds Zamperini survived adrift on a foundering life raft Ahead of Zamperini lay thousands of miles of open ocean leaping sharks 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 Appearing in paperback for the first time with twenty arresting new photos and an extensive Q A with the author Unbroken is an unforgettable testament to the resilience of the human mind body and spirit brought vividly to life by Seabiscuit author Laura Hillenbrand... 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 award 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 Magnificent incredible Hillenbrand has crafted another masterful blend of sports history and overcoming terrific odds this is biography taken to the nth degree a chronicle of a remarkable life lived through extraordinary times The Dallas Morning News An astonishing testament to the superhuman power of tenacity Entertainment Weekly A tale of triumph and redemption astonishingly detailed O The Oprah Magazine A masterfully told true story nothing less than a marvel Washingtonian Hillenbrand tells this story with cool elegance but at a thrilling sprinter s pace Time Hillenbrand is one of our best writers of narrative history You don t have to be a sports fan or a war-history buff to devour this book you just have to love great storytelling Rebecca Skloot author of The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacksmore
Nothing worth doing right is easy Mike Matheny Mike Matheny was just forty-one without professional managerial experience and looking for a next step after a successful career as a Major League catcher when he succeeded the legendary Tony La Russa as manager of the St Louis Cardinals in 2012 While Matheny has enjoyed immediate success leading the Cards to the postseason three times in his first three years people have noticed something else about his life something not measured in day-to-day results Instead it s based on a frankly worded letter he wrote to the parents of a Little League team he coached a cry for change that became an Internet sensation and eventually a manifesto The tough-love philosophy Matheny expressed in the letter contained his throwback beliefs that authority should be respected discipline and hard work rewarded spiritual faith cultivated family made a priority and humility considered a virtue In The Matheny Manifesto he builds on his original letter by first diagnosing the problem at the heart of youth sports hint it starts with parents and coaches and then by offering a hopeful path forward Along the way he uses stories from his small-town childhood as well as his career as a player coach and manager to... explore eight keys to success leadership confidence teamwork faith class character toughness and humility From The Coach Is Always Right Even When He s Wrong to Let Your Catcher Call the Game Matheny s old-school advice might not always be popular or politically correct but it works His entertaining and deeply inspirational book will not only resonate with parents coaches and athletes it will also be a powerful reminder from one of the most successful new managers in the game of what sports can teach us all about winning on the field and in life more
1 NATIONAL BESTSELLERNOW A MAJOR MOTION PICTUREAt 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 One of the Best Books of the Year NPR The Boston Globe Entertainment Weekly Vogue St Louis Dispatch
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
Instant New York Times Bestseller Maybe the best golf book I ve ever read Bill Reynolds The Providence Journal Surprisingly candid Bamberger doesn t flinch at portraying the Tour s earthier aspects But the book is overwhelmingly a love song John Paul Newport The Wall Street JournalWas golf better back in the day In Men in Green Michael Bamberger who fell for the game as a teenager in its wild Sansabelt-and-persimmon 1970s heyday goes on a quest to find out The result is a candid nostalgic intimate portrait of golf s greatest generation then and now that readers will cherish One night in a Chicago restaurant drunk on chocolate and with the siren song of the road in his head Bamberger draws up a list of golf heroes Nine are living legends like Arnold and Jack Nine are secret legends like Dolphus Golf Ball Hull a windblown tour caddie from Jackson Mississippi What they all share is a game that courses through their collective veins like a drug Accompanied by a sidekick and friend a former tour player who is a secret legend himself Bamberger seeks to locate and get to know these luminaries All the while he is hopeful they will answer a certain difficult question When and where were you happiest In their travels these detectives from... the Golf Division uncover life and death sickness and health unusual marriages and unlikely friendships trophies lost and won comic tales from lives lived on the road lost loves and second chances and a cheating scandal that reveals volumes about an icon in their midst They take us from Arnold Palmer s private warehouse in Latrobe Pennsylvania to the twelfth green at Augusta National to a trailer park in Northern California where an aging tour beauty lives alone with her memories of high times and bright lights Men in Green time-travels to forgotten places in a lost world Inspired by the Roger Kahn classic The Boys of Summer Bamberger a senior writer for Sports Illustrated has written a book that is a meditation on aging and a celebration of the game and the men and women who made it what it is Men in Green is a book by a man in middle age revisiting the power of first love and a testimony to the truth of an observation once made by the actor Laurence Olivier Inside we re all seventeen with red lips more
The definitive biography of one of baseball s most celebrated mercurial and misunderstood figures Billy Martin is a story of contrasts He was the clutch second baseman for the dominant New York Yankees of the 1950s He then spent sixteen seasons managing in the big leagues and is considered by anyone who knows baseball to have been a true baseball genius a field manager without peer Yet he s remembered more for his habit of kicking dirt on umpires for being hired and fired by George Steinbrenner five times and for his rabble rousing and public brawls He was combative fiery intimidating and controversial yet beloved by the everyday fan He was hard on his players and even harder on himself He knew how to turn around a losing team like no one else and how to entertain us every step of the way Now with his definitive biography Billy Martin Pennington finally erases the caricature of Martin Drawing on exhaustive interviews with friends family teammates and countless adversaries Pennington paints an indelible portrait of a man who never backed down for the game he loved From his shantytown upbringing in a broken home to his days playing for the Yankees when he almost always helped his team find a way to win through sixteen years of... managing including his tenure in New York in the crosshairs of Steinbrenner and Reggie Jackson Billy Martin made sure no one ever ignored him And indeed no one could He was the hero the antihero and the alter ego or some combination of all three for his short sixty-one years among us more
Starting Strength has been called the best and most useful of fitness books The second edition Starting Strength Basic Barbell Training sold over 80 000 copies in a competitive global market for fitness education Along with Practical Programming for Strength Training 2nd Edition they form a simple logical and practical approach to strength training Now after six more years of testing and adjustment with thousands of athletes in seminars all over the country the updated third edition expands and improves on the previous teaching methods and biomechanical analysis No other book on barbell training ever written provides the detailed instruction on every aspect of the basic barbell exercises found in SS BBT3 And while the methods for implementing barbell training detailed in the book are primarily aimed at young athletes they have been successfully applied to everyone young and old male and female fit and flabby sick and healthy weak and already strong Many people all over the world have used the simple biological principle of stress recovery adaptation on which this method is based to improve their performance their appearance and their long-term health With over 150 000 copies in print in three editions Starting Strength is the... most important method available to learn the most effective way to train with barbells -- the most important way to improve your strength your health and your life -- Why barbells are the most effective tools for strength training -- The mechanical basis of barbell training concisely and logically explained -- All new photographs and improved illustrations of all the lifts and the biomechanics behind them -- Complete easy-to-follow instructions for performing the basic barbell exercises the squat press deadlift bench press power clean and the power snatch -- Revised instruction methods for all six lifts proven effective in four years of seminar military and group instruction -- How the human body adapts to stress through recovery and why this is the foundation of the development of strength and lifetime health -- How to program the basic exercises into the most effective program for long-term progress -- Completely indexed -- The most productive method in existence for anyone beginning a strength training program more
The ultimate resource for experiencing the backcountry Written by survivalist expert Dave Canterbury Bushcraft 101 gets you ready for your next backcountry trip with advice on making the most of your time outdoors Based on the 5Cs of Survivability--cutting tools covering combustion devices containers and cordages--this valuable guide offers only the most important survival skills to help you craft resources from your surroundings and truly experience the beauty and thrill of the wilderness Inside you ll also discover detailed information on Choosing the right items for your kit Manufacturing needed tools and supplies Collecting and cooking food Protecting yourself from the elements With Canterbury s guidance you ll not only prepare yourself for any climate and situation you ll also learn how to use the art of bushcraft to reconnect with nature in ways you ve never imagined