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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
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
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
A thrilling new adventure of danger and deep-sea diving historic mystery and suspense by the author of the New York Times bestseller Shadow Divers Finding and identifying a pirate ship is the hardest thing to do under the sea But two men John Chatterton and John Mattera are willing to risk everything to find the Golden Fleece the ship of the infamous pirate Joseph Bannister At large during the Golden Age of Piracy in the seventeenth century Bannister should have been immortalized in the lore of the sea his exploits more notorious than Blackbeard s more daring than Kidd s But his story and his ship have been lost to time If Chatterton and Mattera succeed they will make history it will be just the second time ever that a pirate ship has been discovered and positively identified Soon however they realize that cutting-edge technology and a willingness to lose everything aren t enough to track down Bannister s ship They must travel the globe in search of historic documents and accounts of the great pirate s exploits face down dangerous rivals battle the tides of nations and governments and experts But it s only when they learn to think and act like pirates like Bannister that they become able to go where no pirate hunters have gone... before Fast-paced and filled with suspense fascinating characters history and adventure Pirate Hunters is an unputdownable story that goes deep to discover truths and souls long believed lost Praise for Pirate Hunters The two contemporary pirate-ship seekers of Mr Kurson s narrative are as daring intrepid tough and talented as Blood and Sparrow and Bannister As depicted by the author they are real-life Hemingway heroes The Wall Street Journal Rollicking a fascinating story about the world of pirates piracy and priceless treasures The Boston Globe Captivating and alluring a riveting tale perfect for summer beach reading Fredericksburg Free Lance Star A terrific read The book gallops along at a blistering pace shifting us deftly between the seventeenth century and the present day Diver Magazine A wild ride and an extraordinary adventure Kurson s own enthusiasm combined with his copious research and an eye for detail makes for one of the most mind-blowing pirate stories of recent memory one that even the staunchest landlubber will have a hard time putting down Publishers Weekly starred review An exceptional adventure Highly recommended to readers who delight in adventure suspense and the thrill of discovering history at their fingertips Library Journal starred review Kurson takes his knowledge of the underwater world and applies it to the Golden Age of Piracy thrillingly detailing the highs and lows of chasing not just gold and silver but also history Booklist John Chatterton and John Mattera come across as modern heroes the kind of men the modern world often finds it hard to make a place for An enjoyable read especially if you ve got a thing for pirates Kirkus Reviews A great thriller full of tough guys and long odds and It s all true Lee Childmore
NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLERIn Slaying the Tiger one of today s boldest young sportswriters spends a season inside the ropes alongside the rising stars who are transforming the game of golf For more than a decade golf was dominated by one galvanizing figure Eldrick Tiger Woods But as his star has fallen a new ambitious generation has stepped up to claim the crown Once the domain of veterans golf saw a youth revolution in 2014 In Slaying the Tiger Shane Ryan introduces us to the volatile colorful crop of heirs apparent who are storming the barricades of this traditionally old-fashioned sport As the golf writer for Bill Simmons s Grantland Shane Ryan is the perfect herald for the sport s new age In Slaying the Tiger he embeds himself for a season on the PGA Tour where he finds the game far removed from the genteel rhythms of yesteryear Instead he discovers a group of mercurial talents driven to greatness by their fear of failure and their relentless perfectionism From Augusta to Scotland with an irreverent and energetic voice Ryan documents every transcendent moment every press tent tirade and every controversy that made the 2014 Tour one of the most exciting and unpredictable in recent memory Here are indelibly drawn profiles of the... game s young guns Rory McIlroy the Northern Irish ace who stepped forward as the game s next superstar Patrick Reed a brash boastful competitor with a warrior s mentality Dustin Johnson the brilliant natural talent whose private habits sabotage his potential and Jason Day a resilient Aussie whose hardscrabble beginnings make him the Tour s ultimate longshot Here also is the bumptious Bubba Watson a devout Christian known for his unsportsmanlike outbursts on the golf course Keegan Bradley a flinty New Englander who plays with a colossal chip on his shoulder twenty-one-year-old Jordan Spieth a preternaturally mature Texan carrying the hopes of the golf establishment and Rickie Fowler the humble California kid striving to make his golf speak louder than his bright orange clothes Bound by their talent each one hungrier than the last these players will vie over the coming decade for the right to be called the next king of the game Golf may be slow to change but in 2014 the wheels were turning at a feverish pace Slaying the Tiger offers a dynamic snapshot of a rapidly evolving sport Praise for Slaying the Tiger This book is going to be controversial There is no question about it It is the most unvarnished view of the tour the biggest tour in the world that I ve ever read And it s not close Gary Williams Golf Channel I think it s important to have books like this in the canon of golf in the canon of sports Damon Hack Golf Channel Slaying the Tiger offers bright opinionated prose on the modern game Ryan s fresh look is just what we golfer readers want Curt Sampson New York Times bestselling author of Hogan Ryan does a fantastic job painting a thoughtful and accurate portrait of the new crop of heirs apparent Stephanie Wei Wei Under Par A masterfully written account of an important time in golf history in a style that is synonymous to the book s core message Adam Fonseca Golf Unfiltered Absolutely marvelous Ryan s writing flows and his reporting turns pages for you Kyle Porter CBS Sportsmore
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
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
THE ONLY OFFICIAL RONDA ROUSEY BOOK The fight is yours to win In this inspiring and moving book Ronda Rousey the Olympic medalist in judo reigning UFC women s bantamweight champion and Hollywood star charts her difficult path to glory Marked by her signature charm barbed wit and undeniable power Rousey s account of the toughest fights of her life in and outside the Octagon reveals the painful loss of her father when she was eight years old the intensity of her judo training her battles with love her meteoric rise to fame the secret behind her undefeated UFC record and what it takes to become the toughest woman on Earth Rousey shares hard-won lessons on how to be the best at what you do including how to find fulfillment in the sacrifices how to turn limitations into opportunities and how to be the best on your worst day Packed with raw emotion drama and wisdom this is an unforgettable book by one of the most remarkable women in the world
Straightforward and simple Do the math Read Rotella The Wall Street Journal America s preeminent sports psychologist delivers a groundbreaking guide to success in all aspects of life not just sports from business to relationships to personal challenges of every variety Acclaimed sports psychologist Bob Rotella has advised everyone from professional golfers to NBA superstars to business executives on how to flourish under pressure and overcome challenges Now for the first time he s distilled his decades of in-depth research and practical experience into a potential-unlocking guide for everyone This exciting book is not a collection of Rotella s theories it consists of performance principles that have proven themselves in countless competitive situations in arenas from which only the strongest minds emerge triumphant It s a book full of insights that you can learn and use the next morning in the office the classroom or wherever your quest takes you told not in abstractions but through case studies and stories drawn from Rotella s years teaching sports psychology counseling athletes and consulting for Fortune 500 companies It explores how to keep the mind from holding you back whatever your physical gifts or other talents It s... about how to make a commitment how to persevere how to deal with failure and how to train your mind to create a self-image that promotes confidence and accomplishment Any successful life starts with how you see yourself And with these pearls of wisdom from the nation s preeminent sports psychologist you can learn to achieve the success of your dreams more
A National Bestseller David Leadbetter is the most recognized golf instructor in the history of the game His new book The A Swing is his first for a decade and is an evolution of his swing theories that have successfully helped thousands of golfers globally His tour players whom he has coached over the years have amassed 19 major golf championships David has been prolific during his 30 year career in producing books videos teaching aids that have inspired golfers of every level to reach their potential The A Swing - A stands for Alternative - is a simple way to swing the club which follows biomechanically sound scientific principles and only requires minimal practice The A Swing has been thoroughly tested with a wide range of players from tour level to beginner junior to senior and the results overall have been nothing short of dramatic The A Swing is a way to develop a consistent repetitive motion which will improve accuracy and distance and is easy on the body It will fix many of golf s common faults and the book takes you through an easy step-by-step approach With over 200 illustrations easy drills and the 7-Minute Practice Plan golfers now have the opportunity to play the way they ve always dreamed of Golf is a frustrating... game even for the top players but the A Swing will make it easier and more fun It could really change the way the game has been taught which hasn t changed for years - it is not an exact method and has leeway for individualism David is excited that the A Swing will help golfers the world over enjoy the game more In essence the A Swing is a shortcut to great golf Whatever your level of play is now whatever your goals however you ve been struggling with the game the A Swing could change your golfing life more