The only professional fighter in history to return to the ring after open-heart surgery, a rising star in professional kickboxing shares how he overcame repeated obstacles to realize his dreams and discusses the fights — both in and out of the ring — that have shaped him.
John Jacob Astor and Thomas Jefferson's Lost Pacific Empire: A Story of Wealth, Ambition, and Survival
Drawing on original source material, this true story documents the 1810 expedition to establish Fort Astoria, a trading post on the Columbia River in the Pacific Northwest.
A double account of the evolution of the birch-bark canoe and of the author's one-hundred-and-fifty-mile canoe trip through the Maine woods with New Hampshire's Henri Vaillancourt, who continues to make canoes in the traditional Indian way
The 12-time All-Star catcher describes the inspiration he gleaned from his self-made father, his early career with the Los Angeles Dodgers, his memorable 2000 World Series with the New York Mets and the controversies that have marked his career.
The 19-year veteran pitcher for the New York Yankees describes his life, discussing the difficulties in being a Latino baseball player in the U.S., how he keeps his Christian values in professional sports, and his championships and rivalries.
Revealing competitive walking as the most popular American spectator sport in the late nineteenth century, this history of pedestrianism explores how the sport bridged cultural boundaries and spawned the nation's first celebrity athletes.
An account of the personal life and professional achievements of the troubled 1970s basketball star, from his relationship with his obsessive father and unbroken college scoring record to the personal demons that challenged his life and his evangelical Christian faith.
The award-winning sportswriter and author of Baja Oklahoma traces the story of his life and career from his Depression-era childhood in Texas and early journalism days to his decades with Sports Illustrated and induction into the World Golf Hall of Fame.
This biography of Ted Williams describes how the baseball legend's 1941 batting average hasn't been topped since, and discusses how Williams served as a Marine pilot in World War II and Korea and hid his Mexican heritage most of his life.
Relates the author's experiences while spending a year in the scouting department of the New York Jets, and discusses the time he spent with coach Rex Ryan, defensive star Darrelle Revis, and quarterback Mark Sanchez.
A now-sober alcoholic documents his 18-month effort to run marathons in the cities where he lived during his self-destructive days. Reflecting on the redemptive benefits of running, he shares his own journey and learns the stories of fellow addicts who pursued similar dreams.
An in-depth assessment of the record-breaking Tour de France athlete's doping scandal and fraud-based business successes exposes the support network of money, power and cutting-edge science that enabled his achievements.Wheelmen discusses such topics as Armstrong's lucrative sponsor contracts and the accepted practices of illegal medicating.
Mark Fainaru-Wada and his brother Steve Fainaru take an exhaustive look at how the NFL has dealt with allegations that playing football can lead to brain damage.
The left-handed major league pitcher describes how an "in-your-face" sports psychologist helped him reinvent and reconstruct himself just as he thought his career was over and instead helped him become an All-Star and World Series champion.
Using his year-long insider access to the Virginia Tech football program and interviews with current and former college and pro-football players and coaches, the author of the ESPN.com blog Tuesday Morning Quarterback tackles football's place in American society.
From scouting combines to game-day routines, this account of ordinary life in the NFL brings to light the story of hundreds of everyday, expendable players whose lives, unlike those of their superstar colleagues, aren't captured in high-definition.
At 22, 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 1,000 miles of the Pacific Crest Trail, from the Mojave Desert through California and Oregon to Washington state — and she would do it alone.