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The Boys in the Boat: Nine Americans and Their Epic Quest for Gol...
by Daniel James Brown

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English

Pages

417

Publication Date

June 04, 2013

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<b>The #1聽<i>New York Times</i>鈥揵estselling story about American Olympic triumph in Nazi Germany and now the inspiration for the PBS documentary 鈥淭he聽Boys of 鈥?6'.鈥?lt;br /><br /></b>For readers of聽<i>Unbroken</i>, out of the depths of the Depression comes an irresistible story about beating the odds and finding hope in the most desperate of times鈥攖he 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.<br /><br /> 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鈥檚 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鈥?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鈥檚 personal quest.
Range: Why Generalists Triumph in a Specialized World
by David J. Epstein

Language

English

Pages

351

Publication Date

May 28, 2019

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<b>The聽<i>#1 New York Times</i>聽bestseller that has all America talking: as seen/heard on Morning Joe, CBS This Morning, The Bill Simmons Podcast, Rich Roll, and more.</b><br /><br /> <b>Shortlisted for the聽<i>Financial Times</i>/McKinsey Business Book of the Year Award</b><br /> 聽聽<br /> <b>鈥淭he most important business鈥攁nd parenting鈥攂ook of the year.鈥澛犫€?lt;i>Forbes</i></b><br /><br /> <b>鈥淯rgent and important. . .聽an essential read for bosses, parents, coaches, and anyone who cares about improving performance.鈥?鈥擠aniel H. Pink</b>聽聽<b><br /> </b><br /> <b>鈥淪o much crucial and revelatory information about performance, success, and education.鈥?鈥擲usan Cain, bestselling author of聽<i>Quiet</i></b><i>聽</i>聽聽<br /><br /> <b>鈥淎s David Epstein shows us, cultivating range prepares us for the wickedly unanticipated鈥?a well-supported and smoothly written case on behalf of breadth and late starts.鈥澛犫€?lt;i>Wall Street Journal</i></b> <br /><br />Plenty of experts argue that anyone who wants to develop a skill, play an instrument, or lead their field should start early, focus intensely, and rack up as many hours of deliberate practice as possible. If you dabble or delay, you鈥檒l never catch up to the people who got a head start. But a closer look at research on the world鈥檚 top performers, from professional athletes to Nobel laureates, shows that early specialization is the exception, not the rule.聽聽聽聽 <br /><br />David Epstein examined the world鈥檚 most successful athletes, artists, musicians, inventors, forecasters and scientists. He discovered that in most fields鈥攅specially those that are complex and unpredictable鈥攇eneralists, not specialists, are primed to excel. Generalists often find their path late, and they juggle many interests rather than focusing on one. They鈥檙e also more creative, more agile, and able to make connections their more specialized peers can鈥檛 see. <br /><br />Provocative, rigorous, and engrossing,聽<i>Range</i>聽makes a compelling case for actively cultivating inefficiency. Failing a test is the best way to learn. Frequent quitters end up with the most fulfilling careers. The most impactful inventors cross domains rather than deepening their knowledge in a single area. As experts silo themselves further while computers master more of the skills once reserved for highly focused humans, people who think broadly and embrace diverse experiences and perspectives will increasingly thrive.
The Last Man on the Mountain: The Death of an American Adventurer...
by Jennifer Jordan

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English

Pages

321

Publication Date

August 01, 2011

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<p><strong>"A fascinating tale鈥eaders who are into high-altitude adventure stories won鈥檛 be disappointed." 鈥?lt;em>Associated Press</em></strong></p><br /><p>In 1939 the Savage Mountain claimed its first victim. Born into vast wealth yet uneasy with a life of leisure, Dudley Wolfe, of Boston and Rockport, Maine, set out to become the first man to climb K2, the world鈥檚 second-highest mountain and, in the opinion of mountaineers, an even more formidable challenge than Mt. Everest. Although close to middle age and inexperienced at high altitude, Wolfe, with the team leader, made it higher than any other members of the expedition, but he couldn鈥檛 get back down. Suffering from altitude sickness and severe dehydration, he was abandoned at nearly 25,000 feet; it would be another sixty-three years before the author discovered his remains.</p>
Fly Girls: How Five Daring Women Defied All Odds and Made Aviatio...
by Keith O'Brien

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English

Pages

384

Publication Date

August 07, 2018

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A <i>New York Times</i> Bestseller * An Amazon Best Book of the Year * A <i>New York Times Book Review</i> Editors鈥?Choice * A <i>Time</i> Best Book for Summer<br /> 聽<br /> Between the world wars, no sport was more popular, or more dangerous, than airplane racing. While male pilots were lauded as heroes, the few women who dared to fly were more often ridiculed鈥攗ntil a cadre of women pilots banded together to break through the entrenched prejudice.<br /><br /><i>Fly Girls</i> weaves together the stories of five remarkable women: Florence Klingensmith, a high school dropout from Fargo, North Dakota; Ruth Elder, an Alabama divorc茅e; Amelia Earhart, the most famous, but not necessarily the most skilled; Ruth Nichols, who chafed at her blue blood family鈥檚 expectations; and Louise Thaden, the young mother of two who got her start selling coal in Wichita. Together, they fought for the chance to fly and race airplanes鈥攁nd in 1936, one of them would triumph, beating the men in the toughest air race of them all.
On the Origins of Sports: The Early History and Original Rules of...
by , Neil Fine

Language

English

Pages

256

Publication Date

April 19, 2016

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<b>The <i>New York Times</i> bestseller: 鈥淭he perfect book for game-players and trivia fans聽.聽.聽. <i>On the Origins of Sports</i> knocks it outta the park. Don鈥檛 miss it鈥?(<i>Houston Style Magazine</i>).</b><br /><br /><i>On the Origins of Sports</i> is an illustrated book built around the original rules of twenty-one of the world鈥檚 most popular sports, from football and soccer to wrestling and mixed martial arts. Never before have the original rules for these sports coexisted in one volume. Brimming with history and miscellany, it is the ultimate sports book for the thinking fan.<br /><br />Each sport鈥檚 chapter includes a short history, the sport鈥檚 original rules, and a deeper look into an element of the sport, such as the evolution of the baseball glove; sports with war roots; a compendium of sports balls; and iconic sports trophies.<br /><br />Written by <i>ESPN The Magazine</i>鈥檚 former editor-in-chief, Gary Belsky, and executive editor, Neil Fine, and filled with period-style line drawings, <i>On the Origins of Sports</i> is a book that sports fans and history buffs alike will treasure for generations.<br /><br />鈥淚 found this book to be massively fun, educational, and inspiring鈥攁nd I don鈥檛 even like sports.鈥?鈥擜.聽J. Jacobs, <i>New York Times</i>鈥揵estselling author of <i>The Year of Living Biblically</i><br /><br />鈥淔ascinating.鈥?鈥?lt;i>Men鈥檚 Health</i>, 鈥淏est Beach Reads for Sports Fans鈥?lt;br /><br />鈥淪ports buffs will prize this in-depth look at competitive games, including the history of the baseball glove and iconic trophies.鈥?鈥?lt;i>Real Simple</i>, 鈥淕ifts for Dads鈥?lt;br /><br />鈥淎 book this informative has no right to be this much fun. <i>On the Origins of Sports</i> is a winner.鈥?鈥擠an Okrent, founder, Rotisserie Baseball
Grandma Gatewood's Walk: The Inspiring Story of the Woman Who Sav...
by Ben Montgomery

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English

Pages

292

Publication Date

April 01, 2014

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Emma Gatewood was the first woman to hike the entire Appalachian Trail alone, as well as the first person鈥攎an or woman鈥攖o walk it twice and three times and she did it all after the age of 65. This is the first and only biography of Grandma Gatewood, as the reporters called her, who became a hiking celebrity in the 1950s and '60s. She appeared on TV with Groucho Marx and Art Linkletter, and on the pages of Sports Illustrated. The public attention she brought to the little-known footpath was unprecedented. Her vocal criticism of the lousy, difficult stretches led to bolstered maintenance, and very likely saved the trail from extinction. Author Ben Montgomery was given unprecedented access to Gatewood's own diaries, trail journals, and correspondence. He also unearthed historic newspaper and magazine articles and interviewed surviving family members and hikers Gatewood met along the trail. The inspiring story of Emma Gatewood illustrates the full power of human spirit and determination.
The Inner Game of Tennis: The Classic Guide to the Mental Side of...
by W. Timothy Gallwey

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English

Pages

161

Publication Date

June 22, 2010

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<b>Master <i>your</i>聽game from the inside out!</b><br /><br />With more than 800,000 copies sold since it was first published thirty years ago, this phenomenally successful guide has become a touchstone for hundreds of thousands of people. Not just for tennis players, or even just for athletes in general, this handbook works for anybody who wants to improve his or her performance in any activity, from playing music to getting ahead at work. W. Timothy Gallwey, a leading innovator in sports psychology, reveals how to<br /><br />鈥?focus your mind to overcome nervousness, self-doubt, and distractions<br />鈥?find the state of聽鈥渞elaxed concentration鈥?that allows you to play at your best<br />鈥?build skills by smart practice, then put it all together in match play<br /><br />Whether you're a beginner or a pro, Gallwey's engaging voice, clear examples, and illuminating anecdotes will give you the tools you need to succeed.<br /><br /><b>鈥淚ntroduced to <i>The Inner Game of Tennis</i>聽as a graduate student years ago, I recognized the obvious benefits of [W. Timothy] Gallwey's teachings. . . . Whether we are preparing for an inter-squad scrimmage or the National Championship Game, these principles lie at the foundation of our program.鈥濃€攆rom the Foreword by Pete Carroll</b>
The Simple Six: The Easy Way to Get in Shape and Stay in Shape fo...
by Clinton Dobbins

Language

English

Pages

66

Publication Date

December 09, 2018

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<b>Amazon Best Seller!</b><br /><br /><b>Are you ready to finally look and feel the way you've always wanted, and stay that way?</b><br /><br />The Simple Six is an innovative new workout program designed to provide maximum results with the least amount of effort. Free of all the usual filler and hype, The Simple Six is a real program, for real people, offering real results.<br /><br />The unique programming method found only in The Simple Six is based on the idea that repeating a small amount of work consistently can lead to great changes in the way you look, the way you feel, and the way you think about fitness and exercise.聽 <br /><br />If you're looking for a simple, straightforward way to build a strong, balanced, and capable physique, then The Simple Six is for you.<br /><br />The Simple Six truly is the easy way to get in shape and stay in shape for the rest of your life!
Go Like Hell: Ford, Ferrari, and Their Battle for Speed and Glory...
by A. J. Baime

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English

Pages

321

Publication Date

June 17, 2010

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The epic story also told in the film FORD V. FERRARI: By the early 1960s, the Ford Motor Company, built to bring automobile transportation to the masses, was falling behind. Young Henry Ford II, who had taken the reins of his grandfather鈥檚 company with little business experience to speak of, knew he had to do something to shake things up. Baby boomers were taking to the road in droves, looking for speed not safety, style not comfort. Meanwhile, Enzo Ferrari, whose cars epitomized style, lorded it over the European racing scene. He crafted beautiful sports cars, "science fiction on wheels," but was also called "the Assassin" because so many drivers perished while racing them.<i>Go Like Hell </i>tells the remarkable story of how Henry Ford II, with the help of a young visionary named Lee Iacocca and a former racing champion turned engineer, Carroll Shelby, concocted a scheme to reinvent the Ford company. They would enter the high-stakes world of European car racing, where an adventurous few threw safety and sanity to the wind. They would design, build, and race a car that could beat Ferrari at his own game at the most prestigious and brutal race in the world, something no American car had ever done. <i>Go Like Hell </i>transports readers to a risk-filled, glorious time in this brilliant portrait of a rivalry between two industrialists, the cars they built, and the "pilots" who would drive them to victory, or doom.
Endure: Mind, Body, and the Curiously Elastic Limits of Human Per...
by Alex Hutchinson

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English

Pages

321

Publication Date

February 06, 2018

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<p></p><p><strong>THE <em>NEW YORK TIMES</em> BESTSELLER 鈥?</strong><strong>Foreword by Malcolm Gladwell</strong></p><p><strong>Limits are an illusion:聽discover the revolutionary account of the science and psychology of endurance, revealing the secrets of reaching the hidden extra potential within us all.</strong> </p><p><strong>"A voyage to the outer reaches of human capacity.鈥?lt;/strong>聽<strong>鈥擠avid Epstein, author of <em>Range</em></strong></p><p><strong>"Reveals how we can all surpass our perceived聽physical limits." 鈥擜dam Grant </strong></p><p>The capacity to endure is the key trait that underlies great performance in virtually every field. But what if we all can go farther, push harder, and achieve more than we think we鈥檙e capable of? </p><p>Blending cutting-edge science and gripping storytelling in the spirit of Malcolm Gladwell鈥攚ho contributes the book鈥檚 foreword鈥攁ward-winning journalist Alex Hutchinson reveals that a wave of paradigm-altering research over the past decade suggests the seemingly physical barriers you encounter as set as much by your brain as by your body. This means the mind is the new frontier of endurance鈥攁nd that the horizons of performance are much more elastic than we once thought.</p><p>But, of course, it鈥檚 not 鈥渁ll in your head.鈥?For each of the physical limits that Hutchinson explores鈥攑ain, muscle, oxygen, heat, thirst, fuel鈥攈e carefully disentangles the delicate interplay of mind and body by telling the riveting stories of men and women who鈥檝e pushed their own limits in extraordinary ways.</p><p>The longtime 鈥淪weat Science鈥?columnist for <em>Outside</em> and <em>Runner鈥檚 World</em>, Hutchinson, a former national-team long-distance runner and Cambridge-trained physicist, was one of only two reporters granted access to Nike鈥檚 top-secret training project to break the two-hour marathon barrier, an extreme quest he traces throughout the book. But the lessons he draws from shadowing elite athletes and from traveling to high-tech labs around the world are surprisingly universal. Endurance, Hutchinson writes, is 鈥渢he struggle to continue against a mounting desire to stop鈥濃€攁nd we鈥檙e always capable of pushing a little farther.</p>

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