After finishing this book, you will find it hard to not go out and run ten miles in Rock Creek. McDougall makes the case that humans evolved to be long distance runners, as our ancestors hunted exhausted prey on the fields of Africa. And that leads to the argument that humans have been running for thousands of years without injuries wearing only sandals or nothing at all. It is only with the rise of Nike that knee injuries became common. One of the top books about endurance running ever written, McDougall takes us on a wild ride through the sport, from the mountain trails of Colorado, to labs in Harvard, finally to the isolated Tarahumara tribe in Mexico’s Copper Canyon, and the race of a lifetime.
Game Worn: Baseball Treasures from the Game’s Greatest Heroes and Moments (Smithsonian Books, $34.95) brings baseball history to life through its iconic memorabilia. By Stephen Wong, a lifelong collector of baseball artifacts and the author of Smithsonian Baseball, and photographer Dave Grob, this collection of essays and photographs features one-of-a kind relics from throughout the 20th century, from Ty Cobb’s sharpened spikes to David Cone’s crisp and pristine game uniform, charting the evolving look and recalling the major moments of the game. Richly nostalgic and lovingly rendered, this book will bring baseball fans of all ages back to their youth. Go, team!