The Sports Gene: Inside the Science of Extraordinary Athletic Performance - David Epstein

 

What separates great athletes from truly extraordinary athletes? In The Sports Gene: Inside the Science of Extraordinary Athletic Performance (Current Hardcover, $26.95), David Epstein covers the nature vs. nurture debate as it relates to elite athletic performance. It’s no surprise that athletic greatness is dependent on both genes and environment, but the real focus of the book is the extent and relative importance of these factors. Epstein examines scientific studies, conducts interviews with scientists, coaches, and athletes, and travels to places like Jamaica and Finland to give us a truly fascinating look at the latest in sports science. He does not skirt the sensitive topics of gender and race, either, but handles them masterfully and with care. As a truly skilled science reporter, Epstein presents facts without overgeneralization and gives a balanced look at this often thorny debate.

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$20.00
ISBN: 9781617230127
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Published: Portfolio - April 29th, 2014

Football Nation: Four Hundred Years of America's Game - Susan Reyburn

Football Nation: Four Hundred Years of America’s Game from the Library of Congress (Abrams, $30), edited by Susan Reyburn, tells the story of football from its origins in pre-colonial America to the modern game we know today. Etchings, photographs, paintings, and memorabilia bring the history to life. Yale’s Walter Camp codified the rules of football in the late nineteenth century, making mainstream what had been perceived as an outlaw sport. Stars like Jim Thorpe and Red Grange firmly fixed football’s place in the public imagination and our popular culture. Archival documents, posters, cartoons, and advertisements show how the sport has changed as our country has changed. For football fans and students of the game, this book is a celebration of an American institution.

Soccer in America: The Official Book of the US Soccer Federation

When I brought home 100 Years of Soccer in America (Rizzoli, $45), my husband and son—one a coach, the other an avid player—both lunged for it at the same time, and we spent the next hour looking through the pictures of the crucial matches together. Can there be a better endorsement? This coffee table book by the U.S. Soccer Federation is a necessary artifact and a graceful survey of the diverse and crucial history of the sometimes-beleaguered U.S. soccer landscape. Its general nature makes it a keepsake for players and soccer-lovers of all ages, and it strikes a beautiful balance in coverage of both the men’s and women’s teams. The chapters detailing the early immigrant leagues are especially fascinating. You can be sure that no soccer fan on your holiday list already has a book like this because, a hundred years in the making, there never has been a book like this.
Soccer in America: The Official Book of the US Soccer Federation By Sunil Gulati (Foreword by), President Bill Clinton (Preface by), Tony Dicicco (Contributions by), Alexi Lalas (Contributions by), Landon Donovan (Contributions by) Cover Image
By Sunil Gulati (Foreword by), President Bill Clinton (Preface by), Tony Dicicco (Contributions by), Alexi Lalas (Contributions by), Landon Donovan (Contributions by)
$45.00
ISBN: 9780847840922
Availability: Special Order—Subject to Availability
Published: Rizzoli - September 3rd, 2013

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