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    1. Sunday Money : Speed! Lust! Madness!
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    1. Sunday Money : Speed! Lust! Madness! Death! A Hot Lap Around America with Nascar
    by Jeff MacGregor
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    Asin: 0060094710
    Catlog: Book (2005-05-01)
    Publisher: HarperCollins
    Sales Rank: 171
    Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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    Author Jeff MacGregor was committed to understanding NASCAR, so instead of merely dropping in on a race or two, he traveled the nearly yearlong season in an RV with his wife, photographer Olya Evanitsky. The result is many books in one. It's a vivid history of the sport's roots, as it grows from a rowdy way for Florida good ol' boys to blow off steam to being a titan of American culture with a fan base of 75 million. It also covers a broad swath of personalities within NASCAR--from the widely loved and even more widely loathed driver Jeff Gordon to the iconic Richard Petty to Dale Earnhardt, whose mythic power grew exponentially after his death at Daytona (death is never far from anyone’s mind in NASCAR). Finally, Sunday Money is a memoir--MacGregor chronicles exactly what life is like when a married couple blows their savings on a massive RV and logs 48,000 miles within the blasting radius of race after race after race.

    MacGregor is funny, and it's interesting to watch how a man skeptical of the sport's allure at the beginning of the adventure is sucked in as the story goes along. As a writer, he's in no hurry, knocking off several paragraphs in the interest of a single whimsical analogy if he sees fit. Much of the time the diversions hit the mark, (sometimes they don't) and it's nice to see an editor let a talented writer like MacGregor run loose. NASCAR loyalists may enjoy the behind-the-scenes scoop even if they don't necessarily need to be introduced to who the drivers are. But non-fans who have been wondering why racing has become so huge so fast, may understand a little better after reading Sunday Money. It's a huge book, a massive sprawling narrative, but for a sport that is active nearly every weekend of the year and is growing ever larger and more successful, the length seems perfect. --John Moe

    Photos from the Sunday Money 2002 NASCAR Tour

    NASCAR star Jeff Gordon autographs for fans

    Tony Stewart wins the NASCAR Winston Cup

    Fans pack the stands for the Pepsi 400

    NASCAR driver Dale Earnhardt Jr.

    Ward Burton's car pits mid-race during the NAPA 500

    Cars race around the track in Charlotte
    Jeff MacGregor's Top Ten Tips for Your First NASCAR Race
      10. Day race? Bring ear plugs, hat, binoculars.

      9. Night race? Bring ear plugs, hat, beer goggles.

      8. At Daytona and Talladega, there’s no such thing as too much sunblock. SPF 45. Apply liberally. Repeat, as needed, until you slip from your seat like a watermelon seed.

      7. Yes, NASCAR is expanding everywhere and very fast, but effortful puns on the word Madagascar will only lead to embarrassment.

      6. Your copy of Sunday Money is an excellent conversation starter for making new friends at the track. Thanks to its quilted cover, it also doubles as a comfy seat-cushion and a stylish windshield sun-screen.

      5. Drivers cannot hear you yelling encouragement from the 58th row when they’re actually lapping the track. This will not stop the high school kid behind you from doing so.

      4. Like room service Eggs Benedict, the Jumbo Grilled Turkey Legs at any racetrack always sound far better than they are. Avoid them. Let them thrive in the happy hunger of your imagination, rather than deliver their sad reality to your somersaulting innards. Life bears enough disappointments.

      3. Women, despite the signs you’ll see in the third turn campground, there’s no such thing as a "Free Trackside Mammogram." Don’t let the Mardi Gras beads fool you; there are shockingly few accredited radiologists working the infield on race weekend.

      2. All-purpose, all-context catch phrase guaranteed to make a NASCAR newbie sound like an old hand? "Go, Junior!" Appropriate any time!

      1. If your tailgate margarita machine doesn’t make at least ten horsepower on the blender-drink dyno, don’t bother. Go big, baby, or don’t go.

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    5-0 out of 5 stars Take a spin with Jeff and the Beep
    It is hard to describe the pleasure reading this book causes.Part of it is the sheer audacity of abandoning your comfortable life in NYC to the strict confines of motorhome living.And then reading as Jeff and his wife try to understand what they have gotten themselves into.And yet through all the noise and the smoke, Jeff seems to have crystallized the NASCAR experience for the fan and non-fan alike.His descriptions leap off the page and require you to pay attention.A must read for any fan of great writing

    5-0 out of 5 stars Wit and wisdom
    I wouldn't consider myself a died-in-the-wool huge NASCAR fan, but this book was terrific.MacGregor's style is full of wit and yet he peels back much of the unknown about NASCAR and it's followers.He more than satisfies our curiosity and, as a result, leaves us not only smarter about NASCAR, but wiser about the kaleidoscope of our society.

    3-0 out of 5 stars Mainly for NASCAR fans
    I'll admit, I'm not a NASCAR fan.Nothing against it, I just don't follow the sport.

    But, I saw author Jeff MacGregor interviewed by David Letterman about this book.It was honestly one of the funniest interviews Dave has ever done.MacGregor was hysterical, talking about the events in the book. So, I rushed out to buy it.I even bought it full price from a local book store rather than ordering it at a discount from Amazon.

    The book follows MacGregor and his wife as they spend a year driving around to the various tracks in an RV.

    While MacGregor is a great writer, extremely descriptive, lively writing, the focus got to be more about NASCAR and the races, rather than the world around NASCAR, the people that follow it, which is what I thought it was going to be mainly about.I mean, he spent ten pages talking about driving a racecar, going into complete description about the experience.For race fans, this will be a great read.For me, not so much.

    If you are into NASCAR, this will be a 5 star book for you.You will LOVE it.But, as for myself, not being much into NASCAR, it wasn't for me.I would rather see a documentary on MacGregor's trip.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Read It
    Perhaps a little mad himself (he and his wife cash their savings in for a dee-lux motorhome), a better author I couldn't imagine for taking me on this raucous roll around the racetracks, and through the heart of America. SUNDAY MONEY is a sexy, witty, colorful portrait of the world that is NASCAR.

    5-0 out of 5 stars "Sunday Money" is right on the money!
    The roar of the engines.The roar of the crowds.You'll roar with laughter when you read Jeff MacGregor's "Sunday Money". This funny and informative book is a terrific read. You can almost taste the burning rubber and the BBQ as you race through this page turner. Mr. MacGregor and his photographer wife Olya, traveled around America for almost a year in a motorohome to create this book. The end result is a tale of the origins of NASCAR, and where the sport stands today. On any given Sunday you might find upwards of 400,000 screaming fans watching these daring young men take their lives in their hands. Six hundred horsepower cars, sometimes running three abreast at nearly two hundred miles an hour, inches away from each other. We've come a long way from the chariot races of Ben Hur. I don't think these drivers get the credit they deserve. What I liked most about this book is it gave me an insight not only into racing, but the culture that surrounds it. I wouldn't classify myself a racing fan by any means, but "Sunday Money" gave me a true appreciation of the sport, as it vividly brings to life the happenings on and off the track. Hot cars.Hot guys. Smoking hot girls! That's right. Babes aplenty. What more could you ask for? "Sunday Money" is right on the money! ... Read more

    2. Cubs Nation : 162 Games. 162 Stories. 1 Addiction.
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    Asin: 0385513003
    Catlog: Book (2005-04-12)
    Publisher: Doubleday
    Sales Rank: 2105
    Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
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    5-0 out of 5 stars Cub Nation Rocks!
    A great baseball book by a great writer! Gene Wojciechowski provides true-to-life experiences of an entire baseball season through the 2004 Chicago Cubs. Not just stories about the players, but all aspects surrounding a club throughout the season. All sports fans, not just baseball and Cub fans, will enjoy Cub Nation. Buy several copies for gifts!

    5-0 out of 5 stars As much fun as sitting in the bleachers with a cold one
    While the 2004 season wasn't good for the Cubs, this book is great for the fans. And not just Cubs fans (although there are plenty of us out there). Gene Wojciechowski manages to show why we're all fans in the first place.

    Wojciechowski uses a clever format -- 162 stories (one for each game of the season) on everyone and everything Cubdom from the ballhawks to the beer guy to the umpire's room attendent to the guy who parks the cars to the players to Dusty Baker to stream of Cubs consciousness with Pearl Jam's Eddie Vedder to movie pitches with Bull Durham's Ron Shelton to beers at the Billy Goat -- and it's a book that is impossible to put down.

    Told from the fans' point of view -- and it's obvious Wojciechowski is a fan -- it's a book for us, about us, no matter who our favorite team is or where they finished in the standings.

    This is a must-read for any sports fan. ... Read more

    3. Cinderella Man : James Braddock, Max Baer, and the Greatest Upset in Boxing History
    by Jeremy Schaap
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    Asin: 0618551174
    Catlog: Book (2005-05-03)
    Publisher: Houghton Mifflin
    Sales Rank: 945
    Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
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    Lost in the annals of boxing is the sport's true Cinderella story. James J. Braddock, dubbed "Cinderella Man" by Damon Runyon, was a once promising light heavyweight for whom a string of losses in the ring and a broken right hand happened to coincide with the Great Crash of 1929. With one good hand, Braddock was forced to labor on the docks of Hoboken. Only his manager, Joe Gould, still believed in him, finding fights for Braddock to help feed his wife and children. The diminutive, loquacious Jew and the burly, quiet Irishman made one of boxing's oddest couples, but together they staged the greatest comeback in fighting history. In twelve months Braddock went from the relief rolls to face heavyweight champion Max Baer, the Livermore Butcher Boy, renowned for having allegedly killed two men in the ring. A charismatic, natural talent and in every way Braddock's foil, Baer was a towering opponent, a Jew from the West Coast who was famously brash and made great copy both in and out of the ring. A ten-to-one underdog, Braddock carried the hopes and dreams of the working class on his shoulders. And when boxing was the biggest sport in the world, when the heavyweight champion was the biggest star in the world, his unlikely upset made Braddock the most popular champion boxing had ever seen. Against the gritty backdrop of the Depression, Cinderella Man brings this dramatic all-American story to life, evoking a time when the sport of boxing resonated with a country trying desperately to get back on its feet. Schaap paints a vivid picture of the fight world in its golden age, populated by men of every class and ethnic background and covered voluminously by writers who elevated sports writing to art. Rich in anecdote and color, steeped in history, and full of human interest, Cinderellla Man is a classic David and Goliath tale that transcends the sport. ... Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars Could not put it down
    It is the best sports book I have ever read! The author pulled no punches in detailing the amazing story of Braddock. The boxer's highs and lows were vividly portrayed. You could smell the gym, feel the training, and taste the victory. Moreover, the political, economic and social state of the world in those times was marvelously woven into the fabric of the story. This book was truly a joy to experience. By the end of the story, two champions emerged, Braddock and Schaap.

    5-0 out of 5 stars This has been a great read!!!
    I am in the process of reading this book. It is a great story told by Jeremy Schaap. (Yes the son of the late Dick Schaap)

    Jeremy Schaap has done a masterful job of weaving this story together and giving us the cultural perspective that was present in early 20th Century of the United States. As with all great stories there will be a movie made about Braddock. It should have the same type of commercial success as Seabiscuit. Read this book before going to the movie theater because it really does a nice job of telling us about the background of Braddock.

    P.S. This book reminds me of how the sport of boxing has changed over the years. Boxing is now perceived by Americans more for its actions in the court room and greed by its promoters. Community identity with a boxer like Braddock is non existant in this American culture. Maybe it is not fair to compare this generation of boxers with those of Ali. Yet Ali stood for something that a society rallied around other than money. You can disagree with Ali but the respect I have for this man is incredible. Braddock might not have talked that much but he represented something that all of us could identify with. Hard work. A work ethic that people could identify with no matter where a person lived, their religion or their race. ... Read more

    4. Wilt, 1962 : The Night of 100 Points and the Dawn of a New Era
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    Asin: 1400051606
    Catlog: Book (2005-04-26)
    Publisher: Crown
    Sales Rank: 1189
    Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
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    5-0 out of 5 stars Hershey Native Reviews Wilt, 1962
    I was born and raised in Hershey, Pa., and worked as an usher at the Hershey Arena all through high school. I saw every sporting event in that remarkable little town throughout my life. But I missed that game. I was away at college, Wake Forest University, and missed the greatest night in the history of my hometown.
    Obviously, the story of this game, this player (the Warriors trained in Hershey as did the Eagles) and this town is very personal for me.
    Gary Pomerantz did an eloquent job of capturing the times, the player, the game and the town. He grasps the sensitivity of the social issues of the time (remember JFK's New Frontier was in full bloom) and the hearts and the minds of the people who lived. He describes with brilliance this innocent period and the bigger than life presence of Wilt Chamberlain, who dominated it and bent it to his will.
    This is a book of history, of sport and the civil rights movement and of a man who captured all of our imaginations until the day he left us.

    Ernie Accorsi
    General Manager
    New York Giants

    5-0 out of 5 stars Wilts As a Cultural Phenomenon
    Wilt Chamberlain was a true athletic phenomenon, as special to his sport as Babe Ruth had been to his 40 years earlier, and author Gary Pomerantz, who started his professional career as a sportswriter, does an excellent job of showing why Chamberlain was so important to the NBA.

    But Pomerantz does much more than that. He takes the reader on a tour of Chamberlain's multi-layered life, showing how he rose above, literally and figuratively, the prejudice of the time. When he played at Kansas, restaurants were racially segregated - but not for Wilt. He dated many women, and wasn't particular whether they were black, tan or white. The NBA had informal quotas but with Chamberlain's dominance, the quotas became irrelevant and fell away.

    Pomerantz uses the framework of the game itself, an otherwise obscure event between the Philadelphia Warriors in Hershey, Pa. that wasn't even covered by the New York press, to weave in his social messages.

    One of the most evocative passages describes Wilt striding through the Harlem nightclub he had a small part of, "Big Wilt's Small Paradise," among the black icons of the time and the white patrons, comfortable in both worlds but somehow apart from both as well.

    The book captures beautifully an era when life and basketball were so much different than they are today, and I recommend it highly.

    Glenn Dickey
    (...) ... Read more

    5. All Those Mornings…at The Post: The Twentieth Century in Sports from Famed Washington Post Columnist
    by Shirley Povich
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    Asin: 1586483153
    Catlog: Book (2005-04-26)
    Publisher: PublicAffairs
    Sales Rank: 3464
    Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
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    The greatest sports moments of the 20th Century-by one of the greatest sportswriters of the 20th Century

    Shirley Povich was the Dean of American Sportswriters. As a columnist for The Washington Post for more than seventy-five years, he was an eyewitness to the most thrilling moments in American sports, including: the legendary 1927 Dempsy-Tunney "long count"; the celebrated 1938 race between Seabiscuit and War Admiral; the 1946 signing of Jackie Robinson by the Brooklyn Dodgers; Don Larsen's perfect game in the 1956 World Series; the Ali-Frazier fight of 1971; and the murder of eleven Israeli athletes at the 1972 Munich Olympics.But Povich's columns were about more than sports; they reflected the dramatic changes in American society over the course of the 20th Century. Driven by a strong sense of social justice, Povich called for the integration of major league baseball in 1939, and twenty years later he was still at it, attacking Washington Redskins owner George Preston Marshall for having an all-white team.For the 100th anniversary of his birth, Povich's children-David, Maury, and Lynn-and his colleague at the Post, former sports editor George Solomon, have pulled together this panoramic collection of Povich's most beloved columns. The result is a front-row seat to the most awe-inspiring sports moments of our American Century. ... Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars The Soul of Sports Journalism
    Rarely does a book take me very long to read, especially when its composed of a series of short pieces such as newspaper columns.Journalism isn't supposed to be literature, and sports writing particularly is mainly to give the doggone scores.

    Then again, calling Mr. Povich a sportswriter is about as accurate as calling the Pope a good man.

    Mr. Povich was the genuine soul of the almighty Washington Post, perhaps the most principled writer ever to grace the pages of any newspaper's sports section.He belongs in the very rare and esteemed company of great journalists such as Cronkite, Mencken, Twain and pehaps a few others.

    Yeah, these pieces give you the story.What's more, you get the story behind the story.And it's done in language a 13-year-old can read and understand.

    Knowing perfectly well how special this collection is, I read it as slowly as possible.Why rush a good thing?I'm sure Mr. Povich had to fight the daily deadline pressures to produce the work.The least we can do is savor his command of language and keen insight into human character.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Like a visit with an old friend
    For almost 75 years Shirley Povich was a fixture on the sports desk of the Washington Post. He didn't exactly invent sports reporting, but he certainly help define it in a unique way. His style of reporting, his style of writing created a respect that went beyond sports. He used the sports world as a window on the broader world of America. Sports reflected the dramatic changes in American society over the course of the twentieth century from the depression, to war, to race, to everything else.

    The problem with newspaper columns is that they get recycled with the rest of the paper. Only once in a while are a lifetime of columns lovingly collected by people who care (his children and a sports editor) and are published as a book.

    If you are familar with the original columns, here is a visit with old friends. If you have not read the originals, here is the way that sports (and maybe everything else) should be reported.

    This book is an absolute delight.

    5-0 out of 5 stars A Washington Institution for 75 years
    An interesting conversation took place the other day. I mentioned to my grandfather, now in his early 80s, that I had just bought the new book entitled "All those the Post." And he responded with, "I grew up reading Shirley Povich."

    My response: "So did I, and I am 25." And so did my father. That's the amazing thing about Povich - he linked generations. He wrote about stars from Walter Johnson to Michael Jordan and everyone in between.

    As a freelance sports writer, and former sports editor of my college newspaper, the Towerlight in Towson, Md., Povich was my biggest inspiration growing up and I would be willing to bet that most other sportswriters or aspiring sportswriters feel the same way.

    I tried to put in perspective to my wife how influential he was. I said he is the Humphrey Bogart of sports writing. He is the epitome of what newspapermen should be and he was just as good in 1994 as he was in 1924.

    The amazing thing is he never retired and wrote his final column the day before he died in 1998. This book brings his most important columns to life and for people of my generation we get to live events such as the Senators' only World Series title in 1924 for the first time.

    This book is a treasure and is highly recommended to anyone who has ever read a sports column. Chances are the person who wrote the column did so because Shirley L. Povich inspired him.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Povich is America
    Long live the legacy of Shirley Povich.This book brings to the current generation the work of the best, Shorley Povich. It is mandatory reading for every sports fan!!! ... Read more

    6. Coach: Lessons on the Game of Life
    by Michael Lewis
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    Asin: 0393060918
    Catlog: Book (2005-05-16)
    Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company
    Sales Rank: 114
    Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
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    A story with a big heart about a boy, a coach, the game of baseball, and the game of life.

    "There are teachers with a rare ability to enter a child's mind; it's as if their ability to get there at all gives them the right to stay forever."

    There was a turning point in Michael Lewis's life, in a baseball game when he was fourteen years old. The irascible and often terrifying Coach Fitz put the ball in his hand with the game on the line and managed to convey such confident trust in Lewis's ability that the boy had no choice but to live up to it. "I didn't have words for it then, but I do now: I am about to show the world, and myself, what I can do."

    The coach's message was not simply about winning but about self-respect, sacrifice, courage, and endurance. In some ways, and now thirty years later, Lewis still finds himself trying to measure up to what Coach Fitz expected of him. 14 illustrations. ... Read more

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    4-0 out of 5 stars For Parents, Athletes and Coaches...(In That Order!)
    Having previously read Moneyball, I was keenly interested in Michael Lewis' tribute to his high school baseball coach.He did not disappoint.It is a brief, almost essay-like book that gives us snapshots of his coach and himself that reveal worlds about life, coaches, athletes, parents and rising to meet the challenge.

    He contrasts very effectively the experience he had with the experience of present-day players, and sets the coach and his ways in graphic relief against both. His admiration for his coach comes through the telling of the story, and not through a simple list of his accomplishments.

    The book does give important lessons on the game of life, thus fulfilling the promise of its' title.

    One of the book's strengths is also a weakness.It is too brief!This will make it more easily accessible for many, but this reader was left wishing for more...but isn't that the grand goal of most good authors?Michael Lewis has given us another gem.

    Highly recommended for athletes, coaches, and especially parents of athletes!Read, enjoy, learn...

    5-0 out of 5 stars I had a high school basketball coach just like Coach Fitz
    If you are a parent and are wondering if you're kids are going to grow up to be happy, but aren't sure if you're doing the right things for them, read this book.Coach Fitz is much in the same vein as Herb Brooks, the legendary Minnesota Hockey Coach - if you've seen the movice Miracle - I've lived through a wind sprint marathon myself when I played High School basketball.I can tell you unequivocally that this type of insistent compassion is rare but absolutely essential for people to learn to deal with pain.I have seen this type of leadership in the organization where I work as well, and can tell you it makes all the difference in how well an organization performs.

    5-0 out of 5 stars I know the coach
    I have recently began to train with Coach Fitz. Yes he is intimidating but i dont see why the parents would be mad at him. I understand why he pushes his players. His ace pitcher this year has already signed with Stanford but will probably go high in the draft. His pitcher wouldnt be what he is today if it wasn't for Coach Fitz. I am goin to pick up my copy of this book as soon as I can.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Great book
    Author Michael Lewis does a great job showing how perseverence and determination leads to success. With illustrations and an easy to read approach, this book conveys a message of hope and stresses the importance of one's formative years. Highly recommend. ... Read more

    7. Golf is Not a Game of Perfect
    by Bob Rotella
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    Asin: 068480364X
    Catlog: Book (1995-05-09)
    Publisher: Simon & Schuster
    Sales Rank: 2510
    Average Customer Review: 4.87 out of 5 stars
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    One of golf guru Jim Flick's mantras is that golf is 90 percent mental, and the other 10 percent is mental, too. Dr. Bob Rotella, a noted sports psychologist and performance consultant, roots around the golfer's mind to expose--and analyze--the doubts, the fears, and the frustrations that haunt anyone who's ever picked up a club and swung it. Through anecdote and aphorism he suggests how these mental and emotional hazards can be played through, and, regardless of skill level, how teeing off with a more positive and confident outlook will translate into better performance. ... Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars Tournament Tough
    This book provides incredible insight into the game of golf. Rather than attempting to teach the infamous "perfect swing," Dr. Rotella allows the reader to maintain his current swing and instead he addresses the mental side to lower scores. Whether you are a beginner or carry a low handicap, this book is sure to knock strokes off. This book enables a player to think correctly on the course and develop confidence in his game. It is easy and fun to read since Rotella recalls past memories that support his point. I'd recommend this book for yourself or as a gift. I re-read chapters nightly before playing in tournaments as an instrument to mentally prepare myself. It has helped me to win national junior events and I guarentee that it will help you as well. Hit 'em straight!

    5-0 out of 5 stars A good book for the mental approach to Golf
    A friend and golfing partner gave me this book to read and I found it to be very enlightening and easy to read. Mr. Rotella focus' more on the mental approach to golf than swing plane and mechanics. However he does address the issue and states that there is a time and a place to think about and also practice your swing faults just not on the golf course. He shows you how to focus, improve your accuracy through visualization and taking dead aim, using confidence to improve your putting and how to achieve it.
    Simply stated there is a physical side to golf and a mental side and Mr. Rotella shows us how to improve our game and cut down on mistakes, save strokes and improve course management.
    He shares stories about his teachings and conversations with several professional golfers and insights into their world.
    I carry an 11 handicap and the weekend after finishing this book I shot a 76 after being 3 over through the first 3 holes and finished with 31 total putts. This book will work for you if you are looking to take your game to another level.

    5-0 out of 5 stars The Best Investment in Your Game You'll Ever Make!
    I was a twenty something handicap for twenty something years, but here I am twenty something days since reading Dr. Rotella's wonderfully simple, yet powerful book, Golf is Not a Game of Perfect, with a personal best golf score of "79"!

    Please read this book and I guarantee you that your game will improve.

    Thanks doc! -Bill Smith, Murrieta, CA

    5-0 out of 5 stars Really makes you think before you go to the course
    This book isn't so much about the right swing or the right gear it's about your mind state and letting go.

    I got this book for my boyfriend who has competed for years. He read it 3 times in 3 weeks and just couldn't put it down. You should get one for the golfer in your life.

    2-0 out of 5 stars Not the book I expected it to be
    For me, the book was a huge disappointment. Despite the zen-like, poetic title, there is nothing artistic or inspirational about this book's writing style, and the little bits of instruction scattered among the author's self-congratulatory anecdotes have by now become absolute common knowledge -- as fundamental as a book on how to carry your golf bag. Most of the advice is along the lines of picture the shot you want to hit, pick out a target and hit your ball to it, don't dwell on bad shots, hit each shot with a fresh mind, clear your mind of swing mechanics while on the course, etc.

    The book was written in 1995, so justifications can be made for its style and lack of innovation. Perhaps these ideas have just been so thoroughly accepted into the mainstream that in hindsight they seem obvious. Perhaps sports psychology was such a bizarre notion in 1995, that Rotella felt compelled to continually hammer us with how "ordinary" his advice is and how accepted it is among his PGA friends. Regardless of what the book was in the 90's, to the 21st century buyer, it is singularly un-useful. One copy each of Golf Digest and Golf Magazine will give you the same tips on the mental approach and will be far more entertaining to boot.

    The most wearisome aspect of the book is author Rotella's incessant name-dropping of famous clients, friends and associates. Rotella seems more intent on telling you how successful and right HE is than on how to improve your own thinking and ultimately your golf game. Anecdotes have a place in instruction books, certainly; but they need to be entertaining and informative. Very little of this book is really entertaining, and the copious anecdotes tend to simply support the underlying theme that the author has befriended golf's elite.

    In a typical example, Rotella opens Nick Price's eyes with the flabbergasting revelation that when things go wrong on the course, Nick could envision things going right, rather than getting down on himself. Rotella closes the tale by saying, "After listening to this for awhile, Nick said, 'If I had known this was what you were going to talk about, I would have come to see you a long time ago.'
    'Why didn't you?' I asked.
    'I was afraid you'd be into something weird. I didn't realize it would be this logical and sensible.'

    Rotella spends most of the first three chapters convincing you that he is logical and sensible, and dropping as many names as he can to support his claim. The entire experience reads like a pitch to a publisher or the inside flap of a dust cover more than a book on how to improve my own mental approach to golf. Similar "me" stories continue to pop up throughout the book, drawing your attention away from any few helpful tips and brings that attention back squarely onto the author, which appears to be where Rotella really wants it. ... Read more

    8. Topps Baseball Cards: The Complete Picture Collection, a 40-Year History, 1951-1990
    by Frank Slocum, Red Foley, Sy Berger, Inc Topps Chewing Gum
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    Catlog: Book (1990-08-01)
    Publisher: Warner Books Inc
    Sales Rank: 917411
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    9. Real Ultimate Power: The Official Ninja Book
    by Robert Hamburger
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    Asin: 080652569X
    Catlog: Book (2004-07-01)
    Publisher: Citadel
    Sales Rank: 1902
    Average Customer Review: 4.36 out of 5 stars
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    Dear Stupid Idiots,

    A lot of you have been saying that I don’t know anything about REAL ninjas. But that’s a bunch of bull crap! You dummies don’t know anything. And maybe YOU should get a life. I bet a lot of you have never even seen a girl naked! You idiots believe that ninjas had some "code of honor." Yeah right! If by "code of honor," you mean "code to flip out and go nuts for absolutely no reason at all even if it means that people might think you are totally insane or sweet," then you are right. But if you mean a "code to be nice and speak nicely while sharing and not cutting off heads," then you’re the biggest idiot ever!!!!!! So if you have any brains, you will shut up and get a life. So go shut up, you stupid idiot.

    No thank you,

    Robert Hamburger ... Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars Ninja Please!
    I can't describe how amazingly funny this book is! It's been a long time since I actually laughed out loud from reading a book. Several times while reading I had to put the book down because I got so pumped that I thought I was going to uppercut myself in the nuts!

    I loved the website and this book follows in the same tradition with its insane, sick humor. I can't believe the people who bash this book for not teaching real ninjitsu! How stupid can you be?! While reading those bad reviews all I could hear in my head were guitars wailing and I got so pumped that I almost threw myself down the stairs!! You guys need to get a life right now or else; just picture yourself covered with ninja stars!

    5-0 out of 5 stars Genius.
    Ever have an obsession when you were a kid? Something you loved so much that you couldn't stop talking about it to anyone and everyone? Multiply that by 100 and you get Robert Hamburger, the fictional author/protagonist of the book. While the book is primarily made up of the same material that is posted on the website, the true point of the book is hidden in it's footnotes. Through conversations with his babysitter/co-writer, dog, parents and psychologist, we follow Robert's story and delve into the psyche of a pretty messed up little kid. What a lot of people dont seem to get is that the book, like the site, isn't actually about Ninjas. It's not REALLY a ninja hand guide, or a history lesson. The point isnt to educate, the point is to tell the story of a troubled kid who buries himself in a ninja fantasy in order to escape his negligant parents, over-critical teachers and to compensate for his lack of friends. As a kid we all had times when we wished we could run away to the circus, or could go live in outer space, or whatever, because we felt like we couldn't indentify with anyone.. this book is simply the story of a kid going through that kind of period in his life. And for everyone that claims that the website and the book may cause kids to "flip out and kill each other," I believe that the book actually encourages the exact opposite. Robert is facsinated with killing and violence because it's what he wants to do to the people that have hurt him in his life, or he wants to find a ninja friend to do it... hell, we've seen children and young adults in this situation before a few years back, and we've seen the consequences of such pent up anger. This book is not an advocate of violence, but a warning as to what can happen when we try to force kids to abandon childish things, pump them full of medicine and "discipline" in order to make them grow up fast, rather than encourage them to be silly, dream and savor every momment of their childhood. I for one did not expect this level of complexity in this book, but I was totally floored after finishing it. Comedy, especially parody, has always been the best forum for social commentary, and this book masters it. If you hate the site, or if you don't get it, spend the $10 and read the book and I'm pretty sure you'll change your opinion. This book is genius: and by genius, I mean totally sweet.

    5-0 out of 5 stars the greatest book ever written, ever
    this is the greatest book that has ever been written by anyone. Even though he is only like 10 years old, Robert Hamburger is a God. Ninjas are totally friggen sweet and get me totally pumped. Pirates suck, and they should all die. Hippos are really cool, too. So is going around killing people and kicking them in the nuts so hard that they evaporate. I especially liked the side "phone conversations" the "pre-pumps" and the extra details and commentary written at the bottom. This is probably the funniest book ever written by anyone. Just reading this book has turned me into a ninja.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Literary Genius
    Though I never dabble in the world of sophmoric literary works, I found this title to be extraordinary. Not only does Robert Hamburger include philosphical explanations to his beliefs, but turned myself around. I plan to start the Institute for High Ninja Arts, where I plan to focus on teaching others how to 'flip out' and be 'totally sweet.' Not only will this book be mandatory for all of my students, but also as a final, they must either commit Seppuku with a Frisbee or write a thesis on 'flipping out' and 'porking babes.' Indeed this book was an inspiration and I hope it could help others define themselves. Bravo, Robert. Bravo.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Awesomeness
    First, to all you too-sensitive types crapping about how this book or the website are *not* on how to be a real ninja or about how much it defaces the Ninjacular arts, shut it. Heaven forbid someone creates an amusing parody of anything. And if you're still all wringing your hands because you think this book or the website will make your kid flip out and stab his 4 month old baby sister in the eye with a stapler, how about exerting a little parental/testicular fortitude and not let him read them in the first place. What the hell does 9/11 have to do with this?

    That said, awesome book. Pick it up, read it, enjoy it. If you're broke, flip out, throw your grandmother down the stairs, steal her purse, and buy it. While you're waiting, be sure to pick up a ninja sword and some stars from your local convenience store. ... Read more

    10. The Worst-Case Scenario Survival Handbook
    by Joshua Piven, David Borgenicht
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    Asin: 0811825558
    Catlog: Book (1999-11-01)
    Publisher: Chronicle Books
    Sales Rank: 1730
    Average Customer Review: 4.07 out of 5 stars
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    How to Wrestle Free from an Alligator: 4. If its jaws are closed on something you want to remove (for example, a limb), tap or punch it on the snout.

    Though it's being marketed as a humorous title--after all, it's unlikely you'll be called upon to land a plane, jump from a motorcycle to a moving car, or win a swordfight--the information contained in The Worst-Case Scenario Survival Handbook is all quite sound. Authors Joshua Piven and David Borgenicht consulted numerous experts in their fields (they're cited at the end of the book) to discover how to survive various and sundry awful events. Parachute doesn't open? Your best bet for survival is to hook your arms through the straps of a fellow jumper's chute--and even then you're likely to dislocate both shoulders and break both legs. Car sinking in water? Open the window immediately to equalize pressure, then open the car door and swim to the surface. Buried in an avalanche? Spit on the snow--it will tell you which direction is really up. Then dig as fast as you can.

    Each survival skill is explained in simple steps with helpful illustrations. Most stress the need to be prepared--both mentally and physically. For example, to escape from quicksand, you will need to lay a pole on the surface of the quicksand, flop on your back atop the pole, and pull your legs out one by one. No pole? No luck. "When walking in quicksand country, carry a stout pole--it will help you get out should you need to."

    Hopefully you'll never need to know how to build a fire without matches, perform a tracheotomy, or treat a bullet wound. But in the words of survival evasion resistance escape instructor "Mountain" Mel Deweese, "You never know." --Sunny Delaney ... Read more

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    4-0 out of 5 stars Learn to Return
    In the words of survivalist Mel "Mountain" Deweese: Learn to Return!

    Whether or not you take this book seriously (actually, some parts are downright ridiculous), the spirit of "Worst-Case Scenario" is about how to outlive or remain alive even in the most dire circumstances.

    The table of contents says it all:

    * How to Escape from Quicksand * How to Break Down a Door * How to Ram a Car * How to Escape from a Sinking Car * How to Fend Off a Shark * How to Escape from a Mountain Lion * How to Deal with a Charging Bull * How to Win a Sword Fight * How to Escape from Killer Bees * How to Jump from a Moving Car * How to Leap from a Motorcycle to a Car * How to Perform a Tracheotomy * How to Identify a Bomb * How to Deliver a Baby in a Taxicab * How to Treat a Bullet or Knife Wound * How to Land a Plane * How to Survive if your Parachute Fails to Open * How to Survive When Lost in the Mountains

    and so on ...

    5-0 out of 5 stars James Bondian Skills
    Wow, what a book. Contains all kinds of cool stuff I've always wanted to know. Heres a partial list of whats in the book:-How to jump from a bridge into a lake or river.-How to jump from a multi-story rooftop into a dumpster.-How to run on top of a speeding train.-How to leap from a motorcycle into moving car.-How to deliver a baby in a taxi cab.-How to land an airplane.-How to survive if your parachute fails to open.-How to survive machine gun fire from a passing car.-How to get to the surface if your scuba tank runs out of air.-How to escape quicksand (even if your up to your neck).-How to ram a car.-How to break down a door (exactly where to kick.)-How to break into and hotwire a car.-How to do a 180 degree turn with your car (also known as a bootleggers turn).-How to fight sharks, grizzly bears and mountian lions without any kind of weapons. -How to beat the living hell out of an attacking alligator (where to hit him that will stop him instantly).This is dead serious material. I have no idea why it would be in the humor section of the bookstore. Buy it, learn the material, weave some fantastic tales for the grand kids and become the family legend. I enjoyed this book so much I bought 3 copies for my 'very tough' beer drinking buddies.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Kill two birds with one stone!
    Turn otherwise wasted down-time into a great learning opportunity. Although there is no specific advice for how to kill two birds with one stone in the book, our bathroom guests have enjoyed learning about other survival situations while attending to their duties.

    A sturdy cover and compact size makes this book especially suited to a harsh bathroom environment. Highly recommended!

    3-0 out of 5 stars Instructions on day to day life, well maybe not day to ....
    This handbook gives the reader instructions on aspects of everyday life from how to deal with a snake bite to how to jump from a motorcycle into a moving car (something most people do quite frequently). How to hot wire a car or kick in a door is a must for any want to be criminal. Some of the things in here you're not real likely to use but it is interesting to read up on how they are done.

    Lot of things you're more likely to be taught the correct way when partaking in the activity itself by actual instructors such as what to do if your air tank doesn't work while scuba diving both for people never likely to partake in some of the activites in this book who may be interested in what if questions then this book can suffice. It is pretty unlikely you are going to whip this little book out of your pocket as you are plummeting to earth when your parachute doesn't open and things like that but this book is an interesting read on what the ideal thing to do is.

    A better book is the later version of this by one of the same authors of this book called The Action Hero's Handbook which also includes a lot of humour and acts as if the reader wants to be an action star in movies.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Danger is my business, and business is good
    In my line of work, you have to know how to survive. From fending off sharks, escaping from killer bees, treating bullet wounds, to surviving poisonous snakes, danger is my business, and business is good.

    In The Worst-Case Scenario Survival Handbook, Joshua Piven and David Borgenicht describe step-by-step instructions with pictures on dealing with the situations above, and many more.

    This 176 page book is broken up into five chapters, each dealing with situations of a particular vein. The first chapter, Great Escapes and Entrances, includes escaping from quicksand, breaking down doors, ramming cars, and escaping from sinking cars. I can't even begin to tell you how many times I have to do that...

    Chapter two titled The Best Defense gives tips on dealing with bears, mountain lions, charging bulls, how best to take a punch and winning a sword fight. I once had to deal with a bear armed with a saber, so this chapter was especially handy, as I got to combine two skills into one.

    Chapter three discusses Leaps of Faith, or how to jump from things, onto things, and into things without hurting yourself. Ever see those movies where one person is chasing another on top of a speeding train? Now you can learn how to jump from train car to train car without completely destroying yourself because you fell between the cars and got caught under the ouchy wheels.

    I found chapter four, titled Emergencies, to be quite useful as I now know how to perform a tracheotomy. Forget that foolish Heimlich maneuver stuff..."Sir, are you choking?" Also learn how to use that cool hospital machine with the paddles that people always yell "Clear!" and then slap them on some unconscious person.

    The last chapter deals with Adventure Survival. What would you do if the pilot of the plane you were traveling in suddenly collapsed? Well, with the help of this book, you can land that baby in confidence. Parachute won't open? No problem...lost in the desert? Got you covered...

    Even though I make a lot of jokes, all the techniques listed within these pages are culled from expert sources in the various fields. There is even a forward written by "Mountain" Mel Deweese, a Survival Evasion Resistance Escape instructor. (I love to take a peek at his resume') All in all, a fun, quick, informative read that may give you the tools to save yourself from a dangerous situation someday. ... Read more

    11. Five-Point Play: The Story of Duke's Amazing 2000-2001 Championship Season
    by Donald T. Phillips, Mike Krzyzewski
    list price: $24.95
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    Asin: 0446530603
    Catlog: Book (2001-11-19)
    Publisher: Warner Books
    Sales Rank: 45756
    Average Customer Review: 3.82 out of 5 stars
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    A young, inexperienced team. Insurmountable odds. And the visionary coach that brought them to victory.

    During the 2000-2001 college basketball year, Mike Krzyzewski (Coach K) guided a very young and inexperienced Duke University team through a turbulent season filled with unexpected turns. Faced with everything from broken bones to humiliating losses, Coach K still managed to revamp his dispirited team and win the national championship. FIVE POINT PLAY is the story behind the winning season-the players, coaches, and motivational techniques utilized by Coach K, along with the players' feelings throughout this challenging time. Coach K proves that hard work, honesty, courage, and true teamwork can lead to the ultimate triumph.

    With his record of back-to-back NCAA championships, seven Final Fours, and one of the most successful basketball programs in the nation, Coach Krzyzewski is easily one of the most respected and recognized figures in all of sports. ... Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars Must Read for any Duke Fan!
    Five-Point Play is the perfect companion to the 2000-2001 Basketball Season. I received the book from Amazon two days ago, and managed to read it in just a couple of hours. The book is a blow-by-blow account of how the Blue Devils grew and matured during its championship run. Five-Point Play is written in the same style as the ESPNMAG article that was written from Coach K's perspective.

    Although I don't think one has to read "Leading with the Heart" to enjoy this book, I do think that one's enjoyment is definitely elevated by doing so. A lot of what Coach K emphasizes in Five-Point Play has distinct echoes from his previous book. Such important lessons as communication, trust, collective responsibility, caring, etc. are big themes that he re-emphasizes to the team. However, the primary difference is that in this book, Coach K follows the season in chronological order, with descriptions of practices and in-game situations. There are also several quotes from the players, coaches and staff that are inserted during these situations that further illuminate the different perspectives on the team. Perhaps one of the most interesting parts of the book describe, in great detail, the team's psyche when Carlos suffered his foot injury and the team's subsequent shift in offensive and defensive strategies. In reality, there was a signifcant amount of doubt that the team would be able to be competitive by practically everyone on the team-- including Coach K! Fortunately, the Duke Blue Devils overcame this obstacle (among many others) and surged towards the National Championship.

    5-0 out of 5 stars The Inside Scoop of Duke's Success
    In Five Point Play, Coach Mike Krzyzewski tries to teach the 2001 Duke basketball team about not only basketball, but life too. By setting examples for the team, Coach shows his players the results of communication, trust, care, responsibility, and pride, the same points that helped them win the national championship. "Coach K" has a crew of talented coaches and players that include Shane Battier, Jason Williams, Carlos Boozer and many more. I like the way that Coach Krzyzewski put this book together, by explaining every pep talk, describing every huddle, and giving the details of every game. Although I wouldn't recommend this book to a North Carolina fan, I hope that every other basketball fan gets a chance to read Five Point Play.

    1-0 out of 5 stars Self indulgent egotistical tripe.
    I was going to flush this book down a toilet; however, I began to think that flushing the book would be disrespectful to the floating excrement. The only true way to enjoy this book is to rip out the contents, page by page, and then burn each one in effigy. I want to hear about Duke's championship season like I want to hear about a terrorist attack. He opens the book by name dropping, then name dropping some more, followed by name drops. I couldn't make it past the third page before my gag reflex kicked in and I started to salivate. I would soon lose my Chalupa. If you are still interested in reading this book, keep an extra bottle of Kaopectate on hand, as well as an apology letter to your dry cleaner.

    1-0 out of 5 stars duke Cheats
    I am sorry to admit this book is a fake. The national championship is a Fake also. dook cheated and still cheats to this day. In our team meetings we voted on a team mvp - The Officials. Thanks guys. Thanks Hess, Edsell and the rest of you guys.

    1-0 out of 5 stars Skip it...
    Honestly, it's just a bunch of blather about how supereme Duke is and how despite everyone being injured the team overcomes impossible odds to win the title. Honestly, I don't recall this team being all that injury ridden. If you're a Duke fan, buy it. Everyone else, don't bother. ... Read more

    12. The Greatest Game Ever Played: Harry Vardon, Francis Ouimet, and the Birth of Modern Golf
    by Mark Frost
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    Asin: 0786869208
    Catlog: Book (2002-11-06)
    Publisher: Hyperion
    Sales Rank: 3003
    Average Customer Review: 4.81 out of 5 stars
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    Now in paperback, the U.S. Golfing Association's Best Golf Book of the Year.

    In 1913, golf's first superstar went up against a green 20-year-old amateur. It was the birth of modern golf. Harry Vardon and Francis Ouimet came from different worlds and different generations, but their passion for golf set them on parallel paths that would collide in the most spectacular match the sport has ever known. Vardon had escaped a life of poverty in Britain to achieve universal recognition as the greatest champion in the game's history. Ouimet, a virtual unknown from Massachusetts, was only three years removed from his youthful career as a lowly caddie and worshipped Vardon. When these unlikely opponents finally came together in their legendary battle at the 1913 U.S. Open, the world's reaction to its remarkable drama and heart-stopping climax gave rise to the sport of golf as we know it today.

    Weaving together the stories of Vardon and Ouimet to create his narrative, Mark Frost has crafted a uniquely involving, intimate epic: equal parts sports biography, sweeping social history, and emotional human drama. ... Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars Simply The Greatest Golf Book Ever Written
    Mark Frost takes you back to the beginning of the American golf boom. The inspiring detailed account of Francis Ouimet's 1913 US Open is just one part of this wonderful historical book. Frost takes you through Harry Vardon's career and Francis Ouimet's childhoods, with background of all the great British golfers at the turn of the century. He then traces the growth of American golf, with the stories of John McDermott, Long Jim Barnes and a young Walter Hagen. All participants in the 1913 US Open.
    Until reading this book, I never understood the impact of Ouimet's win on the careers and lives of Gene Sarazen, Bobby Jones and Francis' caddy, Eddie Lowery, and American golf in general. This book belongs in the hands of every young golfer, just as Francis Ouimet grew up with and was inspired by Harry Vardon's "The Complete Golfer".

    5-0 out of 5 stars An absolutely fabulous narrative
    It would be hard to come up with a more obscure topic for a book. The 1913 US Open? Are you kidding? Who wants to read about that? It was only because I heard a positive review of this book over the radio that I even considered picking it up. I am most gratified that I did.

    The first section of the book, which discusses both the rise of Harry Vardon to golf superstardom and the childhood of Francis Ouimet, is riveting. Two individuals, raised half a world apart (although in similar economic circumstances) make their way through their respective worlds. It seems totally unlikely that their two paths will ever intersect.

    The second section of the book, which covers the qualifying & final rounds for the US Open, was to me a little less engaging, at least until the final playoff round between Ouimet, Vardon, and Ted Ray, where the 20-year-old Ouimet shocked the golf world by defeating the seasoned British professionals. His victory announced the arrival of American golf, and ranks as one of the great upsets in sports history. Ouimet was the first US amateur to win the US Open. The stroke-by-stroke description of the final round is a true page-turner.

    The book only bogged down when the author attempts to describe the era in which the game is set. He gushes over Teddy Roosevelt & castigates William Howard Taft, whose term he describes as one of the most disastrous in history. This section not only seems unnecessary, but clearly shows that Frost is not exactly a student of US history. Taft may not be one our great presidents, but his term was not exactly a fiasco. Why Frost spends as many pages ripping into Taft is a mystery to me.

    All golfers should read this, if for no other reason than to be humbled by the description of the equipment & conditioins under which these golfers played. In a day of graphite shafts & over-sized heads, where duffers can launch the ball great distances, it is almost inconceivable that men could play with any accuracy with wooden shafts & gutties. One is left with the impression that Harry Vardon would massacre most modern-day professionals if given half the chance. It is very depressing for hackers such as myself, but then one has the example of Francis Ouimet, who reminds us why we love the game so much.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Ouimet Book a Winner
    A thoroughly engrossing and enjoyable read. Mark Frost does an excellent job of taking a number of names from golf's past, fleshing them out and bringing them back to life nearly 100 years after the event. Frost's descriptions of the final rounds and the playoff are so detailed and comprehensive you will feel that you watched them on television. This is a real treasure of a book, and well worth your time and money.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Yes. Yes. Yes.
    The greatest golf book ever written.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Outstanding Dramatization of the 1913 U.S. Open Championship
    Although I drive past the Ouimet museum every day on my way to work, have contributed to the Ouimet Scholarship fund for caddies for many years and thought I knew all about the 1913 Open, this book was an eye opener for me. Almost everything I thought I knew was incorrect in some important detail, and the best parts of the story were unknown to me until I read this well researched and exciting book.

    While I'm not sure that the 1913 Open was the greatest game ever played, I do know that The Greatest Game Ever Played was the best sports book I read in 2003. I heartily recommend it to any golf fan and those who love to read about the underdog rising to the top.

    Before discussing the Open, let me comment that this book has a format that most will find unusual. There is extensive background on the origins of golf, the backgrounds of the players, the development of golf in the United States and the social history of the time, as well a lengthy section on aftermaths of the players and individuals involved. You will learn about unexpected subjects, such as how tuberculosis was treated before there were antibiotics.

    The story-telling style is in the best tradition of fictional dramatizations. Some of the dialogue is invented. The author indicates that "in employing dialogue to bring these scenes to life, I used source material for direct attribution whenever possible. In its occasional absence I attempted to infer intent from prose or reportage . . . . In rare exceptions, with a dramatist's license, and in the utter want of an eyewitness, I took the liberty of elaborating on those perceptions beyond what I could absolutely verify." It's impossible to know which dialogue material is a quotation and what is invented, so don't take the dialogue too literally. It's like watching a made-for-television movie about the Open. One of the strengths of the dramatization is to capture the psychology of the event in what read to me like realistic terms.

    During the matches, there's a tremendous amount of detail about the shots that were taken. I was impressed by the amount of research that went into capturing the drama of the occasion.

    If you don't know the story, Harry Varden was the greatest star of his day. He was touring the United States with Ted Ray to earn money and to establish British superiority over the Americans by winning the Open. Before he was done, he would win six British Open championships despite having lost many years due to World War I and his illness with tuberculosis . . . and its permanent effects on his putting. Varden was Ouimet's idol, in fact. Their backgrounds were very similar in coming up as caddies from poor, working class families. Golf had been a game for the privileged rich until a small class of professionals rose up. Ouimet's victory was exceptional in that he played as an amateur and because he was so inexperienced. His victory had large ramifications for the sport in encouraging its further development in the United States and in attracting future stars to the game like Gene Sarazen and Bobby Jones.

    The venue for the competition was The Country Club in Brookline, Massachusetts. Ouimet lived across from the 17th hole and learned to play on three holes that he and his brother built in their backyard. Ouimet got his first golf club by trading used balls he found on the course. Golf fans will be delighted to know that the 17th hole has been important in three major tournaments at TCC, the most recent being the long putt that Justin Leonard made there to win the Ryder Cup in 1999.

    To me, one of the most delightful parts of the story involved tiny 10-year-old Eddie Lowery caddying for Ouimet after the first day of qualifying. Eddie was no taller than the bag and had to dodge the truant officer to get to the course. He had injured his foot before the Open and the wound bled through his bandage every day. Anyone who has ever had a young caddy will be reminded of the pleasures of working with a youngster and how that joy adds to the fun of playing.

    Mr. Frost is an exceptional story teller, and I hope that he will write other historical dramatizations in the future.

    As I finished the book, I realized that I should be sure to look for well researched versions of historical subjects to test my understanding of those events. Otherwise, my beliefs will often be wrong . . . and I will miss out on the drama of the real story. ... Read more

    13. Surf Science: An Introduction To Waves For Surfing
    by TONY BUTT
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    Asin: 0824828917
    Catlog: Book (2004-07-30)
    Publisher: University of Hawaii Press
    Sales Rank: 49474
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    Have you ever wondered where waves come from? What makes every one different, why some peel nicely and others just close out? Why, some days, waves come in sets of six and others in sets of three, and what factors affect the behavior of a surfing break? If you have, this book is for you. Now in its second edition, Surf Science is the first book to talk in depth about the science of waves from a surfer's point of view. It fills the gap between surfing books and waves textbooks and will help you learn how to predict surf. You don't need a scientific background to read it--just curiosity and a fascination for waves. ... Read more

    14. How Soccer Explains the World : An Unlikely Theory of Globalization
    by Franklin Foer
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    Asin: 0066212340
    Catlog: Book (2004-07-01)
    Publisher: HarperCollins
    Sales Rank: 1795
    Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars
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    The global power of soccer might be a little hard for Americans, living in a country that views the game with the same skepticism used for the metric system and the threat of killer bees, to grasp fully. But in Europe, South America, and elsewhere, soccer is not merely a pastime but often an expression of the social, economic, political, and racial composition of the communities that host both the teams and their throngs of enthusiastic fans. New Republic editor Franklin Foer, a lifelong devotee of soccer dating from his own inept youth playing days to an adulthood of obsessive fandom, examines soccer's role in various cultures as a means of examining the reach of globalization. Foer's approach is long on soccer reportage, providing extensive history and fascinating interviews on the Rangers-Celtic rivalry and the inner workings of AC Milan, and light on direct discussion of issues like world trade and the exportation of Western culture. But by creating such a compelling narrative of soccer around the planet, Foer draws the reader into these sport-mad societies, and subtly provides the explanations he promises in chapters with titles like "How Soccer Explains the New Oligarchs", "How Soccer Explains Islam's Hope", and "How Soccer Explains the Sentimental Hooligan." Foer's own passion for the game gives his book an infectious energy but still pales in comparison to the religious fervor of his subjects. His portraits of legendary hooligans in Serbia and Britain, in particular, make the most die-hard roughneck New York Yankees fan look like a choirboy in comparison. Beyond the thugs, Foer also profiles Nigerian players living in the Ukraine, Iranian women struggling against strict edicts to attend matches, and the parallel worlds of Brazilian soccer and politics from which Pele emerged and returned. Foer posits that globalization has eliminated neither local cultural identities nor violent hatred among fans of rival teams, and it has not washed out local businesses in a sea of corporate wealth nor has it quelled rampant local corruption. Readers with an interest in international economics are sure to like How Soccer Explains the World, but soccer fans will love it. --John Moe ... Read more

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    3-0 out of 5 stars This is very familiar ground
    Foer is an excellent writer, and for those who aren't familiar with the history of the sport this is an excellent introduction. For those who are already well-read on football, much of this will be too familiar. The religious and political context of the Celtic v. Rangers rivalry, the laughable corruption of Brazilian football, and basically every other story in this book has already been covered by other writers. Though the globalization theme tries to bring a new perspective to these old stories, it just feels gimmicky. If you've already read Simon Kuper's FOOTBALL AGAINST THE ENEMY you'll regret spending your money here. If you haven't read Kuper's book, but you're interested in the sport, buy it immediately. This is light reading designed for those who know nothing about the sport's history. For those looking for more depth and more entertainment, skip this and go straight to Kuper, David Winner's BRILLIANT ORANGE, and Alex Bellos' FUTEBOL: SOCCER, THE BRAZILIAN WAY. All three are excellent, entertaining, and provide more insight into the topics Foer touches on. To summarize: the typical American reader with limited soccer knowledge will enjoy this, those with real interest in the subject would do well to move on to more meaty fare.

    3-0 out of 5 stars This is well-trod ground
    Foer is an excellent writer, but for football fans who read a lot about the sport, much of this will seem overly familiar. Though he does his best to bring a new perspective to these stories, his focus on globalization still ends up feeling gimmicky. The religious and political aspects of the Celtic v. Rangers rivalry, the ludicrous corruption of Brazilian football, and many of the other stories here have been well-covered by writers like Simon Kuper, Alex Bellos and others. While I think Foer's name and reputation might help introduce non-fans to some of football's fascinating history--and that's a good thing--football fans who are well-read on the topic will wonder why Foer bothered writing what's already been written. For an introduction to the history of the sport, this isn't bad at all, but Kuper's book is better. Those who are truly interested should skip this and read Kuper's FOOTBALL AGAINST THE ENEMY, David Winner's BRILLIANT ORANGE, and Alex Bellos's FUTEBOL: SOCCER, THE BRAZILIAN WAY. This is not a bad book, but there's nothing new here and other writers have said it better.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Game Tours
    This is a strong work. Like J.C. Hallman's "The Chess Artist" for Chess and Stephan Fatsis' "Word Freak" for Scrabble, Foer goes on a world tour via soccer that ultimately says more about the world than it does about soccer, addressing things like peoples' tendency to obsess, exhibiting a cult-like fascination with games and sports. Soccer is the vehicle here, and the book is well worth its world-wide ride.

    5-0 out of 5 stars YOU CAN'T PUT IT DOWN
    The reviews will tell you how insightful this book is, and how much it has to say about the way we live now. All of that is very true. But what distinguishes this book is how damned entertaining it is. Foer's chapters---each takes place in a different part of the world, and uses soccer to address a different aspect of globilzation---are suspensful, and often hilarious. The is the perfect book for a long plane flight, or a rainy afternoon, or a day on the beach. I loved it.

    5-0 out of 5 stars A great book!
    This book is one of the most keen, interesting, and breathtaking reports on our world. While, you have to understand and like soccer to really enjoy the book, even for non-soccer fans, it will be an unforgettable experience. ... Read more

    15. Lost Balls : Great Holes, Tough Shots, and Bad Lies
    by Charles Lindsay
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    Asin: 0821261851
    Catlog: Book (2005-05-04)
    Publisher: Bulfinch
    Sales Rank: 5179
    Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
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    Charles Lindsay's photographs offer a humorous and inquisitive foray into the hazards where golf balls are lost--rough, woods, bunkers, and wetlands--as well as unexpected encounters with wildlife on and off the green. An avid golfer with plenty of experience losing balls, Lindsay photographs his way to the heart of the game with a light touch and an eye for telling details. In the process, he discovers balls ravaged by golfers, gators, and foxes--and lost for over a century.

    Lindsay even encounters what is believed to be the world's oldest golf ball--unearthed in a cellar in the Netherlands alongside a primitive club.

    The photographs were taken at celebrated courses in North America, England, Scotland, and Ireland: Pebble Beach, Bandon Dunes, Bethpage, Fossil Trace, Troon, St. Andrews, Royal St. Georges, Ballybunion, Old Head, and many others.

    The foreword by John Updike is a celebration of golf and nature and where the two meet. A humorous story by golf giant Greg Norman rounds out the book. ... Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars Lost Balls- a great photgraphic journey
    Charles Lindsay has captured the true soul of golf with this photographic journey through some of the most interesting places in the world. This book is perfect for the person who truely loves and understands the game of golf. His combination of humor and photographic genius make this a wonderfully entaining book for anyone who has ever played the game. I hope there is a sequel.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Better than "How To Line Up Your 4th Putt"
    Charlie Lindsay is an irreverant guy with an unfailing eye. He sees what others don't and makes you grin for the joy of discovery he has had with his camera out in nature searching for the bizarre and wonderful on and around the golf course.

    Be it a golf ball tucked neatly under a "meadow muffin" or a pair of golf shoes hanging from a tombstone, be prepared for a visual feast where golf and golf courses are the metaphor.

    What a treat. What a great gift!! I've sent a dozen already and it's early in the day. ... Read more

    16. The Encyclopedia of Surfing
    by Matt Warshaw
    list price: $40.00
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    Asin: 0151005796
    Catlog: Book (2003-10-06)
    Publisher: Harcourt
    Sales Rank: 1970
    Average Customer Review: 4.67 out of 5 stars
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    What's that sound coming from the beach? That's the rustle of pages turning, as would-be immortals look themselves up in The Encyclopedia of Surfing, surfing's first comprehensive reference book. The Encyclopedia of Surfing chronicles nearly every bit of wave-riding--its history, places, mythology, champions, tragedies, in-jokes, and minutiae. Author Matt Warshaw, former editor of Surfer magazine, and his fellow researchers took three years to put together this prodigious tome. The most surprising thing about the book is its terrific readability. Though the 1,500 entries are organized in typical encyclopedic style, one after the other alphabetically, none of them--not a single one--is completely boring. Not even the one on the technicalities of fin placement. In fact, the book is a trap, leading unsuspecting readers on a wandering journey from pioneer surfer Duke Kahanamoku to the development of hollow boards to the lifeguards who used them to lifeguard Eddie Aikau to his home in Waimea Bay to.... Suddenly, hours have gone by and there's still the huge entry on Gidget to read. Illustrated like a dictionary, this book has only one or two small black-and-white photos every couple of pages. A history of surfing introduces the entries; at the end, a bibliography, round-up of surf contest results, and lists of movies, magazines, and music provide the big finish. Though Warshaw's first three books (SurfRiders, Above the Roar, and Maverick's) were entertaining looks at surfers and surfing, this one makes him the official Kahuna of surf lore. Surfing is a multi-billion-dollar industry, flinging hordes of people and buckets of money into the waves each year. The Encyclopedia of Surfing is its new bible. --Therese Littleton ... Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars A top pick for any interested in the fine art of surfing
    Matt Warshaw's Encyclopedia Of Surfing is a top pick for any interested in the fine art of surfing. From different surfboard developments and the history of different cultures involved in the surfside sport, to legendary surfers and their achievements, the Encyclopedia Of Surfing is packed from cover to cover with "user friendly" A-Z reference material.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Like Surfers Journal... almost
    I surf almost every day and can never seem to quench my thirst. My favorite read, by far, of all books and periodicals is The Surfers Journal. It truly captures the many angles of the sport. This book is somewhat in the same vein. It's exhaustive, comprehensive and true to the roots. If you love the history of the sport buy it. If you read Surfing, have never ridden more than one type of board or never traveled to pursue a new wave... don't (do those things instead... THEN buy it). Good bedside book... alongside my Bible.

    2-0 out of 5 stars Really IS and Encyclopedia
    For the record, let me state that I've been surfing for 20 years and got the bug, along with most others my age, watching The Endless Summer and getting captivated by the energy and beauty of the sport. This compilation, while very complete, really IS an, after page, after page. There are some useful tidbits of information strewn among the lengthy volume but a large majority of the book seems filled with fairly uninteresting, small, black and white photos, and biographies of just about anyone in the world who ever attempted to stand up on a board. Avoid this snore-fest and put your money into a nice hardcover coffee table book filled with glorious color shots of the world's tube riders...and leave all of the trivia to the wannabes.

    5-0 out of 5 stars a masterpiece
    as thorough a work on surfing as you'll ever find...all questions answered, no stone unturned...if you love surfing you're going to love this book, and learn a lot as well.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Complete source for all information
    if you want to find almost everyone, every place, every thing associtated with surfing...this one book is the place... ... Read more

    17. Foundations of Sport and Exercise Psychology
    by Robert S. Weinberg, Daniel Gould
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    Asin: 0736044191
    Catlog: Book (2003-01-01)
    Publisher: Human Kinetics Publishers
    Sales Rank: 276556
    Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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    Book Description

    In the newly revised and updated Foundations of Sport and Exercise Psychology, Third Edition, students and professionals will find a comprehensive array of information that bridges the gap between research and practice and captures the excitement of the world of sport and exercise.

    Authors Robert Weinberg and Daniel Gould have revised every chapter of the popular text, incorporating the latest research and practice in sport and exercise psychology. They combine contemporary practical examples, case studies, and anecdotes to help readers better understand different theories, concepts, and research. In-depth questions at the end of each chapter guide readers from research to practice and enable readers to think critically.

    The first and second editions of the text set new standards for introductory textbooks; this edition raises the bar to an even higher level with new artwork, photos, and a fresh design, making the text an exceptionally rich learning resource and professional reference tool. Each chapter includes up-to-date information. The following are new features of this third edition

    · Extensive material on motivation, social loafing, and group development
    · Expanded coverage of leaders in sport, including information on expectations, values, beliefs, and behavioral guidelines for coaches
    · Research on anxiety and team-energizing strategies
    · Comprehensive data on hypnosis phases, techniques, and their effects
    · Details on the use of imagery in sport
    · An entire section on goal mapping
    · Updated information on eating disorders in sport
    · A comprehensive section on exercise addiction
    · Material on sport aggression, moral development, cooperation, and gender differences in competition

    The seven-part text is organized in an easy-to-follow format that allows for quick topical searches. Key points are highlighted throughout to help readers identify the most important ideas. Special elements such as case studies, new research procedures and findings, and sample questionnaires and application procedures also enhance reader understanding.

    Part I, "Getting Started," introduces the main ways knowledge is gained in sport psychology. It emphasizes the importance of teaming scientific and practical knowledge to better help students, athletes, and exercise enthusiasts.

    Part II, "Understanding Participants," focuses on personal factors (such as personality characteristics, individual orientations, and emotions) that affect performance and psychological development in sport, physical education, and exercise settings.

    Part III, "Understanding Sport and Exercise Environments," examines the situational factors that influence behavior in sport, physical education, and exercise settings.

    Part IV, "Understanding Group Processes," outlines information on group interaction.

    Part V, "Enhancing Performance," details the progress that has been made with psychological techniques to help people perform more effectively.

    Part VI, "Enhancing Health and Well-Being," reviews the roles that psychological factors play in health, exercise, and wellness.

    Part VII, "Facilitating Psychological Growth and Development," examines psychological development and well-being topics that are important to both society and sport and exercise psychology, such as children in sport, aggression in sport, and moral development and sportsmanship.

    Foundations of Sport and Exercise Psychology, third edition, expertly captures the intrigue and excitement of the field while explaining basic concepts and principles.It shows how these concepts and principles can be applied to counseling, teaching, coaching, sports medicine, and fitness instruction.This completely updated text will help students and practitioners improve their comprehension and knowledge of the field of sport psychology. ... Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent undergraduate sport psychology textbook!
    I have used this book in my undergraduate course in sport psychology at Georgia Southern University since the first edition. This text does a good job of explaining theories and and describing sport psychology applications. Weinberg and Gould have developed a well organized, resourceful, and easy-to-read book that my students have enjoyed reading. College professors, this book has excellent ancillary materials.

    4-0 out of 5 stars Way of success
    Suceeding in sport is not made by hazard.... it needs specific aptitudes that Mr WEINBERG et Mr GOULD explained very well in their booK. Please to the readers:can you give me the e mail ftom Mr Weinberg and Me Gould. I want to join them. Thank you. MICHEL REQUET ... Read more

    18. Zinn and the Art of Road Bike Maintenance
    by Lennard Zinn, Todd Telander, Jonathan Vaughters
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    Asin: 1884737706
    Catlog: Book (2000-04-01)
    Publisher: VeloPress
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    Average Customer Review: 4.42 out of 5 stars
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    LennardZinn is a cycling god. Zinnand the Art of Mountain Bike Maintenance is revered as a bible among thefat-tire set; he now extends the gospel to the rest of the cycling faithful inZinn and the Art of Road Bike Maintenance.

    From simple, routine maintenance to more complicated tasks, Zinn remains"convinced that anyone with an opposable thumb can perform any repair on abike." He begins with "Basic Stuff" such as pre-ride inspections and cleaningthe drive train, and continues on through the super-advanced task of wheelbuilding--arguing that "the construction of a good set of bicycle wheels isactually a straightforward task." Zinn guides readers step by step through everypossible repair on every possible part, handlebar grips to Maric Mektronicelectronic shifting, with plain-speaking text and helpful illustrations. There'seven a section on emergency repairs, including unexpected advice such asstraightening a bent rim by hitting it against the ground: "You may be surprisedhow straight you can get a wheel this way."

    This comprehensive manual is essential reading for those who love their bike."All you have to do is follow the instructions and trust yourself." Indeed.--M. Stein ... Read more

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    3-0 out of 5 stars Nice beginner's book
    A lot of good basic information and up to date. SOme though, is too basic. His instructions for adjusting derailleurs are so poor as to be barely adequate. For the front deraill. for example he has 3 steps. HI gear-- 1.shift back and forth between the middle and inner rings. 2. If the chain jumps over the big ring, tighten the hi-gear limit screw. 3---(more of the same)the .Yea, this is good basic stuff to get you into very roughly correct adjustment, but that is all. Better info is free on Park tool's site. From the troubleshooting section--Tire is Flat. Cause: tire deflated. Action: pump tire. I doubt anyone is so inept they need to be told that.

    That said, it is good for those he said it was written for: "(Those) who do not think they are capable of maintaining their bikes." I have the Bicycling magazine book too, and frankly I cannot say one is better than the other. The fact is, once you get the basics down, if you have any mechanical experience or aptitude, most of this stuff is pretty simple. I had hoped for some more advanced tips on making things operate more smoothly or efficiently, but while the Bicycling mags book has some, this has very few. It's a simple book with the basics. Anytime you find a "maintenance" book that tells you ho to chance a tube, you are looking a a very simple book. If you need more, you'll be disappointed. If the basics are what you want, this books is more than adequate.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Already saving me money!
    This book is great! After going to my local bike shop and paying $18 for a simple gear and brake adjustment I knew it was time to start learning how to work on my own bikes. My confidence is growing as I am learning the inner workings of all these formerly "mysterious" mechanical devices. Zinn writes in a way that is easy to understand and gives you confidence. Trust me..nobody will adjust your gears with the precision that you will after you learn how. My shifting has never been smoother! I think besides all of the normal maintenance on my bike, I will probably build one from the ground up as my next project.
    I highly reccomend this book if you are mechanically declined (like me) or mechanically inclined.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Great book!
    This book has taught me a lot about working on my bike. I'd recommend it to anyone who likes (or needs) to work on their bike but doesn't have much experience. I overhauled my front hub and dialed-in my brakes with the help of this book. Highly recommended!

    3-0 out of 5 stars Not for the poor
    An excellent book in many respects. However, Zinn falls victim to the "newer is better" (or, rather, "old is unimportant.") Lots of great bicycle fixing advice, excellent diagrams -- but you are SOL if you are trying to repair a bicycle older than 1998.

    For example, Zinn only covers sidepull brakes with a quick release. Only new/expensive bikes have this quick release tab; all other bicycles require you to, e.g., deflate your tires to pull them off. If you didn't know this, you would damage your bicycle. Keeping with this ignoring of those of us who are, e.g., fixing an older bicycle, Zinn gives no help on these issues -- but does spend pages and pages on how to fix the "wireless radio transmitter transmissions".

    Next time, Mr. Zinn -- try to keep the ordinary folks in the loop, eh?

    4-0 out of 5 stars Great book!
    I read this book from cover to cover the day I got it, even though this is a reference book!
    The instructions are very detailed. It even guides you through steps in a logical way and tells you to jump to different steps depending on the result of the previous step!

    I would have given it 5 stars...but I bumped it down by one because a lot of the diagrams are not on the page that references the diagram so I found myself flipping back and forth a lot...this is a bit annoying when you're working on your bike... ... Read more

    19. The Grand Slam : Bobby Jones, America, and the Story of Golf
    by Mark Frost
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    Asin: 1401301088
    Catlog: Book (2004-11-03)
    Publisher: Hyperion
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    From the bestselling author of the critically acclaimed The Greatest Game Ever Played comes The Grand Slam, a riveting, in-depth look at the life and times of golf icon Bobby Jones.

    In the wake of the stock market crash and the dawn of the Great Depression, a ray of light emerged from the world of sports in the summer of 1930. Bobby Jones, an amateur golfer who had already won nine of the seventeen major championships he'd entered during the last seven years, mounted his final campaign against the record books. In four months, he conquered the British Amateur Championship, the British Open, the United States Open, and finally the United States Amateur Championship, an achievement so extraordinary that writers dubbed it the Grand Slam.

    A natural, self-taught player, Jones made his debut at the U.S. Amateur Championship at the age of 14. But for the next seven years, Jones struggled in major championships, and not until he turned 21 in 1923 would he harness his immense talent.

    What the world didn't know was that throughout his playing career the intensely private Jones had longed to retreat from fame's glaring spotlight. While the press referred to him as "a golfing machine," the strain of competition exacted a ferocious toll on his physical and emotional well-being. During the season of the Slam he constantly battled exhaustion, nearly lost his life twice, and came perilously close to a total collapse. By the time he completed his unprecedented feat, Bobby Jones was the most famous man not only in golf, but in the history of American sports. Jones followed his crowning achievement with a shocking announcement: his retirement from the game at the age of 28. His abrupt disappearance from the public eye into a closely guarded private life helped create a mythological image of this hero from the Golden Age of sports that endures to this day. ... Read more

    20. Let Me Tell You a Story : A Lifetime in the Game
    by Red Auerbach, John Feinstein
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    Asin: 0316738239
    Catlog: Book (2004-10-26)
    Publisher: Little, Brown
    Sales Rank: 144
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    Americas favorite sportswriter teams up with Red Auerbach, the most successful and admired coach in basketball history, to tell the best stories of a legendary life.

    Living legend Arnold "Red" Auerbach led the Boston Celtics to nine NBA championships--eight of them consecutive-- during his 17-year tenure in Boston from 1950 to 1966. The fiery coach is a unique personality--brash, opinionated, and unfailingly accurate. As a coach he never stood still along the sidelines, and in retirement he remains a lively part of the game, still consulted by coaches, players, and general managers at age 86.

    For years, John Feinstein has met regularly with Red Auerbach and his friends, drawing out Reds life story in a raucous series of unforgettable sessions. From those smoke- and laughter-filled rooms come these colorful reports about all the players and coaches Red has worked with and played against over the years. Bob Cousy, Larry Bird, Wilt Chamberlain, Sam Jones, Bill Russell, and Michael Jordan--you name them, the basketball greats are all here. Red Auerbachs incredible experiences in sports and John Feinsteins unparalleled skill as a sports storyteller make this one of the greatest books to come out of the game of basketball.

    Red Auerbach has come across all kinds of characters throughout his years in sports and has opinions to offer and amazing stories to tell about all of them.

    A book about a true sports legend by an extraordinarily popular sportswriter will appeal to all sports fans.

    John Feinstein has written two of the bestselling sports books of all time, A Good Walk Spoiled (over 756,000 combined copies sold) and A Season on the Brink (over one million combined copies sold), and has regularly landed on the bestseller lists during the past two decades. His most recent book, Caddy for Life, was published in April 2004. ... Read more

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