And so the appearance of William D. Cohan's "The Price of Silence,'' in part a comprehensive examination of the case, may prompt weary sighs...And yet there are good reasons to plunge into Mr. Cohan's chronicle—not least, his meticulous research and evenhanded tone.
Digressive, amusing, anecdotal, legend-shattering, self-deprecating and passionate—just what you want in a friend sitting beside you at the ballpark.
Piecing together the raging firestorm of disappointment, fraud, prison time, and hustling in Rose’s checkered life, Kennedy’s ambitious account is an anecdote-rich read.
In her sharply observed book, “Cycle of Lies...Ms. Macur portrays Mr. Armstrong as not just an incorrigible liar but also as a profane bully who wreaked havoc in the lives of those closest to him...How the United States Anti-Doping Agency conducted its investigation of Armstrong forms the climax of this well-told narrative.
...those wondering how the current Lakers ship will ever right itself will be intrigued by the insights in this book.
This exercise in repetition focuses on the anxieties of moving up and down baseball's ladder, the perils of tight travel schedules, the heartbreak of recurring injuries and the inevitable role aging plays in a young man's game.
In “Neanderthal Man” Paabo offers a fascinating account of the three decades of research that led from a secret hobby to a scientific milestone...For the most part, though, “Neanderthal Man” is a revealing history of a new scientific field.
...Bradlee’s expansiveness enables his book to transcend the familiar limits of the sports bio and to become instead a hard-to-put-down account of a fascinating American life.
The later journey to sobriety sees him leaning harder on cliche – he's particularly fond of the idea that relapse is part of recovery – but the sense of threat, to himself and others, is constant.
Rich in poetry, charged with intensity, Consolations is magnificent, pretentious, thoroughly French, a hermit’s vodka-tossed paean to retreat and solitude.
The book may be called Slow Getting Up, but if you take the time to read it, you’ll find yourself incredibly slow to put it down. Jackson may have only scored two touchdowns in his NFL career, but he can certainly count this book as a 99-yard game-winning TD.
There are also just too many setting changes. We have Texas, Minnesota, California, Washington D.C., and Florida and none of them place the hero and heroine in the same state. Despite these quibbles, the book works.
That is what makes “The Sports Gene” such a worthy read: While the book’s purpose is to push back against the widespread denial that genes matter, Mr. Epstein avoids taking too strident a stance in the opposite direction.
Berry, one of the nation's foremost authorities on the topic, purports to entertain and enlighten us with the hijinks of the leagues and fantasy players he's run across...Berry's storytelling is a little uneven, sometimes hilarious, other times exasperating, occasionally even cringe-worthy.
It will resonate with anyone who has felt the intensity of the crowd when Tendulkar walks out or when the home team meets arch-rival Pakistan.
...an often inspiring feat of narrative non-fiction, though it could never be as thrilling as the victory of those nine boys from Washington state on a windy day in Berlin once upon a very dark time.
Throughout the book, Mr. Connors is honest to the point of bluntness, which not all readers will enjoy.
A convincing case is made throughout that buying processed food usually represents false economy or false convenience, and often both.
Singer’s rendering of the labored speech of an aging Joe in the later portion of the book may seem heavy-handed in some respects...
By the end, Alzheimer’s is taking its grinding toll, but Summitt can still say of her own best seller, “What better way to kick a memory-wasting disease in the teeth?”