The book is at once a masterwork of reporting and a devastating critique of a university that has lost its way...But what Cohan has done, to superb effect, is to bring a forensic level of reporting to the event...Every parent planning to send a child to an “elite” college dominated by an overly powerful athletic program should buy this book.
Digressive, amusing, anecdotal, legend-shattering, self-deprecating and passionate—just what you want in a friend sitting beside you at the ballpark.
But more importantly, Kennedy explores not only Rose’s life and career and his ignominious fall from glory, but also the complexities and conundrums surrounding his ineligibility and his character...A remarkable book about a fascinating, vexing figure.
...those wondering how the current Lakers ship will ever right itself will be intrigued by the insights in this book.
...tell a “Big Lie” was the advice of one of history’s biggest villains and it was a lesson that the disgraced cycling superstar Lance Armstrong doubtless learned early. That is the conclusion drawn by journalist Juliet Macur in her riveting account of Armstrong’s implosion in her book, Cycle of Lies, The Fall of Lance Armstrong.
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.
His writing is elegant and urbane, full of paradoxes, aphorisms and conceits...Tongue in cheek? Perhaps. Yet, for all his playfulness, Mr Tesson is in earnest.
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.
Illuminating book that challenges the notion that in sport, practice matters more than innate talent.
Matthew Berry, ESPN's senior fantasy sports analyst, would seem well-positioned to deliver on the promise of his subtitle...Yet "Fantasy Life" contains no insight into what might, say, cause someone to spend every Labor Day holiday—to his wife's consternation—in a dive bar in Keene, N.H., drafting a fantasy football team.
The Great Tamasha is a timely book, given that it coincidentally comes amid another a betting scandal, which points an accusing finger at players as well as administrators.
...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.
Paragraph by paragraph, he’s still a joy to read, conveying the deep satisfaction of, say, experimenting to achieve a sourdough bread that’s wholesome but still airy.
...the story drifts toward a somewhat unsatisfying, perhaps too easy, conclusion.
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?”