A comprehensive, illuminating and highly readable study of a notorious episode in the annals of the American justice system.
George Will has achieved a fine balance in "A Nice Little Place on the North Side" between his heartfelt allegiance to the Chicago Cubs and his recognition of their status among sports fans as a national joke. As fodder for humor the Cubs have been inexhaustible.
Mr. Kennedy's book drifts forward and backward in time, and while this leads to a few confusing moments it also frees the author to pursue some fascinating and well-chosen tangents—Cincinnati's history, the lives of several characters related to Mr. Rose, and race relations in baseball.
The nickname "Showtime" described the Lakers' relentless and unparalleled freewheeling run-and-gun offense, as well as the entire era itself; the book it inspired is just as enticing—full of fast breaks, dramatic intensity, and celebrity sightings.
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.
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.
Pääbo passionately chronicles his personal story, from graduate school through the culmination of the Neanderthal project 30 years later, and the scientific implications of this exciting research.
...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.
Here now is a book by Nate Jackson called “Slow Getting Up: A Story of NFL Survival From the Bottom of the Pile,” and it’s everything you want football memoirs to be but never are: hilarious, dirty, warm, human, honest, weird.
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 gave it the old college try, but the ultimate fantasy sports book has yet to be written...
Astill’s excursions, however, give the book its spice, its masala. “The Great Tamasha” is a book of breadth rather than depth. It buzzes with field trips and brisk interviews that sometimes bring insight, and more often momentum and freshness.
...Brown has picked his subject and central characters well, telling their story with knowledge and passion. “The Boys in the Boat” makes for absorbing and sometimes thrilling reading, even by people who have no previous interest in rowing.
His book is mostly written in this testosterone-induced spirit. More than once, for example, he tells his gentle reader to "fuck off".
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...
The master of emotional jousting on the court speaks candidly of life challenges off of it—a must-read for basketball junkies, sport fans and any whose lives have been touched by incurable illness.