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by Ben Oakley Bloomsbury Publishing (July 19, 2014)

What does it really take to make the podium? Which of the biological, environmental and psychological factors really shape a champion's route to the top?

To answer these questions, Ben Oakley has taken the original...

The Commonwealth Games

by Brian Oliver Bloomsbury Publishing (May 22, 2014)

How well do you know the Friendly Games?

Sports journalist Brian Oliver brings the Commonwealth Games to life with riveting stories of the athletes who have competed over the years. He delves into the best tales...

The Native American Mascot Controversy

by C. Richard King Scarecrow Press (June 16, 2009)

Sports mascots have been a tradition for decades. Along with the usual lions and tigers, many schools are represented by Native American images. Once considered a benign practice, numerous studies have proved...

The Sports Film: Games People Play

by Bruce Babington WallFlower Press (March 14, 2014)

After covering the genre's early history and theorizing its general characteristics, this volume then focuses on specific instances of sports films, such as the biopic, the sports history film, the documentary,...

Young Athletes, Couch Potatoes, and Helicopter Parents: The Productivity of Play

by Jessica Skolnikoff & Robert Engvall Rowman & Littlefield Publishers (December 11, 2013)

This book addresses a variety of topics regarding the nature of “play” in our society. It takes a close look at the concept of “helicopter parenting” and the impact that hyper-involved parents have upon...

How Soccer Explains the World: An Unlikely Theory of Globalization

by Franklin Foer HarperCollins e-books (October 13, 2009)

“An eccentric, fascinating exposé of a world most of us know nothing about.”

The New York Times Book Review

"An insightful, entertaining, brainiac sports road trip."

The Wall Street Journal


The Making of Les Bleus: Sport in France, 1958-2010

by Lindsay Sarah Krasnoff Lexington Books (December 16, 2012)

The Making of Les Bleus traces the Fifth Republic’s quest to create elite athletes, a compelling tale that serves as a prism through which to investigate the larger history of France, the evolution of society,...

Sports Spectators

by Allen Guttmann Columbia University Press (November 04, 1986)

In his previous books Allen Guttmann has provided incisive perspectives on Avery Brundage's role in the Olympic movement and on the nature of modern sports. Now, in his latest book, the accomplished historian...

Start by Believing

by John Barr, Dan Murphy & Chloe Cannon Hachette Books (January 14, 2020)

The definitive, devastating account of the largest sex abuse scandal in American sports history-with new details and insights into the institutional failures, as well as the bravery that brought it to light....

Knowing the Score

by David Papineau & Matt Amendt Basic Books (July 11, 2017)

In Knowing the Score, philosopher David Papineau uses sports to illuminate some of modern philosophy's most perplexing questions. As Papineau demonstrates, the study of sports clarifies, challenges, and sometimes...

The Secret Lives of Sports Fans

by Eric Simons Abrams Press (April 03, 2013)

What is happening in our brains and bodies when we feel strong emotion while watching a game? How do sports fans resemble political junkies, and why do we form such a strong attachment to a sports team? Journalist...

Start by Believing

by John Barr & Dan Murphy Hachette Books (November 05, 2019)

For decades osteopathic physician Larry Nassar built a sterling reputation as the go-to doctor for America's Olympians while treating hundreds of others at his office on Michigan State University's campus. Parents...

Greed and Glory

by Sean Deveney Sports Publishing (May 15, 2018)

On October 28, 1986, just one day after winning one of the most thrilling World Series in history, the New York Mets were feted by more than two million fans with a parade through the city. In news accounts...

Baseball Italian Style

by Lawrence Baldassaro Sports Publishing (March 06, 2018)

Baseball Italian Style brings together the memories of major leaguers of Italian heritage whose collective careers span almost a century, from the 1930s up to today. In these first-person accounts, baseball...

52 positive thoughts To Become An Elite Athlete

by Alain Ruiz & Agnès Ruiz Arra Editions (December 18, 2018)

Citius, Altius, Fortius , in other words, "Faster, Higher, Stronger" Positive thoughts are essential to succeed in high-level sport. This guide is there to help you on a daily basis to surpass you, to give...

Whatever It Takes

by Bonita Mersiades, Andrew Jennings & Leslie Priestley Powderhouse Press (January 25, 2018)

In the more than seven years since the decision to award the 2018 and 2022 World Cup tournaments, many fine legal minds, investigators, journalists and others have attempted to find out just how Russia, and...

No Ordinary Game

by Kirk Westphal Down East Books (June 01, 2015)

A young boy nearly paralyzed in a car accident runs for the first time in his life during a baseball game. A refugee family from despoiled East Africa plays soccer in my suburban backyard on Thanksgiving Day....

Pigskin Rapture

by Mac Engel, Troy Aikman & Ron Jenkins Lone Star Books (August 26, 2016)

Pigskin Rapture team captures the sights, sounds, and smells of a state smitten with football, from K-D’s Barbecue in Midland, to the rarefied air of Cowboys owner Jerry Jones’s private box in AT & T Stadium....


by Casey Sherman & Dave Wedge Little, Brown and Company (August 01, 2018)

The incredible story of Tom Brady and the Patriots' tumultuous 2016 season: from national disgrace to the greatest Super Bowl comeback of all time.

In January 2015, rumors circulated that the New England Patriots--a...

The Miseducation of the Student Athlete

by Kenneth L. Shropshire & Collin D. Williams, Jr. Wharton Digital Press (November 07, 2017)

The student-athlete’s life: practice, gym, weight room, film review, repeat. Simply put, sports come first. Academics is a distant second.

As the revenues generated by big-time college sports continue to skyrocket,...


by Michael Moynihan Gill Books (September 13, 2013)

A unique sports book which will ensure you never again look at hurling and football the same way.

Michael Moynihan talks frankly to current and recent players and gets the inside story on how money courses through...

Boy Wonder

by Dave Hannigan Gill Books (September 15, 2017)

A collage of personal memories passed over into family myth, Boy Wonder is a funny and moving account of a childhood spent, like countless others, on pitches, sidelines and stands, struggling to make sense of...

The Magician's Glass

by Ed Douglas & Katie Ives Vertebrate Digital (July 31, 2017)

‘How much risk is worth taking for so beautiful a prize?’

The Magician’s Glass by award-winning writer Ed Douglas is a collection of eight recent essays on some of the biggest stories and best-known personalities...

How to Watch a Bullfight

by Tristan Wood Merlin Unwin Books (February 01, 2017)

"Tristan Wood is a long-standing member of the Club Taurino of London, the foremost gathering of English-speaking aficionados, Tristan has edited the Club’s prestigious bi-monthly magazine, La Divisa, for...

The Language of the Game

by Laurent Dubois Basic Books (March 27, 2018)

Just in time for the 2018 World Cup, a lively and lyrical guide to appreciating the drama of soccer

Soccer is not only the world's most popular sport; it's also one of the most widely shared forms of global...

The Athlete's Dilemma

by John Weston Parry Rowman & Littlefield Publishers (June 16, 2017)

Sports provide people around the world with unmatched entertainment, from the excitement of victory to the agony of defeat. Unfortunately, it also has become painfully clear that the agony of sports goes well...

Playing While White

by David J. Leonard University of Washington Press (June 07, 2017)

Playing While White argues that whiteness matters in sports culture, both on and off the field. Offering critical analysis of athletic stars such as Johnny Manziel, Marshall Henderson, Jordan Spieth, Lance Armstrong,...


by Massimiliano Angelucci Italienische Bibliothek Frankfurt (April 04, 2017)

What really is what we now call “sport”?

Although ubiquitous, it remains a little-understood phenomenon, and - always above reproach - can enjoy a favorable or otherwise indulgent public opinion.


Soccernomics: Why England Loses; Why Germany, Spain, and France Win; and Why One Day Japan, Iraq, and the United States Will Become Kings of the World

by Simon Kuper Nation Books (April 22, 2014)


Named one of the “Best Books of the Year” by Guardian, Slate, Financial Times, Independent (UK), and Bloomberg News

Soccernomics pioneers a new way of looking at soccer through meticulous,...

Unsportsmanlike Conduct

by Jessica Luther Edge of Sports (September 06, 2016)

"Of all the many problems facing college football, the most severe by far is the shocking number of rape cases involving athletes. And, as Luther makes abundantly clear in this impeccably researched volume,...

Sports Fans, Identity, and Socialization: Exploring the Fandemonium

by Barbara Hugenberg, Paul Haridakis, Adam C. Earnheardt & Ricard W. Jensen et al. Lexington Books (November 15, 2011)

Sports Fans, Identity, and Socialization is an eclectic collection of new studies from accomplished and emerging scholars in the fields of communication, business, geography, kinesiology, psychology, and more,...

How College Athletics Are Hurting Girls' Sports

by Rick Eckstein Rowman & Littlefield Publishers (March 09, 2017)

More girls are playing sports than ever before—which, on the surface, is great for girls because sports offer positive and empowering fun for young women. In reality, though, few young athletes report “fun”...

Powerful Moments in Sports

by Martin Gitlin Rowman & Littlefield Publishers (April 06, 2017)

Jesse Owens wins four gold medals at the 1936 Olympics. Billie Jean King takes on Bobby Riggs in the Battle of the Sexes. Title IX is passed. Some moments in sports—whether they take place on a track, on a...

Playing Ball with the Boys: The Rise of Women in the World of Men's Sports

by Betsy Ross Clerisy Press (October 25, 2010)

The use of female sideline reporters is the fastest-growing new aspect of televised broadcasts of professional and college football. Names like Suzy Kolber, Erin Andrews, and Andrea Kremer are now as well known...

Serious Leisure: A Perspective for Our Time

by Robert A. Stebbins Transaction Publishers (June 30, 2015)

“A concise introduction to the concept of serious leisure . . . [this book] will stimulate interest in this woefully neglected area.” —Contemporary Sociology Serious Leisure offers a comprehensive view...

Vulnerability and Exposure: Footballer Scandals, Masculine Identity and Ethics

by Rob Cover UWA Publishing (January 01, 2014)

This book presents a critical investigation of contemporary masculine team sports and football scandals and their relationship with gendered cultures, institutions and identity norms.

Fair Play: How LGBT Athletes Are Claiming Their Rightful Place in Sports

by Cyd Zeigler Edge of Sports (May 16, 2016)

Cyd Zeigler tells the story of how sports have been radically transformed for LGBT athletes in the past four years, for Dave Zirin's Edge of Sports imprint.

The Politics and Culture of Modern Sports

by Sheldon Anderson Lexington Books (December 15, 2015)

This study examines the role of modern sports in constructing national identities and the way leaders have exploited sports to achieve domestic and foreign policy goals. It focuses on the development of national...

Judo: Seven Steps to Black Belt (An Introductory Guide for Beginners)

by Rodolfo Tello Amakella Publishing (August 01, 2016)

Displaying the most impressive throws, compelling armbars, dominant pins, and decisive chokes, judo is a particularly powerful sport and martial art that can bring opponents into submission in highly effective...


by Kate Torgovnick Gallery Books (March 11, 2008)

Think cheerleading is just pom-poms, "gimme an 'R,'" and pleated skirts? Not anymore. Take an exhilarating trip through the rough-and-tumble world of competitive college cheerleading....

College cheerleaders...

German Sports, Doping, and Politics: A History of Performance Enhancement

by Michael Krüger, Christian Becker & Stefan Nielsen Rowman & Littlefield Publishers (April 09, 2015)

This book examines doping in Germany, with primary attention given to West Germany, from 1950 to the present, including what societal, cultural, and institutional pressures arose after WWII to bring about such...

Fair and Foul: Beyond the Myths and Paradoxes of Sport

by D. Stanley Eitzen Rowman & Littlefield Publishers (February 04, 2016)

The sixth edition of Fair and Foul features a new chapter on mass media and sport, a revised introduction, and a chapter on big-time college sport. The book explores our love of sport as well as its darker side,...

The Anatomy of Competition in Sports: The Struggle for Success in Major US Professional Leagues

by Christopher B. Doob Rowman & Littlefield Publishers (June 17, 2015)

This book examines different professional sports leagues in the United States and the role of competition within that league—in the history of the league, for children learning and competing in the sport,...

Bad Sports

by Dave Zirin Scribner (July 20, 2010)


Das sowjetische Fieber: Fußballfans im poststalinistischen Vielvölkerreich

by Manfred Zeller & Nikolaus Katzer Ibidem Press (August 01, 2015)

What did the citizens of the Soviet Union identify with? Where did the societal faultlines lie? Did mass demonstrations effectively de-stabilize Soviet order? How did informal groups come into being within a...

The Way of the Athlete

by Rob Pate Skyhorse (September 22, 2015)

There comes a time in every competitive athlete’s life when the cheering stops and it’s time to move on to other pursuits. Written by a former Division 1 football player and Academic All-American, The Way...