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Go Up for Glory by Bill Russell - Book Review

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$17.00
ISBN: 9780593184226
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Published: Dutton - November 17th, 2020

Although recently republished (2020), Russell's memoir actually dates back to 1966 which makes it a remarkable time capsule for both basketball fans and students of civil rights struggles in the U.S. Russell is a straight shooter who pulls no punches and has many a tale to tell of his formative and college ball years, but mainly of his time, achievements, and adventures in the young and newly-founded league that was the NBA in the '50s and '60s. ~ Reviewed by Jon Fine


Path Lit by Lightning: The Life of Jim Thorpe by David Maraniss - Book Review

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$32.50
ISBN: 9781476748412
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Published: Simon & Schuster - August 9th, 2022

Great from the first page to the last. Thorpe's colossal athletic achievements propelled him to a nearly mythological status, which belied his post-Olympic false starts, bad marriages, and financial insecurity. Yet it is not Thorpe the myth, but Thorpe the flawed man that achieves, through his innate decency, a hard-won dignity. ~ Reviewed by Mike Hare


The Boys in the Boat: Nine Americans and Their Epic Quest for Gold at the 1936 Berlin Olympics by Daniel James Brown - Book Review

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The Boys in the Boat: Nine Americans and Their Epic Quest for Gold at the 1936 Berlin Olympics By Daniel James Brown Cover Image
$18.00
ISBN: 9780143125471
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Published: Penguin Books - May 27th, 2014

A gritty tribute to friendship, dedication, and teamwork. Brown brings the University of Washington's 1930s eight-oar crew into dazzling light, while juxtaposing the sinister elements at work half a world away that sought, and ultimately failed, to extinguish that light. ~ Reviewed by Mike Hare


Wish It Lasted Forever: Life with the Larry Bird Celtics by Dan Shaughnessy - Book Review

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Wish It Lasted Forever: Life with the Larry Bird Celtics By Dan Shaughnessy Cover Image
$28.00
ISBN: 9781982169978
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Published: Scribner - November 16th, 2021

In a world before the ultra-hype and glitz and mega-salaries of the modern NBA took over, there dwelled a now nearly unimaginable world where the press traveled with teams they covered. Shaughnessy's first hand experiences not only covering but also interacting with the storied Celtics team of the mid-1980s make for a story that is chock- full of golden moments from his daily coverage of that incredible team and, most significantly, its leader, the once-in-a-lifetime talent and competitor, Larry Bird. ~ Reviewed by Jon Fine


The Big East: Inside the Most Entertaining and Influential Conference in College Basketball History by Dana O'Neil - Book Review

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$28.00
ISBN: 9780593237939
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Published: Ballantine Books - November 9th, 2021

Slam-dunk account of college basketball's brassiest, baddest conference. O'Neil's resurrection of the backroom deals, pressures, and determination to get the league on its feet and land on top is as engaging as her evocation of the volatile coaches and players that brought thrill and heartbreak to the court. ~ Reviewed by Mike Hare


MOX by Jon Moxley - Book Review

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ISBN: 9781637580387
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Published: Permuted Press - November 2nd, 2021

Raw, unfiltered, and rough around the edges, just like the man himself. Jon Moxley was once WWE champion Dean Ambrose, but those days are dead and gone. Moxley has struck out on his own into the dark world of independent professional wrestling, and takes the reader along for the ride, thumbtacks and all. A Hunter S. Thompson-esque carnival of drugs, sex, and rock n roll. A unique entry into the pantheon of wrestling memoirs, told through journal-like, stream of consciousness. ~ Reviewed by Chris Linendoll


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