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Tom Seaver: A Terrific Life by Bill Madden - Book Review

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$28.00
ISBN: 9781982136185
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Published: Simon & Schuster - November 24th, 2020

At 24, Seaver led the Amazin' Mets to their unexpected 1969 World Series title. His stellar career was shaded by shoddy treatment by some baseball brass, and his final years as a successful winemaker were clouded by dementia. Madden successfully conveys Seaver's exceptional talent, toughness, and ultimate tragedy. ~ Reviewed by Mike Hare


Young Bucks: Killing the Business from Backyards to the Big Leagues by Matt Jackson - Book Review

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$27.99
ISBN: 9780062937834
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Published: Dey Street Books - November 17th, 2020

Professional wrestling is often a David vs Goliath story. A regular joe goes into battle against a hulking colossus, a beer swilling redneck fights against his corporate employers, or a small upstart promotion tries taking on the establishment. Killing the Business by Nick and Matt Jackson ("The Young Bucks") settles into this groove nicely. Smaller, athletic brothers (not twins, they'll point out) raised in the pro-wrestling oasis of Southern California, the Jacksons found international fame (and infamy) through hard work, luck, and more than a few missteps along the way. A breezy read, Killing the Business is among the best pro wrestling books published in the past few years. ~ Reviewed by Chris Linendoll


The Eighth Wonder of the World: The True Story of André the Giant by Bertrand Hébert - Book Review

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$26.95
ISBN: 9781770414662
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Published: ECW Press - April 14th, 2020

The next in a recent deluge of biographies of the legendary "8 foot tall" giant of the world of pro wrestling and entertainment. Hebert seeks to separate truth from fiction in this all-encompassing biography, but the minutiae of facts and dates often bog down the narrative. The writing won't win any awards, but fans of Andre may want to add this to their collection. ~ Reviewed by Chris Linendoll


The Road to San Donato: Fathers, Sons, and Cycling Across Italy by Robert Cocuzzo - Book Review

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ISBN: 9781680512441
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Published: Mountaineers Books - September 1st, 2019

This one took me off guard in the best way possible. What starts off as an enjoyable ramble about a Boston area father and son mountain bike trek through the hills of Tuscany to the town of their patriarchal homeland becomes so much more upon their arrival in San Donato. It is not just the reader's growing emotional stake in the lives of the two main protagonists (narrator and father), but the history of that small town and its role in protecting the lives of Jews during WWII is both remarkable and truly touching. And if that doesn't put the tear in your eye, Cocuzzo's artful, auto-biographical tale of family, heredity and father and son, multi-generational bonds will do it for sure. Highly recommended. ~ Reviewed by Jon Fine


The Mamba Mentality: How I Play by Kobe Bryant - Book Review

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By Kobe Bryant, Phil Jackson (Introduction by), Pau Gasol (Foreword by), Andrew D. Bernstein (Photographs by)
$35.00
ISBN: 9780374201234
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Published: MCD - October 23rd, 2018

Bryant's tragic death gives his core message more urgency: hard work, dedication, discipline, preparation, respect, and drive are all mandatory in the pursuit of excellence, and achievement should always be celebrated because even the greatest successes eventually come to pass. ~ Reviewed by Mike Hare


The Inner Game of Tennis: The Classic Guide to the Mental Side of Peak Performance by W. Timothy Gallwey - Book Review

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By W. Timothy Gallwey, Pete Carroll (Foreword by), Zach Kleinman (Preface by)
$17.00
ISBN: 9780679778318
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Published: Random House Trade Paperbacks - May 27th, 1997

Gallwey urges tennis players to trust their instincts, and not over-think,while on the court. By extension, he advocates a focused appreciation of our natural abilities off the court as a means to counter the damaging effects of self- criticism, worry, and fear of failure. ~ Reviewed by Mike Hare


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