Sport and Fitness for May

New in Sport and Fitness this month includes a celebration of David Beckham’s career.

Syndetics book coverDavid Beckham / David Beckham.
“In David Beckham’s own words, this is a stunningly designed and lavishly illustrated celebration of his amazing 20-year football career.” (book Jacket)

Syndetics book coverHow to Play and Win at Bridge : rules of the game, skills and tactics / David Bird.
“Bridge has been one of the world’s most popular games for centuries, and is well-respected as a strategic game that can be as competitive and technical or as fun and sociable as the players decide. Here is a clear and effective tutorial for beginners covering all the basic principles of the game.” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverThe Kid : The Immortal Life of Ted Williams / Ben Bradlee, Jr.
“The story of Ted Williams contains more twists and turns than the great American novel, and in this epic biography, former Boston Globe editor and investigative reporter Bradlee presents an often disturbing portrayal of the man perpetually known as “The Kid.” The first major book about Williams since Leigh Montville’s Ted Williams: The Biography of an American Hero published within two years of the 2002 death of baseball’s greatest hitter at age 83, Bradlee focuses on elements of the Hall of Famer’s life overshadowed by his still-historic .406 batting average in 1941, including his two wartime stints in the military at the height of his playing career, cantankerous relationships with fans and journalists, and the sad end-of-life saga perpetuated by his three reproachable children that concluded with the controversial cryonic preservation of Williams’s head and decapitated body at a nondescript facility in Scottsdale, Ariz.” (Publisher Weekly)

Syndetics book coverBarefoot Running : How to Run Light and Free by Getting in Touch with the Earth / Michael Sandler, with Jessica Lee.
“How could something we have for free–our bare feet–be better for running than $150 shoes? Running in shoes is high impact, heel-centric, promotes bad form, is relatively unstable and inflexible, tends to weaken rather than strengthen your feet, knees, and hips, which leads to injury while dampening your connection to the world around you. In contrast, barefoot running is low-impact, toe-centric, promotes good form, enhances stability and adaptability, strengthens your feet in miraculous ways, and provides delightful sensory and spiritual connections to the earth. In this comprehensive guide two of its pioneers, teach the RunBare technique: getting grounded, starting out slowly; navigating through rough weather and rugged terrain, coping with injuries, building your feet into living shoes, and understanding minimalist shoes. Once you learn to dance with nature, you’ll tread lightly into the silence, hearing nature’s secret symphony, and the dirt beneath your feet.” (From publisher description)

Syndetics book coverWomen Who Dare : North America’s most inspiring women climbers / Chris Noble ; forewords by Steph Davis and Sahs DiGuilian.
“A celebration of feminine beauty, athleticism, wisdom, and skill–Women Who Dare profiles twenty of America’s most inspiring women climbers ranging from legends like Lynn Hill to the rising stars of today. The book is both inspirational and aspirational — as each climber tells her story in her own words, highlighting her personal challenges, accomplishments, and philosophy, as well as providing readers with practical how-to suggestions on maximizing not only their own potential in climbing but in life.” (Provided by publisher)

Syndetics book coverThe Joys of Chess : heroes, battles & brilliancies / Christian Hesse.
The Joys of Chess is an unforgettable intellectual expedition to the remotest corners of the Royal Game. En route, intriguing thought experiments, strange insights and hilarious jokes will offer vistas you have never seen before.The beauty, the struggle, the culture, the fun, the art and the heroism of chess – you will find them all in this sparkling book that will give you many hours of intense joy. Book jacket.” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverTutenkhamen’s Tracksuit : The History of Sport in 100ish Objects / [Alan Tyers and Beach].
“The greatest collection of sporting artefacts ever assembled (in Orkney). A fascinating range of documents & artifacts, from the exquisite leisurewear found in the tomb of King Tutenkhamen to the horse racing tips of Nostradamus and the startling pop art canvases of the temperamental Scottish painter Andrew Murray, make this exhaustive work of schorlarship an essential addition to the library of any serious sporting historian.” (Book Jacket)

Syndetics book coverBoxing Mastery : advanced technique, tactics and strategies from the sweet science / Mark Hatmaker with Doug Werner.
“This guide to the finer points of boxing provides the wisdom needed to make the transition from enthusiastic beginner to proficient pugilist. The ABCs of ring generalship, offensive and defensive ring movements, feints, and draws and fakes are examined and explained along with clinching techniques, head-hunting, body work, and counter-punching chains. Strategies for boxing against tall and short opponents as well as for a variety of fighting styles such as charger, speed-demon, stick-and-move, and slugger and brawler are discussed in detail.” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverMessi / Guillem Balagué ; foreword by Alejandro Sabella ; afterword by Sandro Rosell ; [translated by Peter Lockyer and Marc Joss].
“Bessi began playing football at a very young age. He made his debut as a 16 year old and a year later (in 2004) broke FC Barcelona’a team record for youngest footballer to score a league goal, as well as winning the league with that outstanding team…..Since then Messi has become Barcelona’s all-time top scorer in all official club competitions at the age of 25. This book is an authoritative and compelling account of the mystery – and genius- that is Messi.” (Taken from the book jacket)

Syndetics book coverInjun Joe : the legend of Smoking Joe Collins / Marion Day.
“This is the life story of “Injun Joe,” born Wellwyn Harris Collins, in 1950. His mother was half-caste Māori of the Ngati Kahungunu tribe, his father a Scottish-Irish immigrant whose family had substantial holdings in Hawke’s Bay. Joe became well known as an elite hunter-helicopter pilot, one of New Zealand’s most dangerous occupations of the time, in what is now known as The Last Great Adventure.” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverPlaying On : my life on and off the field / Alessandro Del Piero.
“Both a breathtaking talent and a die-hard lover of football, Alessandro Del Piero is widely regarded as one of the most influential and watchable playmakers the modern era has seen. Having been in the play-making trequartista role for world-class attacks alongside Zinedine Zidane and Roberto Baggio, Del Piero has done it all.” (Syndetics summary)