This month’s Recent Picks include books on various types of martial arts, poker, fishing, wrestling and golf.
Krav Maga for Beginners : a step-by-step guide to the world’s easiest-to-learn, most-effective fitness and fighting program / Darren Levine, John Whitman, Ryan Hoover ; photographs by Andy Mogg.
“In Israel, Krav Maga is the official system used to teach self-defense. The no-holds-barred techniques–including cardio, strength training, and fight moves are easy to learn, require a minimal amount of strength, and, most importantly, are designed to immobilize an attacker.” (Syndetics summary)
Kill Phil : the fast track to success in no limit hold ‘em poker tournaments / Blair Rodman, Lee Nelson and Steven Heston ; foreword by Phil Hellmuth.
“Thanks to television, the Internet, and the incredible popularity of the World Series of Poker in Las Vegas, when Kill Phil was first published in 2006, tournament poker had become the richest sport in the world. The problem was that no-limit hold ‘em was dominated by a handful of experienced and skilled professional players. Kill Phil turned the tables on the pros by introducing a strategy that allowed even an absolute novice to compete against the best players in the world.” (Books in Print)
Everest 1953 : The Epic Story of the First Ascent / Mick Conefrey.
“Mick Conefrey tells the real story of Everest 1953, revealing that what has gone down in history as a supremely well-planned attempt was in fact beset by crises – both on and off the mountain. To succeed, team leader Colonel John Hunt and his team had to draw on unimaginable skill and determination, as well as sheer British ingenuity.” (Books in Print)
The Power Meter Handbook : a user’s guide for cyclists and triathletes / Joe Friel.
“IT’S TRUE: A power meter is the best training tool you can put on your bike.Even if you have been racing for years, a power meter can take you from the middle of the pack to the podium in one season. But having a power meter is one thing; knowing how to use it is another.The Power Meter Handbook will demystify the numbers, clarify the setup, and show you how to train with power in simple terms. Joe Friel’s power meter system will immediately improve your fitness, speed, and training.” (Books in Print)
Outdoors with Geoff / Geoff Thomas.
“‘When a fish plagues one’s dreams and fills every waking thought . . . it becomes more than just a fish. Geoff Thomas is synonymous with New Zealand’s outdoors and one of the most well-known fishermen in the country. For years we have watched his escapades on his popular TV show, Outdoors with Geoff – now some of his most exhilarating stories have been documented for you to savour and enjoy.” (Books in Print)
Superfly : The Jimmy Snuka Story / Jimmy Snuka with Jon Chattman.
“Focusing on the superstar who single-handedly influenced the development of sports entertainment, this autobiography highlights the legacy of World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) icon Jimmy Snuka….. this record presents the ups and downs of a wrestler who grew to be a key figure in the expansion of the company and all professional wrestling”– Provided by publisher.
Golf for Dummies / by Gary McCord ; adapted by Tony Smart.
“Written by golf guru McCord, CSB Sports golf commentator, this book takes readers on a whirlwind tour of the game of golf, taking the fear factor out of the game and breaking it down into easy-to-understand sections that make sense. Illustrations and photos throughout.” (Books in Print)
Swimming to Antarctica : tales of a long-distance swimmer / Lynne Cox.
“At age sixteen, legendary swimmer Lynne Cox reached her lifetime goal of setting a new world record for an English Channel swim. So she set her goals even higher: She became the first to swim the Strait of Magellan, narrowly escaped a shark attack off the Cape of Good Hope, and was cheered across the twenty-mile Cook Strait of New Zealand by dolphins. Her daring eventually led her to the thirty-eight-degree waters of the Bering Strait, which she crossed in her usual out-fit -just a swimsuit, cap, and goggles. She even swam a mile in the iceberg-choked seas of the Antarctic. With a poet’s eye for detail, Cox shares the beauty of her time in the water in this new classic of sports memoir, now illustrated with photos and maps throughout.” (Syndetics summary)
Muay Thai Unleashed : learn technique and strategy from Thailand’s warrior elite / Erich Krauss and Glen Cordoza, with Tana (Chun) Yingwitayakhun.
“Let elite Muay Thai warriors turn your body into an unbeatable weapon! Written by professional Muay Thai fighters and trainers, “Muay Thai Unleashed” shows you how to master this feared and dangerous martial art. Author and trainer Erich Krauss, along with Muay Thai pros Glen Cordoza and Tana (Chun) Yingwitayakhun, teach you the same body-punishing techniques that are used at the highest levels of Muay Thai competition. Whether you use these skills in the ring or on the street in self-defense, your opponents will regret the day you read this book. Unleash your potential with: * Kicks * Punches * Elbow strikes * Knee strikes * Clinching techniques * Defense and counters * An arsenal of combinations” (Syndetics summary)