New Sport & Fitness books in December

New Sport & Fitness books cover a range of topics, including equestrian, mountaineering and dance, plus much more.

Syndetics book coverBridled Passion : a tribute to our Kiwi equestrians / Margot Butcher.
Bridled Passion is a beautiful compendium dedicated to celebrating the 30-year success story of New Zealand’s best equestrian sportspeople and their fine-tuned steeds in one of the few sports worldwide in which men and women compete as equals. From 1960 Olympics pioneer Andrew White through to the magic medal-winning moments of Sir Mark Todd, Andrew Nicholson, Sally Clark, Blyth Tait, Tinks Pottinger, Vaughn Jefferis and their contemporaries, from our leading show jumpers to emerging stars, this book celebrates New Zealand’s high-performance equestrian story.” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverThe Naked Mountaineer : misadventures of an Alpine traveler / Steve Sieberson ; foreword by Lou Whittaker.
The Naked Mountaineer recounts a series of solo journeys to some of the world’s most exotic peaks in places such as Switzerland, Japan, and Borneo. Although Steve Sieberson did reach many summits, in most cases his travels were more memorable for what he encountered along the way than for the actual climbing. On the Matterhorn he met an English alpinist who revelled in naked selfies, he stumbled into a cockfight in a Balinese village, and on a volcano in Italy he was mistaken for a famous singer by an insistent fan. The Naked Mountaineer offers mountain-themed travel stories with a wide-eyed view of the world, while presenting irreverent commentary on climbers and their peculiar sport.” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverHell and High Water : one man’s attempt to swim the length of Britain / Sean Conway.
“In June 2013 Sean Conway set out from Land’s End in his bid to be the first person to swim the length of Britain. It was a challenge so extreme that not only had it never been attempted before, but most of the sponsors Sean approached turned him down as they were worried that he would die trying. The physical challenge was gruelling, but came with unexpected rewards. Sean swam with dolphins and seals and among stunning night-time phosphorescence. He had a unique view of the British coast, discovering tiny hidden coves and exploring shipwrecks. This is a remarkable and funny story about how anything is possible if you truly put your mind to it.” (Adapted from Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverBoy on Ice : the life and death of Derek Boogaard / John Branch.
“Widely regarded as the toughest man in the NHL, Boogaard was a gentle man off the ice but a merciless fighter on it. Branch recounts Boogaard’s unlikely journey from lumbering kid playing pond-hockey on the prairies of Saskatchewan to his days and nights as a star enforcer with the Minnesota Wild and the storied New York Rangers. But, as Branch reveals, behind the scenes Boogaard’s injuries and concussions were mounting and his mental state was deteriorating, culminating in his early death from an overdose of alcohol and painkillers. This is a book that raises deep and disturbing questions about the systemic brutality of contact sports and the damage that reaches far beyond the game.” (Adapted from Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverOut of the Rough / Steve Williams with Michael Donaldson.
“One of the most successful caddies of the modern era, having amassed 150 wins, Kiwi Steve Williams has worked with some of the golfing world’s best, including 13 years on the bag of Tiger Woods. Together, Woods and Williams won more than 80 tournaments – with 13 major championships among them. In this candid reflection on his years caddying for Tiger Woods, Greg Norman, Raymond Floyd, Terry Gale, Ian Baker-Finch and Adam Scott, Williams shares the highs and lows of their careers, explains the critical role of a caddy and offers a rare insider’s view of the professional golfing world.” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverHow to Fly Fish : from newcomer to improver / John Symonds.
“In this clear and attractive book are all the essential skills you need to be a competent all-round fly fisher. With John Symonds you will learn how to fish for trout and salmon in still waters from both bank and boat; in rivers; dry fly and wet fly. You will know how to tie reliable and easy knots, to construct the right leaders, learn where the fish are most likely to lie, how to cast to them and which flies to use. How to Fly Fish will bring you up-to-date with all the latest on leader construction and knots, boat control with the paradrogue, traditional nymphing methods to the popular tenkara style. Packed with useful tips and clear diagrams.” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverThe Complete Practical Guide to Poker and Poker Playing / Trevor Sippets.
“Poker is a game of skill, bluff, deception and sometimes a little luck. This book details the house rules, sequence of play, betting terms, structure and showdown, as well as card reading, body language and the art of bluffing. For more advanced players, the betting structures are outlined, as are the subtle differences between cash games versus tournaments. This comprehensive, practical book is suitable for beginners and advanced players alike, and will teach all the tips, tricks and tactics that make poker one of the world’s most thrilling games.” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverMen in Green / Michael Bamberger.
“Was golf better (to use one of Tiger’s favorite phrases) back in the day? In [this book], Michael Bamberger, who fell for the game as a teenager in its wild Sansabelt-and-persimmon 1970s heyday, goes on a quest to try to find out. The result is a candid, nostalgic, intimate portrait of golf’s greatest generation–then and now.” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverBlock City / Robert Louis Stevenson ; illustrated by Daniel Kirk.
“What are you able to build with your blocks? Renowned illustrator Daniel Kirk has joined his “blocks” — in this case, bright colors, bold shapes, and retro style — with Robert Louis Stevenson’s classic poem to construct a nostalgic yet exuberant celebration of fun and imagination. It is a joyous look at playtime that will encourage toddlers to build dreams all their own!” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverFinding Ultra : rejecting middle age, becoming one of the world’s fittest men, and discovering myself / Rich Roll.
“On the eve of his 40th birthday, Rich Roll was in bad shape. His days were filled with work, stress, and junk food, and his nights were spent on the couch, remote in hand. At 50 pounds overweight, a walk up the stairs left him winded. He decided it was time to make a change. After undergoing a diet detox, adopting a vegan lifestyle, and pushing his fitness regimen to undreamed-of heights, he was profiled by Men’s Fitness as one of the world’s 25 fittest men. This is the story of that remarkable transformation, a complete physical and spiritual rejuvenation that proves that anyone can “find ultra” if they know how.” (Adapted from Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverStreet Dance : The Best Moves / D. J. Hooch.
“Street Dance: the Best Moves is the perfect introduction to major street dance styles with easy-to-follow step-by-step photography. As well as learning the various types of street dance, including B-boy, Popping, Locking, Hip Hop and House – and the basic moves of each of these – you’ll get tips on the best tracks to dance to, what clothes to wear to look the part, and be given expert advice from top dancers across the globe. . Throughout the book there are also embedded videos, showing the step-by-steps put into practice so you can check you’re doing it right!” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverBlindsided / Michael Lynagh with Mark Eglinton.
“On an April day like any other in 2012 Michael Lynagh – retired rugby great – set for a successful career in commercial property and rugby analysis was suddenly forced to re evaluate everything. While with friends in Brisbane having a relaxed beer or two, a seemingly fit and healthy Lynagh suffered a stroke and was admitted to the Royal Brisbane Hospital. He was just forty-eight years old and a father of three young boys. For three days, as his brain swelled to the point of catastrophe, his life hung in the balance. What followed is an inspiring story of recovery, rehabilitation and remembering. Blindsided is a life-affirming memoir about luck, family, mates and rugby; and a timely reminder of how you play the game of life, as much as rugby, matters.” (Adapted from Syndetics summary)

New Fitness & Sport books in November

A fun selection of new sports materials, with subjects as varied as ballet, boxing, and Bullrush, a popular game among NZ children.

Syndetics book coverBullrush! : A Celebration of the Great New Zealand Game / David Slack.
“Bullrush! A Celebration of the Great New Zealand Game
is David Slack’s tribute to the game. It’s a fun, fact-filled history, from the origins and its various bannings to its modern revival in the post-PC playground. It also features the memories of a wide range of people, from All Blacks to actors, a few politicians and a few Joe Bloggs’ as well.” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverThe Ballet Lover’s Companion / Zoe Anderson.
“This engaging book is a welcome guide to the most successful and loved ballets seen on the stage today. Dance writer and critic Zoe Anderson focuses on 140 ballets, a core international repertory that encompasses works from the ethereal world of romantic ballet to the edgy, muscular works of modern choreographers….Reliable, accessible, and fully up to date, this book will delight anyone who attends the ballet, participates in ballet, or simply loves ballet and wants to know much more about it.” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverNo Middle Ground : Eubank, Benn, Watson and the last golden era of British boxing / Sanjeev Shetty.
“2014 will mark the 25th anniversary of Nigel Benn and Michael Watson stepping into a purpose built tent in Finsbury Park to contest the WBO Middleweight Championship, marking the start of an epic saga in British Boxing….Between 1989 and 1993, Chris Eubank, Nigel Benn and Michael Watson fought each other repeatedly for the World Middle-weight championship belt. No Middle Ground is the story of the greatest, and last, rivalry between three of the most talented fighters Britain has ever produced. Sanjeev Shetty takes us back to when these three boxers graced the heavy bags and tells their story as well as that of Britain’s love affair with the sport.” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverBuild Your Running Body  / Pete Magill, Thomas Schwartz, and Melissa Breyer ; photographs by Diana Hernandez.
“Whether you’re a miler or an ultramarathoner, if you want a fit, fast, and injury-resistant running body, there’s a better way to train than relentlessly pursuing mileage. This easy-to-use workout manual draws on the latest research in running physiology to target all the components that go into every stride….With the breakthrough whole-body training program in Build Your Running Body, runners will improve their times, run longer and more comfortably, and reduce injury.” (Adapted from Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverLong Shots : the greatest underdog stories in New Zealand sport / Bronwyn Sell & Christine Sheehy.
“This book celebrates some of the most inspiring against-the-odds stories in New Zealand sport…the tales within are a tribute to determination, self-belief and bloody mindedness…Tour de France pioneer Harry Watson, Invercargill speed demon Burt Munro, Waiuku whitebaiting wonder Stephen Donald, tenacious runner Anne Audain, legendary tail-end batsman Ewen Chatfield. The dozens of sportspeople (and one horse) in this book come from across the codes but they have one thing, at least, in common. The odds may have been daunting, the critics scathing, the challenges formidable, but they never gave up.” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverThe Ryder Cup : the complete history of golf’s greatest competition / Nick Callow ; foreword by Tony Jacklin.
“Every two years, the Ryder Cup pits teams from Europe and the US against each other in a sport usually associated with individual play. But with national pride at stake, the best players from both sides of the Atlantic fight for a place on their respective teams. This beautifully illustrated book tells the story of golf’s most unique tournament, from its humble beginnings in 1927 to the titanic struggles of the modern day. The Ryder Cup is the definitive history of this prestigious international sporting event.” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverSky Sports Football Yearbook 2014-2015 / compiled by John Anderson.
“1056 fact-filled pages with everything you need to know about domestic and international football. This 45th edition of the football bible brings you all the Premier League, Football League, Champions League and Europa League stats. It never fails to deliver with unrivalled stats and information including a comprehensive season-by-season players’ directory with an invaluable A-Z of all entries; the most informed stats for English and Scottish league and cup matches and English and Scottish important dates at home and abroad for the 2014-2015 season. As ever, this is the ‘first reference book you should turn to’.” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverThe Kiwi Surfcasting Guide / Andy Macleod.
“All you need to know to master the art of surfcasting in New Zealand. Getting a fish on your line is a thrilling experience so give yourself more than a fighting chance with this accessible guide to surfcasting in New Zealand. Even if you already have surfcasting skills and experience under your belt, you will find this book useful for taking your fishing to new levels. No matter where you live in New Zealand, if you are interested in surfcasting then this book is for you.” (Adapted from Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverA Complete History of World Cup Cricket / Mark Browning and James Grapsas.
A Complete History of Cricket’s World Cup is a timely addition to the great body of cricket publications. The book holds information on every World Cup competition since 1975 and traces the history and development of the World Cup. Every game is covered; but it is a story that goes beyond the mere statistics of matches.” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverKiteboarding : Where It’s At … / Alex Hapgood.
“Over the past fifteen years, the extreme sport of kiteboarding has developed from an unlikely concept into a worldwide phenomenon. Kiteboarding: Where It’s At tracks these changes and looks at the various tangents that the sport has taken. With stunning photography, each part reviews one of the four main disciplines within the sport: Freestyle, Waveriding, Wakestyle and Course Racing. Within each part is a background to the discipline, the kit, profiles of prime locations, key events and some of the riders and brands who have come to define the sport….this book is full of great images of a strikingly visual and technically challenging sport.’ John Bilderback'” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverWhen Two Spines Align : Dressage Dynamics : attain remarkable riding rapport with your horse / Beth Baumert ; foreword by Axel Steiner.
“Within riding exists a fundamental conflict of interest: The rider needs to have control–her confidence depends on her ability to control the balance of her own body as well as that of her very powerful horse. The horse, by nature, needs to feel free–free in both mind and body to express himself through movement. In When Two Spines Align, author Beth Baumert, resolves the freedom-control enigma by taking a close look at the individual components that make up riding and dressage and providing practical ways riders can learn to harness the balance, energies, and forces at play.” (Adapted from Syndetics summary)

Recent Sports & Fitness books in October

This month’s selection covers a wide range of sports and fitness activities from tennis and rowing, to tramping, cycling, dancing, and more!

Syndetics book coverBoris Becker’s Wimbledon / with Chris Bowers ; foreword by Novak Djokovic.
“Boris’s story is almost without parallel in tennis, from astonishing teenage talent, to champion, to a renowned television commentator, manager, and now coach to one of the world’s greatest contemporary players, Novak Djokovic. In this wonderful new book, Boris shares his unique story, tracing his career through the many changes in the sport but which has, at its heart, his loving relationship with Wimbledon, the place where it all began for him.” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverRowing and Sculling : Skills, Training, Techniques / Rosie Mayglothling with Tristan Mayglothling.
“An instructional and no-nonsense guide aimed at beginning rowers and scullers at the club, university, and junior levels. This guide to rowing and sculling covers choosing and setting up equipment, safety and risk assessment, capsize drill, steering and coxing, skill development and techniques, and much more.” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverBobby Fischer for Beginners / Renzo Verwer.
“Bobby Fischer’s lone fight against the Soviet chess powerhouse made him a global hero, also for people who did not play chess at all. The Russians trembled before him, the Americans and the rest of the world cheered him on. Fischer’s chess prowess and his will to win were unparalleled. But so were his eccentric behaviour and his paranoia. After he won the world title, Bobby Fischer vanished and the former prodigy became a mystery. In 2008 Fischer died as an exile, on the run for the American authorities in the country where his chess career had reached its peak, Iceland. Bobby Fischer for Beginners relives the glory and the tragedy of Robert James Fischer, a troubled genius whose legacy is tremendous.” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverTramping : a New Zealand History / Shaun Barnett & Chris Maclean.
Tramping: A New Zealand History tells the story of the development of tramping in New Zealand, tracing its origins to the way Maori and early Europeans engaged with the sometimes forbidding New Zealand mountains and bush. It describes how state-sponsored tracks and huts were developed for tourism in the late nineteenth century. The growth of an extensive hut and track network in the 1950s and ’60s saw New Zealand become one of the best-developed countries in the world for hiking. Trampers’ battles to have national parks and wilderness areas established, changes to gear and technology, and the role women have played in tramping are additional themes.” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverThe Urban Cycling Survival Guide : need-to-know skills and strategies for biking in the city / Yvonne Bambrick ; illustrations by Marc Ngui.
“North America’s cities have long been the domain of the car, but thanks to the undeniable benefits of active transport, bicycles have an increasing presence in the urban landscape. Yet our cities weren’t designed for bicycles, making for intimidating, and sometimes dangerous, environments for cyclists. The Urban Cycling Survival Guide is an accessible, straight-forward pocket guide that helps cyclists new to the urban environment negotiate all the challenges, obstacles, and rules — spoken and unspoken — that come with sharing the roads.” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverA Book of Walks / by Bruce Bochy.
“Walking can do anyone good – and Bruce Bochy knows that as well as anyone. As a Major League manager, he has one of the more stressful jobs imaginable. So what does he do to relax? He goes for long walks. Whenever possible, he takes long walks as a way to clear his head, calm his soul and give his body a workout. In this charming little volume, he shares his thoughts on walking in terms that can inspire everyone to get out more often for a good walk, a great way to stay fit and healthythrough the forties and fifties and beyond. Along the way he provides glimpses into his life and character that will delight his many fans.” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverNew Zealand Mountaineering : A History in Photographs / John Wilson.
“Ever since mountaineering began in New Zealand, with the first attempt on Aoraki/Mount Cook, we have had a special affinity with our mountains, and climbing them in particular. Mountaineers climb for many reasons ; not least for the thrill of the challenge and the sense of achievement from reaching a summit, or purely for pleasure and relaxation. The long and colourful history of this marvellous sport is told here in over 200 fascinating photographs, accompanied by informative captions and text covering the decades from those early beginnings in the 1880s to the present day.” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverRiding Free : Bitless, Bridleless, Bareback / Andrea and Markus Eschbach ; translated by Julia Welling.
“Demonstrating how to work freely with a horse in its most natural state, this equestrian guide covers the essentials of minimizing the use of artificial equipment while riding horses. Whether it’s riding bitless, bridleless, or without a saddle, research continues to show that natural riding is gentler and puts less stress on the horse. The step-by-step instructions in this manual combine Native American horsemanship with classical training to make the transition from riding traditionally to riding free gradual and safe, and helps to develop a more harmonious relationship between horse and human.” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverBeyond the Horizon : Extreme Adventures at the Edge of the World / Richard Parks with Michael Aylwin.
“Soon after he turned thirty, the professional career in rugby that had been Richard’s life for over a decade was cut short by injury, leaving him faced with an uncertain future. Richard decided to tackle his fears, anxiety and depression head on. Richard created history with his first endeavour – the 737 Challenge – by becoming the first person to conquer the highest mountain on each of the world’s continents and venture to both the North and South Poles within seven months. Then in 2013 he tackled three hugely challenging events – an ultramarathon through the Peruvian jungle, the world’s highest mountain bike race, and a double iron man triathlon in Snowdonia – in preparation for an even more extraordinary challenge: to record the fastest solo, unsupported and unassisted journey to the South Pole. Beyond the Horizon is an amazing, inspiring, and exciting story for armchair adventurers, extreme sports and mountaineering fans alike.” (Adapted from Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverSo You Want to be a Dancer : practical advice and true stories from a working professional / Matthew Shaffer.
“Performer, choreographer, director, Broadway collaborator, writer, and producer Matthew Shaffer discusses everything from how to break into the industry to practical advice–from how to audition and book a job to dealing with movie stars on-set.” (Library catalogue)

Syndetics book coverBoy on Ice : the life and death of Derek Boogaard / John Branch.
“The death of hockey star Derek Boogaard at twenty-eight was front-page news across the country in 2011 and helped shatter the silence about violence and concussions in professional sports. Now, in a work of narrative nonfiction, reporter John Branch tells the story of Boogaard’s life and heartbreaking death.” (Syndetics summary)

New Sport & Fitness books in November

This month we feature a selection of New Zealand athletes and sports aficionados, including long-distance runner Peter Snell, and sports columnist Joseph Ramanos. Of course, the New Zealand theme touches on rugby in Unforgettable and Sports Crazy, and there is also a touch rugby guide for coaches.

Syndetics book coverProud : My Autobiography / Gareth Thomas and Michael Calvin.
“This is the story of a man with a secret that was slowly killing him…The only place where he could find any refuge from the pain and guilt of the lie he was living was on the pitch, playing the sport he loved….The deceit ended when Gareth became the world’s most prominent athlete to come out as a gay man….Gareth’s inspiring and moving story transcends the world of sport to tell a universal truth about feeling like an outsider, and facing up to who you really are.” (Adapted from Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverPeter Snell and the Kiwis who Flew / Vern Walker.
“This was the great era (1956-1965) when New Zealand middle and long-distance runners showed a clean pair of heels to the world…Peter Snell, Murray Halberg, Bill Baillie, Marise Chamberlain, John Davies, Jeff Julian, Barry Magee and Neville Scott. It was a decade when ‘black’ signalled a tough time for opponents everywhere. Amazingly, a grand total of 23 world records or world best times were set or equalled by New Zealand runners. In the Olympic and Commonwealth Games arenas Kiwi runners won medals of every colour. A total of fourteen medals, with five gold medals won by the incomparable Snell…It was a decade when Peter Snell and a band of Kiwi runners took on the world.” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverTouch Rugby / David Woolley.
“Touch Rugby is a rapidly growing game and an attractive sport to rugby coaches and players because of the core skills it develops and the high levels of fitness it encourages. The absence of contact, the high value placed on developing foundational Rugby skills, and the game’s capacity to be played by men’s, women’s and mixed teams makes it the ideal sport for pre-season training and also to the Fitness community more generally. This book is the ultimate resource for players and coaches of Touch Rugby…An essential buy for every Touch Rugby coach or player!” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverUnforgettable : Defining Moments in New Zealand Sport / Joseph Romanos.
“160 stories from one of New Zealand’s leading sports writers. Joseph Ramanos has been (and still is) a sports columnist for 16 newspapers since 1982, has written 45 books (mainly on sport), and has had weekly sports slots on Radio Sport and Radio New Zealand. He has been attending Olympic and Commonwealth Games since 1986 and has covered many other sports at international level, from cricket and rugby to yachting and tennis.” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverOn the Road Bike : The Search for a Nation’s Cycling Soul / Ned Boulting.
“Ned Boulting has noticed something. It’s to do with bikes. They’re everywhere. And so are their riders….In On the Road Bike , Ned Boulting asks how Britain became so obsessed with cycling.(This book)… is an amusing and personal exploration of the austere, nutty soul of British cycling.” (Adapted from Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverThe Football Book : The Leagues, the Teams, the Tactics, the Laws / [writers, David Goldblatt, Johnny Acton].
The Football Book, is the ultimate visual guide to planet football – revised and updated to include details of all the stats, goal tallies and cup wins. You can also follow the excitement of the Brazil 2014 World Cup with a brand new wallchart profiling all the qualifying countries.You’ll relive the finest moments of the players, coaches and teams who have created football history and learn everything from match highlights to the inside stories on the players, managers and fans…With a fantastic cover that feels just like a football, it’s a great gift for football lovers and sports enthusiasts alike.” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverBodies of Thought : Twelve Australian Choreographers / edited by Erin Brannigan and Virginia Baxter.
Bodies of Thought features a generation of award-winning, innovative Australian choreographers with international reputations and legacies of influence. Focusing on a work by each artist – with an interview and an essay by a leading dance scholar – this groundbreaking book offers invaluable insights into the creation of remarkable works, at a time when Australian dance is enjoying international acclaim.” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverBruce Lee : The Evolution of a Martial Artist / by Tommy Gong.
“Tracing Bruce Lee’s path from wing chun student to jeet kune do founder, this publication chronicles his physical journey – from Hong Kong to Seattle to Oakland to Los Angeles and back again to Hong Kong – as well as his voyage of self-discovery and actualisation. It draws on numerous conversations with Lee’s childhood classmates, former students, and family friends, offering a unique insight into the life of the legendary martial artist.” (Books in Print)

Syndetics book coverSports Crazy : A Lifetime in Kiwi Sport / Roy Williams.
“A series of personal memories and vignettes from Roy Williams’ long career in and around top-level sport in New Zealand as a sportsman, coach and reporter. The book tells of a sporting life during a simpler time and includes plenty of irresistible anecdotes of well-known figures and high-level sporting events, as well as his commentary on playing a part in the development of sports in this country.” (Syndetics summary)

I think therefore I play – Sport Recent Picks

This month’s picks include a number of memoirs and biographies of high-profile sports stars. There are also a number of volumes containing tips for improving your technique in tennis, figure skating and marathon running.

Syndetics book coverThe Complete Running & Marathon Book / Senior Editor, Catherine Saunders.
“Includes tips that can help you to gain a vital competitive edge, from goal-setting and motivation to running psychology and race tactics. This book helps you assess and develop your technique under clear no-nonsense guidance with detailed visuals to help you understand what your body is going through.” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverI Think Therefore I Play / Andrea Pirlo with Alessandro Alciato ; Translated from the Italian by Mark Palmer.
“Andrea Pirlo is one of the finest footballers of his generation – a World Cup and Champions League winning playmaker who has redefined his position at the base of midfield, and one of the most deadly free-kick takers the game has known. This is his story, in his words. It is written with a level of humour and insight which confound his image as a dead-eyed assassin on the field of play.” (Books In Print)

Syndetics book coverMichael Jordan : The Life / Roland Lazenby.
“When most people think of Michael Jordan, they think of the beautiful shots, his body totally in sync with the ball, hitting nothing but net….. But for all his greatness, there’s also a dark side to Jordan: a ruthless competitor, a gambler. There’s never been a biography that balanced these personas-until now. Drawing on personal relationships with Jordan’s coaches; countless interviews with friends, teammates, family members, and Jordan himself; and a career in the trenches covering Jordan in college and the pros, Roland Lazenby provides the first truly definitive study of Jordan: the player, the icon, and the man.” (Books In Print)

Syndetics book coverWhy Soccer Matters / Pelé ; with Brian Winter.
“Nearly sixty years since his first World Cup appearance, the legendary Pelé provides new insights on the beautiful game.Before Messi, before Ronaldo, before Beckham, there was Edson Arantes do Nascimento–known simply as Pelé. He was soon heralded as a national treasure, and his accomplishments on the field proved to be pure magic: an unprecedented three World Cup championships and the all-time scoring record, with 1,283 goals in his twenty-year career……Soccer has a unique opportunity to encourage change on a global level, and as the tournament’s official ambassador, Pelé is ready to be the face of progress.” (Books In Print)

Syndetics book coverGeorge Hincapie : The Loyal Lieutenant : My Story : Leading Out Lance and Pushing Through the Pain on the Rocky Road to Paris / George Hincapie and Craig Hummer ; [foreword by Lance Armstrong].
“Trading on the sterling reputation that enabled him to survive a widely publicized doping confession, American cyclist Big George Hincapiea record seventeen-time Tour de France participant, Olympian, and key witness in the Lance Armstrong doping case offers an insightful account of his esteemed career and a sports era defined by performance-enhancing drug use. In this highly anticipated cycling memoir, Big George Hincapie provides the most comprehensive account of a dark period in professional cycling, in which doping scandals have decimated the careers of some of the top athletes in the field.” (Books In Print)

Syndetics book coverA History of Football in 100 Objects / Gavin Mortimer.
“What does a grapefruit have in common with a pair of 500 sunglasses? They’ve both played a pivotal role in football history. Following on from Neil Macgregor’s ground-breaking The History of the World in 100 Objects, Gavin Mortimer provides a quirky and unique take on the beautiful game told through its defining objects.” (Books In Print)

Syndetics book coverA Tour of Mont Blanc : And Other Circuitous Adventures in Italy, France and Switzerland / David Le Vay.
“In a muddy field somewhere in Cornwall on New Year’s Day, two men make a pact to tackle Europe’s highest mountain. Call it a mid-life crisis, with not only his daughter about to leave for university but also the rapidly approaching prospect of his fiftieth birthday to consider: walking 170 kilometres across a mountain range seems the perfect antidote. Humorous, reflective and poignant, this is the story of a journey around one of the world’s most iconic mountains, through an area that is full to bursting with stories to remember.” (Books In Print)

Syndetics book coverTennis : Skills, Tactics, Techniques / Jeremy Woods.
“The perfect book for any tennis player wanting to improve their performance, from beginners learning the basic skills to more experienced participants working on advanced techniques.” (Books In Print)

Syndetics book coverThe Complete Book of Figure Skating / Carole Shulman.
The Complete Book of Figure Skating provides proven technique instruction for more than 100 skills, presented progressively from beginning to advanced levels of expertise. It also contains special training tips & teaching exercises to help skaters understand & master correct technique, plus information on creating & refining programs, including tips on music, choreography, & what judges look for in a program. This book will serve as an essential text for skaters who want to learn, review, & master techniques.” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverPete the Bushman : Hunting Tales and Back-Country Lessons from a Wild West Coaster / Peter Salter with Nigel Zega.
“The adventures of Pete the Bushman, a wild West-coaster from Pukekura, New Zealand’s answer to Crocodile Dundee and a man who owns his own town. This book about a true New Zealand bushman, of a life lived against the grain, of adventure in New Zealand’s thickest wilderness and a lifestyle any Kiwi bloke would envy. Pete the Bushman has lived a life inseparable from the bush – these are his stories of running down deer on foot, heli-hunting in his own chopper, finding the perfect woman and eking out a living from the bush.” (Books In Print)

Grit and glory – Sports recent picks for September

This month we feature a number of books on rugby, including The New Invincibles, the story of the undefeated 2013 All Blacks team. Also featured are books on cycling, sailing, tennis, golf and an anthology of the greatest boxers of the 20th century.

Syndetics book coverThe Monuments : the grit and glory of cycling’s greatest one-day races / Peter Cossins.
“The Tour de France may provide the most obvious fame and glory, but it is cycling’s one-day tests that the professional riders really prize. Toughest, longest and dirtiest of all are the so-called ‘Monuments’, the five legendary races that are the sport’s equivalent of golf’s majors or the grand slams in tennis….In The Monuments Peter Cossins tells the tumultuous history of these extraordinary races and the riders they have immortalised.” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverRugby Drills : 125 activities to improve your coaching sessions / Eamonn Hogan.
“This is a collection of 125 activities, practices and games designed to improve coaching sessions at all levels. The drills are organised into chapters according to a particular skill or phase; from the warm up to handling, contact, lineout, scrum, kicking and defence.” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverBreak Point : the inside story of modern tennis / Kevin Mitchell.
“This is a special era in the history of tennis. The physicality and skill, as well as the commercial and public interest, have hit levels not seen before. At the heart of the game’s growing appeal are four players: Novak Djokovic, Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal, and Andy Murray. Never in the history of the game have so few players dominated for so long and it is their rivalry that makes this the ‘Golden Age of Tennis’. However, in 2013, the dominance of the Big Four came under sustained pressure and a new era beckoned. Break Point chronicles how the old guard met the challenge of the hungry young contenders determined to break their stranglehold on the Tour, from the genteel lawns of Wimbledon to the raucous bleachers of Flushing Meadows, and all points in between.” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverSkipper’s Cockpit Racing Guide : for dinghies, keelboats and yachts / Tim Davison.
The Skipper’s Cockpit Racing Guide is an at-a-glance reference for dinghy and yacht racers, covering everything they need to know to improve their performance – and win. From those in their first year of racing to old hands wondering why they’re not winning, this guide covers an enormous amount of detail in a simple, easy to follow format.” (Books In Print)

Syndetics book coverGolf Under Pressure : conquer the choke point with a silent mind / Robin Sieger.
“Robin Sieger explores the concept of ‘choking’ and applies his easy-to-grasp mental conditioning techniques to help golfers at all levels perform under pressure.” (Books In Print)

Syndetics book coverThe New Invincibles : How the 2013 All Blacks Created History / Ron Palenski & Getty Images.
“The All Blacks in 2013 became the only rugby team in the modern era to go through a season by winning every game. Fourteen starts, fourteen wins. No other national rugby team has achieved such a stupendous milestone. None of the World Cup winners could do it. Of all rugby countries, New Zealand have by far a better record than any other — over all time or just in the professional era. The team captained by Richie McCaw and coached by Steve Hansen and beaten by no one raised the bar for all who follow. They are the New Invincibles.” (Books In Print)

Syndetics book coverThe Boys in the Boat : nine Americans and their epic quest for gold at the 1936 Berlin Olympics / Daniel James Brown.
“From the author of Under a Flaming Sky comes the dramatic story of the University of Washington’s 1936 eight-oar crew and their epic quest for an Olympic gold medal team that transformed the sport and grabbed the attention of millions of Americans.” (Books In Print)

Syndetics book coverNew Zealand Hunting Aventures : deer, chamois and tahr in the 21st century / Steuart Laing.
“All New Zealand hunters, whether they are dabblers or diehards, will enjoy these modern hunting tales about chasing deer, Chamois and Tahr in the forests and mountains of the North, South and Stewart Islands”–Publisher information.

Syndetics book coverHow to Catch Fish and Where: complete Kiwi beginner’s guide / Mike Rendle.
“This is a book for everyone who wants to know how to fish. It teaches you the basics, explains the equipment, introduces the techniques but, most of all it inspires you to begin your own fishing career”–Back cover.

Syndetics book coverAt Speed : My Life in the Fast Lane / Mark Cavendish.
“Born and raised on the Isle of Man, Mark Cavendish became a world track champion as a teenager in 2005, a Commonwealth Games gold medallist a year later and in 2008 regained his world title in partnership with Bradley Wiggins. He switched his focus to the more glamorous world of road cycling, and is widely regarded as the most exciting and charismatic rider to grace the sport in years. As well as achieving record-breaking performances in the Tour de France, he became the road race World Champion in 2011.” (Books In Print)

Syndetics book coverBale : The Biography of the 100-Million Man / Frank Worrall.
“The story of one of the most promising young talents in the Premier League, the player who is regarded as one of Europe’s hottest football properties Born in 1989, Bale first attracted the attention of Southampton FC at the age of just nine……he has proved to be a top-class footballer with a stunning hat-trick in Tottenham’s Europa League tie against Inter Milan at the San Siro and a man-of-the-match performance in the return leg. Bale has unsurprisingly also made several appearances for Wales, and his talent has been compared to that of the legendary Ryan Giggs.” (Books In Print)

Syndetics book coverBoxing : The Greatest Fighters of the 20th Century / Chris King.
“For more than 100 years the sport of boxing, with its peculiar blend of artistry and raw aggression, has captured the public imagination. Its fighters have enthralled successive generations with their skill and courage. This book examines the careers of the greatest of these men.” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverSwim Better, Swim Faster / Paul Mason.
“Author Paul Mason had worked with swimmers of most levels, ranging from national champions to untrained enthusiasts who couldn’t understand why they couldn’t go any faster. There are lots of swimmers out there who would like to improve, but don’t really know how to progress from splashing up and down to gliding through the water. Improve Your Swimming explains seven simple things you can do to become a better swimmer.” (Books In Print)

New Fitness and Sport books for August

This month we feature three books about cycling, including a portrait of Chris Froome, the 2013 Tour de France winner. We also feature books about sailing, hunting, equestrian and soccer, and a collection of sport-related infographics. Check them out below!

Syndetics book coverRace to Truth / Emma O’Reilly.
“When Emma O’Reilly joined the US Postal cycling team in 1996, she could have no idea how she would become a central figure in the biggest doping scandal in sporting history. Yet when Lance Armstrong, starting his comeback from cancer, signed for US Postal, it was Emma, the only woman on the team, who became his personal soigneur. This is the definitive inside story of that time, and of the enormous repercussions that resonate to this day for Emma, Lance and the whole sport.” (Adapted from Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverMaking it Happen : The Autobiography / Carl Hester.
“Carl Hester is one of the greatest ever equestrians, leading Great Britain to Gold Medal victory at the London 2012 Olympics. In these vibrant memoirs, he tells the incredible story of the passion for horse-riding which revolutionised his life and made him the champion he is today. A first-class sportsman and a witty and engaging writer, Carl now offers his admirers the opportunity to read an intelligent, humorous and, above all, inspiring account of his life – from the ups and downs of his career to the motivations and techniques which have helped him to win 63 national titles, represent Team GB at four Olympic Games, two World Championships and seven European Championships, and become one of the best riders – and horsemen – in the world.” (Adapted from Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverComplete Outdoors Encyclopedia / by Vin T. Sparano.
“There may be a new publisher, hundreds of new photos and drawings, and new sections on survival, water sports, and all-terrain vehicles, but this book retains its basic format and its editor, which have served it well for three previous editions. Sparano’s long experience as an outdoor writer and as editor of Outdoor Life magazine is especially evident in the detailed hunting and fishing chapters.” (Books in Print)

Syndetics book coverSportographica / Martin & Simon Toseland.
Sportographica blends sporting statistics from around the world with stylish and memorable infographics – including the youngest-ever Formula One winners, the world’s richest sports teams, the oldest sporting rivalries and the worst footballers’ hairstyles.” (Books in Print)

Syndetics book coverPlayers First : Coaching from the Inside Out / John Calipari and Michael Sokolove.
“In Players First, John Calipari relates for the first time anywhere his experiences over his first four years coaching the Kentucky Wildcats, college basketball’s most fabled program, from the doldrums to a national championship, drawing lessons about leadership, character, and the path to personal and collective victory. At its core, Calipari’s coaching philosophy centers on keeping his focus on the players–what they need to get the best out of themselves and one another.” (Adapted from Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverWapiti Hunting in New Zealand / Simon Gibson.
“How to hunt wapiti, keeping fit and mentally focused, the right food, reading the weather, travelling Fiordland’s daunting terrain safely plus information on every block fill the pages of this book along with dozens of colour images that portray the wapiti and the wapiti country in all its beauty. Written by a man who loves the beauty, challenge and danger of the wapiti country, this book adds to many books written about one of the world’s great game animals.” (Publisher’s description)

Syndetics book cover101 Great Youth Soccer Drills : great drills and skills for better fundamental play / Robert Koger.
“101 Great Youth Soccer Drills is an exhaustive collection of the very best drills available, providing a solid foundation for you to build your players’ skills. Filled with simple step-by-step instructions and diagrams, plus a sample practice program, this encyclopedia of drills provides you with solid skill-building fundamentals as well as the advanced techniques you need to get your players in top form.” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverYoga for Cyclists / Lexie Williamson.
Yoga for Cyclists uses yoga postures to both stretch and lengthen those short, tight cycling hotspots in a way that is time-efficient and highly targeted.” (Adapted from Syndetics Summary)
“This is the ideal, no-nonsense resource, where every stretch, strengthening posture, breathing or recovery technique relates back to its impact on performance.” (Books in Print)

Syndetics book coverThe Climb / Chris Froome with David Walsh.
“The Climb tells the extraordinary story of Chris Froome’s journey from a young boy in Kenya, riding through townships and past wild animals, and with few opportunities for an aspiring cyclist, to his unforgettable yellow jersey victory in the 2013 Tour de France. A journey unlike any other in the history of cycling, Froome has crossed continents, overcome the death of his mother and conquered debilitating illness to follow his dreams and represent Team GB and Team Sky. He has experienced soaring triumphs, humbling defeats, a public rivalry with Bradley Wiggins and, most recently, the pressures of Lance Armstrong’s legacy. Extraordinary, revealing and life-affirming, The Climb is a story of determination, hardship and unimaginable success” (Publisher’s description)

Syndetics book coverHigh Performance Sailing : Faster Racing Techniques / Frank Bethwaite.
“One of the most readable books on the complex subject of sailing faster, and without doubt, a must for every racing sailor…A classic which no serious racing yachtsman should be without.” (Kevin Hughes – Book Jacket)

Syndetics book coverSkipper’s Cockpit Racing Guide : For Dinghies, Keelboats and Yachts / Tim Davison.
The Skipper’s Cockpit Racing Guide is an at-a-glance reference for dinghy and yacht racers, covering everything they need to know to improve their performance – and win….this guide covers an enormous amount of detail in a simple, easy to follow format.” (Adapted from Syndetics summary)

New sports books this month

If the World Cup football or the Commonwealth Games has made you want to read more about these sporting events, our selection this month will keep you entertained – along with books on running, cricket and sailing.

Syndetics book coverBrazil Futebol : football to the rhythm of the samba beat / Keir Radnedge.
“‘Brazil Futebol’ captures the essence of the world’s premier football nation and tells the story of more than a century of footballing passion. Starting in the 1870s when the Scottish expatriate Thomas Donohue introduced the game to the native Brazillians, it recounts the unprecedented success of the national team, building to the debut World Cup win in 1958 and beyond, detailing the most famous moments and players.” (Books in Print)

Syndetics book coverShadows on the Road : life at the heart of the peloton, from US Postal to Team Sky / Michael Barry.
“In 2012, veteran cyclist Michael Barry announced his retirement from the sport. Weeks later he testified against his former team mate Lance Armstrong, as part of the USADA investigation.In a stunning piece of writing, Barry explores the dreams and passion of a young, idealistic cycling fan from Toronto, what it was like to go on to ride as a teammate alongside such giants of the sport as Lance Armstrong, Mark Cavendish, Bradley Wiggins and Chris Froome, and how those dreams were compromised early on in his career by a sport in crisis. But it is also the story of his eleven years riding clean, before and after his time in the notorious US Postal Team. What was it like to head for Europe at such a young age, and what was it like to escape the environment of doping, to try and start again, all the time aware that past actions may one day catch up with him? Offering an elegiac insight into the life and mind of a professional sportsman – the pressures, sacrifices, fears, crashes, injuries and neuroses – Shadows on the Road is a must-read for cycling and sports fans alike.” (Books in Print)

Syndetics book coverThe World Cup : heroes, hoodlums, high-kicks and head-butts / Paul Hansford.
“Overview of the World Cup, the international competition played by the best soccer players in the world. The World Cup has a strong, irreverent and humourous writing voice. It concentrates on the stories behind the legends, teams and great matches of the World Cup, putting aside the pundits’ picks for who will win (they invariably get it wrong anyway) and concentrating on the weird, whacky, controversial and legendary moments of the world’s best sporting event. For example, it references the cult hero Ilunga Mwepu in the 74 finals against Brazil. Clearly unsure of the rules of association football, when the referee blows his whistle for Brazil to take a free kick, he pegs it out of the wall and blasts the ball up field. A yellow card and eternal infamy follow. There are hundreds of brilliant tales like this in the history of the game and they receive as much coverage as the heroes and greatest matches.” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverClimbing Manual : the essential guide to rock climbing / Nigel Shepherd.
“This climbing manual is a thoroughly modern introduction to rock climbing. From getting started with equipment, clothing, fitness, and basic skills through to advanced techniques and coping with tricky situations, this book is packed with practical step-by-step sequences and inspirational photography, making it the perfect guide for the novice or intermediate climber.” (Books in Print)

Syndetics book coverThe Commonwealth Games : extraordinary stories behind the medals / Brian Oliver.
“Sports journalist Brian Oliver brings these often overlooked Games to life with fantastic stories of the athletes who have competed over the years. He delves into past games for the best tales, and interviews the key protagonists to unveil the highs and lows of this eccentric sporting competition.” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverCricket Manual : the official guide to playing the game / Andy Tennant ; foreword by Michael Vaughan.
“From health and fitness through to training, bowling, batting, fielding, strategy, coaching and umpiring, every aspect of the game is analysed and explained in detail. Presented in an attractively designed and user-friendly style with numerous photographs and graphics, this manual is an essential reference book for the keen cricketer as well as an informative read for any sports fan.” (Books in Print)

Syndetics book coverCyclopedia : it’s all about the bike / written by William Fotheringham.
“Fotheringham (Cycle Racing) offers a reference to bicycles and cycling culture. Organized alphabetically, entries include brief biographies, terms, competitions, bicycle models and makers, team song lyrics, and even time lines. Informative and frank biographical entries open with birth and death dates, major wins, nicknames, and (when applicable) books written. Framed sidebars present subject trivia, while maps detail a competition’s geographical course. A humorous yet substantial addition to sports or cycling history collections.” (Library Journal)

Syndetics book coverThe Big Book of the World Cup / by Clive Batty and John Murray.
“Bursting with action-packed pictures, fascinating facts, stats, trivia and vital World Cup information, The Big Book of the World Cup is the perfect companion to the greatest sporting show on Earth. The book features an in-depth guide to each of the 32 competing nations, profiles of the star players who will be there plus a tour of South Africa looking at the colourful setting and the wonderful stadiums which will provide the backdrop for the 2010 tournament. Also features an interactive fixtures guide and scorechart, as well as a complete TV viewing guide.” (Books in Print)

Syndetics book coverTrail Running : from start to finish / Graeme Hilditch.
“The popularity of running has never been greater and with thousands of everyday people taking in conventional 5k, 10k, half-marathon and marathon road running events, there seems to be a natural desire to seek other arguably more challenging forms of running. Trail Running helps advise runners how to make the transition from road running to off road running, whether your intention is purely for fun or to take part in specialist off road events.” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverThe Complete Running & Marathon Book / senior editor, Catherine Saunders.
“Includes tips that can help you to gain a vital competitive edge, from goal-setting and motivation to running psychology and race tactics. This book helps you assess and develop your technique under clear no-nonsense guidance with detailed visuals to help you understand what your body is going through.” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverThe Complete Idiot’s Guide to Sailing / by Diane Selkirk.
“There’s something magical about casting off on your own sailboat to parts unknown. This guide gives you tons of tips for enjoying your time on the water.” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverFeet in the Clouds : a tale of fell-running and obsession / Richard Askwith.
“Feet in the Clouds is a chronicle of a masochistic but admirable sporting obsession and an insight into one of the oldest extreme sports”–Publisher’s description.

2014 Season Guide : the NRL’s official information handbook.

New Sports Books in June

Syndetics book coverFaldo/Norman : The 1996 Masters: a duel that defined an era / Andy Farrell.
“‘Faldo/Norman’ provides a blow-by-blow account of the riveting final round of the 1996 Masters, weaving in the story of the entire tournament, the state of golf at the time, and the history of both players’ careers and rivalry.” (Books in Print)

Syndetics book coverThe Mammoth Book of the World Cup / Nick Holt.
“The most comprehensive guide to the World Cup, from 1930 to 2014 From the hastily convened inaugural tournament to today’s ‘Greatest Show on Earth’, every World Cup is covered. Holt celebrates the grace and glory of international football’s greatest contest, but also examines less savoury aspects of the Cup’s history, such as the murder of Colombian defender Andrés Escobar after he scored an own goal against the USA in the 1994 World Cup.” (Books in Print)

Syndetics book coverCoaching Girls’ Soccer : from the how-to’s of the game to practical real-world advice : your definitive guide to successfully coaching girls / John DeWitt.
“Coach Girls for Success on and off the Field Girls rule! Perfect for coaches of girls up to age 13, Coaching Girls’ Soccer includes everything you need to be an outstanding coach and mentor to your team. You’ll discover techniques for success that are tailored specifically to the needs of girls, including:drills and strategies for coaches new to the world of coaching soccer. Now you can be a coaching winner and help bring out the best in your players, both on the soccer field and in the game of life.” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverCoaching Girls’ Soccer Successfully / Debra LaPrath.
“Build and maintain a winning girls’ soccer program with “Coaching Girls’ Soccer Successfully.” Offering advice for every aspect of the coach’s role, including skill development, player evaluation, motivation, communication, and much more, this resource will allow you to stay organized, deal with challenges, and focus on your players.” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverWinging It : Oracle Team USA’s incredible comeback to defend the America’s Cup / Diane Swintal, R. Steven Tsuchiya, and Robert Kamins.
“A miracle on the water Millions of sailing enthusiasts and casual fans alike watched the America’s Cup in awe as the ORACLE TEAM USA trailing one point to New Zealand’s eight, was first to the finish line in eight consecutive races. This text presents insights from naval architects and builders on their radical boat designs, the consequences of racing these untested boats, and explanations of how the foils and wingsails – rarely seen on boats before – work.” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverCatch Them Being Good / Tony DiCicco and Colleen Hacker with Charles Salzberg.
“This guide to coaching female athletes of all ages shows how to build a team and provides invaluable advice on the differences between coaching males and females. The authors include exercises that foster teamwork and develop essential skills. They also answer parents’ most common questions….this useful handbook is infused throughout with DiCicco’s philosophy that at every level playing soccer (or any sport) is about “playing hard, playing fair, playing to win, and having fun.”” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverAccidental Ironman / Martyn Brunt.
“The heart-rending story of one of Britain’s top mediocre sportsmen, charting his dizzying rise from fleshy weekend golfer to bony weekend triathlete.” (Books in Print)

Syndetics book coverSalt, Sweat, Tears : the men who rowed the oceans / Adam Rackley.
“Fewer people have rowed across the Atlantic than have climbed Everest. Adam Rackley is among them. For 70 days he and his rowing partner ate, slept and rowed in a boat seven metres long and two metres wide, in one of the world’s most extreme environments. This is his story of adventure, endurance and self-discovery.” (Books in Print)

Syndetics book coverLife in Motion : an unlikely ballerina / Misty Copeland with Chararisse Jones.
“*Starred Review* If you’d asked Copeland, soloist for the American Ballet Theatre, when she was a young African American teenager about her vision of the future, she would probably have said that the only thing less likely than her writing a memoir was her becoming a world-class ballerina. But when a teacher encouraged 13-year-old Misty to take ballet at the Boys and Girls Club of Los Angeles, she discovered a hidden talent. Her natural flexibility and grace had her on pointe within two months, something other ballerinas work years to achieve. She was offered lead roles before finishing high school. Her professional success is impressive, but it’s not what makes her memoir such an unexpected page-turner. After all, we already know Copeland will overcome racial and socioeconomic bias to claim her spotlight. What keeps us reading is Copeland’s intelligent, fair, and warm voice. She speaks with candor about having to lose her luscious curves and cover herself with white makeup to look more acceptable on stage, but she never places blame on those who asked her to do so. Her story is an inspiration to anyone man or woman, black or white who has ever chased a dream against the odds, and the grace with which she triumphs is an example for us all.” (Booklist)

Syndetics book coverFirst : what it takes to win / Rich Froning with David Thomas.
“What does it take to be the best? Strength. Endurance. Skill. Discipline. Those are the qualities that made Rich Froning a two-time CrossFit Games champion and earned him the title of “The Fittest Man on Earth.” But it takes more than sheer physical strength to compete and win at an elite level. It takes incredible mental and spiritual toughness as well. And it is the precise balance of all three that makes Rich Froning a champion.In First, readers come alongside Rich as he competes in back-to-back-to-back CrossFit Games and get an inside look into the CrossFit phenomenon that is sweeping the world as well as a personal glimpse into the life of the down-to-earth champion.” (Books in Print)

Syndetics book coverThe Rise of Superman : decoding the science of ultimate human performance / Steven Kotler.
“Right now, more people are risking their lives for their sports then ever before in history. As Thomas Pynchon once put it in Gravity’s Rainbow, ‘it is not often that Death is told so clearly to f… off’. Over the past three decades, the bounds of the possible in action and adventure sports – from sky-diving to motocross to surfing and beyond – have been pushed farther and faster. A generation’s worth of iconoclastic misfits have rewritten the rules of the feasible; not just raising the bar, but obliterating it altogether. Along the way, they have become a force pushing evolution relentlessly onward. In a thrilling narrative that draws on biology, psychology, and philosophy, Steven Kotler asks why, at the tail end of the 20th century and the early portion of the 21st, are we seeing such a multi-sport assault on reality? Did we somehow slip through a wormhole to another universe where gravity is optional and common sense obsolete? And where – if anywhere – do our actual limits lie?” (Syndetics Summary)

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)