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America's Great Hiking Trails

America's Great Hiking Trails

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INDIEFAB Book of the Year Awards -- 2014 GOLD Winner for Adventure & Recreation

Society of American Travel Writers Eastern Chapter -- Gold Award

Society of American Travel Writers Foundation -- 2015 Lowell Thomas Travel Award for Best Travel Book

A hiker's dream bucket list is embodied in this lavishly illustrated celebration of more than 50,000 miles of America's most iconic trails. Celebrating the forty most important trails in America, this volume takes the reader through forty-nine states and eight national parks. Literally tens of millions of tourists and hikers visit these trails each year, some of which wind through the country's most scenic natural wonders and virtually every major ecosystem in America. Each featured trail has its own section, complete with a map and photo gallery, and the reader explores what makes it one of the most magnificent hiking experiences anywhere in the world. Trail histories accompany detailed hiker-friendly descriptions that highlight the most scenic spots, with suggestions for shorter weekend and day hikes. The stunning photographs take the reader on a visual adventure conducted by Bart Smith, the first person to hike all eleven National Scenic Trails from end to end. America's Great Hiking Trails is perfect for anyone interested in outdoor recreation and conservation.
American Angler Guide to Fly Fishing for Trout

American Angler Guide to Fly Fishing for Trout

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The American Angler Guide to Fly Fishing For Trout will, within a brief 176 pages, provide the beginning and intermediate angler with everything they need to know in order to successfully fly fish for the most popular quarry in America. It will contain th
American Angler Guide to Warmwater Fly Fishing

American Angler Guide to Warmwater Fly Fishing

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As warmwater fly fishing grows in popularity, target species such as bass (large- and smallmouth), sunfish, perch, and even carp demand increasingly sophisticated techniques from the modern fly fisherman. The American Angler Guide to Warmwater Fly Fishing offers a quick and succinct look at the essentials of this growing sport. With an array of beautiful photos and instructive illustrations, this guide delivers everything beginning and intermediate anglers need to know about casting technique, gear selection, fly choice, and how best to approach various fish species in their favored habitats. A selection of essential flies and tying recipes rounds out the first essential book for warmwater fly fishermen.
American Axe: The Tool That Shaped a Continent

American Axe: The Tool That Shaped a Continent

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From hand-forged axes of the Viking conquests to the American homesteader's felling axe, this is a tool that has shaped human history like few others. American Axe pays tribute to this iconic instrument of settlement and industry, with rich history, stunning photography, and profiles of the most collectible vintage axes such as The Woodslasher, Keen Cutter, and True Temper Perfect. Combining his experiences as a forester, axe collector, and former competitive lumberjack, author Brett McLeod conveys the allure of this deceptively simple woodcutting implement and celebrates the resurging interest in its story and use.
American Caddie in St Andrews

American Caddie in St Andrews

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A hilarious and poignant memoir of a Harvard student who comes of age as a caddie on St. Andrews s fabled Old Course.
In the middle of Oliver Horovitz s high school graduation ceremony, his cell phone rang: It was Harvard. He d been accepted, but he couldn t start for another year.
A caddie since he was twelve and a golfer sporting a 1.8 handicap, Ollie decides to spend his gap year in St. Andrews, Scotland a town with the U.K. s highest number of pubs per capita, and home to the Old Course, golf s most famous eighteen holes where he enrolls in the St. Andrews Links Trust caddie trainee program. Initially, the notoriously brusque veteran caddies treat Ollie like a bug. But after a year of waking up at 4:30 A.M. every morning and looping two rounds a day, Ollie earns their grudging respect only to have to pack up and leave for Harvard.
There, Ollie s new classmates are the sons of Albania s UN ambassador, the owner of Heineken, and the CEO of Goldman Sachs. Surrounded by sixth generation legacies, he feels like a fish out of water all over again and can t wait to get back to St. Andrews. Even after graduation, when his college friends rush to Wall Street, Horovitz continues to return each summer to caddie on the Old Course.
A hilarious, irresistible, behind-the-scenes peek at the world s most celebrated golf course and its equally famous caddie shack "An American Caddie in St. Andrews"is certain to not only entertain golfers and fans of St. Andrews but also anyone who dares to remember stumbling into adulthood and finding one s place in the world.

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American Pastimes The Very Best of Red Smith

American Pastimes The Very Best of Red Smith

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Walter Wellesley "Red" Smith was the most widely read sportswriter of the last century and the first to win the Pulitzer Prize for commentary. From the 1940s to the 1980s, his nationally syndicated columns for the New York Herald Tribune and later for The New York Times traversed the world of sports with literary panache and wry humor. "I've always had the notion," Smith once said, "that people go to spectator sports to have fun and then they grab the paper to read about it and have fun again." Now, writer and editor (and inventor of Rotisserie League Baseball) Daniel Okrent presents the best of Smith's inimitable columns--miniature masterpieces that remain the gold standard in sportswriting.

Here are Smith's indelible profiles of sports luminaries, which show his gift for distilling a career's essence in a single column. Unforgettable accounts of historic occasions--Bobby Thompson's Shot Heard 'Round the World, Don Larsen's perfect game in the 1956 World Series, the first Ali-Frazier fight--are joined by more offbeat stories that display Smith's unmistakable wit, intelligence, and breadth of feeling. Here, too, are more personal glimpses into Smith's life and work, revealed in stories about his lifelong passion for fishing and in "My Press-Box Memoirs," a 1975 reminiscence for Esquire collected here for the first time.

A Special Publication of The Library of America.

American Triumvirate

American Triumvirate

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With compelling detail and pure passion, James Dodson recounts the singular brilliance of three golf titans and how they saved the professional tour and created the game as we know it today.

During the Depression golf was in crisis. As a spectator sport it was on the verge of extinction. This was the unhappy prospect facing Sam Snead, Byron Nelson, and Ben Hogan -two dirt-poor boys from Texas and another from Virginia, who had dedicated themselves to the sport. But then lightning struck, and from the late thirties into the fifties these three men were so thoroughly dominant that they transformed both how the game was played and how society regarded it. Paving the way for the subsequent popularity of players from Arnold Palmer to Tiger Woods, they were, and will always remain, a triumvirate for the ages.

American Triumvirate

American Triumvirate

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In this celebration of three legendary champions on the centennial of their births in 1912, one of the most accomplished and successful writers about the game explains the circumstances that made each of them so singularly brilliant and how they, in turn, saved not only the professional tour but modern golf itself, thus making possible the subsequent popularity of players from Arnold Palmer to Tiger Woods.
During the Depression--after the exploits of Walter Hagen and Gene Sarazen and Bobby Jones (winning the Grand Slam as an amateur in 1930) had faded in the public's imagination--golf's popularity fell year after year, and as a spectator sport it was on the verge of extinction. This was the unhappy prospect facing two dirt-poor boys from Texas and another from Virginia who had dedicated themselves to the game yet could look forward only to eking out a subsistence living along with millions of other Americans. But then lightning struck, and from the late thirties into the fifties these three men were so thoroughly dominant--each setting a host of records--that they transformed both how the game was played and how society regarded it.
Sports fans in general are well aware of Hogan and Nelson and Snead, but even the most devoted golfers will learn a great many new things about them here. Their hundredth birthdays will be commemorated throughout 2012--Nelson born in February, Snead in May, and Hogan in August--but as this comprehensive and compelling account vividly demonstrates, they were, and will always remain, a triumvirate for the ages.
Americas Classic Ballparks

Americas Classic Ballparks

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Winner of the Gold Award for Sports from ForeWord's 2013 IndieFab Book of the Year Awards!

That ball is outta here -- out of the ballpark that is. Baseball parks are as American as apple pie and America's Classic Ballparks commemorates six ballparks guaranteed to spark nostalgia for the old ball game. Complete with ten removable replicas of historic ballpark documents, America's Classic Ballparks is a wealth of information on these beloved national landmarks. Reliving everything from opening day at Fenway Park to the top ten moments in Yankee stadium, ballpark enthusiasts will revel in stadium trivia and cherish the historic photographs found throughout these pages.

Authored by prolific sportswriter James Buckley Jr., America's Classic Ballparks is the perfect addition to any sports library.

Americas Game

Americas Game

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A celebration of 100 years of the NFL from Hall of Fame receiver and bestselling author Jerry Rice!

"This book is an amazing compilation of the game's history as seen through the eyes of my friend Jerry Rice, aka The GOAT. You are going to love this book almost as much as you loved watching Jerry play!" --Barry Sanders, NFL Hall of Fame Class of 2004

The authors of the New York Times bestseller 50 Years, 50 Moments celebrate the first 100 years of the National Football League, interweaving history, personal stories, memories, and observations of some of its greatest players, coaches, and advocates to chronicle football's amazing evolution from a fledgling regional fly-by-night operation into a multi-billion global brand and one of America's leading franchises.

Over the past century, professional football has transformed from a game played in leather helmets on cow pastures to one of the most high-tech, popular sports on the planet. In this entertaining and concise history, Jerry Rice and Randy O. Williams celebrate the NFL's centennial, bringing together colorful memories, insights, and personal experiences and observations from the heroes, losers, innovators, and defining legends who have played the game at its highest level. America's Game is filled with inside stories of the league's fiercest rivalries, closest competitions, and most memorable characters, from the early days of Red "The Galloping Ghost" Grange and "Slingin'" Sammy Baugh to Jim Brown and "Broadway" Joe Namath to Lawrence Taylor, Jerry Rice, and Tom Brady.

Cowboy fans will never forget how Roger Staubach's Hail Mary lifted his team to a last-second playoff victory over the Vikings. Patriot followers will always point to The Tuck Rule Game as a franchise landmark where Adam Vinatieri's two clutch kicks in deep snow propelled his team to victory over the Raiders. Generations of Steelers fans will celebrate James Harrison's electrifying 100-yard interception return for a touchdown in Super Bowl XLIII. All are among the most memorable moments in NFL history. Divided by increments of twenty-five years, each section of America's Game includes the authors' selections for their "All Star" players and teams.

America's Game is a unique tribute to this enduring cultural phenomenon, and will become the authoritative tribute to all that is great about the sport Americans--and the world--loves.

Americas Game

Americas Game

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A celebration of 100 years of the NFL from Hall of Fame receiver and bestselling author Jerry Rice!

"This book is an amazing compilation of the game's history as seen through the eyes of my friend Jerry Rice, aka The GOAT. You are going to love this book almost as much as you loved watching Jerry play!" --Barry Sanders, NFL Hall of Fame Class of 2004

The authors of the New York Times bestseller 50 Years, 50 Moments celebrate the first 100 years of the National Football League, interweaving history, personal stories, memories, and observations of some of its greatest players, coaches, and advocates to chronicle football's amazing evolution from a fledgling regional fly-by-night operation into a multi-billion global brand and one of America's leading franchises.

Over the past century, professional football has transformed from a game played in leather helmets on cow pastures to one of the most high-tech, popular sports on the planet. In this entertaining and concise history, Jerry Rice and Randy O. Williams celebrate the NFL's centennial, bringing together colorful memories, insights, and personal experiences and observations from the heroes, losers, innovators, and defining legends who have played the game at its highest level. America's Game is filled with inside stories of the league's fiercest rivalries, closest competitions, and most memorable characters, from the early days of Red "The Galloping Ghost" Grange and "Slingin'" Sammy Baugh to Jim Brown and "Broadway" Joe Namath to Lawrence Taylor, Jerry Rice, and Tom Brady.

Cowboy fans will never forget how Roger Staubach's Hail Mary lifted his team to a last-second playoff victory over the Vikings. Patriot followers will always point to The Tuck Rule Game as a franchise landmark where Adam Vinatieri's two clutch kicks in deep snow propelled his team to victory over the Raiders. Generations of Steelers fans will celebrate James Harrison's electrifying 100-yard interception return for a touchdown in Super Bowl XLIII. All are among the most memorable moments in NFL history. Divided by increments of twenty-five years, each section of America's Game includes the authors' selections for their "All Star" players and teams.

America's Game is a unique tribute to this enduring cultural phenomenon, and will become the authoritative tribute to all that is great about the sport Americans--and the world--loves.

Anatomy for Runners

Anatomy for Runners

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Tired of getting the same treatments from doctors that didn't heal his joint and muscle pain from running, Jay Dicharry decided to combine different fields of clinical care, biomechanical analysis, and coaching to help you avoid common injuries and become the best runner you can be.

Running has become more and more popular in recent years, with thousands of people entering marathons, buying new running shoes with the latest technology, and going for a daily jog, whether on the track or on a treadmill. Unfortunately, with running comes injuries, as a result of wrong information and improper training.

Along with clear and thorough explanations of how running influences the body, and how the body influences your running, this book answers many of the common questions that athletes have:

  • Do runners need to stretch?
  • What is the best way to run?
  • What causes injuries?
  • Which shoes are best for running?
  • Is running barefoot beneficial?
  • And much more

  • The mobility and stability tests will assess your form, and the corrective exercises, along with step-by-step photos, will improve your core and overall performance, so that you can train and run with confidence, knowing how to avoid injuries!

    Andy Rodick Beat Me with a Frying Pan: Taking the Field with Pro Athletes, Olymp

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    Angels with Dirty Faces: How Argentinian Soccer Defined a Nation and Changed the Game Forever

    Angels with Dirty Faces: How Argentinian Soccer Defined a Nation and Changed the Game Forever

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    The Masterful, Definitive History of Argentinian Soccer

    Lionel Messi, Diego Maradona, Alfredo Di St'fano: in every generation Argentina has uncovered a uniquely brilliant soccer talent. Perhaps it's because the country lives and breathes the game, its theories, and its myths. Argentina's rich, volatile history -- by turns sublime and ruthlessly pragmatic -- is mirrored in the style and swagger of its national and club sides. In Angels with Dirty Faces, Jonathan Wilson chronicles the operatic drama of Argentinian soccer: the appropriation of the British game, the golden age of la nuestra, the exuberant style of playing that developed as Juan PerÃ3ed the country, a hardening into the brutal methods of anti-fð, the fusion of beauty and efficacy under C'sar Luis Menotti, and the emergence of all-time greats.

    Praise for Inverting the Pyramid

    Here, for the first time in decades, is a top-notch soccer book on how soccer is actually played on the field. -- Simon Kuper

    An outstanding work. . . . The soccer book of the decade. -- Sunday Business Post

    Annapolis Book of Seamanship

    Annapolis Book of Seamanship

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    Completely revised and updated to address changes in technology and safety standards, this new edition is the definitive guide to the art and science of sailing.

    "The art of sailing, maneuvering, and preserving a ship or a boat in all positions and under all reasonable circumstances." With the addition of the words, "and some unreasonable circumstances, too," this definition of "seamanship" is as valid today as when the first edition of this book was published in 1983. The aim remains to advise you the sailor on essential gear, skills, and behavior that enhance your pleasure and safety.

    This edition of The Annapolis Book of Seamanship is an extensive update. Much of the text is new or revised, and there are many new photos. Throughout, the book stresses the skills and attitudes that comprise what the author calls "The Seamanship Ethos." The first four chapters cover the boat, basic sailing skills, sail trim, and weather, with the first of many "Hands On" sections with their tips.

    The topics of health (including seasickness) and on board safety follow, with lessons learned from on-water tests and studies of boating accidents. We look closely at the elements of piloting, navigation, and electronics, including Digital Selective Calling, the US Coast Guard's emergency communication system.

    Moving on to the arts of traditional seamanship--anchoring, heavy weather, and emergencies--there is much on modern equipment and skills, again based on experience. The book ends with boat maintenance and the traditions that make sailing the beloved pastime it is. Appendixes include best practices for protecting the marine environment and bringing up children under sail.

    Apollo's Angels: History of Ballet

    Apollo's Angels: History of Ballet

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    One of "The New York Times Book Review"'s 10 Best Books of the Year
    For more than four hundred years, the art of ballet has stood at the center of Western civilization. Its traditions serve as a record of our past. A ballerina dancing "The Sleeping Beauty" today is a link in a long chain of dancers stretching back to sixteenth-century Italy and France: Her graceful movements recall a lost world of courts, kings, and aristocracy, but her steps and gestures are also marked by the dramatic changes in dance and culture that followed. Ballet has been shaped by the Renaissance and Classicism, the Enlightenment and Romanticism, Bolshevism, Modernism, and the Cold War. "Apollo's Angels" is a groundbreaking work--the first cultural history of ballet ever written, lavishly illustrated and beautifully told.
    Ballet is unique: It has no written texts or standardized notation. It is a storytelling art passed on from teacher to student. The steps are never just the steps--they are a living, breathing document of a culture and a tradition. And while ballet's language is shared by dancers everywhere, its artists have developed distinct national styles. French, Italian, Danish, Russian, English, and American traditions each have their own expression, often formed in response to political and societal upheavals.
    From ballet's origins in the Renaissance and the codification of its basic steps and positions under France's Louis XIV (himself an avid dancer), the art form wound its way through the courts of Europe, from Paris and Milan to Vienna and St. Petersburg. It was in Russia that dance developed into the form most familiar to American audiences: "The Sleeping Beauty, Swan Lake, " and "The Nutcracker "originated at the Imperial court. In the twentieth century, emigre dancers taught their art to a generation in the United States and in Western Europe, setting off a new and radical transformation of dance.
    Jennifer Homans is a historian and critic who was also a professional dancer: She brings to "Apollo's Angels" a knowledge of dance born of dedicated practice. She traces the evolution of technique, choreography, and performance in clean, clear prose, drawing readers into the intricacies of the art with vivid descriptions of dances and the artists who made them. Her admiration and love for the ballet shines through on every page. "Apollo's Angels" is an authoritative work, written with a grace and elegance befitting its subject.
    Archery

    Archery

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    If you're serious about improving accuracy, increasing consistency, and achieving competitive success, Archery is your guide.

    Featuring the in-depth instruction, insight, and advice from the world's top coaches and archers, Archery sets a new standard in resources for those who compete with the recurve or compound bow.

    Archery includes a wealth of information on perfecting stance, body alignment, muscle recruitment, and shot sequence. You'll master the skills and techniques taught at the U.S. Olympic Training Center by legendary coach KiSik Lee. Then you'll prepare for competition:

    - Select and properly tune equipment.

    - Develop a winning shot sequence.

    - Set up, draw, and complete the shot.

    - Maximize practice time.

    - Train physically and mentally for competition.

    - Develop a successful tournament strategy.

    Developed by USA Archery, Archery is an invaluable resource you'll refer to again and again.

    Archery

    Archery

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    The theory and practice of archery before the days of the modern fiberglass compound bows. Horace A. Ford, winner of multiple British national archery tournaments, provides a detailed and comprehensive guide to the art of archery. Photographic reproduction of the classic 1856 edition.