Great Sports books (that we've read)
Sporting Books : Some of the best
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This is not a definitive list ( we will add to it) and we will review books as they come in on a regular basis but these are some favourites of The Sporting Blog team. There will be books we haven't read, don't go crazy if your top sports book is not here, but do comment and we'll get round to reading it.
This is one of the great football books. A series of interview transcripts spanning Cruyffs entire career as a player and manager. You won't think about the sport in the same way after reading this.
For all cricket fans or players this is an eye opener, but even if you are no fan of cricket the story of hard work, perseverance and downright aggression is inspirational.
Michael Lewis opens the lid on Billy Beane and his remarkable 2002 Oakland A's. The book has been so successful that the title is now a watch word for data driven decision making in all sports.
This very candid account portrays a picture of an honest, decent and fragile human being who also happened to be one of the best tennis players of all time. A lesson also in how not to do parenting in sport! Or would Andre disagree?
Olympic Gold & Silver in Tennis, a 147 break in Snooker, a century at Lords & Captain of England's Football team... amongst numerous other unbelievable achievements. Max Woosnam was a genuine sporting genius.