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Book of the Year

Discussion in 'Journalism topics only' started by AD, Dec 19, 2009.

  1. AD

    AD Active Member

    I'll throw this out there, and see if it flies: Favorite sports book of this year. Had to be released in 2009, but could be in the U.S. or England or wherever. Just...whatever you think is the best, and why.

    My pick: "The Beckham Experiment" by Grant Wahl. This is the best -- and likely only -- look inside the running of a modern sports franchise we're going to get for some time, if ever. Incredibly well-reported, revealing of both the Beckham and Galaxy camps, and, I think, it actually had an impact on the Galaxy's season.
  2. Den1983

    Den1983 Active Member

    Chris Ballard's "The Art of a Beautiful Game."

    Donaghy's book wasn't horrible, either. It could be very damaging for the NBA if anyone decides to follow-up. I have a feeling a lot of what he said about the game's refs is true.
  3. fishhack2009

    fishhack2009 Active Member

    Krakauer's Pat Tillman book. A heart-wrenching tale, and one that serves as an indictment of a military bureaucracy that sold us not just one but two bullshit war stories.
  4. Den1983

    Den1983 Active Member

    I forgot to mention S.L. Price's book on Mike Coolbaugh, "Heart of the Game." Outstanding read.
  5. Moderator1

    Moderator1 Moderator Staff Member

    I read both the previously mentioned books (Krakauer/Price) and enjoyed them, would give an edge to Price.
  6. friend of the friendless

    friend of the friendless Active Member

    Sirs, Madames,

    The Damned Utd.

    My favorite didn't come out this year, but I never saw it in a North American bookstore until the release of the critically acclaimed film adapted from it. Not non-fiction but more truth (and research) in it than many straight bios.

    If you count canoeing as sport, Zeitoun.

  7. Moderator1

    Moderator1 Moderator Staff Member

    Forget the usual feelings we show about Simmons here and someone (or somemany) give me a straight, honest answer: Is the Simmons book any good?
  8. Boom_70

    Boom_70 Well-Known Member

    Only 6 posts speaks volumes to the fact that it was a bad year for sports books.
  9. Huggy

    Huggy Well-Known Member

    The Satchel Paige bio by Larry Tye was outstanding.
  10. Matt1735

    Matt1735 Well-Known Member

    Your feeling and his book have been completely debunked by statistics. Donaghy is full of crap. Why do people assume that just because Jose Canseco was proven to be correct that Donaghy must be. He's one criminal and that's it. I will be STUNNED beyond all belief if there is ever any more smoke from that fire.
  11. Ben_Hecht

    Ben_Hecht Active Member

    It was lovely work.
  12. TheSportsPredictor

    TheSportsPredictor Well-Known Member

    Yes it is. And his origin story in the beginning is genuine and well-written and an overlooked part of the book.
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