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Run to the Finish: The Everyday Runner’s Guide to Avoiding Injury, Ignoring the Clock, and Loving the Run

While there are plenty of books about running, few are as approachable and helpful as this one. Highly recommended for anyone looking to improve their running ability, and those who consider themselves a “middle of the pack” runner.

Olympic Pride, American Prejudice: The Untold Story of 18 African Americans Who Defied Jim Crow and Adolf Hitler To Compete in the 1936 Berlin Olympics

Even though the organization of the book could have been improved, overall it will appeal to readers interested in the history of the Olympics and World War II and might best serve as a companion piece to the documentary.

Full Dissidence: Notes from an Uneven Playing Field

Highly recommended: Bryant is a masterful writer and a voice of this generation. His passion and analysis on important topics is unparalleled.

Overtime: Jim Harbaugh and the Michigan Wolverines at the Crossroads of College Football

While Michigan’s 2018 season may have ended in disappointment for fans, this work does not disappoint. For fans of the Wolverines, this is a must-read along with Bacon’s other titles about the team.

Beautiful on the Outside: A Memoir

Recommended for all readers, especially those familiar with Rippon and who would like to learn more about his life and career. Highly recommended.
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No Excuses: The Making of a Head Coach

This book will appeal to fans of college football as well as the University of Oklahoma but may not have wide appeal to general sports fans.

The Girls: An All-American Town, a Predatory Doctor, and the Untold Story of the Gymnasts Who Brought Him Down

While the book is difficult to read at times owing to the details of sexual violence, it may be the most important sports title of the year. Pesta’s in-depth reporting reveals the entire scope of Nassar’s history, and the many who enabled his behavior. Highly recommended.

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Never Settle: Sports, Family, and the American Soul

A personal, at times deeply moving, and breezy read. Highly recommended for all sports fans wishing to learn more about Smith and the variety of coverage he’s produced over the years.

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Earl Campbell: Yards After Contact

Will appeal to readers wishing to learn more about Campbell and this era of both college and professional sports as well as Texas history.

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