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Path Lit by Lightning: The Life of Jim Thorpe

Maraniss’s book is the most comprehensive Thorpe biography to date (being nearly 200 well-cited pages longer than Kate Buford’s 2010 biography Native American Son). Beyond bringing Thorpe to life, Maraniss also delves heavily into issues of race and culture.

Seven Games: A Human History

This melancholy yet intriguing assessment of parlor games’ role in shaping our past and AI’s future is an optional audio purchase.

Hail Mary: The Rise and Fall of the National Women’s Football League

This engaging account of an extremely important era in women’s sports history should be enjoyed by enthusiasts of social history and sports fans.


Walking Alone: The Untold Journey of Football Pioneer Kenny Washington

A long-overdue thorough treatment of a largely forgotten giant in sports history; it should be widely read.

Running Wild: Inspirational Trails from Around the World

A perfect fit for public libraries with large travel sections or lots of interest in adventure travel.

Rickey: The Life and Legend of an American Original

Bryant brings a historian’s perspective to the life of Rickey Henderson, with great success.

If Gold Is Our Destiny: How a Team of Mavericks Came Together for Olympic Glory

A very intriguing and exciting book about the road to an Olympic win and how crucial developing teamwork is to a winning team. Highly recommended.

It Was Always a Choice: Picking Up the Baton of Athlete Activism

Highly recommended for all readers of all ages. Steele’s work shares new insights on activism in American athletics and particularly keys in on the consequences of athletes’ protests.

The Black Fives: The Epic Story of Basketball’s Forgotten Era

Highly readable, this work should not be missed. Essential and highly recommended for all libraries.
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