The Big Fella by Jane Leavy

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Babe Ruth takes Manhattan, and the rest of the country, by storm in Jane Leavy's biography, The Big Fella (Harper, $32.50). Using the lens of a twenty-one-day baseball exhibition cash-grab, Leavy reveals Ruth as a man who lived hard and, though he never wanted to be a role model, helped create the ubiquitous celebrity/pitchperson that dominates modern culture today. Forced from a dysfunctional home by an unfit set of parents, Ruth both bucked authority over his actions and looked for acceptance in the grandstands where his every at-bat was cared about and remembered. Ruth changed America's game through the power of his home runs, and changed American culture through the power of his boyish charm, outsized lifestyle, and pure love of the spotlight.

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ISBN: 9780062380227
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Published: Harper - October 16th, 2018

Tigerland by Wil Haygood

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resilience. In Tigerland (Knopf, $27.95), Wil Haygood, author of Showdown, The Butler, and biographies of Sugar Ray Robinson and Sammy Davis Jr., tells the story of a poor, segregated high school in Columbus, Ohio, that in the 1968-’69 academic year fielded championship teams in both basketball and baseball. Defeating richer, bigger, and whiter teams across the state, the Tigers became not only hometown heroes, but inspiration for the rising generation of young African Americans. In this deeply compelling work, Haygood profiles a number of the athletes and shows how they overcame myriad social and personal challenges. He also introduces coaches, principals, and local fans, and puts the Tigers’ achievements in the wider national context.

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ISBN: 9781524731861
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Published: Knopf - September 18th, 2018

Big Game - Mark Leibovich

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Mark Leibovich, the chief national correspondent for The New York Times Magazine, is also a fiery sports analyst: Big Game (Penguin Press, $28) does for “peak football” what This Town did for Washington politics. A lifelong fan of the New England Patriots, Leibovich profiled Tom Brady and shadowed the team for a season. In this enthralling look inside the NFL, he recounts big-name owners, NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell, and scandles such as the infamous Deflategate. Leibovich also weighs the role of professional football in American culture at a moment when—despite growing revenue, loyal fans, and lavish stadiums—the dark side of the sport is beginning to show due to the impact of concussions and concerns about players’ health. Even the most avid fans will savor this deeply reported and cuttingly captivating book.

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ISBN: 9780399185427
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Published: Penguin Press - September 4th, 2018