Football Nation: Four Hundred Years of America’s Game from the Library of Congress (Abrams, $30), edited by Susan Reyburn, tells the story of football from its origins in pre-colonial America to the modern game we know today. Etchings, photographs, paintings, and memorabilia bring the history to life. Yale’s Walter Camp codified the rules of football in the late nineteenth century, making mainstream what had been perceived as an outlaw sport. Stars like Jim Thorpe and Red Grange firmly fixed football’s place in the public imagination and our popular culture. Archival documents, posters, cartoons, and advertisements show how the sport has changed as our country has changed. For football fans and students of the game, this book is a celebration of an American institution.
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ISBN: 9780810997622
Availability: Hard to Find
Published: Harry N. Abrams - October 8th, 2013

When I brought home 100 Years of Soccer in America (Rizzoli, $45), my husband and son—one a coach, the other an avid player—both lunged for it at the same time, and we spent the next hour looking through the pictures of the crucial matches together. Can there be a better endorsement? This coffee table book by the U.S. Soccer Federation is a necessary artifact and a graceful survey of the diverse and crucial history of the sometimes-beleaguered U.S. soccer landscape. Its general nature makes it a keepsake for players and soccer-lovers of all ages, and it strikes a beautiful balance in coverage of both the men’s and women’s teams. The chapters detailing the early immigrant leagues are especially fascinating. You can be sure that no soccer fan on your holiday list already has a book like this because, a hundred years in the making, there never has been a book like this.
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By Sunil Gulati (Foreword by), President Bill Clinton (Preface by), Tony Dicicco (Contributions by), Alexi Lalas (Contributions by), Landon Donovan (Contributions by)
ISBN: 9780847840922
Availability: Special Order—Subject to Availability
Published: Rizzoli - September 3rd, 2013

With Capital Bikeshare, enthusiasm for two-wheels is reaching the mainstream in D.C., so what better time to revisit where the vehicle has been—as the working man’s horse, a leisure activity, or the athlete’s rocket. If you loved It’s All About the Bike, Tom Ambrose’s encyclopedic new book provides more of the developments and stories that made Robert Penn’s previous journey through bicycle construction and design so fascinating. The History of Cycling in Fifty Bikes (Rodale, $25) is an illustrated compendium chock-full of photographs, inventors, and technical developments that show how bicycles are both elegant and innovative.
The History of Cycling in Fifty Bikes: From the Velocipede to the Pinarello: The Bicycles that Have Shaped the World Cover Image
ISBN: 9781623361310
Availability: Not On Our Shelves—Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Rodale Books - October 15th, 2013