Top 10 Selling Sports/Recreation Books for Current Month

Published: Sun Jul 31 2005

The top 10 best seller books for the sports and recreation category from is now available for the current month.

1. It's Not About the Bike: My Journey Back to Life
Lance Armstrong, Sally Jenkins
The story of Lance Armstrong, a world-class athlete nearly struck down by cancer, only to recover and win the Tour de France, the multiday bicycle race famous for its grueling intensity.

2. Lance Armstrong's War: One Man's Battle Against Fate, Fame, Love, Death, Scandal, and a Few Other Rivals on the Road to the Tour de France
Daniel Coyle
Daniel Coyle, a journalist moved to Armstrong's training base in Spain to cover the months leading up to the cyclist's sixth Tour de France victory in 2004. Daniel Coyle provides a refreshing approach based neither on awe nor schadenfreude.

3. Three Nights in August
Buzz Bissinger
Bissinger eschews the usual method of writing about baseball in the context of a season or a career, choosing instead to dissect the game by carefully watching one three-game series between the Cardinals and Cubs in late 2003.

4. Every Second Counts
Lance Armstrong
Every Second Counts confronts the challenge of moving beyond Lance Armstrong's cancer experience, his first Tour victory, and his celebrity status. Lance reflects: "Generally, one of the hardest things in the world to do is something twice."

5. It's Not About the Bike: My Journey Back to Life
Lance Armstrong, Sally Jenkins
Lance Armstrong is a thoroughgoing Texan jock, and the changes brought to his life by his illness are startling and powerful, but he's just not interested in wearing a hero suit.

6. The Lance Armstrong Performance Program: Seven Weeks to the Perfect Ride
Lance Armstrong, Chris Carmichael, Peter Joffre Nye
If you want to train like a Tour de France winner, you couldn't do much better than learning the tricks of the trade from two-time champion (1999 and 2000) Lance Armstrong.

7. Professor, the Banker, and the Suicide King, The: Inside the Richest Poker Game of All Time
Michael Craig
Having interviewed many of the participants in this legendary poker battle, Craig describes it with an appropriate sense of awe, and readers will be awed as well.

8. Praying for Gil Hodges: A Memoir of the 1955 World Series and One Family's Love of the Brooklyn Dodgers
Thomas Oliphant
Driving over a bridge on an Indiana highway named after Hodges, a star first baseman for the Brooklyn Dodgers, sets off a chain of memories from the Dodgers' only World Series victory for Oliphant.

9. Five Lessons: The Modern Fundamentals of Golf
Ben Hogan
Ben Hogan's detailed analyses and illustrated demonstrations of grip, stance, posture, and the two basic components of the swing make up a sacred book.

10. Moneyball: The Art of Winning an Unfair Game
Michael Lewis
Billy Beane, general manager of MLB's Oakland A's and protagonist of Michael Lewis's Moneyball, defied tradition and his own scouting department to build winning teams of young affordable players and inexpensive castoff veterans.

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