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Our pick of the best sports books

This is very much down to opinion and we’re not claiming that our list is the greatest sport books of all time! We will keep updating this anytime we read something that is worthy. Or if you’ve read a great sports book, get in touch – info@pledgesports.org and send us your opinion.

Moneyball: The Art Of Winning An Unfair Game – Michael Lewis

Moneyball: The Art Of Winning An Unfair Game - Michael Lewis

Michael Lewis has a gift with writing and has written some amazing books like Liar’s Poker, The Big Short,

For sports fans, Moneyball is one of the best books you can read and also had a big impact on modern day baseball, and indeed influenced other professional sports teams. Here is a brief synopsis of the book from Lewis himself:

“I wrote this book because I fell in love with a story. The story concerned a small group of undervalued professional baseball players and executives, many of whom had been rejected as unfit for the big leagues, who had turned themselves into one of the most successful franchises in Major League Baseball. But the idea for the book came well before I had good reason to write it—before I had a story to fall in love with. It began, really, with an innocent question: how did one of the poorest teams in baseball, the Oakland Athletics, win so many games?”

Moneyball was published in 2003 and a film based on the book, starring Brad Pitt and Jonah Hill, was released in 2011, which is alway well worth a watch.

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Bounce – Mathew Syed

Syed’s book Bounce is a masterpiece study on the ago old argument of Nature V’s Nurture. Malcolm Gladwell wrote about this in his book Outliers which is also well worth a read. But Syed goes into much more detail about what it takes, why some people fail and why other go on to be the very best at what they do.

“Two-time Olympian and sports writer and broadcaster Matthew Syed draws on the latest in neuroscience and psychology to uncover the secrets of our top athletes and introduces us to an extraordinary cast of characters, including the East German athlete who became a man, and her husband – and the three Hungarian sisters who are all chess grandmasters. Bounce is crammed with fascinating stories and statistics.

Looking at controversial questions such as whether talent is more important than practice, drugs in sport (and life) and whether black people really are faster runners, the mind-bending Bounce is a must-read for the hardened sports nut or brand new convert”

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Open – Andre Agassi

Open - Andre Agassi autobiography

He’s one of the greatest tennis players of all time and stirred a lot of controversy after he published his autobiography! The book is probably better if you’re a fan of Agassi or tennis but it’s not a necessity to be either as its a thrilling look inside the mind of a profession athletes head either way.

The books enthralling path takes us through his resentment of tennis as a child to adulthood, becoming a child prodigy to the profession circuit, winning grand slams and then nearly spiralling out of control. Then his journey from the low ranks of an outsider to world number one again.

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