Out of thousands of amazing sports books, which are actually worth reading?
Out of thousands of amazing sports books, which are actually worth reading?

The Best Sports Books You Can Read, According To Twitter

Nathan Baugh, Matt Trombley
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I asked Twitter - "What's the best sports book you've ever read?"

After receiving hundreds of replies and sorting through them, here's 11 books to level up your health, wealth, and leadership.


1. Open by @AndreAgassi

One of the most beloved & talented tennis players ever, Agassi writes about his uncomfortable relationship with fame and the highs & lows of a remarkable career. Hat tip to @MCovBrown on Twitter.

Open by @AndreAgassi
Open by @AndreAgassi 

2. Peak by Anders Ericsson

The best book on getting better at anything (with a ton of sport examples). Hat tip to @jeet25_m on Twitter.

Peak by Anders Ericsson
Peak by Anders Ericsson 

3. The Boys in the Boat by @DJamesBrown

Read about 9 Americans and their quest for gold at the 1936 Berlin Olympics. Hat tip to @rebuilding_dad on Twitter.

The Boys in the Boat by @DJamesBrown
The Boys in the Boat by @DJamesBrown

4. Giannis by @MirinFader

From Greece to the US, the improbable rise of an NBA MVP. Hat tip to @rksieve on Twitter.

Giannis by @MirinFader
Giannis by @MirinFader 

5. Born to Run by @ChrisMcDougall

Isolated by Mexico’s Copper Canyons, the Tarahumara tribe honed the ability to run 100s of miles without rest or injury. Hat tip to @ricklund23 on Twitter.

Born to Run by @ChrisMcDougall
Born to Run by @ChrisMcDougall 

6. A Life Too Short - The Tragedy of Robert Enke by Ronald Reng

Reng brings into light the specific demands and fears faced by top-level athletes, through the tragic story of his friend and German international goalie Robert Enke. Hat tip to @hkvittinghus on Twitter.

A Life Too Short - The Tragedy of Robert Enke by Ronald Reng
A Life Too Short - The Tragedy of Robert Enke by Ronald Reng

7. Shoe Dog by Phil Knight

The story of building the world’s largest athletic apparel brand, from the ground up. Hat tip to @blakeaburge on Twitter.

Shoe Dog by Phil Knight
Shoe Dog by Phil Knight

8. A Life Without Limits by @chrissiesmiles

Chrissie details her rise to the top of the triathlon world, struggle with anorexia, and win at the Ironman World Championships. Hat tip to @ddq_7 on Twitter.

A Life Without Limits by @chrissiesmiles
A Life Without Limits by @chrissiesmiles 

9. Leading By Sir Alex Ferguson

Arguably the greatest soccer coach ever digs into leadership decisions from his 38-year career and draws out lessons anyone can use. Hat tip to @zeus_dhanbhura on Twitter.

Leading By Sir Alex Ferguson
Leading By Sir Alex Ferguson 

10. I Had a Hammer by Hank Aaron

A book detailing not only one of the best baseball careers ever, but life in 20th century America. Hat tip to @SmellyRebel on Twitter.

I Had a Hammer by Hank Aaron
I Had a Hammer by Hank Aaron

11. Wooden By Coach John Wooden

The man with the most college basketball titles ever (10) shares his personal philosophy on family, success, and excellence. Hat tip to @dj2turner1 on Twitter.

Wooden By Coach John Wooden
Wooden By Coach John Wooden

Bonus - Federer as a Religious Experience by David Foster Wallace

This is an essay, and the best piece of writing I've ever read:

Federer as a Religious Experience by David Foster Wallace
Federer as a Religious Experience by David Foster Wallace 
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