Top 10 Best Books to Read in Sports & Outdoors - October 2021



Books in the sports non-fiction genre consist of info about specific sports and their playing methods. They might also include autobiographies of famous players and coaches. The main objective of this genre is to acknowledge readers about the history and the origin of sports such as cricket, hockey, tennis, basketball, baseball, etc. However, the list of sports is not limited. The outdoor non-fiction book genre encompasses guides to adventures, camping, mountaineering, and all about outdoor fun. These might also include directions to a specific adventurous place. They help readers to learn and explore facts about famous outdoor spots that are worth visiting. Here are our top ten recommendations if you are looking for the best books to read in Sports & Outdoors.

1. It's Better to Be Feared: The New England Patriots Dynasty and the Pursuit of Greatness


Top 10 Best Books to Read in Sports & Outdoors - October 2021

“Seth Wickersham has managed to do the impossible: he has pulled off the definitive document of the Belichick/Brady dynasty.” ?Bill Simmons, The Ringer The explosive, long-awaited account of the making of the greatest dynasty in football history―from the acclaimed ESPN reporter who has been there from the very beginning. Over two unbelievable decades, the New England Patriots were not only the NFL’s most dominant team, but also―and by far―the most secretive. How did they achieve and sustain greatness―and what were the costs? In It's Better to Be Feared , Seth Wickersham, one of the country’s finest long form and investigative sportswriters, tells the full, behind-the-scenes story of the Patriots, capturing the brilliance, ambition, and vanity that powered and ultimately unraveled them. Based on hundreds of interviews conducted since 2001, Wickersham’s chronicle is packed with revelations, taking us deep into Bill Belichick’s tactical ingenuity and Tom Brady’s unique mentality while also reporting on their divergent paths in 2020, including Brady’s run to the Super Bowl with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Raucous, unvarnished, and definitive, It’s Better to Be Feared is an instant classic of American sportswriting in the tradition of Michael Lewis, David Maraniss, and David Halberstam.

  • Author: Seth Wickersham
  • Publisher: Liveright (October 12, 2021)
  • Genre: Sports & Outdoors, Coaching
  • ISBN: 978-1631498237
  • Dimensions: 9.25 x 6.13 inches

                 

2. The Baseball 100


Top 10 Best Books to Read in Sports & Outdoors - October 2021

A magnum opus from acclaimed baseball writer Joe Posnanski that is already being hailed as “an instant sports classic” ( New York Post ), The Baseball 100 is an audacious, singular, and masterly book that took a lifetime to write. The entire story of baseball rings through a countdown of the 100 greatest players in history, with a foreword by George Will. Longer than Moby-Dick and nearly as ambitious,​ The Baseball 100 is a one-of-a-kind work by award-winning sportswriter and lifelong student of the game Joe Posnanski that tells the story of the sport through the remarkable lives of its 100 greatest players. In the book’s introduction, Pulitzer Prize–winning commentator George F. Will marvels, “Posnanski must already have lived more than 200 years. How else could he have acquired such a stock of illuminating facts and entertaining stories about the rich history of this endlessly fascinating sport?” Baseball’s legends come alive in these pages, which are not merely rankings but vibrant profiles of the game’s all-time greats. Posnanski dives into the biographies of iconic Hall of Famers, unfairly forgotten All-Stars, talents of today, and more. He doesn’t rely just on records and statistics—he lovingly retraces players’ origins, illuminates their characters, and places their accomplishments in the context of baseball’s past and present. Just how good a pitcher is Clayton Kershaw in the twenty-first- century game compared to Greg Maddux dueling with the juiced hitters of the nineties? How do the career and influence of Hank Aaron compare to Babe Ruth’s? Which player in the top ten most deserves to be resurrected from history? No compendium of baseball’s legendary geniuses could be complete without the players of the segregated Negro Leagues, men whose extraordinary careers were largely overlooked by sportswriters at the time and unjustly lost to history. Posnanski writes about the efforts of former Negro Leaguers to restore sidelined Black athletes to their due honor, and draws upon the deep troves of the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum and extensive interviews with the likes of Buck O’Neil to illuminate the accomplishments of players such as pitchers Satchel Paige and Smokey Joe Williams; outfielders Oscar Charleston, Monte Irvin, and Cool Papa Bell; first baseman Buck Leonard; shortstop Pop Lloyd; catcher Josh Gibson; and many, many more. The Baseball 100 treats readers to the whole rich pageant of baseball history in a single volume. Chapter by chapter, Posnanski invites readers to examine common lore with brand-new eyes and learn stories that have long gone unheard. The epic and often emotional reading experience mirrors Posnanski’s personal odyssey to capture the history and glory of baseball like no one else, fueled by his boundless love for the sport. Engrossing, surprising, and heartfelt, The Baseball 100 is a magisterial tribute to the game of baseball and the stars who have played it.

  • Author: Joe Posnanski
  • Publisher: Avid Reader Press / Simon & Schuster (September 28, 2021)
  • Genre: Reference, Encyclopedias & Subject Guides
  • ISBN: 978-1982180584
  • Dimensions: 6.13 x 1.8 x 9.25 inches

                 

3. Into Thin Air


Top 10 Best Books to Read in Sports & Outdoors - October 2021

National Bestseller  "A harrowing tale of the perils of high-altitude climbing, a story of bad luck and worse judgment and of heartbreaking heroism." — PEOPLE  A bank of clouds was assembling on the not-so-distant horizon, but journalist-mountaineer Jon Krakauer, standing on the summit of Mt. Everest, saw nothing that "suggested that a murderous storm was bearing down." He was wrong. The storm, which claimed five lives and left countless more--including Krakauer's--in guilt-ridden disarray, would also provide the impetus for Into Thin Air , Krakauer's epic account of the May 1996 disaster. By writing Into Thin Air , Krakauer may have hoped to exorcise some of his own demons and lay to rest some of the painful questions that still surround the event. He takes great pains to provide a balanced picture of the people and events he witnessed and gives due credit to the tireless and dedicated Sherpas. He also avoids blasting easy targets such as Sandy Pittman, the wealthy socialite who brought an espresso maker along on the expedition. Krakauer's highly personal inquiry into the catastrophe provides a great deal of insight into what went wrong. But for Krakauer himself, further interviews and investigations only lead him to the conclusion that his perceived failures were directly responsible for a fellow climber's death. Clearly, Krakauer remains haunted by the disaster, and although he relates a number of incidents in which he acted selflessly and even heroically, he seems unable to view those instances objectively. In the end, despite his evenhanded and even generous assessment of others' actions, he reserves a full measure of vitriol for himself. This updated trade paperback edition of Into Thin Air includes an extensive new postscript that sheds fascinating light on the acrimonious debate that flared between Krakauer and Everest guide Anatoli Boukreev in the wake of the tragedy.  "I have no doubt that Boukreev's intentions were good on summit day," writes Krakauer in the postscript, dated August 1999. "What disturbs me, though, was Boukreev's refusal to acknowledge the possibility that he made even a single poor decision. Never did he indicate that perhaps it wasn't the best choice to climb without gas or go down ahead of his clients." As usual, Krakauer supports his points with dogged research and a good dose of humility. But rather than continue the heated discourse that has raged since Into Thin Air 's denouncement of guide Boukreev, Krakauer's tone is conciliatory; he points most of his criticism at G. Weston De Walt, who coauthored The Climb , Boukreev's version of events. And in a touching conclusion, Krakauer recounts his last conversation with the late Boukreev, in which the two weathered climbers agreed to disagree about certain points. Krakauer had great hopes to patch things up with Boukreev, but the Russian later died in an avalanche on another Himalayan peak, Annapurna I. In 1999, Krakauer received an Academy Award in Literature from the American Academy of Arts and Letters--a prestigious prize intended "to honor writers of exceptional accomplishment."  According to the Academy's citation, "Krakauer combines the tenacity and courage of the finest tradition of investigative journalism with the stylish subtlety and profound insight of the born writer.  His account of an ascent of Mount Everest has led to a general reevaluation of climbing and of the commercialization of what was once a romantic, solitary sport; while his account of the life and death of Christopher McCandless, who died of starvation after challenging the Alaskan wilderness, delves even more deeply and disturbingly into the fascination of nature and the devastating effects of its lure on a young and curious mind."

  • Author: Jon Krakauer
  • Publisher: Anchor; 1st edition (November 12, 1998)
  • Genre: Reference, Writing, Research & Publishing Guides

                 

4. Yearbook


Top 10 Best Books to Read in Sports & Outdoors - October 2021

#2 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER* • “Rogen’s candid collection of sidesplitting essays . . . thrives at both explaining and encapsulating a generational comedic voice.”— The Washington Post A collection of funny personal essays from one of the writers of Superbad and Pineapple Express and one of the producers of The Disaster Artist, Neighbors, and The Boys . (All of these words have been added to help this book show up in people’s searches using the wonders of algorithmic technology. Thanks for bearing with us!)   Hi! I’m Seth! I was asked to describe my book, Yearbook, for the inside flap (which is a gross phrase) and for websites and shit like that, so… here it goes!!!   Yearbook is a collection of true stories that I desperately hope are just funny at worst, and life-changingly amazing at best. (I understand that it’s likely the former, which is a fancy “book” way of saying “the first one.”)    I talk about my grandparents, doing stand-up comedy as a teenager, bar mitzvahs, and Jewish summer camp, and tell way more stories about doing drugs than my mother would like. I also talk about some of my adventures in Los Angeles, and surely say things about other famous people that will create a wildly awkward conversation for me at a party one day.   I hope you enjoy the book should you buy it, and if you don’t enjoy it, I’m sorry. If you ever see me on the street and explain the situation, I’ll do my best to make it up to you.   *I was beaten by Bill O’Reilly, which really sucks.

  • Author: Seth Rogen
  • Publisher: Crown (May 11, 2021)
  • Genre: Sports & Outdoors, Biographies

                 

5. Hoover: An Extraordinary Life in Extraordinary Times


Top 10 Best Books to Read in Sports & Outdoors - October 2021

" An exemplary biography—exhaustively researched, fair-minded and easy to read. It can nestle on the same shelf as David McCullough’s  Truman , a high compliment indeed." — The Wall Street Journal The definitive biography of Herbert Hoover, one of the most remarkable Americans of the twentieth century— a wholly original account that will forever change the way Americans understand the man, his presidency, his battle against the Great Depression, and their own history. An impoverished orphan who built a fortune. A great humanitarian. A president elected in a landslide and then resoundingly defeated four years later. Arguably the father of both New Deal liberalism and modern conservatism, Herbert Hoover lived one of the most extraordinary American lives of the twentieth century. Yet however astonishing, his accomplishments are often eclipsed by the perception that Hoover was inept and heartless in the face of the Great Depression. Now, Kenneth Whyte vividly recreates Hoover’s rich and dramatic life in all its complex glory. He follows Hoover through his Iowa boyhood, his cutthroat business career, his brilliant rescue of millions of lives during World War I and the 1927 Mississippi floods, his misconstrued presidency, his defeat at the hands of a ruthless Franklin Roosevelt, his devastating years in the political wilderness, his return to grace as Truman's emissary to help European refugees after World War II, and his final vindication in the days of Kennedy's "New Frontier." Ultimately, Whyte brings to light Hoover’s complexities and contradictions—his modesty and ambition, his ruthlessness and extreme generosity—as well as his profound political legacy. Hoover: An Extraordinary Life in Extraordinary Times is the epic, poignant story of the deprived boy who, through force of will, made himself the most accomplished figure in the land, and who experienced a range of achievements and failures unmatched by any American of his, or perhaps any, era. Here, for the first time, is the definitive biography that fully captures the colossal scale of Hoover’s momentous life and volatile times.

  • Author: Kenneth Whyte
  • Publisher: Vintage (October 10, 2017)
  • Genre: Kindle Store, Kindle eBooks, History

                 



6. My Best Toddler Coloring Book - Fun with Numbers, Letters, Shapes, Colors, Animals: Big Activity Workbook for Toddlers & Kids


Top 10 Best Books to Read in Sports & Outdoors - October 2021

Adorable, Fun and Engaging Preschool Workbook My Best Toddler Coloring Book is the only jumbo toddler coloring book that introduces early counting and simple word skills―in addition to shapes, letters, numbers, and animals ―with over 100 illustrations. Toddlers learn best while having fun. My Best Toddler Coloring Book helps children ages 1,2,3,4 and 5 - learn fundamental concepts like reading and counting through coloring. In the colorful, eye-catching pages of My Best Toddler Coloring Book, you'll find: Fundamental learning concepts - numbers, letters, shapes, colors, animals, simple words, and counting Bold lines - helps toddlers stay within the lines and reinforce the shapes found in this toddler coloring book More than 100 familiar illustrations - perfect for building fine motor and recognition skills Shapes - Circle, Oval, Square, Rectangle, Triangle, Star, Heart, & Diamond Numbers - 0, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9,& 10. Counting - Guided counting from 1 to 10 of each shape Coloring - Every page is of giant size (8.5 x 11 inches), fun to color, and is presented in the super cute images that every toddler would sure to enjoy. My Best Toddler Coloring Book is an awesome toddler coloring book for fun and learning that inspires hours of enjoyment―at home or in the classroom. It is most suitable for kids age between 1- 5 years, but also suits any child who loves coloring and knowing the basics in a much more fun and exciting way!

  • Author: Happy Toddlerz
  • Publisher: Independently published (June 21, 2019)
  • Genre: Children's Books, Activities, Crafts & Games
  • ISBN: 978-1075307942
  • Dimensions: 8.5 x 0.25 x 11 inches

                 

7. Breath: The New Science of a Lost Art


Top 10 Best Books to Read in Sports & Outdoors - October 2021

A New York Times Bestseller A Washington Post Notable Nonfiction Book of 2020 Named a Best Book of 2020 by NPR   “A fascinating scientific, cultural, spiritual and evolutionary history of the way humans breathe—and how we’ve all been doing it wrong for a long, long time.” —Elizabeth Gilbert, author of Big Magic and Eat Pray Love No matter what you eat, how much you exercise, how skinny or young or wise you are, none of it matters if you’re not breathing properly. There is nothing more essential to our health and well-being than breathing: take air in, let it out, repeat twenty-five thousand times a day. Yet, as a species, humans have lost the ability to breathe correctly, with grave consequences. Journalist James Nestor travels the world to figure out what went wrong and how to fix it. The answers aren’t found in pulmonology labs, as we might expect, but in the muddy digs of ancient burial sites, secret Soviet facilities, New Jersey choir schools, and the smoggy streets of São Paulo. Nestor tracks down men and women exploring the hidden science behind ancient breathing practices like Pranayama, Sudarshan Kriya, and Tummo and teams up with pulmonary tinkerers to scientifically test long-held beliefs about how we breathe. Modern research is showing us that making even slight adjustments to the way we inhale and exhale can jump-start athletic performance; rejuvenate internal organs; halt snoring, asthma, and autoimmune disease; and even straighten scoliotic spines. None of this should be possible, and yet it is. Drawing on thousands of years of medical texts and recent cutting-edge studies in pulmonology, psychology, biochemistry, and human physiology, Breath turns the conventional wisdom of what we thought we knew about our most basic biological function on its head. You will never breathe the same again.

  • Author: James Nestor
  • Publisher: Riverhead Books (May 26, 2020)
  • Genre: Science & Math, Biological Sciences
  • ISBN: 978-0735213616
  • Dimensions: 6.16 x 1.04 x 9.28 inches

                 

8. Where Tomorrows Aren't Promised: A Memoir of Survival and Hope


Top 10 Best Books to Read in Sports & Outdoors - October 2021

From iconic NBA All-Star Carmelo Anthony comes a raw and inspirational memoir about growing up in the housing projects of Red Hook and Baltimore—a brutal world Where Tomorrows Aren’t Promised . For a long time, Carmelo Anthony’s world wasn’t any larger than the view of the hoopers and hustlers he watched from the side window of his family’s first-floor project apartment in Red Hook, Brooklyn. He couldn’t dream any bigger than emulating his older brothers and cousin, much less going on to become a basketball champion on the world stage. He faced palpable dangers growing up in the housing projects in Red Hook and West Baltimore’s Murphy Homes (a.k.a. Murder Homes, subject of HBO’s The Wire ). He navigated an education system that ignored, exploited, or ostracized him. He suffered the untimely deaths of his closely held loved ones. He struggled to survive physically and emotionally. But with the strength of family and the guidance of key mentors on the streets and on the court, he pushed past lethal odds to endure and thrive. By the time Carmelo found himself at the NBA Draft at Madison Square Garden in 2003 preparing to embark on his legendary career, he wondered: How did a kid who’d had so many hopes, dreams, and expectations beaten out of him by a world of violence, poverty, and racism make it here at all? Carmelo’s story is one of perseverance and determination; of dribbling past players bigger and tougher than him, while also weaving around vial caps and needles strewn across the court; where dealers and junkies lined one side of the asphalt and kids playing jacks and Double Dutch lined the other; where rims had no nets, and you better not call a foul—a place Where Tomorrows Aren’t Promised .

  • Author: Carmelo Anthony
  • Publisher: Gallery Books (September 14, 2021)
  • Genre: Biographies & Memoirs, Community & Culture
  • ISBN: 978-1982160593
  • Dimensions: 6 x 0.9 x 9 inches

                 

9. National Geographic Road Atlas 2021: Adventure Edition [United States, Canada, Mexico]


Top 10 Best Books to Read in Sports & Outdoors - October 2021

National Geographic's Road Atlas: Adventure Edition , is the ideal companion for the next time you hit the road. Includes up-to-date road maps for all 50 U.S. States, plus Canada, Mexico, and Puerto Rico. Major cities and metropolitan areas are shown in detail with inset maps that include popular attractions, infrastructure and points-of-interest. Setting this atlas apart from all other road atlases are the inclusion of detailed maps and guidebook-like recommendations on the top 100 destinations for adventure, plus the top 24 most visited National Parks. An additional resources section provides contact information for local tourism offices, plus a place name index to help easily locate a specific city. The Road Atlas: Adventure Edition is printed in North America and features a heavy duty spiral binding and clear plastic cover for durability and lay-flat reading. Folded Size = 11" x 15"

  • Author: National Geographic Maps
  • Publisher: Natl Geographic Society Maps; 2020th edition (August 25, 2020)
  • Genre: Reference, Atlases & Maps
  • ISBN: 978-0792289890
  • Dimensions: 11 x 0.5 x 15 inches

                 

10. National Audubon Society Field Guide to North American Mushrooms (National Audubon Society Field Guides)


Top 10 Best Books to Read in Sports & Outdoors - October 2021

The most comprehensive field guide available to North American mushrooms--a must-have for any enthusiast's day pack or home library--from the go-to reference source for over 18 million nature lovers. Featuring a durable vinyl binding and over 700 full-color identification photographs organized visually by color and shape, the National Audubon Society Field Guide to North American Mushrooms  is the perfect companion for any mushroom hunting expedition. Each species is accompanied by a detailed physical description, information on edibility, season, habitat, range, look-alikes, alternative names, and facts on edible and poisonous species, uses, and folklore. A supplementary section on cooking and eating wild mushrooms, and illustrations identifying the parts of a mushroom, round out this essential guide.

  • Author: National Audubon Society
  • Publisher: Knopf; A Chanticleer Press ed edition (December 12, 1981)
  • Genre: Science & Math, Biological Sciences
  • ISBN: 978-0394519920
  • Dimensions: 4.03 x 1.44 x 7.72 inches