Top 10 Best Books to Read in Sports Essays - August 2021

Here are our top ten recommendations if you are looking for the best books to read in Sports Essays. We have made sure our list is diverse to cater to the interests of different types of readers.

1. The Trapper's Bible: The Most Complete Guide to Trapping and Hunting Tips Ever

Top 10 Best Books to Read in Sports Essays - August 2021

Recognize animal tracks and signs; master a variety of wood and steel traps, snares, deadfalls, and pens; mix your own animal scents; skin, stretch, cure, and tan hides, learn how to trap every animal imaginable; and more! A collection of tips, tactics, and anecdotes from the finest trappers the United States has ever seen, The Trapper’s Bible is an essential reference guide for hunters, trappers, and historians. Taken directly from some of the upmost authorities on the trapping profession, hundreds of photos and illustrations adorn this fascinating compendium. Here are details on a wide variety of different traps and extensive information outlining the behavior and nature of a long list of animals commonly hunted and trapped: Deer and moose Muskrat, and beaver Wolf, coyote, and fox Black bear and grizzly bear. Raccoon and rabbit Skunk, weasel, and woodchuck And much more! The Trapper’s Bible offers the best of the best. It’s an amazing collection of hard-to-find information and an informative look into life as a trapper.

  • Author: Eustace Hazard Livingston
  • Publisher: Skyhorse; 1st edition (July 1, 2012)
  • Genre: Crafts, Hobbies & Home, Antiques & Collectibles
  • ISBN: 978-1616085599
  • Dimensions: 8.5 x 0.9 x 11 inches


2. Sidecountry: Tales of Death and Life from the Back Roads of Sports

Top 10 Best Books to Read in Sports Essays - August 2021

Breathtaking tales of climbers and hunters, runners and racers, winners and losers by the Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter. New York Times reporter John Branch’s riveting, humane pieces about ordinary people doing extraordinary things at the edges of the sporting world have won nearly every major journalism prize. Sidecountry gathers the best of Branch’s work for the first time, featuring 20 of his favorites from the more than 2,000 pieces he has published in the paper. Branch is renowned for covering the offbeat in the sporting world, from alligator hunting to wingsuit flying. Sidecountry features such classic Branch pieces, including “Snow Fall,” about downhill skiers caught in an avalanche in Washington state, and “Dawn Wall,” about rock climbers trying to scale Yosemite’s famed El Capitan. In other articles, Branch introduces people whose dedication and decency transcend their sporting lives, including a revered football coach rebuilding his tornado-devastated town in Iowa and a girls’ basketball team in Tennessee that plays on despite never winning a game. The book culminates with his moving personal pieces, including “Children of the Cube,” about the surprising drama of Rubik’s Cube competitions as seen through the eyes of Branch’s own sports-hating son, and “The Girl in the No. 8 Jersey,” about a mother killed in the 2017 Las Vegas shooting whose daughter happens to play on Branch’s daughter’s soccer team. John Branch has been hailed for writing “American portraiture at its best” (Susan Orlean) and for covering sports “the way Lyle Lovett writes country music―a fresh turn on a time-honored pleasure” (Nicholas Dawidoff). Sidecountry is the work of a master reporter at the top of his game. 4 illustrations

  • Author: John Branch
  • Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company (June 1, 2021)
  • Genre: History, Americas
  • ISBN: 978-1324006695
  • Dimensions: 6.3 x 1.1 x 9.4 inches


3. Basic Fishing: A Beginner's Guide

Top 10 Best Books to Read in Sports Essays - August 2021

A great beginner’s guide for new fishermen and those who want to learn to fish for fun, with advice on tackle, bait, boats, accessories, and more. New to fishing and have no idea how to start? With Basic Fishing , you’ll be an accomplished angler in no time at all. Expert angler and award-winning outdoor writer Wade Bourne was taught to fish by his father. In turn, Bourne taught his children how to fish. Now he brings his expertise to Basic Fishing , a step-by-step guide that masterfully breaks down the art of fishing with diagrams, vivid photographs, and lessons. You'll learn all about: How to catch fish—guaranteed! Different types of fishing equipment How to select bait, lures, and tackle Where and how to find good fishing spots Boats, boat accessories, and motors  Methods for cooking and cleaning fish Increasing your fishing skills Fishing safety And more! This book is great for families looking to bond in the great outdoors, and it proves that the joy of fishing can last a lifetime and beyond as it is passed down from generation to generation. Skyhorse Publishing is proud to publish a broad range of books for fishermen. Our books for anglers include titles that focus on fly fishing, bait fishing, fly-casting, spin casting, deep sea fishing, and surf fishing. Our books offer both practical advice on tackle, techniques, knots, and more, as well as lyrical prose on fishing for bass, trout, salmon, crappie, baitfish, catfish, and more.

  • Author: Wade Bourne
  • Publisher: Skyhorse; Illustrated edition (April 7, 2015)
  • Genre: Science & Math, Biological Sciences
  • ISBN: 978-1632203380
  • Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.7 x 8.25 inches


4. Cloudbuster Nine: The Untold Story of Ted Williams and the Baseball Team That Helped Win World War II

Top 10 Best Books to Read in Sports Essays - August 2021

In 1943, while the New York Yankees and St. Louis Cardinals were winning pennants and meeting in that year's World Series, one of the nation's strongest baseball teams practiced on a skinned-out college field in the heart of North Carolina. Ted Williams, Johnny Pesky, and Johnny Sain were among a cadre of fighter-pilot cadets who wore the Cloudbuster Nine baseball jersey at an elite Navy training school at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. In this spirited Field of Dreams -like father-daughter account, author Anne R. Keene opens with a story about her father, Jim Raugh, who suited up as the team batboy and mascot. He got to know his baseball heroes personally, watching players hit the road on cramped, tin-can buses, dazzling factory workers, kids, and service members at dozens of games, including a war-bond exhibition against Babe Ruth's team at Yankee Stadium. Jimmy followed his baseball dreams as a college All-American, but was crushed later in life by a failed major-league bid with the Detroit Tigers. He would have carried this story to his grave had Anne not discovered his scrapbook from a Navy school that shaped America's greatest heroes including George H. W. Bush, Gerald Ford, John Glenn, Paul "Bear" Bryant, and John Wooden. With the help of rare images and insights from World War II MLB baseball veterans such as Dr. Bobby Brown and Eddie Robinson, the story of this remarkable team is brought to life for the first time in The Cloudbuster Nine: The Untold Story of Ted Williams and the Baseball Team That Helped Win World War II.

  • Author: Anne R. Keene
  • Publisher: Sports Publishing; 1st edition (April 21, 2020)
  • Genre: History, Americas
  • ISBN: 978-1683583622
  • Dimensions: 6 x 1.02 x 9 inches


5. The Little Red Book of Fly Fishing (Little Red Books)

Top 10 Best Books to Read in Sports Essays - August 2021

Kirk Deeter of Field & Stream and Charlie Meyers of the Denver Post, crack open their notebooks and share expert advice on flies, casting, reading the water, and much more. The mission of The Little Red Book of Fly Fishing is to demystify and un-complicate the tricks and tips that make a great trout fisher. There are no complicated physics lessons here. Rather, conceived in the “take dead aim” spirit of Harvey Penick’s classic instructional on golf, The Little Red Book of Fly Fishing offers a simple, digestible primer on the basic elements of fly fishing: the cast, presentation, reading water, and selecting flies. The Table of Contents includes: Part One: The Cast: 45 Tips to Help You Cast Straighter, Longer, and More Accurately Part Two: Presentation: 60 Tips to Help you Place and Drift Your Flies So that Trout Will Want to Eat Them Part Three: Reading Water: 37 Tips to Help You Find Trout in a Rive and Effectively Cast to them Part Four: 43 Tips to Help You Select, Rig, and Fish the Right Fly at the Right Time in the Right Way Part Five: Miscellaneous: 65 Tips on Fighting Fish, Wading, Choosing Ger, and Everything Else That Matters In the end, this collection of 240 tips is one of the most insightful, plainly spoken, and entertaining works on this sport—one that will serve both novices and experts alike in helping them reflect and hone-in their approaches to fly fishing.

  • Author: Kirk Deeter
  • Publisher: Skyhorse; Illustrated edition (May 1, 2010)
  • Genre: Science & Math, Biological Sciences
  • ISBN: 978-1602399815
  • Dimensions: 5 x 0.9 x 7 inches


6. Beneath the Surface: My Story

Top 10 Best Books to Read in Sports Essays - August 2021

Peek into the mind of a champion swimmer Michael Phelps, the most decorated Olympian of all time (28 medals, including 23 gold) In this candid memoir, Phelps talks openly about his battle with attention deficit disorder, the trauma of his parents’ divorce, and the challenges that come with being thrust into the limelight. Readers will relive all the heart-stopping glory as Phelps completes his journey from the youngest man to ever set a world swimming record in 2001, to an Olympic powerhouse in 2008, to surpassing the greatest athlete of ancient Greece, Leonidas of Rhodes, with 13 triumphs in 2016. Athletes and fans alike will be fascinated by insights into Phelps’s training, mental preparation, and behind-the-scenes perspective on international athletic competitions. A chronicle of Phelps’s evolution from awkward teenager to record-breaking powerhouse, Beneath the Surface is a must-read for any sports fan.

  • Author: Michael Phelps
  • Publisher: Sports Publishing (October 4, 2016)
  • Genre: Sports & Outdoors, Miscellaneous
  • ISBN: 978-1683580874
  • Dimensions: 6 x 0.9 x 9 inches


7. The Orvis Guide to Beginning Fly Fishing: 101 Tips for the Absolute Beginner (Orvis Guides)

Top 10 Best Books to Read in Sports Essays - August 2021

Written with the support of The Orvis Company, this full-color book offers everyone a chance to learn the fundamentals of fly fishing. Start catching trout, bass, and more today! The Orvis Guide to Beginning Fly Fishing can be the start of a lifetime journey of discovery that will increase your intimacy with the natural world and allow you to gain skill and finesse in your fly-fishing techniques. Proven teaching techniques and bright, helpful illustrations and photographs will enable new fly fishers to: Select and assemble proper, balanced tackle Cast a line with authority and accuracy Chose the correct fly for any situation Tie the two most useful fishing knots Find fish in lakes, rivers, and salt water and much more Here are fishing ethics, helpful safety advice, basic angling terms, everything the new fly fisher needs in a crisp, helpful, and finely illustrated primer of the highest rank.

  • Author: The Orvis Company
  • Publisher: Skyhorse; Illustrated edition (July 27, 2009)
  • Genre: Science & Math, Biological Sciences
  • ISBN: 978-1602393233
  • Dimensions: 6 x 0.7 x 9 inches


8. Finished Business: My Fifty Years of Headlines, Heroes, and Heartaches

Top 10 Best Books to Read in Sports Essays - August 2021

Ray Didinger opens his lively memoir Finished Business with the Philadelphia Eagles’ upset win in Super Bowl LII. When the Eagles finally hoist the Lombardi Trophy, Didinger does his best to straddle the emotions of a working reporter and a long-suffering Philly fan. His ability to do that is why he has built up such a loyal following. Didinger began following the Eagles as a kid, hanging out in his grandfather’s bar in Southwest Philadelphia. He spent his summers at the team's training camp in Hershey. It was there he met his idol, flanker Tommy McDonald. He would later write a play, Tommy and Me, about their friendship and his efforts to see McDonald enshrined in the Pro Football Hall of Fame. Didinger has been covering the Eagles as a newspaper columnist or TV analyst since 1970. Over the years, he wrote sports for the Philadelphia Bulletin and the Philadelphia Daily News . He later produced Emmy Award–winning documentaries for NFL Films before transitioning to sports talk radio and TV analysis. In five decades, across multiple media platforms, he has interviewed everyone from Hank Aaron, Wayne Gretzky, Muhammad Ali, Julius Erving, Jack Nicklaus, to Mike Schmidt, as well as writing film scripts for Hollywood stars such as Bruce Willis and Alec Baldwin. He went to the White House with the U.S. Olympic team and even explored the bizarre world of professional wrestling. His stories, told in his familiar, breezy style, capture his enthusiasm for sports and his affection for the fans who still mourn the pennant that eluded the Phillies in 1964. Didinger has become synonymous with Philadelphia sports, and his memoir is as passionate as an autumn Sunday at Lincoln Financial Field.

  • Author: Ray Didinger
  • Publisher: Temple University Press; 1st edition (May 26, 2021)
  • Genre: History, Americas
  • ISBN: 978-1439920602
  • Dimensions: 6.3 x 1.5 x 9.1 inches


9. Training for the New Alpinism: A Manual for the Climber as Athlete

Top 10 Best Books to Read in Sports Essays - August 2021

In Training for the New Alpinism , Steve House, world-class climber and Patagonia ambassador, and Scott Johnston, coach of U.S. National Champions and World Cup Nordic Skiers, translate training theory into practice to allow you to coach yourself to any mountaineering goal. Applying training practices from other endurance sports, House and Johnston demonstrate that following a carefully designed regimen is as effective for alpinism as it is for any other endurance sport and leads to better performance. They deliver detailed instruction on how to plan and execute training tailored to your individual circumstances. Whether you work as a banker or a mountain guide, live in the city or the country, are an ice climber, a mountaineer heading to Denali, or a veteran of 8,000-meter peaks, your understanding of how to achieve your goals grows exponentially as you work with this book. Chapters cover endurance and strength training theory and methodology, application and planning, nutrition, altitude, mental fitness, and assessing your goals and your strengths. Chapters are augmented with inspiring essays by world-renowned climbers, including Ueli Steck, Mark Twight, Peter Habeler, Voytek Kurtyka, and Will Gadd. Filled with photos, graphs, and illustrations.

  • Author: Steve House
  • Publisher: Patagonia; Illustrated edition (March 18, 2014)
  • Genre: Sports & Outdoors, Miscellaneous
  • ISBN: 978-1938340239
  • Dimensions: 7.5 x 1.2 x 10.2 inches


10. Complete Book of Fishing Knots, Leaders, and Lines: How to Tie The Perfect Knot for Every Fishing Situation

Top 10 Best Books to Read in Sports Essays - August 2021

Master every fishing knot you’ll ever need—and never lose a big bass, trout, salmon, pike, or striper again When you’re fishing, there’s nothing more frustrating than letting a poorly tied knot cost you the catch of the day. Knot expert Lindsey Philpott has written a guide to save anglers everywhere that anguish. The Complete Book of Fishing Knots, Leaders, and Lines contains directions for fifty kinds of knots, ranging from easier knots for beginners to specialized knots for more experienced fishermen. Each knot is explained with step-by-step instructions and color photographs, all done using a thick monofilament to make them as easy to see as possible. Here are just a few of the various types of knots you’ll learn: Arbor Australian braid Palomar Japanese fisherman Bimini twist Paragum And many more! Also included is a glossary of terms to ensure that every part of the knot-tying process is easy to learn. The Complete Book of Fishing Knots, Leaders, and Lines offers clear instructions for tying winning leaders, tips for selecting lines, and up-to-date information from the field that will bring you the quickest, slickest, and best catch ever. Whether you’re trolling for huge marlin on the open seas or fishing for blue gill in your favorite fishing hole, this book is a must-have for fishermen of all abilities.

  • Author: Lindsey Philpott
  • Publisher: Skyhorse; Illustrated edition (May 5, 2015)
  • Genre: Science & Math, Biological Sciences
  • ISBN: 978-1632205360
  • Dimensions: 5 x 0.8 x 7.5 inches