#1 Shoe Dog: A Memoir by the Creator of Nike
Bill Gates named Shoe Dog one of his five favorite books of 2016 and called it “an amazing tale, a refreshingly honest reminder of what the path to business success really looks like. It’s a messy, perilous, and chaotic journey, riddled with mistakes, endless struggles, and sacrifice. Phil Knight opens up in ways few CEOs are willing to do.”
Fresh out of business school, Phil Knight borrowed fifty dollars from his father and launched a company with one simple mission: import high-quality, low-cost running shoes from Japan. Selling the shoes from the trunk of his car in 1963, Knight grossed eight thousand dollars that first year. Today, Nike’s annual sales top $30 billion.
#2 The Unforgettable World Cup: 31 Days of Triumph and Heartbreak in Brazil
The 2014 World Cup brought with it excitement, drama, artistry and disappointment — both on and off the field. This e-book from The Wall Street Journal collects dispatches from our coverage of the sights, sounds and culture of the world’s favorite sport as seen in Brazil, its spiritual home.
We’ve collected highlights from The Journal’s coverage of the tournament, added an introductory essay from WSJ Sports Columnist Jason Gay and more to bring you the most interesting, unexpected and insightful reporting from the Journal’s correspondents in Brazil and around the world. It looks at everything from the sport itself to the people, places and culture that make the World Cup one of the most engaging sporting events on the planet.
#3 Made in India: A Memoir
There’s more to Milind Soman than meets the eye (although, as his legions of female fans will agree, what meets the eye is pretty delish).
Combining in himself the passion of an entrepreneur, the mind of a nerd, the discipline of an athlete, the curiosity of an explorer, the heart of a patriot and the soul of a philosopher, Milind has made the stunning-and apparently seamless- transition from champion swimmer to supermodel to actor to extreme sportsperson to women’s fitness activist, enabler and proselytiser, all in one lifetime.
# 4 Muscle Myths
“I have bad genetics—I’m a ‘hardgainer.’”
“You have to work your abs more to get a six-pack.”
“When doing cardio, you want your heart rate in the ‘fat burning zone.’”
“You have to do cardio for 20 minutes before your body starts burning fat.”
“Don’t eat at night if you want to lose weight.”
“Steroids make you look great.”
“I’m overweight because I have a slow metabolism.”
You’ve probably heard one or more of these statements before, and the sad truth is lies like these have ruined many people’s fitness ambitions. There are many, many more.
#5 Open: An Autobiography
He is one of the most beloved athletes in history and one of the most gifted men ever to step onto a tennis court – Coaxed to swing a racket while still in the crib, forced to hit hundreds of balls a day while still in grade school, Agassi resented the constant pressure even as he drove himself, an inner conflict that would define him. In his beautiful, haunting autobiography, Agassi tells the story of a life framed by conflict.
Agassi makes us feel his panic as an undersized seven-year-old, practicing all day under the obsessive gaze of his violent father. We see him at thirteen, banished to a tennis camp.
#6 Range: How Generalists Triumph in a Specialized World
A Financial Times Essential Reads of 2019 pick
‘I loved Range‘ Malcolm Gladwell
‘It’s a joy to spend hours in the company of a writer as gifted as David Epstein‘ Susan Cain, bestselling author of Quiet
‘A goldmine of surprising insights. Makes you smarter with every page‘ James Clear, bestselling author of Atomic Habits
‘Urgent and important. . . an essential read for bosses, parents, coaches, and anyone who cares about improving performance’ Daniel H. Pink
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