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By Robert Winder. 2010
The Open Championship has been a high point of the British sporting calendar for 150 years, but few have been… so memorable as in 2009. After four heady days on the fabled Turnberry links (one day it went see, the next it went saw) Tom Watson, an all-time great but nearly 60 and with an artificial hip, faced an eight-foot putt to become not just the oldest but also the most successful (along with Harry Vardon) player in Open history. <P><P>The golfing world held its breath. History hung on the roll of a small white ball. As drama it verged upon the magical. Surely he couldn't prevail; surely he couldn't falter. But this was only one of hundreds of such moments. Robert Winder followed them all, from the start of the qualifying process to the dramatic last gasp. Here he traces the thrills and spills of a resonant sporting drama, listens to the players and administrators, and describes the many ways in which the Open truly is open: the world, to the elements, and to the neverending outrages of fortune.
By Marty Kaminsky. 2000
These fifteen motivating stories prove that integrity and honor are not entirely missing from the playing fields. Readers will share… the excitement as blind mountain climber Erik Weihenmayer scales the heights of Mount McKinley; as sprinter Gail Devers returns from a life-threatening illness to defend her Olympic title . . . and more. Despite facing incredible adversity, each of these stars found the heart and stamina to persevere.
By Charles Margerison. 2010
How did Charles Darwin, Albert Einstein and Coco Chanel choose their careers? Discover how these and other high achievers became… successful in Amazing Careers. In life, the work we do often determines our status in society as much as the money we earn. Some people choose their job because of strong convictions while others are motivated by salary. This book provides a unique insight into lives of people who had exciting and interesting careers and can help provide inspiration to you in your own. Each amazing career is explored through BioViewsÂ® which are short biographical stories, similar to interviews. These unique stories provide an easy way of learning about amazing people who made major contributions and changed our world.
By Juan Sasturain. 2018
Un recorrido por los Mundiales que jugó la Argentina -o mejor, por los Mundiales que jugamos-, desde 1930 hasta hoy.… En la cancha la camiseta se debe honrar, defender y, sobre todo, transpirar. El sudor es a la camiseta, en el fútbol, lo que la sangre a la bandera en la guerra. De la camiseta transpirada a la bandera ensangrentada hay un paso, sin duda excesivo. Se dice "dar la vida" en el esfuerzo; sudar sangre, exactamente. Los simbólicos colores se exaltan con la humedad. Además, siempre quedan las lágrimas de reserva: una catarata de efusiones que prometió, enumeró Churchill durante un Mundial que no era ningún juego. Parece que éste tampoco lo será. Es increíble las cosas que ponemos en el juego de la pelota. En este libro se pasa revista a los Mundiales que jugó Argentina o -mejor- a los Mundiales que jugamos, por radio, por la tele, en vivo o de memoria, de oídas o por rebote familiar. La versión no puede ser sino personal, sentimental en el mejor de los sentidos: qué me pasó a mí -de pibe, de adolescente, de muchacho, y ahora ya veterano- cuando esos campeonatos del mundo nos pasaban a todos por arriba y por adentro. Los datos precisos respecto de planteles, resultados, jugadores, fechas y partidos quedan a un lado, fuera del relato, no tienen que ver sino como paisaje, escenografía. No conozco felicidad más desgraciada. Pero sabemos que vale la pena. Juan Sasturain
By F. X. Toole. 1999
"In this remarkable collection . . . the spirit of Hemingway lives on." --The Wall Street Journal F. X. Toole… knew boxing. Between bouts, he wrote, and two years before his death he published this collection of stories, giving readers an unprecedented look at the gritty life around the ring. He tells of a cutman with a sweet tooth, young fighters with dreams of celebrity, and a talented boxer who goes to Atlantic City for his biggest bout, only to be humiliated by the prejudices of a callous promoter. In "Million $$$ Baby," the inspiration for the Oscar-winning Clint Eastwood film, an aged trainer takes on a female fighter, guiding her through disappointment, pain, and tragedy. And in "Rope Burns," Toole realizes his epic vision, showing that even the purest fighter can succumb to the pressures of the world outside the sport. Throughout these stories, boxing's violence is redeemed by the respect these men and women share, as they strap on gloves and prepare their bodies for the ultimate test. This ebook features an illustrated biography of F. X. Toole including rare images and never-before-seen documents from the author's estate.
By Mabel Lee, Xingjian Gao. 2004
Written between 1983 and 1990, these translated stories take as their themes the fragility of love and life, and the… haunting power of memory. In "The Temple" the narrator's acute and mysterious anxiety overshadows the "delirious happiness" of an outing with his new wife on their honeymoon. In "The Cramp" a man narrowly escapes drowning in the sea, only to find that no one even noticed his absence. In "The Accident" a bus hits a cyclist and, as in stop-action film, the chaotic aftermath gives way to a calm, ordinary street comer with no trace of the previous drama. In the title story the narrator attempts to "unburden myself of homesickness" only to find himself lost in a labyrinth of childhood memories. Everywhere in this collection are powerful psychological portraits of characters whose unarticulated hopes and fears betray the never-ending presence of the past in their present lives."--BOOK JACKET. Title Summary field provided by Blackwell North America, Inc. All Rights Reserved
By Philip Wylie, Karen Wylie Pryor. 2014
Philip Wylie's enthralling tales of saltwater fishing have been entertaining readers of the Saturday Evening Post since 1939. Captain Crunch… Adams, skipper of the charter boat Poseidon , and his friend and partner Des Smith adventure high and low in the waters of Florida, coming face to face with big fish and bigger personalities along the way. Featuring 22 of Wylie's best Crunch and Des stories, this is a delightful compendium of every thrill fishing has to offer. These beloved adventures include: "Widow Voyage" "Light Tackle" "Fifty-four, Forty and Fight" "The Way of All Fish" "The Affair of the Ardent Amazon" "Smuggler's Cove" And more favorite classics!With each Crunch and Des story selected by the author's daughter, these tales begin a journey of saltwater nostalgia, marine adventure, and warmhearted personalities that will last far beyond the last page.
By Ana Maria Moix. 2012
Reunimos por primera vez tres cuentos de Ana María Moix dedicados a una de sus pasiones: el fútbol. ¿Qué pasa… si un día, de repente, sucede que dejas de sentir los colores de tu equipo? ¿Es posible mantener el control sobre tus emociones mientras sigues un partido decisivo para los tuyos? ¿Existe alguna actividad más apropiada que el fútbol para socializar a un hijo? Ana María Moix reúne por primera vez en esta colección tres tentativas de explicar una pasión tan irracional como el fútbol. O la literatura.