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American Huckster

Mary Papenfuss & Teri Thompson

There's no mystery in this sharp, timely takedown of soccer scammer Chuck Blazer, but there's gall, guile—and gotcha—to spare.

#Fifa!

Today We Die a Little!

Richard Askwith

Richly detailed account of Czech track legend and political gadfly Emil Zátopek—inspirational if not quite inspired.

#Helsinki

Players

Matthew Futterman

A history of modern sports and the athletes' rise from employee to millionaire power broker, from Arnold Palmer to Sonny Vaccaro.

#IMG

Late to the Ball

Gerald Marzorati

The topic is tennis, the subject mortality. A thoughtful and poignant take on the fight to hit a few winners before the match runs out.

#slam