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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.


Today We Die a Little!

Richard Askwith

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



Matthew Futterman

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


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.