Sports & Football History Books

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    One of the world's favourite sporting events, Le Tour de France finds cyclists competing in a huge test of skill, passion and endurance.

    This authoritative hardback looks over the event in great detail and contains over 300 photographs from its history - including some from the 19th century.

    Fully up to date with analysis of the 2017 tour (which found Chris Froome joining an elite club of four-time and three-in-a-row winners) alongside all the memorable moments from yesteryear, this beautiful book contains action shots of the most famous stars of the saddle and archive images of brochures, newspaper clippings, posters and postcards.
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    Rev yourselves up for a race through the history of Formula 1 in this five-DVD collection of historic documentaries!

    From the beginning of the much-loved sport to the world-dominating industry it has become today, the DVDs look at the legends of the circuits, the high-performance machines they drove and the high-powered businessmen behind the wheels.
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    Get in pole position with the most complete and in-depth guide to Formula One you will ever read. It covers life in the fast lane from 1950 all the way through to the present day.

    Featuring exclusive contributions from the likes of Jackie Stewart, Nigel Mansell and Mark Webber, this book provides an overview of every twist, turn and significant moment from the world's favourite motorsport.

    From the ecstasy of victory to the anguish of defeat, this is a truly evocative collection of memories, photographs, triumphs and tragedies.
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    'The marathon tethers runners to their own personal narratives. It is a question of how you grow. Nothing but your own body will sustain you; everything you have done in your life until the moment you cross the finishing line is connected to the effort'. Two hours, to cover 26 miles and 385 yards. It is running's Everest, a feat once seen as impossible for the human body. But now we can glimpse the mountain-top. The sub-two hour marathon will require an exceptional feat of speed, mental strength and endurance. The pioneer will have to endure more, live braver, plan better, and be luckier than his forbearers. So who is he? In this spellbinding book, Ed Caesar takes us into the world of the elite of the elite: the greatest marathoners on earth. Through the stories of these rich characters, and their troubled lives, he traces the history of the marathon as well as the science, physiology and psychology involved in running so fast, for so long. And he shows us why this most democratic of races retains its savage, enthralling appeal - why we are drawn to test ourselves to the limit. "Lyrical and passionate...a celebration of the human spirit and what it can achieve." (Observer). "The topic is one of the most profound there is: the absolute limits of human performance'." (Sebastian Junger, author of The Perfect Storm).
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    This is the complete story of boxing from the pugilists of the classical amphitheatres to the heroes of today. This is the ultimate companion for any serious fight-fan. The Champions includes illustrated biographies of Corbett, Sullivan, 'Kid' Lewis, Dempsey, Tunney, Freddie Mills, Joe Louis, Rocky Marciano, Henry Cooper, Muhammad Ali, Foreman, Frazier, Holmes, Bruno, McGuigan, Hagler, 'Sugar' Ray Leonard, Mike Tyson and many others. The Great Fights covers over eighty epic encounters in detail, each famous for its savagery, artistry, controversy, spectacle or prize-money. The World of Boxing offers a behind-the-scenes look at the managers, the promoters, the trophies and the venues, and a pictorial guide to the books, magazines, cards and collector's items that document boxing's past and present. Boxing, combining brute force and raw courage with classic skill and artistry, appeals to a broader range of emotions and senses than any other form of human sport. The first section, The Champions, offers biographies and visual portraits of the legendary names in boxing, including the greats of the modern era. The second section, The Great Fights, highlights those contests and moments that form the core of boxing lore. Eighty encounters are covered in detail. The final section, The World of Boxing, offers a behind-the-scenes insight into the managers, promoters, trophies, venues, magazines, books, paintings and collector's items.
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    From Jack London to Joyce Carol Oates, The Hurt Business is the ultimate boxing book covering a century of the greatest fighter and the writers who have followed 'the sweet science'. Beginning with Jack London's account of the 1910 championship bout between Jack Johnson and James Jeffries (for which the Call of the Wildman called for and coined the term "The Great White Hope"), and ending with Carlo Rotella's 2002 homage to Larry Holmes ("Champion at Twilight"), The Hurt Business is a near century's worth of rip-roaring reveal. Some of it comes ringside, like Norman Mailer et; some of it comes from the gym, like Pete Hamill's "Up the Stairs with Cus D'Amato"; and some of it comes from so far behind the scenes you feel as if you've been eavesdropping - Thomas Hauser's excerpt from The Black Lights. For fans of Norman Mailer's The Fight or George Kimball's Four Kings: Leonard, Hagler, Hearns, Duran and the Last Great Era of Boxing, The Hurt Business belongs on the shelves of any fan of boxing or sublime sports writing.
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    In 1872, the world's first tennis club was founded in Leamington Spa. The world's oldest tennis tournament, the Wimbledon Championships, was first played in London in 1877. These first Championships culminated in a debate on how to standardise the rules of the sport as it evolved. John Moyer Heathcote was one of those who devised the original rules of lawn tennis, and he is also credited with inventing the cloth covering for the tennis ball. An amateur tennis champion until 1882, he wrote one of the very first manuals of the sport. The Classic Guide to Tennis instructs the budding tennis player in how to become a master of the game.
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    For an invention that has only been around for 200 years, the simple bicycle has changed the world in many ways. It democratised travel for the first time, allowing ordinary people to travel at reasonable speed without need of a horse, to commute further afield to work and to enjoy the benefits of the countryside. It has challenged social conventions, granting women a new-found freedom, and it has played an important role in wartime, whether used by British paratroopers or in Vietnamese supply lines. Today, despite the prevalence of the car, the bicycle is as important as ever, with more cycles appear on city streets each year. Bikes come in all shapes and sizes and the history of cycling is on of innovation in design: from Macmillan's first pedal-driven cycle to the eccentric Dursley Pedersen, and from the 1960s iconic Moulton to the free-styling BMX, the humble cycle continues to surprise and delight in equal measure. Illustrated in full colour with a wide range of photographs, The History of Cycling in Fifty bikes tells the story of the bicycle through 50 iconic machines, starting with the first primitive wooden two-wheelers through to carbon-fibre super bikes and the designs of the future, celebrating sporting achievements, technological advances and world records along with way.
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    This decade at Le Mans began with the first victories by Porsche, whose awesome 917 racing car, capable of more than 240mph (385kph), established a distance record that would stand for almost four decades. One of a hat-trick of wins by Matra, effectively the French national team, was achieved in a famously frantic, head-to-head duel with Ferrari. In 1975, the oil crisis led the ACO to run its race to a 'fuel formula', and it was won by the Ford-supported Gulf-Mirage team. Porsche, using motorsport to develop its turbocharging technology, won again in 1976 and in 1977, when Jacky Ickx produced one of the greatest drives ever seen in motor racing anywhere. A massive effort by Renault, again with a turbocharged engine, delivered success in 1978. The decade closed, as it had started, with a soaking wet race that was won by Porsche. This 10-year chronicle describes events as they unfolded during each of the races. The reader will learn about the ever-changing regulations - many introduced to encourage fuel efficiency - that governed the races, and follow the technical advances made by innovative competitors as they strove to win the biggest prize in motor racing.
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    This was a very important period in the Le Mans story. Ferrari and Jaguar raced to stake claims as the foremost manufacturers of high-performance cars. Mercedes-Benz came back from war-ravaged Germany and again set the standards in race-car engineering. Aston Martin finally won at its 20th attempt. Enormous crowds - approaching half a million people - saw the first rear-engined saloons to compete at Le Mans, and the first mid-engined sports-racing cars, and the first diesels. As the victorious manufacturers actively promoted their successes, their commercial rivals also set out to win. As many as 15 brought 'works' teams every June, with purpose-built cars. On-track performance soared. In 1949 the fastest car hit 135mph (217kph) on the unique Mulsanne straight. Before the end of the 1950s, top speeds exceeded 180mph (290kph). This fascinating book tells the stories of these increasingly potent racing cars and conveys the punishing nature of an incomparable event - the ultimate test of the mental and physical abilities of the fragile individuals who make up racing teams, be they drivers, engineers, strategists or mechanics.The thorough statistics in the book result from fresh research, and there are more than 400 evocative photographs, many of them - including very rare colour images - never published before.
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    This remarkable book is the third edition of an acclaimed work of reference about Formula 1. It has been meticulously researched and written to capture the character and essence of every one of the 935 World Championship races held from the beginning of Formula 1 in 1950 to the end of the 2015 season. Each entry highlights the key events of each Grand Prix from qualifying through to the final outcome as well as spotlighting those incidental happenings so unique to F1 that influenced a race or an unfolding championship battle. Nothing is missed in this unique book of record.
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    Matt Warshaw knows more about surfing that any other person on the planet. After five years of research and writing, Warshaw has completed a totally unprecedented history of the sport and the culture it has spawned. With a voice that is definitive, funny, and wholly original, The History of Surfing delivers the ultimate book for surfers everywhere.
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    The 1980s was a momentous decade in Formula 1 and this book captures its extraordinary drama. A superb range of 250 colour photographs by Rainer Schlegelmilch, one of the greatest motor racing photographers of all time, is supported by insightful commentary from Quentin Spurring, who had the senior editorial role on Autosport magazine for much of that decade. Alain Prost, Ayrton Senna and Nigel Mansell all made their debuts in this decade and became, with Nelson Piquet, the stars of the era - they were arch rivals equipped, at one stage, with the most powerful racing engines of all time. McLaren and Williams first established themselves as regular winners in this period, and these teams, with Ferrari, remain big players today. This was a decade when Formula 1 was transformed by political upheaval, technical innovation and extended TV coverage, all of which laid the foundations for today's globally popular sport.
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    Barca: The Illustrated History of FC Barcelona is the official celebration of modern football's most dominant team. This club-endorsed book traces the club's history from its formation in 1899, the trials and tribulations of growth, through to the blossoming of the club in the 1960s and its recognition as a super power of modern football. Written in a lively and informative style by a leading Catalan author and illustrated throughout with 200 dramatic action images and rare behind-the-scenes photographs, the book includes profiles of some of the club's legendary players and important figures including Xavi, Messi, Iniesta, Neymar, Suarez and many more. Barca: The Illustrated History of FC Barcelona is a very special book and gives a unique insight into one of the world's greatest football clubs.
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    The Ultimate Encyclopedia of Boxing is the world's most comprehensive single-volume illustrated work of boxing reference. As well as biographies of the greatest boxers of all time, from John L Sullivan and Jack Dempsey, through Sugar Ray Robinson and Muhammad Ali to Anthony Joshua and Floyd Mayweather Jr, there are reports from outstanding fights across the ages and, uniquely, a record of every world championship fight ever contested. It considers the prominent men behind the scenes such as promoters, trainers and managers as well as famous boxing venues, administrative bodies, rules, culture and ambience of the fight game. There is also a section celebrating boxing in the Olympic Games, recalling the outstanding feats of, amongst others, Joshua, Nicola Adams and James DeGale. The book concludes with a detailed timeline of boxing history. No serious student of boxing can afford to be without The Ultimate Encyclopedia of Boxing on their shelves.
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    The Competition Bicycle will inspire cyclists and design lovers alike. The evocative, detail-rich photographs display the history of the bicycle, from racing high-wheelers to modern racing bikes with carbon-fiber disc wheels. Exceptional handcrafted machines ridden by great champions illustrate milestones in the mechanics and craftsmanship of bicycle design. This volume also features iconic bicycles that played an important role in the history of the sport, from the bicycle that sent Eddy Merckx over the finish line in his last world championship win, to those of tandem teams who tackled the hour record, motor-paced track racers that exceeded 80 mph on the wooden boards, to California's mountain-bike pioneers. Historic images complement the stunning new photography that illustrates each machine in exquisite detail while celebrating the evolution of the sport, object, and machine. The Competition Bicycle is sure to be treasured by all who appreciate magnificent masterpieces of vintage and contemporary design.
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    This was the defining decade for the Le Mans 24 Hours. It started with six consecutive victories by Ferrari, overwhelming Aston Martin and Maserati. But then Ford threw its all-American dollars at the race and won it four times in a technically exciting period that also brought the competitive emergence of brands such as Alfa Romeo, Matra, Porsche and Renault. The participation of great automobile manufacturers spurred the development of many iconic racing cars: Ferrari Testa Rossa and GTO, Ford GT40 and Daytona Cobra, Porsche 904 and 917. The machines that were specially built for Le Mans evolved through the decade from front-engined brutes to mid-engined monsters. By the end of the period, many of them could achieve more than 200mph (300kph) on the awesome straights that defined the race, thrilling as many as 300,000 spectators at trackside. Almost 50 companies built cars that were raced at Le Mans in the 1960s. The 24 Hours became an annual cauldron of corporate rivalry and a high-speed proving ground for innovative automobile technologies.Above all, it became an incomparably arduous and complex challenge to man and machine that captured the imagination of the public the world over.
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    Updated edition of this beautiful and award-winning official coffee table book which celebrates one of sport's most historic and iconic venues - from the epic matches played on Centre Court and the legends who have graced its hallowed grass to the uniquely English atmosphere of ball boys, boaters and Robinson's barley water. This new edition includes the London 2012 Olympic tournament held at Wimbledon and Andy Murray's historic Gentlemen's Singles title in 2013.
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    Why does football matter so much? Why is the mood of those who support it tethered to the performance or the results of their team? Why do people, otherwise intelligent and rational, become compulsively passionate about it? And why, more than ever before, do we identify the success of cities - as they identify themselves - through their football club? Over the course of a year, Duncan will unpack the reasons why football is always more than just a game, and far from nostalgia this is a modern book for the modern reader. The landscape has changed so much, and football fans have never had it so good. Part memoir, part polemic, Duncan will explore why the mood of those who support football are tethered to the performance of their team, intercut with judicious slices of memoir and reminiscences about the players managers of his past, including everyone from Ramsey to Stein, Paisley to Daglish; Lineker to Shilton, Gullitt to Maradona and Cryuff and Gascoigne, Clough.
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    The Beautiful Badge tells the fascinating story behind the UK's football club badges, from 1860s hand-embroidered symbols on home-knitted jerseys to today's multi-million pound brands. The book not only covers hammers, cannon and Liver birds but also reveals the link between Peterhead FC and Viz comic; which TV celebrity designed Aldershot Town FC's badge; and whose GBP10 doodle became the opposition's badge. Some clubs have sported ten or more different badges over the decades, ranging from their town's coat of arms to cartoon insects and initials. Promotion, moving to a new stadium or an owner with controversial views often results in a new badge. The book plots the influence of fashion, technology and fans, and investigates the tensions between clubs and supporters over changes to their beloved badge. Do you know why your club's badge looks the way it does? The Beautiful Badge is essential reading for football enthusiasts, historians, designers and anyone who enjoys putting their feet up in the boot room.
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    Glory, Glory Lane is the life-affirming history - including a momentous last season - of a world-famous football stadium, home to Tottenham Hotspur for 118 years. A Victorian structure turned wraparound 21st-century all-seater, it became a theatre of dreams for supporters all attracted by teams which played the 'Spurs way' to achieve glory. The Lane gave a stage to a conveyor belt of legends from Cameron to Alli via Nicholson, Blanchflower, Greaves, Hoddle and Klinsmann. It provided unforgettable memories in unforgettable atmospheres - heart-lifting, heart-breaking, nerve-racking. Its story veers from founders obsessed by Harry Hotspur to Harry Kane via Harry Redknapp; through matches, personalities, ground developments and threatened closure, all with first-hand accounts. It's hard to imagine how a new GBP750m stadium can ever replace the edifice which shut its gates for the last time after Spurs played Manchester United in May 2017, having created a daunting legacy.
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    An alternative insight into the cycling revolution Have you ever wondered why the leader's jersey at the Tour de France is yellow? Where Graeme Obree's record-breaking bike 'Old Faithful' got its nickname? Or the role of bloomers in bicycle design? Find out in this absorbing and quirky look at the history of cycling and the development of bike-related design through 100 pivotal objects. Charting the journey from the laufmaschine to the Brompton, through the early prototypes and the two-wheeled toys of the aristocracy, to the speed machines we know today. Filled with fascinating photographs and illustrations, immerse yourself in the history of cycling - from the boneshaker via the bicycle powered washing machine, to cuddly lions and ball bearings.
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    Celtic's greatest side became European champions in 1967, but if you think you know their history - think again. This is their tale as never told before. The remarkable story of how Jock Stein brought together a group of local lads, engaging on their first European Cup campaign, and led them all the way to the top will never be repeated. As they progressed, they continued to challenge on four fronts, giving new pride to the city of Glasgow, and creating a legend that resonates still, fifty years on. A Year and a Day provides unprecedented detail on the twelve months that brought such unique success. Discover which Clyde player almost became a Lisbon Lion and who he would have replaced. Learn how Jock Stein got his prediction for the final horribly wrong and even what the Lions had for breakfast on the great day. Find out who spirited away the match ball - and keeps it to this day - at the end of Celtic's tumultuous quarter-final with Vojvodina. The book includes an excruciatingly honest interview with Jimmy Johnstone, Celtic's greatest player, previously unpublished in full. The other Lisbon Lions also have their say, and here too, for the first time, are extensive interviews with representatives of all of the opponents that Celtic faced on the way to Lisbon, providing frank and shocking insights. Teeming with fresh material, this book scrutinises every step Celtic took on the way to winning the European Cup. Even the players who won the great trophy will discover in these pages new revelations about how they emerged triumphant. It is the last word on their magnificent achievement.
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    Dating from the late 19th-century to the 1970s, this collection features vintage posters from cycling's most iconic brands- such as Bianchi and Peugeot-as well as races-such as the now-defunct Peace Race, the Olympics, and Paris-Brest-Paris. Featuring artwork by A. M. Cassandre, Henri de Toulouse- Lautrec, and other significant names in design history, alongside extraordinary works from lesser known artists and designers, each impeccably reproduced poster is detachable from the spine, ready for framing. The reverse side of each image includes information about the artist and subjects depicted, and a brief introduction offers an overview of the origins, rise and development of the poster. Spanning decades and continents, these striking full-color posters celebrate the beauty of cycling and are the perfect gift for bicycle enthusiasts