most people looking at this book have likely read dean karnazes "ultramarathon man" or one of his other books. while dean makes himself sound like a tough guy, he's no match for scott jurek.
the story of how scott started in the sport, changed his diet, went through a spiritual journey and made it all the way to the top is truly remarkable. if you're a marathoner but looking to up your game or take on a new challenge, this one will really open your mind.
This book was a great history of not only Jesse Owens, but how African Americans lived in the years just before World War II. The author does a great job of taking us right into the Olympics in Berlin. It provides a close up view on what is is like to be a member of a minority group in the run up to world class competition.
Agassi's book is awesome. It feels as if you have been in his tennis bag for 20 years. The stories and recollections are robust, and the narration is first rate. Just terrific.
Agassi is candid and interesting. I wanted to learn what it is like to be a top flight tennis player, especially the psychological aspects of the sport -- what players think about and how that affects their performance. That's all here in great detail. I learned a lot and thoroughly enjoyed listening. The narrator is really good too.