3 Best-selling Sports Biographies
In November 2014 Sports Management Degrees wrote a detailed article that lists 50 sport biography bestsellers. The list was divided into different branches. Each part of this article represents the top selling book of a specific sport category and what makes it great.
Boxing – Muhammad Ali: His Life and Times, by Thomas Hauser
Over the decades of writing dozens of non-fiction books about the world of boxing Thomas Hauser has proven himself as legit author with justified reputation in the field of sports biographies. One of his greatest works was dedicated to one of the biggest and influencial sports figures – Muhammad Ali. It describes the career of “game changing” boxer. Thomas explores different stages of Muhammad’s career and goes deep into details of his biggest fights in the sport. The book tells the story of his life from the most various people who at some point crossed paths with Ali’s. Whether it were his friends or foes, Thomas exemplifies how failures and success made Muhammad “The Greatest.”
Hall of Fame caliber player Bobby Orr has been known not for his playing abilities to play hockey, but for his quiet, humble and not very vocal personality throughout his career. And luckily to many sports fans, Bob decided to reflect on paper the thoughts he had over these years.
In his autobiography Bobby writes not only about his professional hockey life, but about everything that happened in between. Orr shares his deep knowledge on the nature of NHL league. He tells the stories about how such factors as ego and laziness destroy careers of talented players. And most importantly – he inspires a reader to give 100 percent at things that play a huge role in life.
Basketball – Michael Jordan: The Life, by Roland Lazenby
Basketball continues to evolutionize into a much faster game with stronger athletes. Nevertheless, in spite of modern small forwards who jump higher than some of the past centers and modern point guards who are build better than some of the past shooting guards, Michael Jordan still remains the best player.
American sportswriter Roland Lazenby (who also wrote biography about Kobe Bryant and Jerry West) followed MJ’s basketball journey way back from his college years in North Carolina. Roland tells the story about Michael’s sides on every level and does a decent job at being honest and cynical. As much as many consider this book as a tribute, it also shows some negative aspects of Michael’s personality and issues he used to have on his way to the glory. That way, readers get to know not only about Jordan’s rise on and off the court but about his falls and roads to recovery as well. Which only reminds that legendary player is a human being like any other person.
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