Bill Belichick is Bill Belichick is oBill Belichick is one of the most intriguing yet enigmatic figures in contemporary American sports. He is the best professional football coach of our era, and his New England Patriot teams are the winner of three of the last four Super Bowls, including one of the most stunning upsets in that championship series. Yet until now, Belichick has deliberately stayed as far from the spotlight as possible, proving himself as elusive as he is talented. Distinguished writer-historian David Halberstam paints a dazzling portrait of a man and his profession, revealing both the intimate world of Bill Belichick and the unique abilities that make him so successful: his exceptional intelligence, his ability to break down and exploit game film, his singular discipline, and his almost unmatched work ethic. Working with an unusual degree of cooperation from Belichick, Halberstam shows us a man who has somehow managed to change his players´ view of how the game should be played. The result is an audiobook not just about Bill Belichick, but about what it means to be a leader. Halberstam begins with the story of Bill Belichick´s childhood and the enormous and lasting influence of his late father, Navy coach Steve Belichick. Considered the best scout of his era, Steve taught his son to break down game film at the age of nine. What we come to witness are dual journeys, the first of the immigrant Belichick family moving from the harsh, unsparing world of the steel mills of Ohio into the mainstream of American life, and the second of Bill Belichick´s systematic climb to the top of his profession, in no small part because of a family work ethic forged in those same steel mills. By exploring how Belichick arrived where he is, Halberstam reveals the strategies and ideals that have helped Belichick create his winning legacy and set a new standard for what a coach should be. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Eric Conger. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/hype/000037/bk_hype_000037_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Every path to adulthood is strewn with missteps, epiphanies, and hard-earned lessons. Only Reggie Love´s, however, went through the White House by way of Duke University´s Cameron Indoor Stadium. Mentored by both Coach Krzyzewski and President Obama, Love shares universal insights learned in unique circumstances, an education in how sports, politics, and life can define who you are, what you believe in, and what it takes to make a difference. Power Forward tells the story of the five years Love worked as a personal assistant to Senator Obama as a candidate for president, and President Obama, and it is a professional coming of age story like no other. What the public knows was well put by Time magazine in 2008: ´´[Love´s] official duties don´t come close to capturing Reggie´s close bond with Obama, who plays a role that is part boss and part big brother.´´ What the public doesn´t know are the innumerable private moments during which that bond was forged and the President mentored a malleable young man. Accountability and serving with pride and honor were learned during unsought moments: from co-coaching grade school girls basketball with the president; lending Obama his tie ahead of a presidential debate; managing a personal life when no hour is truly his own; being tasked with getting the candidate up in the morning on time for long days of campaigning. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Reggie Love. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/sans/006965/bk_sans_006965_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Colleges, universities, and seminaries do more than just transfer knowledge to students. They sell themselves as ´´experiences´´ that transform young people in unique ways. The conservative evangelical Protestant network of higher education has been no different. In the 20th century, when higher education sometimes seemed to focus on sports, science, and social excess, conservative evangelical schools offered a compelling alternative. On their campuses, evangelicals debated what it meant to be a creationist, a Christian, a proper American, all within the bounds of Biblical revelation. Instead of encouraging greater personal freedom and deeper pluralist values, conservative evangelical schools thrived by imposing stricter rules on their students and faculty.In Fundamentalist U, Adam Laats shows that these colleges have always been more than just schools; they have been vital intellectual citadels in America´s culture wars. These unique institutions have defined what it has meant to be an evangelical and have reshaped the landscape of American higher education. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Bob Souer. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/tant/012360/bk_tant_012360_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
In his long-awaited memoir, Yvon Chouinard - legendary climber, businessman, environmentalist, and founder of Patagonia, Inc. - shares the persistence and courage that have gone into being head of one of the most respected and environmentally responsible companies on earth. From his youth as the son of a French Canadian blacksmith to the thrilling, ambitious climbing expeditions that inspired his innovative designs for the sport´s equipment, Let My People Go Surfing is the story of a man who brought doing good and having grand adventures into the heart of his business life - a book that will deeply affect entrepreneurs and outdoor enthusiasts alike. With a preface to the second edition, introduction, and epilogue read by the author. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Christopher Grove, Yvon Chouinard. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/peng/002913/bk_peng_002913_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
As the revenues generated by big-time college sports continue to skyrocket, virtually all of the debate involves whether (and how much) student-athletes should be paid for play. Kenneth L. Shropshire and Collin D. Williams Jr., argue that ´´student´´ has to come first in student-athlete: the focus should be on prioritizing a meaningful education.In The Miseducation of the Student Athlete: How to Fix College Sports, Shropshire and Williams draw on new research to reveal that it has become increasingly difficult for college athletes to balance school and sports, much less a social life, leading to serious economic, professional, and emotional consequences for young people. Given that fewer than two percent of all college men´s basketball and football players will play at the professional level, the other 98 percent of student-athletes must be prepared to find and perform well in jobs outside of their respective field of play.In this bold call to action, Shropshire and Williams explain how we got here and what can be done about it. They lay out ´´The Student-Athlete Manifesto´´, a roadmap to increase the likelihood that student-athletes can succeed both on and off the field. They also offer a ´´Meaningful Degree Model´´, which ensures education pays for everyone, along with stories of success that teach that it is possible to be both a student and an athlete. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Danny Campbell. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/gdan/002966/bk_gdan_002966_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
With national coverage of the first edition in 1997 Tracks found an eager audience, including many parents needing to inform their children´s choices for the future. Through over 15 annual editions the title has been revised and updated. The new edition carries work descriptions, listing pay scales and qualifications to degree level, with advice from professionals in the field, and chartered institutes. The 2017 edition covers over one 150 career paths in 14 sections from banking and financial services to sports and fitness. Tracks aims to provide a reliable source of information that also gives an idea of the technical operation of each area. ´´I never knew there were so many opportunities,´´ a school student enthused at a presentation of the guide; an excitement we hope to preserve in the continued development of Tracks. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Ruth Elaine. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/079599/bk_acx0_079599_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Face-Off´s McKendrick brothers return in the explosive sequel Offsides. Twin hockey stars T.J. and Brad have finally resolved their differences and forged a friendship on and off the ice. Now high school seniors, they focus on landing a commitment to a D1 school. What should have been the best year ever takes a nasty hit when the boys´ parents announce their divorce, and Brad makes a mistake that could impact his game eligibility. Meanwhile, T.J. faces off against their father, who opposes his decision to delay college and pursue junior hockey. Adding to the tension are a rebellious kid brother, girlfriend trouble, and recruiting pressure. The turmoil threatens to drive the twins apart just when they need to work together the most. With a championship title and their futures at stake, T.J. and Brad must fight to keep from going offsides.Originally published when the author was a teenager, Face-Off has appeared on many reading lists including Best Books for Young Teen Readers Grades 7-10 and a list produced by the Hockey Hall of Fame´s Junior Education Program. Due to the continued success of Face-Off, Stacy was inspired to write and publish a sequel 26 years later. Both audiobooks are narrated by Maxwell Glick. Download your copies of Face-Off and Offsides for the young sports fan in your life and score a goal for books. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Maxwell Glick. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/148188/bk_acx0_148188_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Champions Way is a searing exposé of how the multibillion-dollar college sports empire fails universities, students, and athletes. College sports have never been bigger. Once a roughneck intercollegiate pastime, football now commands millions of fans and generates massive revenues. New York Times investigative reporter Mike McIntire chronicles the rise in the popularity and power of college athletics, revealing deeply troubling relationships between college sports programs, the universities that host them, booster organizations, local police departments, and the courts. Using the Florida State Seminoles, one of the most successful teams in NCAA history, as an example, McIntire details a system that exploits athletes for profit, enables players to violate academic standards, and, in some cases, shields them from criminal prosecution. At the heart of Champions Way is the wrenching story of a whistle-blower, Christie Suggs. This shocking exposé reveals the extent of a corrupt culture at the center of American higher education and the toll it takes on the players and those who dare to challenge the system. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Barry Abrams. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/tant/008290/bk_tant_008290_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
The fourth volume of the Tracks directory gives information about career pathways in construction, land and sea work, sports, and fitness. First published as Tracks: Plan of the Professions in 1997, the 15th revised and updated edition is published in 2017. It gives information of over 150 professions, which include pathways in the banking and financial services, catering and hospitality, construction, education, health care, land and sea work, law, government and administration, leisure and tourism, manufacturing crafts, marketing, media, services, sports, and fitness. Qualifications are listed from GCSE and NVQ to degree level. There are work descriptions and pay scales with advice and starter tips from chartered institutes and professionals in each area. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Korbid Thompson. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/079717/bk_acx0_079717_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.