Best Selling Books by Don Yaeger

Don Yaeger is the author of Andrew Jackson and the Miracle of New Orleans (2019), It's Not About the Truth (2008), This Game's the Best! (1998), A Shark Never Sleeps (1998) and other 43 books.

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Andrew Jackson and the Miracle of New Orleans

release date: Nov 12, 2019
Andrew Jackson and the Miracle of New Orleans
Another history pageturner from the authors of the #1 bestsellers George Washington''s Secret Six and Thomas Jefferson and the Tripoli Pirates. The War of 1812 saw America threatened on every side. Encouraged by the British, Indian tribes attacked settlers in the West, while the Royal Navy terrorized the coasts. By mid-1814, President James Madison’s generals had lost control of the war in the North, losing battles in Canada. Then British troops set the White House ablaze, and a feeling of hopelessness spread across the country. Into this dire situation stepped Major General Andrew Jackson. A native of Tennessee who had witnessed the horrors of the Revolutionary War and Indian attacks, he was glad America had finally decided to confront repeated British aggression. But he feared that President Madison’s men were overlooking the most important target of all: New Orleans. If the British conquered New Orleans, they would control the mouth of the Mississippi River, cutting Americans off from that essential trade route and threatening the previous decade’s Louisiana Purchase. The new nation’s dreams of western expansion would be crushed before they really got off the ground. So Jackson had to convince President Madison and his War Department to take him seriously, even though he wasn’t one of the Virginians and New Englanders who dominated the government. He had to assemble a coalition of frontier militiamen, French-speaking Louisianans,Cherokee and Choctaw Indians, freed slaves, and even some pirates. And he had to defeat the most powerful military force in the world—in the confusing terrain of the Louisiana bayous. In short, Jackson needed a miracle. The local Ursuline nuns set to work praying for his outnumbered troops. And so the Americans, driven by patriotism and protected by prayer, began the battle that would shape our young nation’s destiny. As they did in their two previous bestsellers, Kilmeade and Yaeger make history come alive with a riveting true story that will keep you turning the pages. You’ll finish with a new understanding of one of our greatest generals and a renewed appreciation for the brave men who fought so that America could one day stretch “from sea to shining sea.”

It's Not About the Truth

release date: Jun 03, 2008
It's Not About the Truth
An inside account of the Duke Lacrosse rape case by the team''s former head coach discusses the events that took place on the night of the alleged crime, cites DNA evidence and contrary testimony that supports the accused team members'' innocence, and decries the media practices that resulted in damaging prejudgment. Reprint.

This Game's the Best!

release date: Feb 01, 1998
This Game's the Best!
One of pro basketball''s most outspoken figures, the head coach of the Seattle Supersonics tells his story and offers provocative opinions about basketball and its top players, blasting the selfish, flashy, and flamboyant nature of the game today. Reprint.

A Shark Never Sleeps

release date: Sep 01, 1998
A Shark Never Sleeps
The only sports agent ever to be featured on the cover of Sports Illustrated magazine reveals the secrets of the high-stakes arm-twisting that has earned his clients millions of dollars in the National Football League. Reprint.

Turning of the Tide

release date: Dec 14, 2008
Turning of the Tide
New York Times bestselling author Yaeger tells the electrifying story of the game that broke down the last racial division in college football.

Thomas Jefferson and the Tripoli Pirates

release date: Oct 24, 2017
Thomas Jefferson and the Tripoli Pirates
The mass market edition of the New York Times Bestseller. This is the little-known story of how a newly independent nation was challenged by four Muslim powers and what happened when America''s third president decided to stand up to intimidation. When Thomas Jefferson became president in 1801, America was deeply in debt and needed its economy to grow quickly, but its merchant ships were under attack. Pirates from North Africa routinely captured American sailors and held them as slaves, demanding ransom and tribute far beyond what the new country could afford. Jefferson found it impossible to negotiate with the leaders of the Barbary states, who believed their religion justified the plunder and enslavement of non-Muslims. These rogue states would show no mercy, so President Jefferson decided to move beyond diplomacy. He sent the U.S. Navy''s new warships and a detachment of Marines to blockade Tripoli--launching the Barbary Wars and beginning America''s journey toward future superpower status. As they did in George Washington''s Secret Six, Kilmeade and Yaeger have transformed a nearly forgotten slice of history into a dramatic story that will keep you turning the pages to find out what happens next. Among the many suspenseful episodes: · Lieutenant Andrew Sterett''s ferocious cannon battle on the high seas against the treacherous pirate ship Tripoli. · Lieutenant Stephen Decatur''s daring night raid of an enemy harbor, with the aim of destroying an American ship that had fallen into the pirates'' hands. · General William Eaton''s 500-mile march from Egypt to the port of Derne, where the Marines launched a surprise attack and an American flag was raised in victory on foreign soil for the first time.

George Washington's Secret Six

release date: Oct 18, 2016
George Washington's Secret Six
When George Washington beat a hasty retreat from New York City in August 1776, many thought the American Revolution might soon be over. Instead, Washington rallied—thanks in large part to a little-known, top-secret group called the Culper Spy Ring. He realized that he couldn’t defeat the British with military might, so he recruited a sophisticated and deeply secretive intelligence network to infiltrate New York. Drawing on extensive research, Brian Kilmeade and Don Yaeger have offered fascinating portraits of these spies: a reserved Quaker merchant, a tavern keeper, a brash young longshoreman, a curmudgeonly Long Island bachelor, a coffeehouse owner, and a mysterious woman. Long unrecognized, the secret six are finally receiving their due among the pantheon of American heroes.

George Washington's Secret Six (Young Readers Adaptation)

release date: Jan 28, 2020
George Washington's Secret Six (Young Readers Adaptation)
A page-turning middle-grade adaptation of the New York Times bestseller about George Washington''s top-secret spy ring that helped defeat the British. The American Revolution is well under way in 1776, but things are looking bleak for General George Washington and his Continental Army. With Washington''s hasty retreat from New York City in August, many think the war might soon be over. After all: how on earth is this ragtag group going to defeat its enemy, the well-trained and well-funded military of the largest empire in history? But Washington soon realizes he can''t win with military might. Instead, he must outsmart the British, so he creates a sophisticated intelligence network: the top-secret Culper Spy Ring. Drawing on extensive research, Brian Kilmeade and Don Yaeger tell the fascinating stories of these long unrecognized spies: a reserved merchant, a tavern keeper, a brash young longshoreman, a curmudgeonly Long Island bachelor, a coffeehouse owner, and a mysterious woman. This vivid and accessible young readers adaptation of the New York Times bestseller features an exclusive new introduction, extensive back matter, and eye-catching art throughout. Chronicling a crucial moment in American history, this historical thriller will excite and inspire the next generation of patriots.

Tarnished Heisman

release date: Jan 15, 2008
Tarnished Heisman
"In order that there will be no misunderstanding regarding the eligibility of a candidate, the recipient of the award must be a bona fide student of an accredited university. The recipient must be in compliance with the bylaws defining an NCAA student." -- From the ballot for the Heisman Trophy December 10, 2005: Amid a roaring ovation and media crush, with his family standing proudly by his side, Reginald Alfred Bush is named the year''s Heisman Trophy winner. With his honest demeanor, effervescent smile and, of course, stunning talent displayed on the fields of the University of Southern California, Reggie Bush is, on that celebratory night, the portrait of a great American sportsman, and the pinnacle of everything the NCAA espouses in its athletes. What America didn''t know about the acclaimed college star was that, in direct violation of NCAA policies, Bush and his family had allegedly taken hundreds of thousands of dollars in cash and gifts long before he ever laid his hands on the Heisman. The rumors first surfaced one week before the 2006 NFL draft: allegations of improper benefits that transformed Bush''s final year at USC into a financial windfall. The resulting scandal from such charges could mark one of the darkest chapters in college football history. Now, drawn together for the first time in Tarnished Heisman, the facts are laid bare. Don Yaeger, a former Sports Illustrated investigative reporter who documented the Duke University lacrosse case in the shattering New York Times bestseller It''s Not About the Truth, reveals the heated controversy behind Bush''s high-flying rise before turning pro for the New Orleans Saints, going back to his first taste of fame, when Bush landed in the pages of Sports Illustrated and all eyes were watching to see what was next for the USC sophomore. What few eyes saw, however, were the ties between Bush and two San Diego men, cofounders of a fledgling sports agency, who claim to have paid Bush and his family in cash and gifts to ensure his endorsement -- benefits including a vintage car, lavish trips, and an upscale home where Bush''s family lived rent-free. Don Yaeger exposes the NCAA-prohibited activity in which Bush allegedly engaged, and also shows how USC and its coaching staff appeared to have turned a blind eye to the increasingly luxurious lifestyle of their star athlete and his family. With the explosive information revealed in Tarnished Heisman, Bush stands to be ruled ineligible -- a decision that could cost his alma mater the 2004 national championship title, force the forfeit of every game Bush played in after losing his eligibility, and potentially strip Reggie Bush of the shining prize of his college career: the Heisman Trophy.

Beating Goliath

release date: Jul 15, 2014
Beating Goliath
A memoir about overcoming loss and keeping faith by the innovative head coach of the top-ranked Baylor Bears college football team describes how the tragic early loss of the family that imparted key lessons in faith and hard work shaped his view as a man and a sports leader.

Greatness

release date: Oct 24, 2011
Greatness
GREATNESS is a motivational book whose target audience is found in business and self-help. It is a life book, aimed at inspiring others to achieve their personal and professional best. Opening with an in-depth discussion of the nature of Greatness-what it is, what it is not, and why it is worth pursing-each subsequent chapter of the book consists of a detailed story illustrating one aspect of Greatness with examples from the sports greats that Don has interviewed over the years. This will be followed by a discussion and other related examples. There are also practical tips and plans for assisting the reader in implementing new habits, routines, practices, and philosophies of Greatness into his or her daily life. As each characteristic is outlined, the reader is challenged to look for areas in his or her professional and personal lives that can be improved by embracing these lessons. As Don often says during his speeches, "Though these characteristics are culled from some of the greatest winners in sports, not a single one requires you to be able to touch your toes! These iconic figures in sports have provided a classroom for us to learn about their pursuit of Greatness. You don''t have to be good at sports - heck, you don''t even have to like sports - to benefit from their lessons." It is the strong belief of those who Don has talked to over the years that greatness is available to all of us. Not in the same way or on the same field, mind you. But we all have the capacity to achieve greatness if we''ll give the same dedication to these characteristics as do the winners presented and interviewed in GREATNESS.

A Game Plan for Life

release date: Mar 08, 2011
A Game Plan for Life
The UCLA Bruins coach pays tribute to the individuals who helped foster the values that shaped his career, and shares interviews with people he mentored throughout the years, including Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and Bill Walton.

Any Given Monday

release date: Jan 07, 2014
Any Given Monday
A renowned sports surgeon offers expert advice for the prevention and treatment of sports-related injuries, explaining on a sport-by-sport basis the best methods for protecting the body for a lifetime of physical activity.

Undue Process

release date: Jan 01, 1991
Undue Process
Based on 300 hours of interviews with coaches, athletic directors, student-athletes, and NCAA officials, Undue Process examines the NCAA''s system of "justice" -- the organization''s history and its growth in power over the years, the lack of due process for its accused, its guilty-until-proven-innocent attitude, and its 100 percent conviction rate.

Best Seat in the House

release date: May 18, 2021
Best Seat in the House
USA Today Bestseller Jack Nicklaus II shares stories, insights, and lessons he’s learned from his father, the “Golden Bear,” that will delight golf fans of all ages, encourage fathers, and inspire readers to focus on what’s most important in life: family. Best Seat in the House, written with New York Times bestselling author Don Yaeger, gives us eighteen valuable lessons that Jack Nicklaus II learned from his father, PGA champion Jack Nicklaus. Although the “Golden Bear,” as he is known by fans, is widely regarded as the best golfer of all time, with a record number of PGA major championships, his life and values show that true legacy lives on through your children, grandchildren, and others we are blessed to call family and friends. For the first time, the public is given the opportunity to see what made Jack Nicklaus an off-course success, including how he and his wife, Barbara, fashioned fifty-plus years of marriage, understanding that they both had to give of themselves “at least 95 percent of the time” the importance of having boundaries and limits that everyone in the family agrees on how Nicklaus taught his son Jack, who worked as his caddie for several years, to value his competitors and treat them as he would hope to be treated the need to be connected to what we’ll leave behind: our legacies One June day, Jack Nicklaus II had just completed his second round in a Palm Beach County Junior Golf Association tournament and was sitting at the scorer’s table, signing his scorecard, when somebody told him his dad was on the telephone. He was a little frustrated because he didn’t want to be bothered on such an important day, but his dad wanted to know how he had played, so Jack II spent the next twenty minutes detailing every hole and every shot. Afterward, his father said, “Jackie, would you like to know how your dad did today?” Of course he wanted to know, and he felt a little guilty for not asking. “Well, I just won the US Open.” It was Father’s Day 1980, and on that day Jack II learned a valuable lesson that he carried with him into adulthood: family is more important than anything in the world.

You Are Worth It

release date: Oct 15, 2019
You Are Worth It
The youngest living Medal of Honor recipient delivers an unforgettable memoir that "will inspire every reader” (Jim Mattis) NATIONAL BESTSELLER | A Marine Commandant''s Reading List selection On November 21, 2010, U.S. Marine Lance Corporal Kyle Carpenter was posted atop a building in violent Helmand Province, Afghanistan, when an enemy grenade skittered toward Kyle and fellow Marine Nick Eufrazio. Without hesitation, Kyle chose a path of selfless heroism that few can imagine. He jumped on the grenade, saving Nick but sacrificing his own body. Kyle Carpenter’s heart flatlined three times while being evacuated off the battlefield in Afghanistan. Yet his spirit was unbroken. Severely wounded from head to toe, Kyle lost his right eye as well as most of his jaw. It would take dozens of surgeries and almost three years in and out of the hospital to reconstruct his body. From there, he began the process of rebuilding his life. What he has accomplished in the last nine years is extraordinary: he’s come back a stronger, better, wiser person. In 2014, Kyle was awarded the nation’s highest military decoration, the Medal of Honor, for his “singular act of courage” on that rooftop in Afghanistan, an action which had been reviewed exhaustively by the military. Kyle became the youngest living recipient of the award–and only the second living Marine so honored since Vietnam. Kyle’s remarkable memoir reveals a central truth that will inspire every reader: Life is worth everything we’ve got. It is the story of how one man became a so-called hero who willingly laid down his life for his brother-in-arms—and equally, it is a story of rebirth, of how Kyle battled back from the gravest challenge to forge a life of joyful purpose. You Are Worth It is a memoir about the war in Afghanistan and Kyle’s heroics, and it is also a manual for living. Organized around the credos that have guided Kyle’s life (from “Don’t Hide Your Scars” to “Call Your Mom”), the book encourages us to become our best selves in the time we’ve been given on earth. Above all, it’s about finding purpose, regardless of the hurdles that may block our way. Moving and unforgettable, You Are Worth It is an astonishing memoir from one of our most extraordinary young leaders.

Starting and Closing

release date: May 08, 2012
Starting and Closing
John Smoltz was one of the greatest Major League pitchers of the late twentieth / early twenty-first century—one of only two in baseball history ever to achieve twenty wins and fifty saves in single seasons—and now he shares the candid, no-holds-barred story of his life, his career, and the game he loves in Starting and Closing. A Cy Young Award-winner, future Baseball Hall of Famer, and currently a broadcaster for his former team, the Atlanta Braves, Smoltz delivers a powerful memoir with the kind of fascinating insight into game that made Moneyball a runaway bestseller, plus a heartfelt and truly inspiring faith and religious conviction, similar to what illuminates each page of Tim Tebow’s smash hit memoir, Through My Eyes.

Gold Medal Strategies

release date: Apr 12, 2011
Gold Medal Strategies
Business lessons from one of the greatest Olympic teams of all time It''s been called the greatest upset of all time, the most memorable Olympic moment ever, the "Miracle on Ice." No matter which superlative is used, no one can deny that the U.S. men''s hockey team''s defeat of the Soviet Union in the medal round of the Lake Placid Olympic Games was a defining moment for Cold War America. The U.S. team''s goalie was a Boston University student named Jim Craig, who is now a leadership expert and keynote speaker to business audiences. Gold Medal Strategies gives you Craig''s unique lessons from the "Miracle" team on team dynamics, leadership, motivation, and other important management topics. With his unparalleled perspective, Craig dissects and analyzes the elements of a successful team, how to assemble one, and what philosophies will keep the team''s shared goal a reality. This book outlines the necessary skills and details the specific techniques you need to maximize your business readiness, hone competitive cooperation, gather your strategies, and attack your challengers.

Great Teams

release date: Jul 19, 2016
Great Teams
What makes a team great? Not just good and not just functional—but great? Over six years, long-time Sports Illustrated editor Don Yaeger was invited by some of the greatest companies in the world to speak about the habits of high-performing individuals. From Microsoft and Starbucks to the New England Patriots and San Antonio Spurs, what do some organizations do seemingly better than most of their opponents? Don took the challenge. He began building into his travel schedule opportunities to interview our generation’s greatest team builders from the sports and business worlds. During this process, he conducted more than 100 interviews with some of the most successful teams and organizations in the country. From those interviews, Don identified 16 habits that drive these high-performing teams. Building on the stories, examples, and first-hand accounts, each chapter in Great Teams comes with applicable examples on how to apply these characteristics in any organization. Great Teams includes: Life lessons from some of the most notable names in sports and business applied to team-making in any situation Interviews from well-known players from Peyton and Eli Manning to Kevin Durant Skills to allow culture to shape who you recruit, manage dysfunction, friction, and strong personalities Advice on how to win in critical situations, embrace change, build a mentoring culture, and see value others miss Great Teams is the ultimate intersection of the sports and business worlds and a powerful companion for thought leaders, teams, managers, and organizations that seek to perform similarly. The insight shared in this book is sure to enhance any team in its pursuit of excellence.

Shark Attack

release date: Jan 01, 1992
Shark Attack
Looks at Jerry Tarkanian''s troubled career with UNLV and examines the inner workings of the NCAA

UNDER THE TARNISHED DOME: HOW NOTRE DAME BETRAYED IDEALS FOR FOOTBALL GLORY

release date: Sep 30, 1993
UNDER THE TARNISHED DOME: HOW NOTRE DAME BETRAYED IDEALS FOR FOOTBALL GLORY
Reveals the story of how Notre Dame has tarnished its halo in its soulless quest for football glory

Ya Gotta Believe!

release date: Feb 01, 2005
Ya Gotta Believe!
The legendary late pitcher offers a candid chronicle of his life on and off the baseball field, discussing his accomplishments as a pitcher, his battle with brain cancer, what happens to a professional athlete when his career is over, and his evolving relationship with the son he had for years denied fathering, country music star Tim McGraw. Reprint.

Pros and Cons

release date: Oct 01, 1999
Pros and Cons
Discloses the names of the convicted criminals in the NFL, the stunning severity of their crimes, & why they''re still playing.

The Complete Athlete

release date: Feb 20, 2017
The Complete Athlete
Do you dream of an athletic career, playing in high school, at college, or even as a professional?The road to athletic success is full of challenges--the greatest of which have nothing to do with being the fastest, biggest, or strongest. The Complete Athlete emphasizes character growth as the essential platform upon which to prepare youth soccer players to compete at the highest levels and be desirable recruits for college and/or professional coaches. This book emphasizes the idea that success is not determined solely by one''s natural ability; it is also influenced by attitude and behavior, as well as how an athlete treats herself and others, both on and off the field of play.As an athlete progresses through each of the five levels outlined here, from elementary school to the pros, she will learn how a COMPLETE ATHLETE must achieve the highest levels in five different categories:ATTITUDE refers to how you behave on the field. For instance, listening quietly while your coach is talking and showing respect for your fellow players both demonstrate that you have a good attitude.PREPARATION refers to off-the-field activities, such as keeping your uniform clean and equipment well maintained, learning everything you can about your sport, practicing purposefully, and more.FITNESS refers to the physical fitness needed to compete in your sport.TECHNIQUE revolves around skill level, including mastering the basics and specializing in a particular position.LIFESTYLE refers to how you treat yourself, including eating right and getting enough sleep. It also includes getting good grades and being a good member of your family and your community.Guidelines, suggestions, and real-life examples are provided by a team of experts who rank among the most recognized and respected names in women''s soccer today. The Complete Athlete is a guidebook for athletes, parents, and coaches alike who believe that true success is about so much more than just athletic skill.

The Senior

release date: Jan 01, 2008
The Senior
The oldest contributing member of a college football team in NCAA history shares his remarkable life story, from his tough upbringing by a violent father, to his return to college football at the age of fifty-nine, encouraging others to stay physically and mentally fit and to allow God to open up new possibilities long forgotten.

Running for My Life

release date: Oct 06, 2009
Running for My Life
Warrick Dunn was only eighteen when his mother, a Baton Rouge police officer, was shot and killed. Yet somehow he managed to enroll at Florida State University and help his team to a national championship during his freshman year—while also caring for his five brothers and sisters. Despite his modest size, Dunn went on to a storied NFL career with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and the Atlanta Falcons, becoming one of only twenty-three running backs in NFL history to exceed the 10,000-yard career rushing mark. Off the field, he created the Warrick Dunn Foundation and its Homes for the Holidays program, helping single parents achieve first-time home ownership. But in his drive to help others, the one person Dunn neglected was himself, as the pain of his mother''s loss led to a spiraling depression that went untreated for years. Running for My Life details Dunn''s struggle to confront his past and face the grief that consumed him for far too long. Thought-provoking and uplifting, it is the story of an exceptional athlete''s secret torment and inspiring courage.

Thomas Jefferson and the Tripoli Pirates (Young Readers Adaptation)

release date: Apr 21, 2020
Thomas Jefferson and the Tripoli Pirates (Young Readers Adaptation)
A page-turning middle-grade adaptation of the New York Times bestseller about how a newly independent nation was challenged by foreign powers and what happened when America''s third president decided to stand up to intimidation. When Thomas Jefferson became president in 1801, America was deeply in debt and needed its economy to grow quickly, but its merchant ships were under attack. Pirates from North Africa routinely captured American sailors and held them as captives demanding ransom and tribute far beyond what the new country could afford. Jefferson found it impossible to negotiate a truce, and decided to move beyond diplomacy. He sent the U.S. Navy and Marines to blockade Tripoli--launching the Barbary Wars and beginning America''s journey toward future superpower status. This vivid and accessible young readers adaptation of the New York Times bestseller features an exclusive new introduction, extensive back matter, and eye-catching art throughout. Chronicling a crucial moment in American history, this historical thriller will excite and inspire the next generation of patriots.

Sole Influence

release date: Jan 11, 2000
Sole Influence
Explosive and controversial, this expos uncovers the exploitation of college, high school, and even junior high basketball players by the billion-dollar atheltic shoe companies competing for national endorsements. photo insert.

Out of the Dog House

release date: Nov 27, 2018
Out of the Dog House
In 1963, Dick Portillo purchased a 12-foot trailer with no running water and opened a simple hot dog stand in Villa Park, Illinois. He called it "The Dog House." More than 50 years and 50 locations later, his namesake Portillo''s restaurants are a Windy City institution, famous for perfect, Chicago-style dogs. In Out of The Dog House, Portillo tells the incredible story of his life, sharing the ingenuity and hard-earned wisdom that went into building a beloved restaurant chain. From a modest childhood as the son of Greek and Mexican immigrants, to the core principles that became essential in growing a national business, this is a singular, at times surprising, tale of how one man crafted his own American dream, one hot dog at a time.

Starting and Closing (Enhanced Edition)

release date: May 08, 2012
Starting and Closing (Enhanced Edition)
John Smoltz was one of the greatest Major League pitchers of the late twentieth / early twenty-first century—one of only two in baseball history ever to achieve twenty wins and fifty saves in single seasons—and now he shares the candid, no-holds-barred story of his life, his career, and the game he loves in Starting and Closing. A Cy Young Award-winner, future Baseball Hall of Famer, and currently a broadcaster for his former team, the Atlanta Braves, Smoltz delivers a powerful memoir with the kind of fascinating insight into game that made Moneyball a runaway bestseller, plus a heartfelt and truly inspiring faith and religious conviction, similar to what illuminates each page of Tim Tebow’s smash hit memoir, Through My Eyes.

Wish Granted

release date: Apr 21, 2015
Wish Granted
Poignant stories from this nation''s best-loved athletes include: Michael Jordan Michael Phelps John Cena Tony Hawk Evander Holyfield Ken Griffey Jr. Bethany Hamilton Misty May-Treanor Barry Sanders Danica Patrick The New England Patriots Annika Sörenstam Imagine a seriously ill child who gets to make one wish . . . and that wish is to meet you. How would you measure up? In Wish Granted, twenty-five of the most celebrated professional athletes of all time answer this question, sharing their stories of what it''s like to transform the lives of Make-A-Wish kids. You will discover that these wishes are game changers, not just for the kids . . . but for the athletes themselves. Sports fans will be thrilled to get an insider''s look into the deeply personal moments of their favorite superstars, and every reader will find inspiration in the amazing gift of human connection.

Never Die Easy

release date: Sep 11, 2001
Never Die Easy
"Never die easy. Why run out of bounds and die easy? Make that linebacker pay. It carries into all facets of your life. It''s okay to lose, to die, but don''t die without trying, without giving it your best." His legacy is towering. Walter Payton—the man they called Sweetness, for the way he ran—remains the most prolific running back in the history of the National Football League, the star of the Chicago Bears'' only Super Bowl Championship, eleven times voted the most popular sports figure in Chicago''s history. Off the field, he was a devoted father whose charitable foundation benefited tens of thousands of children each year, and who—faced with terminal liver disease—refused to use his celebrity to gain a preferential position for organ donation. Walter Payton was not just a football hero; he was America''s hero. Never Die Easy is Walter Payton''s autobiography, told from the heart. Growing up poor in Mississippi, he took up football to get girls'' attention, and went on to become a Black College All-American at tiny Jackson State (during which time he was also a finalist in a Soul Train dance contest). Drafted by the Bears in 1975, he predicted that he would last only five years but went on to play thirteen extraordinary seasons, a career earning him regular acknowledgment as one of the greatest players in the history of professional football. And when his playing days were over, he approached business and charity endeavors with the same determination and success he had brought to the football field, always putting first his devotion to friends and family. His ultimate battle with illness truly proved him the champion he always had been and prompted a staggering outpouring of love and support from hundreds of thousands of friends and admirers. Written with veteran journalist and author Don Yaeger in the last weeks of Walter Payton''s life, Never Die Easy presents Walter''s singular voice—warm, plainspoken, funny, self-aware—along with the voices of the friends, family, teammates, and business associates who knew him best at all stages of his life, including his wife, Connie, and their children, Brittney and Jarrett; his teammate and friend Matt Suhey; former Bears head coach Mike Ditka; and many, many others. Walter made Don Yaeger promise that his book would be "inspirational and leave people with some kind of lesson . . . and make sure you spell all the words right." Never Die Easy keeps all those promises.

Living the Dream

release date: Apr 01, 1998
Living the Dream
The star of the Olympic gold medal-winning U.S. softball team offers a personal account of her athletic career and training for the 1996 summer games
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