2013 Winner Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award in General Fiction In an America ravaged by the Great Depression, a talented but ragtag baseball team sets out to change the world. Barnstorming the back roads and dusty ballparks of the Midwest, the Racine Robins rally fans to the populist cause, raising money for soup kitchens and strike funds even as they thrill small-town crowds and dazzle opponents on the field. Yet winning the hearts and minds of the people turns out to be easier for the players than facing the twin seductions of love and money, conflicting desires that threaten to derail everything they are fighting to achieve. After a sudden April snowstorm forces the Robins to find shelter in the Rockefeller hotel, events are set in motion that will change the way they view their team and each other. Can this tough, tight-knit group stay true to its great cause when ambition and longing come knocking? 1. Language: English. Narrator: Dick Hill. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/brll/005449de/bk_rhde_002536_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
This game is based on one of the most unconventional ideas ever to have come out of international warfare - dazzle ships! Inspired by the shock and awe of Cubism and Vorticism, the dazzle ships of the First World War used a striking form of bold camouflage to confuse enemy attackers. Use this wonderfully oddball idea to confuse your opponent and evade attacks on your fleet with this new version of the ever-popular battleships game. Includes two 64-page map-and-grid books for playing the game and a 16-page booklet explaining the history of the dazzle ships and the artistic inspiration behind them. For two players aged six and up.
SHORTLISTED FOR THE WILLIAM HILL SPORTS BOOK OF THE YEAR PRIZE 2017. SHORTLISTED FOR THE JAMES TAIT BLACK BIOGRAPHY OF THE YEAR. WINNER OF THE PEN/ESPN AWARD FOR LITERARY SPORTS WRITING. The most comprehensive and definitive biography of Muhammad Ali that has ever been published, based on more than 500 interviews with those who knew him best, with many dramatic new discoveries about his life and career. When the frail, trembling figure of Muhammad Ali lit the Olympic flame in Atlanta in 1996, a TV audience of up to 3 billion people was once again gripped by the story of the world´s most famous sporting icon. The man who had once been reviled for his refusal to fight for his country and for his fast-talking denunciation of his opponents was now almost universally adored, the true cost of his astonishing boxing career clear to see. In Jonathan Eig´s ground-breaking biography , backed up with much detailed new research specially commissioned for this book, we get a stunning portrait of one of the most significant personalities of the second half of the twentieth century. We are not only taken inside the ring for some of the most famous bouts in boxing history, we also learn about his personal life, his finances, his faith and the moments when the first signs of his physical decline began to show. Ali was a symbol of freedom and courage, a hero to many, but this is also a very personal story of a warrior who vanquished every opponent but was finally brought down by his own stubborn refusal to quit. An epic tale of a fighter who became the world´s most famous pacifist, Ali: A Life does full justice to an extraordinary man. ´Remarkable...the earlier chapters dazzle us´ The Times ´Goes deeper and uncovers more than any Ali biography has before´ Esquire