The Best Sports Books 2018

The world of Sports is littered with incredible stories of success, failure, comebacks and failures. But which is the best?

We’ve read and reviewed thousands of books on Sport and here you can find our favourites. Happy reading!

Good luck finding a copy of Bill Walsh’s definitive coaching textbook for less than $200. In fact, there are leather-bound, signed editions that fetch more than $1,000. Walk into the office of an NFL coach or front-office executive, and there is a good chance you will spot a well-worn copy with more highlights than white space. Of the 36,000 copies sold in 1997, a hefty percentage have found their way to the desks of grade school, high s...

Known to Sports Illustrated’s readers as “Dr. Z,” Zimmerman was the first NFL writer to routinely incorporate game-film analysis into his articles. A former offensive lineman at Stanford and Columbia, Zimmerman went on to play minor league football in the early 1960s. After his writing career was cut short by a series of strokes in 2008, the Pro Football Writer’s Association instituted the Paul “Dr. Z” Zimme...

Winner of the National Book Critics Circle Award for Fiction, Ben Fountain’s debut novel is a penetrating microcosm of George W. Bush’s Texas and an increasingly disillusioned Pat Tillman’s America during the Iraq and Afghanistan war era. Fountain unfurls fluid prose, biting metaphors, pitch-perfect ear for dialogue and uncanny powers of observation into an uproarious, razor-sharp satire of “the sheltering womb of all t...

Forbes recently valued the Dallas Cowboys franchise at $4 billion. How did the NFL evolve from a “localized sport based on gate receipts and played by oversized coal miners and West Texas psychopaths” to eclipse all other sports — specifically baseball — and become America’s game? That’s the theme of MacCambridge’s tome, which succeeds as the definitive history of the National Football League, an after...

Four decades before it became customary to Google oneself, Fred Exley lamented, “It was my destiny — unlike that of my father, whose fate it was to hear the roar of the crowd — to sit in the stands with most men and acclaim others. It was my fate, my destiny, my end, to be a fan.” Professional sports are the ultimate domain of the insider. Fame, fortune and popularity beyond the wildest dreams await the supremely talent...

Fixed Odds Sports Betting

For book number five we return to author Joseph Buchdahl. Fixed Odds Sports Betting was written in 2003 but still holds up as one of the best sports betting books around. Buchdahl was a former bet runner for the previously mentioned Patrick Veitch and in looking to emulate him has spent a huge amount time collecting sports betting data. Looking for ways in which to profit from the sports betting markets. Fixed Odds Sports Betting aim...

Trading In The Zone

Trading In The Zone by Mark Douglas is not a book about sports betting. It is based on trading the stock market however a lot information provided is this book can be applied to sports betting and sports trading very well. This book tackles the psychology behind good and bad trading. It is often regarded as the bible when it comes to books on trading psychology. Trading In The Zone’s main message is to not bring our emotions into tra...

Enemy Number One – Patrick Veitch

Enemy Number One is the autobiography of professional sports bettor Patrick Veitch. Veitch is estimated to have made over £10 million profit from betting on horse racing. This book details the beginnings of his betting career as a student studying maths at Cambridge. Through to his career as a full time sports bettor. Along the way Veitch became a target for extortion from a dangerous criminal who later would go on to be tried for mu...

Gambling For Life – Harry Findlay

Gambling For Life by Harry Findlay is a very different read to the first selection. Where as Squares and Sharps, Suckers and Sharks is a book that makes you question whether you should be sports betting at all. Gambling For Life is a much easier read as it documents the story of colorful professional sports bettor Harry Findlay. Although its probably not a book that is going to aid your sports betting. I found Gambling For Life a ver...

Squares And Sharps, Suckers And Sharks

Written by well renowned sports betting writer Joseph Buchdahl. Who writes for the bookmaker Pinnacle and is also the author of two other highly rated sports betting books. Squares and Sharps, Suckers and Sharks is Buchdahl’s latest offering. This book takes a stark and realistic look at the sports betting markets. It isn’t a book that encourages sports betting or has tales of people winning millions. In fact in might do the polar op...

Behind the Bench: Inside the Minds of Hockey’s Greatest Coaches

You see them pacing back and forth behind the bench during games, but what really goes through the minds of the greatest coaches in the world? Well, you can find out in Behind the Bench: Inside the Minds of Hockey’s Greatest Coaches. In this book, author Craig Custance sits down for film sessions and conversations with some of the greatest hockey coaches from the past decade. This book covers everything from leadership to on-ice syst...

Orr: My Story

Bobby Orr, who is often referred to as the greatest defenseman to ever lace up the skates, is another hockey legend with a captivating memoir. In Orr: My Story, Bobby Orr reveals what inspired and motivated him to reach the top of his game. In this memoir, Orr reveals many life lessons he’s learned as he was propelled from small-town Canada into the media spotlight. Full of captivating stories from his career and lessons he’s learned...

Mr. Hockey: My Story

Known as one of the greatest and toughest players to play the game, the sport of hockey will most likely never see a player like Gordie Howe ever again. Known as “Mr. Hockey”, Howe won 4 Stanley Cups while playing in five different decades and rewrote the record books through being one of the most intense competitors that the hockey world has ever seen. In Mr. Hockey, Howe tells his story through his own voice, allowing you to enter ...

99: Stories of the Game

There’s no better way to immerse yourself in the game of hockey than by reading about it from the perspective of Wayne Gretzky. In 99: Stories of the Game, the greatest hockey player who has ever lived explains what the game looks like to him and discusses all of the influential coaches and mentors he had along the way of becoming The Great One. This warm & direct book takes you deep into the life of Wayne Gretzky through his own...

The Boys of Winter: The Untold Story of a Coach, a Dream, and the 1980 U.S. Olympic Hockey Team

In a story of the greatest upset in sports history, The Boys Of Winter takes you back to the 1980 Olympic Games and tells the true story of how a bunch of rag-tag college kids ended up beating the best hockey team in the world. This book follows the 1980 Miracle on Ice from start to finish and will leave you inspired when you learn about the dedication, sacrifice, and commitment that the members of the 1980 Men’s USA Olympic Hockey T...