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As our final Gift of Sport guide of the season, we give the hot holiday sport themed books of 2016. From yoga to cycling to boxing, skiing, skateboarding and more, these gorgeous photography and illustrated books are the perfect addition to any coffee table.
By Neil Latham
The monumental size of American Thoroughbred fits the grandeur of the subject matter. A slipcased limited edition, the book holds a collection of large-scale black and white photographs of America’s greatest thoroughbreds and represents a 3-year journey in which Latham fully immersed himself into the sport of horse racing. Convincing the most notable owners and trainers to let him photograph their multimillion-dollar racehorses, the project took him from the racetrack of Saratoga to the horse farms of Kentucky to the ranches of Southern California, where he photographed such thoroughbred legends as A.P. Indy, Curlin, Tapit, Rachel Alexandra, and Zenyatta — as well as American Pharoah, 2015’s heralded Triple Crown winner. Just in time for the holidays, the buyer can receive an 8×10” silver gelatin print, handmade by the artist in his darkroom, by sending proof of purchase to firstname.lastname@example.org.
THE ULTIMATE SKI BOOK
By Gabriella Le Breton, Foreword by Franz Klammer
The Ultimate Ski Book documents the story of skiing through the centuries, capturing the essence of the world’s most popular winter activity through spellbinding photography and inspiring text. From the first ski superstars and most memorable ski fashions; to the world’s best resorts and most prestigious chalets; to the favorite resorts and steepest runs — The Ultimate Ski Book encapsulates everything skiers love about the sport.
Photograph by Tim Hall
MUHAMMAD ALI UNFILTERED
Foreward by Lonnie Ali
Celebrating his life in more than 200 pages of some never-before-seen images, iconic quotes, and moving tributes, Muhammad Ali Unfiltered offers readers a look into the renowned career of one of the prolific and inspiring athletes of all time. Starting with images captured during his training and boxing career, to his role during the Civil Rights movement and opposition of the Vietnam draft, these images celebrate his life as an athlete, activist, husband, father, and family man. A foreword and a eulogy by the legend’s widow, Lonnie Ali, sit alongside Muhammad Ali’s wit, wisdom, and inimitably photogenic self to paint a portrait of a man who became a legend in and out of the ring.
UNEMPLOYABLE: 30 YEARS OF HARDCORE SKATE AND STREET
By Jason Boulter
From the 1970s underground Melbourne skate scene, to a company with a presence in over one hundred countries, Unemployable is the story of how three Australian brothers ― Stephen, Peter, and Matt Hill ― founded one of the world’s biggest skate, street, and surf companies, Globe International. Beyond the story of the Hill brothers, the book features the cast of players who ran Globe’s debauched skate tours, infamous industry parties, exotic surf contests, frenzied stadium events, cutting-edge fashion parades, and red-carpet launches. In addition, it includes over 190 exclusive contributions from Globe insiders and untold tales from the world’s most respected skaters and surfers including Rodney Mullen, Tony Hawk, CJ and Damien Hobgood, and many more.
Stephen Hill Collection
GAME CHANGERS: THE UNSUNG HEROES OF SPORTS HISTORY
By Molly Schiot
Simone Biles, Serena Williams, Lindsay Vonn: these are some of the most recognized and accomplished female athletes of today. But what about the women who came before them, the trailblazers who made it possible for these champions to get out on the field and play? In Game Changers: The Unsung Heroines of Sports History, Molly Schiot celebrates the stories of those forgotten female athletes and shares rarely-before-seen photos of icons like Althea Gibson, America’s first African-American Wimbledon champion; Sheryl Swoopes, the first woman to be signed by the WNBA; Christy Martin, the first female boxer to be featured on the cover of Sports Illustrated; NASCAR driver Janet Guthrie, who qualified for both the Indy 500 and the Daytona 500, and was the first woman to race in either competition; and Kathrine Switzer, the first woman to run the Boston Marathon before women were allowed to run in the race.
By Jim Heimann
This platinum tome is the most comprehensive visual history of surfing to date, and brings together more than 900 images to chart the evolution of surfing as a sport, a lifestyle, and a philosophy. Utilizing institutions, collections, and photographic archives from around the world, and with accompanying essays by the world’s top surf journalists, it celebrates the sport on and off the water, and as a leading influence on fashion, film, art, and music. An unrivaled tribute to the breadth, complexity, and richness of surfing, this book is a must-have for any serious surfer and or those who aspire to its lifestyle.
GOLDEN KICKS: THE SHOES THAT CHANGED THE SPORT
By Jason Coles
This informational and fun jaunt through the world of sports documents the rise of the athletic shoe and features the stories and athletes behind such favorites like the Adidas Stan Smith, Nike Air Jordan, and Puma Clyde. Worn by millions as everyday footwear, these kicks were originally crafted for the court, track, and field. Golden Kicks takes readers on a global journey that charts the development of shoes from the Jessie Owens’ Dassler Brothers’ spikes to Usain Bolt’s golden Puma spikes. The Converse All Star, Reebok Freestyle, Vans Era, and many more — both sports fans and sneakerheads will delight in the amazing stories behind these classic shoes, the companies that developed them, and the athletes who made them famous.
By Guy Andrews
Cycling embodies the elements of a great photograph — the human form, pushing itself to physical extremes, thrilling landscapes, the spectacle of the crowd. Featuring works by a range of Magnum photographers — who are among the most prestigious in the world — each chapter showcases the work of a single photographer, telling the story of an iconic moment, event, or scene. Chapters include: Riders; Fans and Crowds; Racing; Events. Magnum Cycling is a celebration of a perfect union between the great artists who have captured those most fugitive elements in cycling: the personalities, emotions, and human endurance.
© 2016 Henri Cartier-Bresson/Magnum Photos
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