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New Releases: The Best Sports Books Coming Out In June

The summer has arrived and 2018 is approaching the halfway mark. Seriously, how is it June already??

With a new month comes a host of new releases to look forward to, so without any further ado, here are a selection of sports books being released in June.

A quick heads up: the release dates provided are, to my knowledge, the earliest available. Some books may be released at later dates in different countries, so just keep that in mind. Right, let’s get on with it….

Saturday Night Fever Pitch: The Magic and Madness of Football Style – Simon Doonan

(Release date: June 11)

Saturday Night Fever Pitch

Is it a football book? Or is it a fashion book? It appears Saturday Night Fever Pitch is a bit of both. Author Simon Doonan delves into the relationship between his two biggest passions and discovers how fashion initially made its way into football and how today it plays a significant role in the modern game.

Doonan pays homage to football’s style icons down the ages, from George Best to David Beckham, before turning his attention to the current landscape – the hair, tattoos, cars and WAG culture. Written in Doonan’s trademark wit, Saturday Night Fever Pitch promises to be a hilarious account of when fashion met football.

Want to order Saturday Night Fever Pitch? Here are some options:

Amazon (Hardback)

Book Depository (Hardback)

Wordery (Hardback)


Full Gas: How to Win a Bike Race – Tactics from Inside the Peloton – Peter Cossins

(Release date: June 7) 

Full Gas: How to Win a Bike Race

The complexities and competitiveness of a modern-day tour means even the smallest mistake, delay, or error in judgement can prove costly to a rider’s success. Gone are the days when riders could simply rely on power and speed to beat their rivals. Strategy has now become just as important to winning a tour as the ability of the man on the bike.

So how do you win a bike race? In Full Gas, cycling author and journalist Peter Cossins reveals all – from how teams combat the elements to the mini-battles that take place within the peloton. This is a book that is sure to fascinate cycling fans.

Want to order Full Gas? Here are some options:

Amazon (Hardback)

Book Depository (Hardback)

Wordery (Hardback)


The Call of the Road: The History of Cycle Road Racing – Chris Sidwells

(Release date: June 28) 

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Another book for cycling fans, but one that should also appeal to wider sports fans. The Call of the Road is the definitive story of cycle road racing, from the first race in 1868 to the present day. Author Chris Sidwells looks at the beginning and development of the sport, explains the tactics, and looks at the different physical types that succeed. 

Sidwells also dissects the seemingly ever-present question of doping, and brings the story of road racing completely up to date with insight into jiffy bags and salbutamol levels. Looking at road racing in North and Latin America, Australia, Africa and Asia, as well as continental Europe, The Call of the Road delves into the history, tactics and personalities of cycle road racing in its entirety.

Want to order The Call of the Road? Here are some options:

Amazon (Hardback)

Book Depository (Hardback)

Wordery (Hardback)


What’s Wrong with US?: A Coach’s Blunt Take on the State of American Soccer After a Lifetime on the Touchline – Bruce Arena

(Release date: June 12)

What's Wrong with US? Bruce Arena

Sometimes the title of a book does the explaining for us. Football in the United States has come a long way in recent years, but in 2017 it regressed in spectacular fashion when the national team inexplicably failed to qualify for the 2018 World Cup – the first time they have failed to qualify in 32 years.

In What’s Wrong With US? former national team coach Bruce Arena sifts through the rubble to offer his thoughts on the current state of football in the US. Arena, who led the US to the quarter-finals of the 2002 World Cup, casts his eye on recruiting, coaching, the structure of Major League Soccer, the integration of overseas players, and the role of money in the modern game.

He looks back at the 2018 qualifying campaign, reveals what went wrong, and looks forward to a new way of football in America. For American football fans, What’s Wrong With US? looks to be an intriguing book offering where the sport goes from here.

Want to order What’s Wrong With US? Here are some options:

Amazon (Hardback)

Book Depository (Hardback)

Wordery (Hardback)


Red Card: FIFA and the Fall of the Most Powerful Men in Sports – Ken Bensinger

(Release date: June 14)

Red Card: FIFA and the Fall of the Most Powerful Men in Sports

The FIFA scandal had all the hallmarks of a gangster movie – power, greed, betrayal, hustlers, corruption, informants, and phenomenal quantities of money. But it wasn’t a movie. It was very real, taking place in the heart of the most powerful governing body in all of sports. 

In Red Card, investigative journalist Ken Bensinger goes straight into the heat of the FIFA scandal and reveals all the major people at play on both sides of the investigation. Providing fresh insights on a scandal which has gripped the world, he shows how greed and arrogance brought down the most powerful institution in sporting history.

A wild, gritty, gripping, and at times blackly comic story, Red Card combines world-class journalism with the pace of a thriller. There’s no wonder a Hollywood movie is in the pipeline.

Want to order Red Card? Here are some options:

Amazon (Hardback)

Book Depository (Hardback) | (Paperback)

Wordery (Hardback) | (Paperback)


Sarah Donohue: The World Is Never Enough – Sarah Donohue

(Release date: June 5) 

Sarah Donohue The World Is Never Enough

Sarah Donohue’s life has been just as fast as you’d expect it to be. As a racing driver and stuntwoman, Donohue lives life to the fullest and documents her experiences in The World Is Never Enough

Even after a high-speed powerboat crash put her on a life-support machine, Donohue continued to live life on the edge and would go on to become the European powerboat champion. In this memoir, Donohue reveals the rollercoaster that has been her life, from the highs of her sporting success to the lows of cyber abuse.

There is also her account of dealing with Donald Trump and his legal team for almost four years. Sounds like this could be a very interesting read.

Want to order The World Is Never Enough? Here are some options:

Amazon (Paperback)

Book Depository (Paperback)

Wordery (Paperback)


The Passion: Football and the Story of Modern Turkey – Patrick Keddie

(Release date: June 28) 

The Passion Football and the Story of Modern Turkey

Turkey is a nation obsessed with football. Flares, flags, ultras, and beating drums all comprise a typical match day inside the packed stadiums across the country. But the match day experience is only a fraction of the relationship Turkey has with the global game.

Football has taken on a major role in the political and social landscape of the country: from the fan groups resisting the government, to ambitious politicians embroiling clubs in shady schemes, football in Turkey is a site of power, anger, and resistance.

In The Passion, journalist Patrick Keddie takes us through the crazy world of Turkish football: from the streets of Istanbul, where fans are subjected to tear gas and water cannon, to Anatolia as women fight for their rights to play. 

The Passion also sheds light on the biggest corruption scandal in European football history and its likely connections with the country’s leadership. For football fans, The Passion looks set to be a fascinating look into one of sport’s biggest hotbeds.

Want to order The Passion? Here are some options:

Amazon (Hardback)

Book Depository (Hardback)

Wordery (Hardback)


Joy in Tigertown: A Determined Team, a Resilient City, and our Magical Run to the 1968 World Series – Tom Gage and Mickey Lolich

(Release date: June 1) 

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The 1968 World Series has gone down in folklore as one of the greatest series in baseball history, featuring the likes of Bob Gibson, Al Kaline, and Mickey Lolich.

Told from the first-hand perspective of Lolich and the expertise of Detroit journalist Tom Gage, Joy in Tigertown documents the remarkable ’68 season before culminating in the Tigers’ World Series glory. This is one for baseball fans and those keen to learn more about a historic season.

Want to order Joy In Tigertown? Order worldwide here:

Amazon (Paperback)


Cocaine + Surfing: A Sordid History of Surfing’s Greatest Love Affair – Chas Smith

(Release date: June 12)

Cocaine and Surfing Chas Smith

It will come as no surprise that the surf community like to party. However, as surfing morphed into a multibillion dollar industry, the relative innocence of booze and joints in the 60s and 70s have made way for a cocaine-driven culture.

This despite the external image of modern surfing being one of health, spirituality, and clean-living. In Cocaine + Surfing, acclaimed author Chas Smith peels back the curtain of the real surfing world, its ongoing relationship with cocaine and the inevitable dangers and murkiness that accompanies the drug.

Want to order Cocaine + Surfing? Here are some options:

Amazon (Hardback)

Book Depository (Hardback)

Wordery (Hardback)


Believe It: My Journey of Success, Failure, and Overcoming the Odds – Nick Foles

(Release date: June 26)

Believe It Nick Foles

Nick Foles’ rise is one of the most remarkable stories in NFL history. In week 14 of the 2017 season, the Philadelphia Eagles’ starting quarterback went down with a torn ACL and most football fans that meant the end of the team’s season. Instead, Foles stepped up and against-all-odds, led the Eagles to their first ever Super Bowl victory.

How did a player who was ready to quit the sport two seasons earlier emerge to lead his team to glory? How was a player who overcame numerous trades and injury setbacks able to step in at a moment’s notice hit the level required to guide the Eagles to historic success?

In Believe It, Foles tells his story and takes us behind-the-scenes of his unexpected rise to Super Bowl-winning QB. He sheds light on the obstacles he had to overcome and the faith that kept him going during times of adversity.

Want to order Believe It? Here are some options:

Amazon (Hardback)

Book Depository (Hardback)

Wordery (Hardback)


In the Middle Are the Horsemen – Tik Maynard

(Release date: June 26)

In the Middle Are the Horsemen - Tik Maynard

Tik Maynard tells the story of his rise through the equestrian industry. As a 26-year-old at a life crossroads in 2008, Maynard was a modern pentathlete, who suffered a career–ending injury. The son of prominent Canadian equestrians, Maynard decided to spend the next year as a “working student” in the horse industry to learn the trade. 

Over time, Maynard evolved under the eyes of Olympians, medal winners, and world–renowned figures in the horse world. After a rollercoaster ride through the world of horsemanship, Maynard establishes himself as a leader in the industry. In the Middle is a book that is sure to interest fans of equestrian.

Want to order In the Middle Are the Horsemen? Here are some options:

Amazon (Paperback)

Book Depository (Paperback)

Wordery (Paperback)


Monaco: Inside F1’s Greatest Race – Malcolm Folley

(Release date: June 26)

Monaco Inside F1's Greatest Race Malcolm Folley

It’s fitting that this book is released this month, weeks after the 2018 race hit the headlines for its lack of entertainment. In Monaco, Malcolm Folley delves into the past and present of this iconic race, featuring input from the likes of Bernie Ecclestone, Nico Rosberg, Damon Hill, Ross Brawn, and David Coulthard.

There is a special focus on the extraordinary 1996 race that saw only three cars finish. This book will grab the attention of Formula One fans and those interested in learning more about the most famous and glamorous race in F1.

Want to order Monaco: Inside F1’s Greatest Race? Here are some options:

Amazon (Hardback) | (Paperback)

Book Depository (Hardback) | (Paperback)

Wordery (Hardback) | (Paperback)


From Guernica to Guardiola: How the Spanish Conquered English Football – Adam Crafton

(Release date: June 26)

From Guernica to Guardiola: How the Spanish Conquered English Football Adam Crafton

For fans of English football, the influence Spain has had on the game is undeniable: from the current landscape dominated by Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City to the impact made by Rafa Benitez at Liverpool. Then there are the players, including David Silva, David De Gea, Xabi Alonso, Fernando Torres and Cesc Fabregas – Spanish stars have helped transform the way football is played in England.

However, the origins of Spain’s relationship with English football date back to 1937 when the Spanish Civil War led to a stream of refugees fleeing their country for the safe haven of the south coast of England. Author Adam Crafton speaks to numerous Spanish figures to help tell the story of Spanish influence on English football.

But beyond the individual influence, Crafton delves deeper to provide the historical and social context that helps to explain the relationship between the two nations and the role of football.

Want to order From Guernica to Guardiola? Here are some options:

Amazon (Hardback)

Book Depository (Hardback)

Wordery (Hardback)


The Age of Ruth and Landis: The Economics of Baseball during the Roaring Twenties – David George Surdam and Michael J. Haupert

(Release date: June 1)

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As professional baseball recovered from the 1919 World Series scandal, it entered a decade of general prosperity. Babe Ruth shattered his own home-run record and, boosted by a booming economy, professional sports enjoyed what was termed a “Golden Age of Sports”.

However, while Major League Baseball enjoyed plenty of progress, it also endured setbacks. In The Age of Ruth and Landis, David George Surdam and Michael J. Haupert analyze the economic and financial aspects of MLB during the 20s – a time of both strife and prosperity, innovation and conservatism.

Want to order The Age of Ruth and Landis? Here are some options:

Amazon (Hardback)

Book Depository (Hardback)

Wordery (Hardback)


The Presidents and the Pastime: The History of Baseball and the White House – Curt Smith

(Release date: June 1)

The Presidents and the Pastime The History of Baseball and the White House Curt Smith

Author Curt Smith uses his extensive background as a former White House presidential speechwriter to chronicle the historic relationship between baseball and the US presidency. 

The Presidents and the Pastime charts how baseball cemented its reputation as America’s pastime in the nineteenth century, Smith tracks every US president from Theodore Roosevelt to Donald Trump, each chapter filled with anecdotes. The Presidents and the Pastime is sure to appeal to baseball fans and those interested in learning more about its place in American culture.

Want to order The Presidents and the Pastime? Here are some options:

Amazon (Hardback)

Book Depository (Hardback)

Wordery (Hardback)


The Roger Kahn Reader: Six Decades of Sportswriting – Roger Kahn

(Release date: June 1)

The Roger Kahn Reader Six Decades of Sportswriting

The Roger Kahn Reader is a collection of stories and articles from one of America’s most successful and accomplished sports writers. Roger Kahn’s work, published between 1952 to the modern day, covers more than six decades of American sports.

This collection includes articles on figures such as Walter O’Malley and Don King, Ted Williams and Stan Musial, and compelling issues of money, muscle, and myth. For sports fans who want to delve into the archives of one of journalism’s great sports writers, The Roger Kahn Reader promises to be a wise purchase.

Want to order The Roger Kahn Reader? Here are some options:

Amazon (Hardback)

Book Depository (Hardback)

Wordery (Hardback)


Unbeaten: Rocky Marciano’s Fight for Perfection in a Crooked World – Mike Stanton

(Release date: June 26)

Unbeaten Rocky Marciano's Fight for Perfection in a Crooked World Mike Stanton

Rocky Marciano has not gone down in history as one of the greatest boxers of all time. The only undefeated heavyweight world champion, Marciano rose from the son of poor Italian immigrants to boxing superstardom.

During the height of his fame and power, Marciano came to know presidents, movie stars, and the organized crime figures who dominated the sport. A powerful and graceful champion in the ring, Marciano also battled his own inner demons.

In Unbeaten, award-winning journalist and biographer Mike Stanton relays the story of Marciano’s remarkable rise in the ring and the colourful life out of it. Boxing fans are sure to enjoy this book.

Want to order Unbeaten? Here are some options:

Amazon (Hardback)

Book Depository (Hardback) (Paperback)

Wordery (Hardback) (Paperback)

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