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The editors recommend: 4 books about sports that are worth reading

Last year was filled with many important and interesting events that allowed us to reconsider our views, learn new things and just get inspired. But among other things, in 2018, many interesting books about sports were published. Summing up the unspoken results of the past 2018, the editor-in-chief of the Championship Evgeny Slyusarenko prepared reviews of the best book novelties.

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The editors recommend: 4 books about sports that are worth reading

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Crystal people

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Without a doubt, one of those books in the history of Soviet and Russian hockey, which should be in the collection without reservations. This book (about 1200 pages, more than three kg of live weight) was created for several years: the author - the famous journalist and sports manager Stanislav Gridasov - originally did it at his own peril and risk, announcing a fundraiser about two years ago, and those who believed , as a result, bought the publication 40 percent cheaper. The investment was worth it: we have before us an encyclopedia of a great time, written by an adult through the eyes of a little boy.

Notes about Soviet hockey, made with love by a Saratov boy who dreamed of becoming a goalkeeper and playing, like Tretyak or Myshkin - this is how the book begins. Actually (hereinafter it is worthwhile to selectly cite the annotation, because you cannot say better), in fact, there are two books under one cover at once. The first describes the phenomenon of the popularity of Soviet hockey through the eyes of a schoolchild in love with this game. Soviet hockey, Soviet life in the 1970s and 1980s, the city of Saratov, the author's native city, are shown with such care and detail that reading turns into a real journey through time - from our era to distant childhood. The second part is a detailed encyclopedia: 70 years of the history of Saratov hockey are given in the living context of the country and time. It is the combination of personal author's memories and strict, professionally presented facts that makes this crystal magical, giving the book a stereoscopic effect.

This book is for those who want to feel (do not know - you can learn from hundreds of now available videos and memories) , exactly to feel how the country lived through these legendary years. The years when hockey for many residents of the USSR was, to use the famous quote, much more important than the issues of life and death.

The editors recommend: 4 books about sports that are worth reading

Photo: Valeria Barinova, Championship

Race and sport. Evolution and racial differences in athletic ability

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This is one of the most politically incorrect books on sports (and not only) that you can imagine these days. The topic of racial differences and the influence of race on life is strongly taboo or - at least - taboo with a serious bias. It's okay to say that whites can't jump, but to say that blacks make nikubreathable riders, since they are poorly balanced in the saddle, is a risk of running into accusations of racism, or even worse.

Meanwhile, authors Edward Dutton and Richard Lynn (by the way, they are the same British scientists, not in an ironic, but in a literal sense) just seem to deliberately run into, and cut the truth-womb so frankly, without euphemisms, that it even becomes scary for them. This is what you can read in the early pages of their research book.

In golf, strategic abilities and good memory are very important, which are highly correlated with the IQ. As mentioned, high intelligence is especially conducive to success in team sports. Golf also requires fine motor skills, especially manual dexterity. Fine motor skills in blacks are 60% lower than in Europeans. Representatives of the Negroid race do not shine with achievements in such sports as dart throwing, archery, bullet shooting, billiards. The same picture is observed in technical sports, especially in Formula 1 racing. The pilots of these races require a very high reaction rate, which correlates with the IQ value. They also need excellent eyesight. The advantages of Europeans are obvious in car rallies and cycling.

But yes, it is probably worth warning: despite the fact that the authors clearly tried to dilute the narrative with some kind of scientific pop, it is still scientific work - with tables, terms and this is all. Popcorn is better to put aside.

The editors recommend: 4 books about sports that are worth reading

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Stadium architecture

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After reading the book by the compiler Eduard Hakobyan, you will learn why most Soviet stadiums did not have a second tier (the first to break the regulations , became Yerevan's Hrazdan in the 70s), where the fashion for club arenas came from and how the construction of the Luzhniki Stadium changed Moscow. And this is already a sufficient reason to at least hold the book in your hands.

However, this album edition may not be read (although there are few letters and they are all relevant), but simply look at the illustrations, while learning about how stadiums were designed and built in our country for the last 100 years. Dozens of archival drawings, photographs and sketches (most of them have never been published) about the great arenas of the USSR, Russia and the whole world and those arenas that could have become great, but were never built.

Among unfulfilled dreams Suffice it to mention the International Red Stadium of the 1920s, the Central Stalin Stadium for 140 thousand spectators, the All-German Stadium for 400 thousand spectators - the light never saw them, but even the sketches alone are breathtaking. The outer wall of the same All-German stadium at the end of the 30s was supposed to be more than 100 meters high! And how majestic the Kirov stadium in Leningrad (the current Gazprom-Arena) was planned - if it werel built according to the original pre-war plans! However, he is still nothing.

The editors recommend: 4 books about sports that are worth reading

Photo: Valeria Barinova, Championship

Two sides of the same medal

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Book-monologue of famous figure skaters, heroes of the Sochi Olympics Tatyana Volosozhar and Maxim Trankov (however, he speaks mostly only the last) is not like a series of life stories of sports stars, as from an incubator published in recent years. Figure skating is probably the most soap-operatic sport in our country: rumors, gossip, scandals, marriages, divorces, mutual suspicions and grievances. Even the little that breaks out to the public is impressive - and if you know a little more ... Football smokes on the sidelines - and this is even against the backdrop of the latest news.

In this sense, Maxim Trankov's revelations pleasantly surprise - the famous skater of words especially does not choose, calling things by their proper names (well, the way he sees them, of course). Troubled childhood and broken adolescence, relationships with partners and coaches, personal shortcomings and problems - all this is said as if in spirit: I decided to take a beer. He saw me put them in the trunk and went back to the store. Comes out with wine. As it turned out later, we were both afraid that the second would hit the coach, but when I decided to spit on this fear, he realized that I was mine and could be trusted.

Sometimes it's even surprising: Maxim still has to work in this sport (which, by the way, he does after last year's end of his career), isn't he afraid of hurting all these touchy divas and their crazy fans from the world of figure skating ?! Apparently, he is not afraid, and this is what makes you read this (generally unwise in terms of composition and artistic value) autobiography in one sitting.

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