Listeners often ask what books are on our shelf, so on this week’s episode we discuss what books we have read recently and what coaches can take away from them. We cover more than 20 titles that will be sure to add a few new books to your reading list.
Notes and Quotes
In this episode we simply walked through recent books we have read and discussed a few key points from each.
- 4:00 – Three book’s Vern rereads every year: the Track and Field Omnibook (4th Edition), Principles of Sports Training and Make It Stick: The Science of Successful Learning.
- 7:00 – World Without Mind: The Existential Threat of Big Tech by Franklin Foer.
- 7:45 – Behave: The Biology of Humans at Our Best and Worst by Robert Sapolsky.
- 8:50 – Draft No. 4: On the Writing Process by John McPhee.
- 9:45 – Churchill and Orwell: The Fight for Freedom by Thomas Ricks.
- 10:30 – The Pursuit of Power: Europe 1815-1914 (The Penguin History of Europe) by Richard Evans.
- 11:30 – Unplugged: Evolve from Technology to Upgrade Your Fitness, Performance, & Consciousness by Brian Mackenzie, Andy Galpin, and Phil White. “Technology promises a lot, but is it delivering on those promises? ” “Once everyone gets the technology, it is the art of coaching that will make you stand out as a coach. “
- 14:15 – Run to the Roar: Coaching to Overcome Fear by Paul Assaiante. “The teachable moment is at practice, not matches. “
- 16:30 – How to Support a Champion: The art of applying science to the elite athlete by Steve Ingham.
- 17:20 – The Talent Lab: The secret to finding, creating and sustaining success by Owen Slot.
- 18:30 – Complex Systems in Sport (Routledge Research in Sport and Exercise Science) edited by Keith Davids.
- 19:00 – The Cubs Way: The Zen of Building the Best Team in Baseball and Breaking the Curse by Tom Verducci.
- 20:45 – Pep Guardiola: The Evolution by Marti Perarnau.
- 23:00 – No Hunger in Paradise: How to Make it is as Professional Footballer by Michael Calvin.
- 23:50 – The Real Madrid Way: How Values Created the Most Successful Sports Team on the Planet by Steven Mandis.
- 25:00 – 4th and Goal Every Day: Alabama’s Relentless Pursuit of Perfection by Phil Savage.
- 29:00 – “Cancer’s Invasion Equation” by Siddhartha Mukherjee in the New Yorker.
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The following links were referenced in the podcast or provide some additional reading material on the topic:
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- Author Steven Ingham was on GAINcast 63, where he discussed his book How to Support a Champion: The art of applying science to the elite athlete.
- On GAINcast 81 and GAINcast 73 we discussed some examples from manager Joe Maddon and The Cubs Way: The Zen of Building the Best Team in Baseball and Breaking the Curse.
- This summer Craig Pickering wrote about the biology of our behavior and the book Behave: The Biology of Humans at Our Best and Worst.
- Some more information on these books from other podcasts: Paul Assaiante had a great interview last year on the Finding Mastery podcast and Andy Galpin has some good thoughts on technology in his interview by the Jugg Life podcast.
- For more book recommendations from Vern, read his books of the year from 2016 and more books of the year.