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  • "Those Guys Have All The Fun" Leads Sports Book Sales For '11

    James Andrew Miller and Tom Shales' "Those Guys Have All The Fun: Inside the World of ESPN" tops all sports/recreation book sales for '11 to date, according to data from Nielsen Bookscan. The book, which was released in May, has sold 96,600 units through Aug. 7, nearly triple the number of units sold by the second book on the list. Among sports biography sales this year, Tim Tebow's "Through My Eyes" tops the list with 75,500 units sold, easily surpassing Michael Oher's biography, which ranks second. Listed below are the top-selling sports/recreation books and sports biographies for '11 through Aug. 7 (THE DAILY).

    TOP-SELLING SPORTS/RECREATION BOOKS FOR '11
    TITLE AUTHOR(S) PUBLISHER (DATE)
    YTD UNIT SALES
    "Those Guys Have All The Fun:
    Inside The World of ESPN"*
    James Andrew Miller & Tom Shales Little, Brown & Co. (05/01/11)
    96,600
    "Strength Training Anatomy"^ Frederic Delavier Human Kinetics (03/01/10)
    36,300
    "SAS Survival Handbook:
    For Any Climate In Any Situation"
    John Wiseman Harper (03/01/09)
    27,500
    "56: Joe DiMaggio and the
    Last Magic Number in Sports"*
    Kostya Kennedy Sports Illustrated (03/01/09)
    25,200
    "Moneyball: The Art of
    Winning an Unfair Game"^
    Michael Lewis W.W. Norton & Co. (03/01/04)
    23,000
    "Born to Run: A Hidden Tribe, Superathletes, and the Greatest Race the World Has Never Seen"* Christopher McDougall Knopf Publishing Group (05/01/09)
    22,300
    "Secretariat"^ William Nack Hyperion Books (08/01/10)
    21,000
    "The Book of Basketball: The NBA According to The Sports Guy"^ Bill Simmons ESPN Books (12/01/10)
    20,700
    "The Captain: The Journey
    of Derek Jeter"*
    Ian O'Connor Houghton Mifflin (05/01/11)
    20,500
    "Scorecasting: The Hidden Influences Behind How Sports Are Played And Games Are Won"* Tobias Moskowitz & L. Jon Wertheim Crown Archetype (01/01/11)
    20,500
    TOP-SELLING SPORTS BIOGRAPHIES FOR '11
    TITLE AUTHOR(S) PUBLISHER (DATE)
    YTD UNIT SALES
    "Through My Eyes"* Tim Tebow Harper (05/01/11)
    75,500
    "I Beat the Odds: From Homelessness, to The Blind Side, and Beyond"* Michael Oher Gotham Books (02/01/11)
    48,800
    "In the Blink of An Eye: Dale, Daytona and the Day That Changed Everything"* Michael Waltrip Hyperion Books (02/01/11)
    36,900
    "The Last Boy" Mickey Mantle and the End of America's Childhood"* Jane Leavy Harper (10/01/10)
    30,900
    "Open: An Autobiography"^ Andre Agassi Vintage Books USA (08/01/10)
    24,100
    "Stan Musial: An American Life"* George Vecsey ESPN Books (05/01/11)
    21,500
    "Play Like You Mean It: Passion, Laughs and Leadership in the World's Most Beautiful Game"* Rex Ryan Doubleday Books (05/01/11)
    19,500
    "Undisputed: How to Become the World Champion in 1,372 Easy Steps"* Chris Jericho Grand Central Publishing (02/01/11)
    18,800
    "Coming Back Stronger: Unleashing the Hidden Power of Adversity"* Drew Brees Tyndale House Publishers (07/01/10)
    9,700
    "It's Not About the Bike: My Journey Back to Life"^ Lance Armstrong Berkley Publishing Group (09/01/01)
    8,200
           

    NOTES: * = Hardcover. ^ = Paperback

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