The Greatest: The Quest for Sporting Perfection
Rating: 4 / 5
Highly regarded UK sports writer and Commonwealth Games multiple gold medallist Matthew Syed has written a book of fascinating insights into the work that goes into being a successful competitor.
Made up of short articles written for The Times newspaper, he delves into many facets of building strength and skill—from accessing good facilities and coaches to practising with purpose and developing a competitive mindset. This psychological skill set involves desire to win, a love of the game, a tactical brain, knowledge of the opposition, and for many—a religious belief that God is on their side.
He also gives examples of how politics has shaped the lives of many athletes and gives a number of cameos of well-known sporting heroes. This is an interesting, easy-to-read book that will interest any sport lover.