Who is the greatest sportsman of the modern era? This book compares seven contenders to that title: Michael Jordan, Mike Tyson, Tiger Woods, Michael Schumacher, Lance Armstrong, Valentino Rossi, and Andre Agassi. Each athlete has been selected because they have reached the pinnacle of their sport and earned legions of fans across the world, making them truly global superstars. This book seeks to establish what made each so unique in their discipline and who stands out as the greatest of them all.
This great value book is really seven books in one volume. Each chapter is equivalent to a mini biography of each athlete covering their childhood, how they broke into their sport, how they rose to the top, their greatest achievements, and their flaws. It also compares each athlete to their peers as well as greats from past eras to justify their place in this list. The book seeks to understand the characters, the talent that made them so outstanding, and the intangible special qualities that allowed them to transcend their profession.
Attempting to compare athletes from different sports is an imposing task and one that is guaranteed to provoke debate. How do you compare top athletes from different sports and different eras when the characteristics required to be successful are so different? For example, how can you compare Tiger Wood’s fourteen majors to Mike Tyson’s heavyweight title? The eighth and final chapter solves this problem by pitting the candidates against each other in ubiquitous categories such as Dominance, Popularity, Mental Toughness, Athleticism, Achievement, and Longevity to determine an overall winner.
- Frank Oliver, April 2012
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