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Sports Illustrated: The Golf Book

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The latest in Sports Illustrated's series of best-selling, sport-specific coffee-table specials, THE GOLF BOOK will be the must-have holiday gift for golfers and golf fans. With lavish photography and award-winning writing from Sports Illustrated's archives, this majestic new volume tracks golf history from 19th century Scotland to Tiger Woods' latest heroics on the green. In 288 oversized pages, THE GOLF BOOK celebrates the royal and ancient game as only Sports Illustrated can, showcasing its biggest personalities (Nicklaus, Hogan, Palmer, to name just a few) and top performances in richly illustrated display. The sport's most beautiful landscapes, most treasured courses and most renowned artifacts are depicted in stunning large-format detail. With precision and passion THE GOLF BOOK tees it up and hits it straight down the fairway.

Sports Illustrated has commissioned a definitive panel of experts -- including PGA Tour commissioner Tim Finchem, USGA director David Faye, Royal & Ancient chief Peter Dawson, LPGA commissioner Carolyn Bivens and the Sports Illustrated Golf group (staffers from Golf Plus, golf.com and Golf Magazine) -- to select the 20 Greatest Golfers of all-time. The GOLF BOOK gatefold will show the players interacting at the mythical "Sports Illustrated Invitational." We can't reveal who'll be on the tee, but you might see Arnold Palmer comparing swings with Bobby Jones, or Ben Hogan marveling at Tiger Woods' driver.

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Sports Illustrated: Monday Morning Quarterback

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Pro football fans spend Sundays in front of the television or at the stadium, cheering on their favorite teams. What do they do on Monday mornings? Head to SI.com to check out "Monday Morning Quarterback", the must-read Internet column from SPORTS ILLUSTRATED senior writer Peter King. An award-winning journalist and a 20-year veteran of Sports Illustrated, King has been delivering his unique blend of NFL news and views in MMQB since 1997. More than 2 million readers a week devour MMQB's wide-ranging menu of analysis, opinion, behind-the-scenes insights and humorous observations. In this book, King brings forth the same hard-hitting mix of wit and wisdom that has become so popular with his online audience, updating his most memorable web columns from over the years and adding new takes on everything from officiating to TV to which players belong in the Hall of Fame. King tackles the game's most important issues and its biggest personalities with his distinctively conversational reporting style.

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Most Valuable Puzzles

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Make way for the MVP -- the most valuable puzzles sports fans could possibly get their hands on. In this first-ever SPORTS ILLUSTRATED compilation, put your passion for sports to work as you try your luck at three kinds of puzzles:

• Crosswords, the traditional format with a sporty feel -- themes built around beloved stars (Tiger Woods, Maria Sharapova), big events (the Super Bowl, March Madness) and entertaining topics (sports movies, Sports Illustrated swimsuit models)

• Cross Stats, a grid puzzle combining the best elements of sudoku and sports trivia contests

• Picture Puzzles, an unmatched optical brainteaser. See if you can spot the differences when we make digital mischief with classic images from the Sports Illustrated photo archive With more than 75 puzzles, it's the ultimate form of gamesmanship. Think you can compete?

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The Football Book -- Expanded Edition

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Four years after the publication of The Football Book, the Sports Illustrated editorial team that created the New York Times best-seller returns with this revised and expanded edition. With over half a million copies in print, The Football Book is the perennial favorite in Sports Illustrated's highly successful series of coffee-table books released every holiday season since 2005. And this revision brings the original edition up to the minute, with 80 pages of brand new material --- including a dozen stories from Sports Illustrated's best writers and more than 60 pages of spectacular new photographs of NFL action through Super Bowl XLIII in February 2009. With unforgettable photographs and award-winning stories, this lavish volume brings to life the bone-rattling impact and the breath-taking athleticism that have made pro football America's true national pastime.

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SI Kids In Your Face 3-D: The Best 3-D Book Ever!

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The editors of Sports Illustrated Kids present In Your Face 3-D: The Best 3-D Book Ever! Filled with exciting, state-of-the-art 3-D images, this 96- page, hardcover book will literally have kids ducking, jumping, and flying out of their chair with every turn of the page. Awesome 3-D images from just about every sport you can imagine will be featured. Big stars, big sports, and the best 3-D sports photography in the world make this a must-have title for sports fans of all ages. The book is packaged with a pair of high-grade 3-D glasses.

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SI Kids Wow! The Pop-up Book of Sports

The editors of Sports Illustrated Kids re-live sports' most memorable plays in Wow! The Pop-up Book of Sports. This 8-spread pop-up book brings to life Danny Way's out-of-this-world Great Wall jump, the Red Sox 2004 World Series and Giants wide receiver David Tyree's epic catch that helped clinch Super Bowl XLII. The iconic photos have never been presented in this exciting format. This in-your-face book is guaranteed to wow kids and adults alike.

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Sports Illustrated: Slide Show

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Before digital photography, every picture that ran in the pages of SI, like the one above of Yogi, had a physical counterpart -- a slide (many of them Kodachromes, as famously sung about by Paul Simon). The thing about slides, beyond the obvious that you could touch them and hold them up to the light, was that you could scribble notes on them. You might use the slide mount to jot down a quick description of what's happening in the photo. You could give the mount a return to stamp, if you were messengering the slide across town in those days before e-mail. And if the framed photo was a classic -- say, Walter Iooss Jr.'s shot of the 49ers' Dwight Clark making "The Catch" -- you would see that mount become tagged with so many stickers marking its repeated usage in the magazine that the slide would come to resemble a steamer trunk returned from a journey around the world in an even earlier time.

Today SI catalogs its photos in an electronic database -- which is infinitely more efficient than the old filing cabinets full of slides, but not nearly as much fun. With the distance of time, though, these slides can be viewed in a new way: as tiny objects of art. These artifacts of a rapidly receding era of magazine publishing brim with a found beauty; a humble cardboard square somehow fuses a photographic moment with its slowly accumulating embellishments of history.

Sports Illustrated presents Slide Show (SI Books, May 2009), conceived and designed by then creative director, now special contributor Steven Hoffman and researched and written by associate editor Bill Syken.

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Sports Illustrated: The College Football Book

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Sports Illustrated presents The College Football Book, the ultimate gift for America's most passionate fans. SI launched this series in 2005 with The Football Book, devoted to the professional game. A New York Times best-seller that year, the book has taken root as a perennial, selling more than 200,000 copies to date. Now the editors of Sports Illustrated return to the gridiron, this time to serve the most avid football fans of all. With the best words and pictures SI has to offer, The College Football Book brings to life the game's unparalleled excitement and pageantry, its legendary players, historic teams and epic rivalries. In 288 pages of the greatest photography and writing available anywhere, The College Football Book spans the sport's history, from its infancy in the 1800s right up to the postseason showdowns of 2008. The book is packed with stunning pictures, award-winning stories, original stats, decade-by-decade all-star teams and iconic artifacts photographed exclusively for this book at the College Football Hall of Fame -- the same exciting mix of elements that makes each book in the SI series a must-have for sports fan.

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Athlete by Walter Iooss

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After 47 years behind the camera Walter Iooss Jr. can't quite put a number on the countless sports subjects he has photographed throughout his career. But whoever the portrait, whatever the setting, a common theme runs through his personal archive: All are athletes lured into the joy of sport. In a 256-page panoramic collection, Iooss handpicks more than 150 of his classic images --dozens never before published--to create a cinematic compilation of his work.

For Iooss -- whose efforts have graced the cover of Sports Illustrated nearly 300 times -- every picture really does tell a story. Here he highlights his favorites with behind-the-scenes anecdotes. For the famous "Blue Dunk" overhead shot of Michael Jordan taken in 1987, Iooss personally painted the parking lot, stationed himself in a cherry picker and waited for the shot. While shadowing Tiger Woods from hole to hole in Carlsbad in 2000, the photographer purposefully wore dark glasses the entire day so as to not look in the golfer's eyes. And in 2003, Iooss literally couldn't sleep the night before reuniting Muhammad Ali and Joe Frazier for their first photo together in 30 years. In a lyrical display, we witness a creative evolution as Iooss continually discovers new ways and approaches to capture the athletic spirit. Iooss's passion, power and perspective are clearly at play in this artful package.

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Sports Illustrated: The Basketball Book

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Continuing Sports Illustrated's tradition of producing best-selling coffee-table books for the holiday season, SI presents The Basketball Book, a lavish celebration of the athleticism and pageantry of both the college and professional game. With the same kind of unforgettable photographs and award-winning writing that propelled The Baseball Book, The Football Book and The Anniversary Book to The New York Times best-seller list over the past three years, this volume brings to life the legendary players, the classic action and the great rivalries of the court. In 294 oversized pages, The Basketball Book commemorates the epic teams and characters, the personalities and performances and artifacts that have created legions of passionate fans since Dr. James Naismith nailed up a peach basket and devised the Original 13 Rules of the game more than 100 years ago.

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Sports Illustrated 50 Years: The Anniversary Book

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This colorful book celebrating fifty years of America's most prominent sports magazine is certainly more practical than hoarding 2,500 issues. The six-part book plays to the strength of the magazine: "The Stories" and "The Photographs" sections are the largest. The 35 articles are truncated, often just whetting your appetite for more. Lose minutes staring at Michael Jordan or Walter Payton frozen in midair. Examine the juxtaposition of a close play at the plate with the bizarre styles of a 60s women's track team. Try not to be swept away at a shot of Bill Russell and Wilt Chamberlain defining basketball. Punctuated by the best sport quotes, SI's "Signs of the Apocalypse," fascinating lists of athletes and teams that were on the cover the most times, and other sport tidbits through the ages, this area is sure to launch a thousand sport memories.

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Sports Illustrated: Fifty Years of Great Writing

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For their 50th anniversary, Sports Illustrated collects 52 of their best and most memorable articles. Editor Rob Fleder delivers on what makes the magazine standout and fashionable: a mix of on-sport reporting (Mark Kram's lyrical coverage of the third Ali-Frazier bout) and polished articles written with years of perspective (Dan Jenkins's examination of the 1960 US Open, 18 years after the golf tournament). SI's most well-know scribe, Frank Deford, bookends the collection with reflections on boxer Billy Conn and a lovely obit on hometown star Johnny Untias.

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