Books by L. Jon Wertheim

Released: Feb. 2, 2016

"If sports bring out the kooky, spooky, and creepy in us, Wertheim and Sommers give us a chance to understand ourselves and perhaps get a grip before we totally lose it."
A strong case for the lunacy of sports as rooted in basic human neuroscience and cognitive tendency. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 18, 2014

"A playful puppy of a memoir about a big dog career."
A veteran sportscaster revisits his career.
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THE ROOKIE BOOKIE by L. Jon Wertheim
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 7, 2014

"The sports fan's alternative to The Lemonade War. (Fiction. 9-13)"
Best-selling authors Wertheim and Moskowitz (Scorecasting, 2011) team up again on their first novel for children. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: Jan. 25, 2011

"Hardly groundbreaking, but a well-conceived and -executed addition to the burgeoning movement of stats-based sporting analysis."
In a Freakonomics for sports, an economist and a sportswriter use the power of data analysis to debunk some of the sports world's conventional wisdom. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 15, 2009

"By the end of this vigorous history, most readers will have at least a grudging respect for the chess-like stratagems that go into MMA, which is fast overtaking boxing and pro wrestling in popularity."
Sweat-soaked ode to and passionate defense of a sport many have compared to human cockfighting. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 9, 2007

"An enjoyable vicarious descent into the world of pool hustling."
Jersey boy's hardscrabble rise from local pool-hall hustler to tournament pro, in slavish detail. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: Aug. 7, 2001

"Long on the human-interest angle, trivial as a piece of tennis writing."
The actual playing of tennis becomes a sideshow in this gossipy profile of the women's pro tour, from Sports Illustrated writer Wertheim. Read full book review >