Friday, March 11, 2016

JFK's Jab, Lincoln's Left Hook and the Fight for the Most Athletic President of the United States by Jon Finkel Review

From the author of Heart Over Height with 3x NBA Dunk Champ Nate Robinson and Forces of Character with 3x Super Bowl Champion and Fighter Pilot, Chad Hennings, comes a groundbreaking new project by Jon Finkel. For the first time in the history of the United States, this book compiles a comprehensive, complete and official ranking of our presidents based on their skills as athletes.
Which president saved 77 lives as a lifeguard? Which one's lucky handball is still sitting in the Smithsonian over a century after he last played with it? Which president invented a sport? Or practiced jiu-jitsu three afternoons a week while in office? Or was an NCAA champion? The answers to these questions (in order: Reagan, Lincoln, Hoover, T. Roosevelt, Ford) don't even scratch the surface of the athletic information in this book, which is why I harnessed the power of statistics and the spirit of sabermetrics to create a system to properly crown one of our presidents king of the athletic arena.
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For Fans Of

  • Bill Simmons
  • Malcolm Gladwell
  • Chuck Klosterman
  • Michael Lewis
  • Mike Lupica
  • David Halberstam

About the Author

Jon Finkel has written for Men’s Health, Men’s Fitness, Muscle & Fitness, GQ, Details, The New York Times,, Yahoo! Sports’ and many more.
He is also the author of Heart Over Height with 3x NBA Slam Dunk Champion Nate Robinson, as well as the hit fatherhood book, The Dadvantage – Stay in Shape on No Sleep with No Time and No Equipment.
His most recent book, Forces of Character, with 3x Super Bowl Champion and Fighter Pilot, Chad Hennings, came out in Fall 2015.

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My Review:
This was interesting to read. I loved that someone took the time to research the different presidents and how they were active. Abraham Lincoln is my favorite president, and I never knew that he has something sports related in the Smithsonian. It made the presidents more relatable for me. To know that the men with the power over the USA likes to play sports, just like the rest of us. I also liked the writer's sense of humor and his style of writing kept me interested. I am giving this book a 4/5. I was given a copy to review, however all opinions are my own.

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