While every sport has a library you can turn to for technique, history, rules, recommended gear, and any other number of things, there are few books that capture the essence of what a sport is about. Not the nuts and bolts, but the sort of inside dope, whether fiction or non-, that the outside world could never understand but that those devoted few, whether in the grip of competition or mere nostalgia, cling to like sport-specific bibles. These are our picks for the 11 best.
Cult Sport Books: Spearfishing
'Last of the Blue Water Hunters'
by Carlos Eyles
Every sport has a golden age – a fleeting moment when skill and equipment have matured, yet all the great accomplishments are still out there waiting to be accomplished. 'Last of the Blue Water Hunters,' full of gorgeous writing about the natural world, captures that moment in North American breath-hold spearfishing when the sea was full of big fish and a small group of men had finally figured out how to swim deep enough to kill them. Best of all: You don't need to know how to spearfish – or even swim, for that matter – to appreciate a book like this.