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: Weightlifting
'Muscle: Confessions of an Unlikely Bodybuilder'
by Samuel W. Fussell
Son of a renowned writer and a legendary American scholar, Samuel W. Fussell was raised to revere the life of the mind, not the body. But after a top-drawer education, Fussell rebelled by moving to California and becoming a serious competitive bodybuilder. Easily the best memoir ever written about weight training, steroids and all.