Ryan Flaherty is the Senior Director of Performance at Nike. Prior to holding that position, Ryan was the Founder and President of Prolific Athletes LLC, a sports performance facility in San Diego, California, where he trained some of the world’s best athletes.

  • Speed Trap

    In Speed Trap, His first Public Revelations to go beyond his dramatic testimony before the Dubin Inquiry, Charlie Francis presents an insiders account of the world of international track and field.,While telling a profoundly human story, Francis shatters the conspiracy of silence maintained by the international sports community surrounding drug use and addresses the central issues arising from the events at the Seoul Olympics. Was his star pupil, Ben Johnson, the exception ??? or are performance enhancing drugs commonplace among the world???s track stars? Is it possible to beat the world???s elite athletes without using anabolic steroids? And what ??? if anything- can be done to make the sports arena fair, safe and honest?,Speed Trap traces the history of performance-enhancing substances from ancient Greece to present, and explains how steroids came to be entrenched within modern track and field by 1972, when Charlie Francis himself competed in the Munich Olympics. Francis reveals the corruption within the drug control bureaucracy and the hypocrisy leading to the occasional hunt of scapegoats- like the one that shocked the world by striping Ben Johnson of his gold medal.,The book also provides a window onto the riotous international track circuit and illustrates the clash of egos that makes and sustains the great rivalries- first and foremost the series of high stake showdowns between Ben Johnson and Carl Lewis.,Charlie Francis has both the knowledge and the freedom to speak candidly about track and field. Speed Trap is the product of that candor, a book that will surprise Canadians.,Charlie Francis, three times a Canadian Sprint champion, served as a national sprint coach for 9 years. He developed athletes who won nine Olympic medals, and who set 23 world records, and more than 250 Canadian records. Four of his stars were ranked among the top ten in the world in their respective events.,Jeff Coplon???s writing has appeared in The New Yorker, New York magazine, The New York Times Magazine, and Rolling Stone, among other publications. He is the coauthor a dozen memoirs, notably with Tina Sinatra, Sarah Ferguson (the Duchess of York), and Cher. He is the author of Gold Buckle, the definitive treatment of rodeo bull riding (HarperOne, 1995). He resides in Brooklyn.

  • The Alchemist

    Combining magic, mysticism, wisdom and wonder into an inspiring tale of self-discovery, The Alchemist has become a modern classic, selling millions of copies around the world and transforming the lives of countless readers across generations. Paulo Coelho’s masterpiece tells the mystical story of Santiago, an Andalusian shepherd boy who yearns to travel in search of a worldly treasure. His quest will lead him to riches far different???and far more satisfying???than he ever imagined. Santiago’s journey teaches us about the essential wisdom of listening to our hearts, of recognizing opportunity and learning to read the omens strewn along life’s path, and, most importantly, to follow our dreams.

  • The Screwtape Letters

    On the occasion of the 50th anniversary of C. S. Lewis???s death, a special annotated edition of his Christian classic, The Screwtape Letters, with notes and excerpts from his other works that help illuminate this diabolical masterpiece.,Since its publication in 1942, The Screwtape Letters has sold millions of copies worldwide and is recognized as a milestone in the history of popular theology. A masterpiece of satire, it offers a sly and ironic portrayal of human life and foibles from the vantage point of Screwtape, a highly placed assistant to ???Our Father Below.??? At once wildly comic, deadly serious, and strikingly original, The Screwtape Letters comprises the correspondence of the worldly-wise devil Screwtape and his nephew Wormwood, a novice demon in charge of securing the damnation of an ordinary young man.,For the first time, The Screwtape Letters will be presented in full-text accompanied by helpful annotations in a striking two-color format. These annotations will give fans a deeper, more nuanced understanding of the popular book, providing background information, explanations of terms, historical significance, and excerpts from Lewis???s other works that more fully explain the ideas in this volume.,For both expert Lewis fans and casual readers, The Screwtape Letters: Annotated Edition will be a beautiful and insightful guide to a beloved classic.

  • The Slight Edge

    The Slight Edge is a way of thinking, a way of processing information that enables you to make the daily choices that will lead you to the success and happiness you desire. Learn why some people make dream after dream come true, while others just continue dreaming and spend their lives building dreams for someone else. It???s not just another self-help motivation tool of methods you must learn in order to travel the path to success. It shows you how to create powerful results from the simple daily activities of your life, by using tools that are already within you.,In this 8th anniversary edition you???ll read not only the life-changing concepts of the original book, but also learn what author Jeff Olson discovered as he continued along the slight edge path: the Secret to Happiness and the Ripple Effect.,This edition of The Slight Edge isn???t just the story, but also how the story continues to create life-altering dynamics???how a way of thinking, a way of processing information, can impact daily choices that will lead you to the success and happiness you desire. The Slight Edge is ???the key??? that will make all the other how-to books and self-help information that you read, watch and hear actually work.

  • Tools of Titans

    The latest groundbreaking tome from Tim Ferriss, the 1 ,best-selling author of ,.,???For the last two years, I???ve interviewed more than 200 world-class performers for my podcast, ,The guests range from super celebs (Jamie Foxx, Arnold Schwarzenegger, etc.) and athletes (icons of powerlifting, gymnastics, surfing, etc.) to legendary Special Operations commanders and black-market biochemists. For most of my guests, it???s the first time they???ve agreed to a two-to-three-hour interview. This unusual depth has helped make , the first business/interview podcast to pass 100 million downloads.,???This book contains the distilled tools, tactics, and ???inside baseball??? you won???t find anywhere else. It also includes new tips from past guests, and life lessons from new ???guests??? you haven???t met.,???What makes the show different is a relentless focus on actionable details. This is reflected in the questions. For example: What do these people do in the first sixty minutes of each morning? What do their workout routines look like, and why? What books have they gifted most to other people? What are the biggest wastes of time for novices in their field? What supplements do they take on a daily basis?,???I don???t view myself as an interviewer. I view myself as an experimenter. If I can???t test something and replicate results in the messy reality of everyday life, I???m not interested.,???Everything within these pages has been vetted, explored, and applied to my own life in some fashion. I???ve used dozens of the tactics and philosophies in high-stakes negotiations, high-risk environments, or large business dealings. The lessons have made me millions of dollars and saved me years of wasted effort and frustration.,???I created this book, my ultimate notebook of high-leverage tools, for myself. It???s changed my life, and I hope the same for you.???,A , for the 21st century, , is an invaluable resource of advice, habits and philosophies from top performers around the world. More than just a compilation of lifehacks (you should inherently distrust anybody who tells you there is a shortcut to success), this book is a practical and inspiring guide to being your best. Weighing in at 707-pages, it???s one of the most highly-recommended books on this site and is the result of years interviewing people who are considered the best in their fields.,We all have much to learn and improve in our lives, and it???s a commitment to life-long learning that will be the true differentiator over time. This book is filled with lessons worth learning. If you can apply the lessons, principles and philosophies within this book to your own life, you can stand on the shoulders of billionaires, icons, and world-class performers.,In Tim???s own words: