This is an article from the Oct. 6, 2014 issue
Adventures at the Extremes of Human Flight
Wild, tense adventure about wingsuit daredevils pushing the limits of BASEjumping. Taps into the psychology of man's ancient quest to fly.
Boy on Ice
The Life and Death of Derek Boogaard
Excellent reporting, beautiful writing from New York Times Pulitzer winner. Makes it impossible to ever again cheer during a hockey fight.
Salt, Sweat, Tears
The Men Who Rowed the Oceans
Dispatches from the author's crossing alternate with previous attempts. Straightforward and engaging—relentless as the sharks encountered.
A Soldier, a Dream, and a Promise Kept
Daniel Rodriguez with Joe Layden*
First-person account of soldier making good on a battlefield pledge by playing for Clemson. Harrowing, heartbreaking, redemptive.
My Life in Sports
Starts slow but then rolls out a string of behind-the-scenes dish that entertains even as it blurs the line between journalist and fan.
*Brother of SI senior writer Tim Layden