You may recognize him as the
nine-time Emmy-winning host
and producer of The Amazing Race.
Phil Keoghan is a storyteller,
adventurer, and devoted advocate
for Multiple Sclerosis; so far he has
raised more than a million dollars
for the cause. He’s also very well-read. Here is what you will find on
ON MY NIGHTSTAND
BY DAVA SOBEL
I love this book. It’s the true story of a
lone underdog who took on the scientific
community for 40 years, despite constant ridicule. John Harrison believed
in something so strongly and never gave
up, despite overwhelming odds. Working
out longitude was quite possibly the biggest scientific challenge of the eighteenth
century. Without an accurate timepiece
showing Greenwich Mean Time, sailors were literally lost at
sea as soon as they lost sight of land. Harrison, a clockmaker
in England, came up with a mechanical solution: a clock that
would keep precise time at sea, something no clock had ever
been able to do on land. The rest is history.
BY ANDRE AGASSI
Most of the books I read are nonfiction;
I love learning about the lives of others.
Open is an unbelievably raw and honest
look into the life of tennis legend Andre
Agassi, and has to be the most genuine
autobiography I’ve ever read. Agassi does
not hold back. He gives a candid account
about everything in his life—his relationship with his father, the
horror of losing his hair, his struggle to maintain a passion for
tennis, and his legendary rivalries. After reading Open, I gained
a new appreciation for this famous tennis star. I got to know
him as human being, not just as a sports hero.
HARRY WATSON: THE MILE EATER
BY JONATHAN KENNETT,
BRONWEN WALL, AND IAN GRAY
This story inspired me so much that in
2013, I found a 1920s-era vintage bicycle in France and retraced the 1928 Tour
de France. I averaged 150 miles a day
for 22 days—on a bike with 85-year-old
brakes and no gears. That’s how much
this book moved me.
The Mile Eater is about Harry Watson, the first New Zealander
to enter the Tour de France. Against all odds, Harry and his
team of four rode against teams of 10 and managed to finish the
grueling race. That year, a total of 168 riders started the race,
and only 46 finished. Remarkably, Harry was one of them, but
the effort nearly killed him. Ironically, only a handful of New
Zealanders even know who he is—he is truly an unsung hero.
This book brought him to life for me. I wish I had met The Mile
Eater. What an inspiration!
Phil Keoghan has worked in over 100 countries as an actor, author, speaker, television host,
producer, director, and cameraman. His work has earned numerous awards including nine
prime-time Emmy Awards as a producer and host of the hit CBS series The Amazing Race, a
World Class New Zealand Award, the 2011 Dorothy Corwin Spirit of Life award for services
to MS, and the Endurance Live Celebrity Athlete of the Year 2013.