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Seabiscuit

Author : Laura Hillenbrand
ISBN : 0345467396
Genre : Biography & Autobiography
File Size : 52. 82 MB
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Laura Hillenbrand, author of the runaway phenomenon Unbroken, brilliantly re-creates a universal underdog story in this #1 New York Times bestseller. BONUS: This edition contains a Seabiscuit discussion guide and an excerpt from Unbroken. Seabiscuit was one of the most electrifying and popular attractions in sports history and the single biggest newsmaker in the world in 1938, receiving more coverage than FDR, Hitler, or Mussolini. But his success was a surprise to the racing establishment, which had written off the crooked-legged racehorse with the sad tail. Three men changed Seabiscuit’s fortunes: Charles Howard was a onetime bicycle repairman who introduced the automobile to the western United States and became an overnight millionaire. When he needed a trainer for his new racehorses, he hired Tom Smith, a mysterious mustang breaker from the Colorado plains. Smith urged Howard to buy Seabiscuit for a bargain-basement price, then hired as his jockey Red Pollard, a failed boxer who was blind in one eye, half-crippled, and prone to quoting passages from Ralph Waldo Emerson. Over four years, these unlikely partners survived a phenomenal run of bad fortune, conspiracy, and severe injury to transform Seabiscuit from a neurotic, pathologically indolent also-ran into an American sports icon.

Seabiscuit

Author : Laura Hillenbrand
ISBN : 0345467396
Genre : Biography & Autobiography
File Size : 84. 40 MB
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Laura Hillenbrand, author of the runaway phenomenon Unbroken, brilliantly re-creates a universal underdog story in this #1 New York Times bestseller. BONUS: This edition contains a Seabiscuit discussion guide and an excerpt from Unbroken. Seabiscuit was one of the most electrifying and popular attractions in sports history and the single biggest newsmaker in the world in 1938, receiving more coverage than FDR, Hitler, or Mussolini. But his success was a surprise to the racing establishment, which had written off the crooked-legged racehorse with the sad tail. Three men changed Seabiscuit’s fortunes: Charles Howard was a onetime bicycle repairman who introduced the automobile to the western United States and became an overnight millionaire. When he needed a trainer for his new racehorses, he hired Tom Smith, a mysterious mustang breaker from the Colorado plains. Smith urged Howard to buy Seabiscuit for a bargain-basement price, then hired as his jockey Red Pollard, a failed boxer who was blind in one eye, half-crippled, and prone to quoting passages from Ralph Waldo Emerson. Over four years, these unlikely partners survived a phenomenal run of bad fortune, conspiracy, and severe injury to transform Seabiscuit from a neurotic, pathologically indolent also-ran into an American sports icon.

Seabiscuit The Rest Of The Story

Author : William H. Nichols
ISBN : 9781602472983
Genre : History
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Did you ever wonder what became of the principle characters after the conclusion of the Seabiscuit book and movie? Seabiscuit, The Rest of the Story, by Bill Nichols, answers that question. It takes the reader on a journey through the rest of the lives of Red Pollard, Charles and Marcela Howard, War Admiral, Tom Smith, George Woolf and the legendary champion Seabiscuit. Additional chapters deal with the descendants of Seabiscuit, the movie, author Laura Hillenbrand, artists who portrayed Seabiscuit, jockeys and Ridgewood Ranch, home of the champion. The author is one of the few surviving people who had a personal connection with the great Seabiscuit and those who were responsible for his success. He worked at Ridgewood Ranch as a teenager. He and his wife of fifty-eight years, Lillian, are the parents of two, Bob and Kathy. The Nichols own and operate Mares' Nest, a well-known Thoroughbred breeding farm in northern California and they are co-breeders of Seabiscuit's most successful racing descendant, Sea Orbit. Bill is on the Board of Directors of The Seabiscuit Heritage Foundation as well as The California Thoroughbred Breeder's Association. His book Seabiscuit, The Rest of the Story, has been described as a 'historically essential book.'

Secretariat

Author : William Nack
ISBN : 0306811332
Genre : Sports & Recreation
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"Secretariat is an elegantly crafted, exhilarating tale of speed and power, grace and greatness, told with such immediacy that the reader is lost in the rush of horses and the clatter and ring of the grandstand."Laura Hillenbrand, author of Seabiscuit

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ISBN : STANFORD:36105025417838
Genre : American literature
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Rin Tin Tin

Author : Susan Orlean
ISBN : 9780857897213
Genre : Performing Arts
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From the moment in 1918 when Corporal Lee Duncan discovers Rin Tin Tin on a World War I battlefield, he recognizes something in the pup that he needs to share with the world. Rin Tin Tin's improbable introduction to Hollywood leads to the dog's first blockbuster film and over time, the many radio programs, movies, and television shows that follow. The canine hero's legacy is cemented by Duncan and a small group of others who devote their lives to keeping him and his descendants alive. At its heart, Rin Tin Tin is a poignant exploration of the enduring bond between humans and animals. But it is also a richly textured history of twentieth-century entertainment and entrepreneurship and the changing role of dogs in the American family and society. Almost ten years in the making, Susan Orlean's first original book since The Orchid Thief is a tour de force of history, human interest, and masterful storytelling - the ultimate must-read for anyone who loves great dogs or great yarns.

Catch Me If You Can

Author : Frank W. Abagnale
ISBN : 9781840187168
Genre : Biography & Autobiography
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I stole every nickel and blew it on fine threads, luxurious lodgings, fantastic foxes and other sensual goodies. I partied in every capital in Europe and basked on all the world's most famous beaches'. Frank W Abagnale, alias Frank Williams, Robert Conrad, Frank Adams and Ringo Monjo, was one of the most daring con men, forgers, imposters and escape artists in history. In his brief but notorious career, Abagnale donned a pilot's uniform and co-piloted a Pan Am jet, masqueraded as a member of hospital management, practised law without a licence, passed himself off as a college sociology professor, and cashed over $2.5 million in forged checks all before he was twenty-one. Known by the police of twenty-six foreign countries and all fifty states as 'The Skywayman', Abagnale lived a sumptuous life on the run - until the law caught up with him. Now recognised as the nation's leading authority on financial foul play, Abagnale is a charming rogue whose hilarious, stranger-than-fiction international escapades and ingenious escapes - including one from an aeroplane - make CATCH ME IF YOU CAN an irresistable tale of deceit.

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