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Mark Rashid shares personal stories about events in his life that helped him on his journey to softness, as well as the stumbling blocks along the way. The narrative includes a section in which Mark passes on the experiences of others from a wide variety of walks of life and occupations, all sharing their views on how feel, connection and softness apply to their respective professions. Those interviewed for this special section include a musician who has written and performed several number one country music hits, a highly decorated helicopter pilot, a movie actor, a college professor, a master carpenter, an artist, and numerous others. What the reader learns by example is how to develop feel, relaxation, connection, and softness in both horse and rider. The methods and techniques Mark demonstrated have been gleaned from decades of work with horses and horse people, as well as while he trained with world-class martial artists whose lives have been dedicated to developing softness and connection with a partner through feel.
THE ONE IMPORTANT THING TO KNOW ABOUT GAMBLING is that there is no guaranteed way to win all the time. But there is a guaranteed way to lose constantly, and that is when you don't understand the basic rules of playing and betting. It is appalling how many people, even big-money gamblers, lose consistently and don't know why. There are only two types of gamblers-those who really know the game and suckers. Mike Goodman, a veteran professional gambler, gives you an amazing, easy-to-understand insight on how to gamble and win.HORSE RACING...watch those second favorites; let the suckers play the favorites, they're usually overplayed!DICE...you're a sucker if you don't take advantage of the odds, but the real pay-off comes when you know how to bet!SLOTS...there's only one way to beat those "e;one-arm bandits,"e; but, unfortunately, it's against the law!ROULETTE...it's tough to beat the house percentage, but there are ways to lose less, keep you in the game, and then, who knows?BLACKJACK "e;21"e;...here's a game you can win at consistently if you learn the tricks and how to put "e;lady luck"e; on your side!POKER...you get real help here; tips that'll open your eyes, make you play a better game and win!This book gives solid advice on how you can become a tough player and helps tilt the odds more in your direction. I'm just plain sick of "e;experts"e; who promise the moon but peddle virtually worthless advice.Somewhere in their pitch you're told that they're not multi-millionaires because they are not allowed in gambling casinos and I challenge any one of them to use this system at "e;craps"e;, "e;21"e; or roulette at my casino. If they haven't got the guts to back up their system with hard cash, I challenge them to meet me face to face in public to debate any phase of gambling on which they claim to be an authority.Mike Goodman
When John Timpson, chairman of the eponymous high street chain, bought his wife Alex a racehorse in 2002, a friend commented that it would be 'a marvellous way to lose money'.Soon they were immersed in a world of trainers' yards, Novice Hurdles and handicaps, and well on the way to proving the old adage that the best way to make a small fortune is to start with a larger one, and buy a few racehorses.As the number of horses increased and Alex became a well-loved figure on the racing scene, John kept a diary of their experiences on and off the track. This witty book describes how racing brought something extra into their marriage - from Mondays at Ludlow to the Cheltenham Festival. It documents the wins, near misses, disappointments and occasional tragedies that make up a racing career - not to mention the friends made, the knowledge gained and the sheer thrill of it all.Under Orders is a joyous and humorous portrait of horseracing in Britain and a tribute to the owners whose dedication and enthusiasm make the whole thing possible.Sales of the book will raise money for the Injured Jockeys Fund.
Great Australian Horse Stories brings to life the exploits--funny, poignant and sometimes dramatic--of horses from all over the nation. Outback legends, loyal carthorses, spectacular high jumpers and trusty stock horses. Among them animals that have defied the odds to win--or simply to live.Just as special are the people who make horses their lives: drovers and dressage riders, bush brumby runners, the famous horse handlers on film sets and rags-to-riches metropolitan trainers. Riders who have persevered through accident and adversity to stay in the saddle.From the traditions of old-timers to new methods that challenge the way we think about horses, these stories capture the essence of that special bond between humans and horses. They will resonate with horse-lovers and anyone who enjoys a great Australian yarn.
The Extraordinary Life of Australia's First International Racehorse.Wartime Sydney, a small and weedy racehorse was kicking his way through the top tier of Australian racing. He was Shannon, one of the fastest horses the nation had ever seen. Between 1943 and 1947, Shannon broke record after record with his garrulous jockey Darby Munro. When they sensationally lost the Epsom Handicap by six inches, they forever were stamped by the race they didn't win.Sold in August 1947 for the highest price ever paid at auction for an Australian thoroughbred, Shannon ended up in America. Through headline-snatching pedigree flaws, acclimatization and countless hardships, he blitzed across the ritzy, glitzy racetracks of 1948 California. Smashing track records, world records, records set by Seabiscuit, the Australian bolted into world fame with speed and courage that defied all odds.Long before Black Caviar, or So You Think and Takeover Target, Shannon was Australia's first international racehorse. Starring Hall of Fame trainers and jockeys, Hollywood lawyers and legends Bernborough and Citation, this is his tremendous story.
A wonderful, forgotten racing story set in The Great DepressionIn 1932, they said there would never be another Phar Lap. Yet within months there came a racehorse so wildly brilliant that he was instantly compared to the dead champion. He was Peter Pan. Within months of Phar Lap's death, Peter Pan had won the Melbourne Cup and then two years later, won it again - the first horse in 72 years to take home a second. The newspapers of the day called him a 'superhorse' and declared 'another Phar Lap takes the stage.' But over the long years, Australia forgot their new champion. Peter Pan: The Forgotten Story of Phar Lap's Successor is the tale of the horse that came next - the brilliant, speedy Peter Pan. Casting off the shadow of Phar Lap, this tells the story of triumph during the Great Depression and the coming of a champion when Australia least expected one. It is time to restore the standing of our other great racing hero.
Andrew Froggatt has a special skill: he can train the wildest horse. Over the past twenty-five years he has worked with thousands of horses, from ones who have never encountered a human being before to top level show horses and racehorses.A master at building relationships with these wonderful animals, earning their trust and respect, he's developed a tried and true system for bringing out the best in troubled and difficult horses.Andrew also uses his skills to work with troubled youth as well as run highly successful leadership courses with corporate managers for an impressive list of clients: All Black coach Steve Hansen, the Super 15 rugby coaches, cricket coaches and a number of large corporations.By telling the stories of his favourite horses, Andrew shows how he can turn rogues into winners.
Phar Lap's rise to greatness in 1930 triggered extraordinary excitement across Australia-but it also spooked bookmakers, who faced ruin if the wonder horse won the Melbourne Cup. Rumours were swirling: would Phar Lap be stopped, whatever the cost? They Shot Phar Lap, Didn't They? starts with a scene straight out of a Raymond Chandler whodunit, as two shadowy figures, one armed with a shotgun, try to assassinate Phar Lap on a quiet suburban backstreet. With his life in peril, the champion is spirited away to a secret location, while one of the city's most famous detectives leads the hunt for the culprits. On Cup Day, an hour before the jump, Phar Lap's whereabouts remain a mystery to the public. Finally, he arrives at the track, a huge crowd cheering him on. The police have been told to 'have their men along the rails' because the perpetrators of Saturday's attack intend to strike again. But was the 'shooting' all that it seemed? Only one thing is certain--after all he'd been through, it would take a phenomenal performance for Phar Lap to win this Cup...
In this beautiful book Candida Baker brings together a collection of heart-warming of true stories from horse owners around the world. These amazing tales are just some of the tiny miracles, magical moments, feats of courage and acts of sacrifice that are part of a horse lover's life.This book describes the extraordinary relationship between horse and human - with all its highs and lows. Whether you are a rider, a reader, or simply love horses, this book will delight, inspire and amaze you. The perfect gift for anyone who has ever been moved by the strength, beauty and wonder of the horse.
Nestled in a quiet part of County Tipperary, Coolmore Stud casts as long a shadow as any sporting entity over the history of Irish sport. Founded by the legendary horse trainer Vincent O'Brien, and now managed by John Magnier, Coolmore Stud has grown from a small breeding farm into a global behemoth, renowned the world over for the quality of the horses it produces.Alan Conway tells the story of how Coolmore Stud and its training operation at Ballydoyle have come to dominate the world of horse breeding and racing. Using the stories of the people involved, including the legendary Syndicate of Magnier, O'Brien and Robert Sangster, and of the famous horses it has produced, such as the legendary 'Sadler's Wells', his sons 'Galileo' and 'Montjeu', and the mighty 'Danehill', this book charts the rise of one of Ireland's greatest sporting success stories.
Ed Blanchard was best known for making spurs that fit a cowboy's boots. Yet Blanchard was known to family and friends as a wild, reckless cowboy long before horsemen of the West recognized him as a master maker of cowboy spurs. It was his years spent herding cattle and cinching his saddle on broncs that taught him his trade as both a cowboy and a spur maker.This lively, illustrated story of the man and his craft relies heavily on the memories of Blanchard's cousin, New Mexico rancher Tom Kelly of Water Canyon, who grew up with Ed and his friends. Co-author Jane Pattie has researched the times and added historical background, and she has also drawn on interviews she did with Blanchard for her earlier book, Cowboy Spurs and Their Makers. But it is from Kelly that she has uncovered Blanchard's work in the cattle business and how he learned from a neighboring rancher the art of hammering hot steel into the shape of spurs. Kelly's ranch life as well as his own spurs are also pictured in this attractive and inviting little volume.Together, Pattie and Kelly tell a dual tale of old times and of change: the story of spur making as experienced by one of its more prolific practitioners and the story of cowboys in the early part of the twentieth century. Through Blanchard's experiences, the authors trace the changes of western life, from horse to pickup truck, from hand-forged spurs to those of commercial manufacture. Ranch life, cowboying, and metalworking in the American West are interwoven through the book, as they were in the real life of Ed Blanchard, who emerges from these pages as a humorous, down-home regional character readers will be glad to get to know.
Contending that nearly all horse behavior problems result from incorrect or inconsistent training, this work highlights the potential behind the worlds promising equine model citizens and partners. The guide emphasizes systematic reconditioning while encouraging patience and proper skills in riders, providing a comprehensive plan for addressing issues such as bucking, bolting, rearing, spooking, lack of confidence, jumping issues, and more. Featuring a clear, accessible outline, this is the definitive solution to implementing consistent training methods, allowing riders to take full advantage of their horses unrealized abilities. Suggestions for starting young horses, detailed case studies, and strategies for future success are also included.
i Bill Hartack won the Kentucky Derby five times, and seemed to hate every moment. "e;If only Bill could have gotten along with people the way he got along with horses,"e; a trainer said. His impoverished upbringing didn't help: his mother was killed in an automobile accident; the family home burned down; his father was murdered by a girlfriend; and he was estranged from his sisters for most of his life. Larry King, his friend, said it was just as well Hartack never married, because it wouldn't have lasted. Hartack was one of racing's most accomplished jockeys. But he was an inveterate grouch and gave the press a hard time. At 26, he was inducted into the Hall of Fame. Whenever the media tried to bury him, he would win another Derby. At the end of his life, he was found alone in a cabin in the Texas hinterlands. Drawn from dozens of interviews and conversations with family members, friends and enemies, this book provides a full account of Hartack's turbulent life.
Oliver Lewis was champion jockey of the Kentucky Derby in 1875 with a winning race time of two minutes and 37 seconds. Jockey Willie Simms won in 1896, bringing his horse in at two minutes and seven seconds. James Winkfield was the winning jockey in both 1901 and 1902 with winning race times of two minutes and seven seconds and two minutes and eight seconds, respectively. Each of these men possessed the skill and power necessary to spur a horse to glorious victory. All are members of the small, select group of Derby-winning jockeys who were African Americans. The stakes were high: Black jockeys who won a race in the late 1700s and 1800s sometimes won freedom from slavery as well. This work examines the presence of black jockeys in the Kentucky Derby, from the first instance of slaves working as stable hands and tending their masters' horses to the first black jockey to win the prestigious Kentucky Derby in 1875 and the continued participation of black jockeys in the Kentucky Derby. Black owners and trainers in the Kentucky Derby are also discussed. Three appendices list black winning jockeys, black trainers and black owners of Kentucky Derby horses.
This is the definitive history of thoroughbred racing's three premier events, which have never before been explored in such detail. This book gives the history of America's classic races from the inaugural Belmont Stakes in 1867 through 2013, identifying which equine participants were truly worthy of lasting acclaim and which were one-hit wonders. Perhaps even more compelling are the stories of the men and women who rode, trained, owned, or bred classic winners, including their exploits on the turf and their triumphs and failures in arenas far removed from horse racing.
Land Between The Lakes Outdoor Handbook, by Johnny Molloy, is the only comprehensive guide to the magnificent Land Between The Lakes National Recreation Area on the Kentucky-Tennessee state line. The handbook is divided into two sections--water activities and land activities. The water section guides visitors to important fishing spots and lakes, as well as outlines one of the longest paddle trails in the Midwest--the 85-mile-long Land Between The Lakes Paddle Route. Descriptions of all lake accesses and swimming beaches are also included.The land section offers detailed descriptions of more than 300 miles of hiking trails (including the 60-mile-long North-South Trail). Finally, the guide offers an extensive reference section, detailing alternate lodging possibilities, outfitters, and conveniences located in nearby towns.This new edition is completely updated and features new trails and new photos.
SHORTLISTED FOR THE WAINWRIGHT PRIZE'This story - so fierce and brave and visceral and raw - will stay with me forever. Clover Stroud is a force of nature, and a woman who is fearless in the face of life and death. I loved it.' Elizabeth Gilbert, author of Eat Pray Love'An astonishing book about loss, love, darkness, pain, sex and adventure. I adore it.' Dolly Alderton'There is so much richly evoked life here... beautifully written.' Cathy Rentzenbrink, The Times'This redemptive memoir will steal your heart; it will return it bruised but emboldened.' Mail on Sunday'I have huge admiration for the spirit of this memoir, and its author: full of heart, bravery and adventure. A moving, gripping read.' Amy Liptrot, author of The OutrunClover Stroud grew up in rural Wiltshire surrounded by animals and family. When she was just sixteen her adored mother had a horrific riding accident which left her permanently brain-damaged, and suddenly Clover was left to fend for herself. She embarked on an extraordinary journey to heal her broken heart, courting men and danger through two marriages and five children.The Wild Other is a grippingly honest account of love, sex and travelling to the darkest edges of human experience and back again. Powerful and deeply emotional, this is the story of an extraordinary life lived at its fullest.
This text comprises a detailed treatise on the Morgan - or Black Hawk - a dynasty of famous American racing horses. Contained herein is a fascinating exploration of one of the most popular and enigmatic families of race horses in American sporting history. It includes information on their known history, the controversy and mystery surrounding them, and much more besides. This text will be of considerable value to anyone with an interest in the Morgan dynasty, or in notable racing pedigrees, and is not to be missed by the discerning collector. The chapters of this book include: 'Characteristics of the Morgans', 'History of the Original Morgan', 'The Fabled Pedigree', 'The True Briton Theory', 'Justin Morgan's Breeding Hopelessly Unknown', 'Sherman Morgan', 'Black Hawk', 'His Disputed Paternity', 'His Dam Called a Narrangansett', etcetera. We are proud to republish this vintage book, now complete with a new and specially commissioned introduction on horses used for sports and utility.
This book contains a collection of historical equestrian articles on the horse as used for hunting, with information on the etiquette and technique of hunt-riding. This fascinating and informative text contains a wealth of useful and practical information on hunt-riding, much of which is timeless and will be of considerable value to anyone with an interest in the subject. The articles of this compendium include: 'Come, Ride with Me - Being a Small Book on Saddle Horses and Riding for Pleasure'; 'Saddle-Room Sayings - With Topics, Anecdotes, and Stories of the Hunter'; 'Riding and Horsemanship'; and 'The Horse in All His Varieties and Uses'. We are proud to republish this vintage book, now complete with a new and specially commissioned introduction on horses used for sport and utility.
This text contains a historical article on the mechanics of equine movement and locomotion. Complete with interesting, practicable information and a wealth of useful tips, this timeless text will appeal to the modern equestrian or veterinarian. It will make for a great addition to collections of equestrian literature. The chapters of this book include; 'The Horse's Mind', 'The Horse's Movement', 'The Paces of a Horse', 'The Trot', 'The Walk', 'The Canter', and 'The Gallop'. Many antique books such as this are becoming increasingly hard to come by and expensive, and it is with this in mind that we are proudly republishing this book, now complete with a new introduction on the breeding and anatomy of horses.
This antique volume contains a guide to the examining and judging of horses, with additional information on breaking, training, and caring for horses. It includes a comprehensive list of the various aspects of the horse that would be looked at during an examination, and provides information on what one can expect to find, and what the different findings denote. Written in clear language and profusely illustrated, this is a text that will be of much interest to all manner of equestrians, making it a worthy addition to collections of equine literature. The chapters of this book include: 'Age', 'The Teeth of the Horse', 'Names of the Teeth', 'The Diseases of Animals', 'Teeth of Horses and Cattle', 'Contrasts with Cattle', 'Colour of Horses', 'Style', 'Points in Horses', 'Unsoundness in Horses', 'Warranty', 'Examination of Horse in Stable', 'Examining out of Doors', etcetera. We are proudly republishing this book now complete with a new introduction on the care and maintenance of horses.
This book contains a detailed guide to horse feed, including information on varieties, their properties, and their effects. Written in clear, concise language and including all the information a horse-owner needs to know about feeding their animals, this volume constitutes an invaluable handbook and is not to be missed by those with a keen interest in the subject. The chapters of this book include: 'The Stud Farm', 'Ingredients of Blood', 'Conversion of Food', 'Effects of Food', 'Properties and Qualities of Food', 'Winter and Summer Food', 'Nitrogen in Hay and Oats', 'Choice of Hay', 'Selection of Oats', 'Bruising Oats', 'Preparation of Bran Mashes', 'Artificial Grasses', etcetera. Many antique books such as this are increasingly rare and expensive, and it is with this in mind that we are proudly republishing this text in an affordable modern edition complete with a new introduction on the care and management of horses.
With all the magic and wonder of a Disney movie, Painting with Metro: How a Crippled Racehorse Rescued Himself (and Me) with a Paintbrush by Ron Krajewski with New York Times bestselling author Susy Flory weaves its spell in this inspirational story. Ron is a shy, Gulf War Air Force veteran turned animal portrait artist. Metro Meteor is a feisty, bad-kneed two-year-old Thoroughbred racehorse who seemed destine for the slaughterhouse.They are an unlikely pairing, but the two bonded through art: creating stunning contemporary abstract paintings to be exact. Each painting brought much needed strength, hope and a new lease on life to both man and horse. For Metro, painting became an escape from a death sentence; for Ron it meant overcoming his extreme introversion. Today Metro and Ron have used their fame to highlight the perilous nature of the racing industry. Thousands of Thoroughbreds are bred for racing each year, but depending on the country, only 5 to 10 percent ever see a racecourse. Unless they are lucky enough to find another career these horses are disposed of, typically at a slaughterhouse. To date, Metros paintings have raised over $50,000 for New Vocations Racehorse Adoption Program and he and Ron are regulars on TV, radio and print, spreading the message that every horse deserves a loving home. Even ones with bad knees."e;
Four decades of tales from the turf from Australia's leading writer on history and horses, Les Carlyon.Every outrage that occurs on any racecourse anywhere can be explained by one line from Damon Runyon: 'Well, it is horse racing.'Les Carlyon's acclaimed collection of feature stories and vignettes from Australian racing now spans forty years. From Bart Cummings before he was a Cup legend to Colin Hayes and Kerry Packer and Peter Moody and his unbeatable Black Caviar, no one sees the magic and heartbreak in the world of horses and racing with quite the poetry of Les Carlyon.Les's eye is both sharp and tender, his writing is so vivid you can almost feel the steaming breath of the mighty gallopers on your cheek and he is under no illusions about the reality of this glorious, awful, fortune-making, heart-breaking sport.
Three sisters and their unforgettable journeys to rescue, tame and train New Zealand's wild Kaimanawa horses. For the Love of Horses is a heartfelt story with humble beginnings in rural New Zealand. From the trials and tears of Pony Club to the joy of riding bareback, and the pressures of adolescence and competitive showjumping, it follows television stars and sisters Vicki, Kelly and Amanda Wilson's rise to success at the highest level of competition. It is also the story of an unlikely childhood dream coming true.In 2012 the Wilson sisters became aware of the plight of the wild Kaimanawa horses as they were rounded up and sent to the slaughterhouse. The sisters embarked on a courageous journey to tame horses that many people believed were untrainable. Can the Wilsons change these horses' fate?Share the heartbreak, the pain, the elation and the success as the sisters take on these great challenges in this touching and remarkable omnibus edition of two bestsellers.
Seabiscuit: The Saga of a Great Champion is the first complete story of the legendary thoroughbred who captured the heart of a nation. Noted track writer B. K. Beckwith called Seabiscuit's career a saga because, like a Greek myth or beloved fairy tale, it is the tale of a forgotten, abused animal who was rescued, fought his way to the top of horse racing, stumbled, and then returned for a spectacular victory.First published in 1940, when Seabiscuit and all the major characters were alive, its pages sparkle with stories about the great horse: the moment when trainer Tom Smith noticed the emaciated bay in a cheap claims race at Saratoga Springs, the events that led Charles Howard to take a chance and buy the "e;raced-out"e; three-year old colt with bad legs, and the exhilarating accounts from jockeys Red Pollard and George "e;Iceman' Woolf of Seabiscuit's trademark bursts of speed. Under Smith s training and care, Seabiscuit would defeat the Triple Crown champion, War Admiral, by four lengths in the most famous match race in history.Featuring period photographs and specially commissioned artwork by Howard Brodie, Seabiscuit: The Saga of a Great Champion follows the thoroughbred's illustrious career, from his humble birth in Kentucky to his remarkable string of races across the country from 1936 to 1940, and culminating in his stunning victory at Santa Anita, a moment that confirmed Seabiscuit as one of the greatest racehorses of all time."e;His courage, honesty, and physical prowess definitely place him among the thoroughbred immortals of turf history. He has intelligence and understanding almost spiritual in quality, and all of us who are close to 'Biscuit' naturally have the deepest affection for him."e;-Charles S. Howard, Owner"e;Seabiscuit is the greatest horse I ever rode."e;-George Woolf, Hall of Fame Jockey
Originally published in 1882. An early guide to the history and use of harness for riding, driving and horse drawn carriages. Includes remarks on the traction, and the use of the Cape cart. Also contains important directions to Grooms and Coachmen regarding their duties and their dress and numerous hints on driving, and is well illustrated with explanatory drawings. Many of the earliest books, particularly those dating back to the 1900s and before, are now extremely scarce and increasingly expensive. We are republishing these classic works in affordable, high quality, modern editions, using the original text and artwork.
Fully updated with a new chapter on A.P.'s knighthood, the BBC Sports Personality of the Year Lifetime Achievement award and his new role as a TV punditWhen Tony 'A.P.' McCoy announced his retirement from racing, the shockwaves reverberated across the world of sport. With more than 4,300 winners to his name, McCoy seemed to be at the peak of his powers when he suddenly brought down the curtain on an extraordinary career.But then A.P. McCoy has always done things his way. In Winner: My Racing Life, AP reflects upon his unparalleled career, taking the reader from his humble beginnings in County Antrim to the emotional day at Sandown when horse racing bade a tearful farewell to arguably its greatest ever star. McCoy relates in forensic detail the process that led to his decision to retire, recalls some of his greatest rides, lifts the lid on his family life and looks ahead to a future no longer driven by the constant pursuit of victory. The result is a remarkable insight into the private and public life of a true winner.
Autobiography of champion jockey and much-loved sports personality Ruby Walsh.A much-loved sports personality throughout Ireland and Great Britain, Ruby has had a career of outstanding success, which includes having won all four of the home Grand Nationals. This new edition brings his story right up-to-date to include all of the races over the busy Christmas period as well as last year's astonishing triumph against the odds. With many doubting that he could be race-fit following a broken leg in November 2010, Ruby competed at Cheltenham Festival in March 2011 and won five races, finishing as the leading jockey.Ruby also talks openly about the three key working relationships in his life - with Paul Nicholls, Willie Mullins and his father, the legendary Ted Walsh - as well as laying bare the relationship that exists between him and jockey Tony McCoy - both great friends and professional rivals. With his intimate knowledge of the two greatest horses of our time, he also provides valuable insight into what it is like to ride Kauto Star and Denman. Ruby charts the rise of an immensely talented and unstoppable force in the world of sport.
This edition does not include illustrations.From the author of Unbroken - a major motion picture releasing in 2015 - this is the bestselling true story of three men and their dreams for a racehorse, Seabiscuit.In 1938 one figure received more press coverage than Mussolini, Hitler or Roosevelt. He was a cultural icon and a world-class athlete - and an undersized, crooked-legged racehorse by the name of Seabiscuit.Misunderstood and mishandled, Seabiscuit had spent seasons floundering in the lowest ranks of racing until a chance meeting of three men. Together, they created a champion. This is a story which topped the bestseller charts for over two years; a riveting tale of grit, grace, luck and an underdog's stubborn determination to win against all odds.Made into a major motion picture starring Toby Maguire and Jeff Daniels.