Speed Kings

The 1932 Winter Olympics and the Fastest Men in the World
Author(s): Andy Bull
Genre: History, Sports
Original Publish Date: Oct 20, 2015
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Product Number: Z100091368
Released: Oct 20, 2015
Business Term: Purchase
ISBN: #9781101926789
Narrator/s: Eric Meyers
Publisher: Books on Tape
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A story of risk, adventure, and daring as four American bobsledders race for the gold in the most dangerous competition in Olympic history. In the 1930s, as the world hurtled toward war, speed was all the rage. Bobsledding, the fastest and most thrilling way to travel on land, had become a sensation. Exotic, exciting, and brutally dangerous, it was the must-see event of the 1932 Winter Olympics at Lake Placid, the first Winter Games on American soil. Bobsledding required exceptional skill and extraordinary courage-qualities the American team had in abundance. There was Jay O'Brien, the high-society playboy; Tippy Grey, a scandal-prone Hollywood has-been; Eddie Eagan, world champion heavyweight boxer and Rhodes Scholar; and the charismatic Billy Fiske, the true heart of the team, despite being barely out of his teens. In the thick of the Great Depression, the nation was gripped by the story of these four men, their battle against jealous locals, treacherous U.S. officials, and the very same German athletes they would be fighting against in the war only a few short years later. Billy, king of speed to the end, would go on to become the first American fighter pilot killed in WWII. Evoking the glamour and recklessness of the Jazz Age, Speed Kings will thrill readers to the last page.

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Author(s): Andy Bull
Genre: History, Sports
Product Number EB00596894
Released: Oct 20, 2015
Business Term: 2 Year
Publisher: Avery
ISBN: #9780698193949