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The Horse God Built: The Untold Story of Secretariat, the World's… (edition 2008)
by Lawrence Scanlan
The Horse God Built: The Untold Story of Secretariat, the World's Greatest Racehorse by Lawrence Scanlan
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Excellent! Just an excellent book not just about arguably the greatest Thoroughbred racehorse that ever stepped on the racetrack; but also about his groom Edward "Shorty" Sweat. This is an easy read and well written. I really enjoyed it. ( )
This book gave a different perspective on a great horse by presenting a picture of how such an animal benefits from the constant attention of a skilled and devoted groom.
An interesting story, but not a well constructed book. As a result there's a great deal of unnecessary repetition. Scanlan needed to sit at the feet of Laura Hillenbrand and learn how to construct and write a good book about horses. Too bad this wasn't one of them.
This book was largely a disappointment. If you are a fan of Secretariat, you really don't get any new information from this book. Wobbling between the life of Eddie Sweat and a few mere glimpses of Secretariat here or there, the book didn't have much direction. I loved Bill Nack's The Making of a Champion. And compared to that, this is just dull!
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Most of us know the legend of Secretariat, the tall, handsome chestnut racehorse whose string of honours runs long and rich: the only two-year-old ever to win Horse of the Year, in 1972; winner in 1973 of the Triple Crown, his times in all three races still unsurpassed; featured on the cover of Time, Newsweek, and Sports Illustrated; the only horse listed on ESPN's top 50 athletes of the 20th century (ahead of Mickey Mantle). His final race at Toronto's Woodbine Racetrack is a touchstone memory for horse lovers everywhere. Yet while Secretariat will be remembered forever, one man, Eddie Shorty Sweat, who was pivotal to the great horse's success, has been all but forgotten - until now. In The Horse God Built, bestselling equestrian writer Lawrence Scanlan has written a tribute to an exceptional man that is also a backroads journey to a corner of the racing world rarely visited. As a young black man growing up in South Carolina, Eddie Sweat struggled at several occupations before settling on the job he was born for - groom to North America's finest racehorses. As Secretariat's groom, loyal friend, and protector, Eddie understood the horse far better than anyone else. A wildly generous man who could read a horse with his eyes, he shared in little of the financial success or glamour of Secretariat's wins on the track, but won the heart of Big Red with his soft words and relentless devotion.
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Melvil Decimal System (DDC)798.400929The arts Recreational and performing arts Horsemanship and Animal Racing Horse racing
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