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Yankee Doodle Dandy : The Life and Times of Tod Sloan
Yankee Doodle Dandy The Life and Times of Tod Sloan Author:John Dizikes In the 1890s, when jockey Tod Sloan first assumed a low crouching position over the neck of his horse, he precipitated a revolution in horse racing. This entertaining book recounts the story of the feisty jockey, famed throughout the U.S. and Great Britain at the turn of the century. Award-winning author John Dizikes evokes the turbulent, co... more »lorful world of racing and gambling and in the process illuminates such topics as the lionizing (and demonizing) of celebrities and the democratization of sport.« less
Solid biography of a forgotten horse racing great. Tod Sloan was the champion jockey of his day, a celebrity whose life was fodder for the press, and had a lasting impact on the sport by popularizing the "forward seat", a riding posture that is now dominant. After controversy ended his career, Sloan quickly faded into obscurity. The book is a decent overview of Sloan's life, but you constantly get the feeling that there's a lot of information missing or being skipped over. Still, the writing is good and the subject matter worthy. A worthwhile read for fans of horse racing and its history.