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American Fencer: Modern Lessons from an Ancient Sport Hardcover – 7 Mar 2012

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  • Hardcover: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Acanthus Publishing (7 Mar. 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0984733337
  • ISBN-13: 978-0984733330
  • Product Dimensions: 23.5 x 2.2 x 29.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,540,285 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Tim's story is one for the ages. Even after ten years of competing side by side, I never cease to be amazed by his indefatigable will and hunger for improvement. An impossible goal is only impossible if you make it so, and readers can learn a lot from Tim's inspiring narrative about finding himself in life and in fencing."
-Jason Rogers, 2008 Olympic Silver Medalist, Men's Fencing

About the Author

Tim Morehouse, a New York City native (born July 29, 1978), is an Olympic silver medalist in fencing (2008 Beijing Games), two-time individual U.S. National Champion (2010 and 2011), seven-time world cup medalist and number 1-ranked U.S. men's saber fencer from 2008 to 2011. He is the author of "American Fencer: Modern Lessons From an Ancient Sport," founder and producer of the Fencing Masters Tournament (, the largest spectator fencing competition in the United States and the only non-Olympic televised tournament in the United States. In 2011, he founded the Fencing-in-the-Schools foundation, a nonprofit program dedicated to bringing the sport of fencing to underserved communities throughout the country. He also is a media personality known for promoting the sport of fencing. He has been featured on the "Today" show, "Access Hollywood, Good Day New York," MSNBC and Bloomberg News, and in "Esquire" magazine, "Vanity Fair, USA Today," and the "Sports Business Journal." In 2009, he taught President Obama to fence on the White House Lawn.

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Tim strikes you as a likeable guy in this overview of what it is like fencing in the US, holding down a job, and trying to be the best at both.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Inspiring! 4 Mar. 2013
By D. Lawrence - Published on
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I'm posting this review as the mother of an eleven-year-old aspiring fencer. This book provides a vivid perspective on the personal side of becoming a champion in the sport of fencing and in life. It also provides a frank and educational perspective on the personal investment of not only hard work and talent, but also deep understanding, logic, and commitment. My daughter is reading this book for the fourth time, and she was thrilled to have it autographed this past weekend when she met Tim Morehouse at the Arnold Classic in Columbus, Ohio. He was most gracious and generous with his time and advice. He is a refreshing sports role model, and the book is highly recommended!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Real life portrayal of the pursuit of excellence, fun read 4 Feb. 2014
By WAM - Published on
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I purchased this book as a gift for my son, a high school fencer. I read the book after he finished. We could relate to so many of the stories that Tim told! Fencing requires mental strength (on the part of both the fencer and the parent). It was exciting and motivating to follow Tim's growth, both mentally and physically, throughout his Olympic journey. The exciting battles, on and off the strip, and the humor sprinkled throughout kept the book engaging and fun. Every fencer (and fencing parent), every athlete, and every sports psychologist could benefit from reading this book.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Tim Morehouse has got the vision!! 8 Nov. 2012
By Twinklestar - Published on
Format: Hardcover
I highly recommend this book to anyone who enjoys reading a inspirational and positive message about never giving up on your dreams. This book takes you on a journey that all ages can identify with. I applaud Tim Morehouse for sharing his experience in mastering a sport that I love and giving hope to those that have dreams of becoming the next fencing champion. - Gina Knox
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5.0 out of 5 stars Outstanding Fencing Book 24 Nov. 2012
By Bob Lightner - Published on
Format: Hardcover
I highly recommend that every American fencer buy and read this book. It is a classic tale of the American spirit. It is well-written, fast moving and teaches us many lessons about life and fencing. Even if you are not a fencer, you will be captivated by Tim's story, which is the story of the underdog who never gives up!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Not "into" sports, but this really hooked me! 15 April 2013
By Diana Douglass - Published on
Format: Hardcover
I've never been a sports fan, nor read a book by or about a sports figure, but love the Olympics (paradoxically!) and always watched them with my two sons while they were growing up. I didn't think I'd enjoy this book as much as I did, but the way Tim weaves the technicalities and nuances of the sport itself into his tale of the difficulties he faced growing up - bringing to vivid life how his passion for fencing helped shape his life, really engrossed and entranced me. This remarkable young man has done the world - as well as the sport of fencing - a huge service in this honest and open tale of his journey. Not only will I follow the sport of fencing, and future Olympic competitions, with much more knowledge and enthusiasm, I also better understand the important role that sports play in the development of young people. He has also started a foundation,[...] to bring the sport of fencing to young people in schools. And he just got married last winter to 60-Minutes producer, Rachael Kun:
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