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The Horsemen: Inside Thoroughbred Racing As Never Told Before Paperback – 20 Apr 2017
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These are features that propelled INDECENT PROPOSAL to world class heights of popularity.
In THE HORSEMEN, one of his very first published literary works, Jack shows yet another first rate ability while at the same time immersing the reader hopelessly transfixed into a riveting story: his skill as a journalist.
Jack has often been compared to Ernest Hemingway...both emerged from the ranks of warriors and hard-nosed reporters into the ranks of preeminent literary authors. This book marks, in my view, Jack's emergence. In this book, he displays his years of experience as a distinguished columnist with the Philadelphia Inquirer--with many years of seasoning 'getting the story' before that---while at the same time ascending beyond the who-what-where-when of the pressroom into the ranks of our finest storytellers.
This is a book about horseracing....focusing mainly on the parts the public never sees....the day to day world of the 'backstretch', with its hotwalkers, grooms, trainers and owners all the way through to the masterful riders of the day,legends I saw at my grandfather's side,then ascending even beyond to the lofty stewards, the Racing Association, the Racing Commission.
Yes, you will learn from this book. You will learn a lot. But I guarantee...whether you give a hoot about horseracing or not...you will also be RICHLY ENTERTAINED...for this book is also the story of humanity in microcasm...it is a story of absorbing human interest...a story of success and failure, wealth and poverty, kindness and brutality, youth and aging, mediocrity and excellence. In short, the story of life itself...of Reality itself.
There are facts in this world and there is Truth. Each has intrinsic merit of its own and most outstanding books partake of one or the other.
This book has large doses of both.
Beautifully organized along the thread of preeminentjockey Walter Blum's final drive toward his Magical 4,000th victory, all the pathos and character of the Sport of Kings and those who partake both on the inside and out is presented in one beguiling dose after another. The breadth and wisdom of Engelhard's treatment of his subject matter as a whole even eclipses the compelling interest in Blum's reach for the heavens, just as the Truths of Indecent Proposal eclipsed even the heart-stopping suspense surrounding 'the Proposal'.
This is great reading. Beautifully paced, consummately engrossing...
John W. Cassell
I read it in two sittings