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William Nack was born on February 4, 1941. He graduated from the University of Illinois, then served two years in the U.S. Army. After he was discharged, he got a job at the newspaper Newsday. He covered local politics before switching to sports during the eleven years he was there. He worked at mostra altro Sports Illustrated for 23 years. He retired in 2001 and then wrote freelance articles for publications including ESPN and GQ. He received seven Eclipse Awards for excellence in writing about horse racing, the first in 1978 and the last in 2003. His book, Secretariat: The Making of a Champion, was published in 1975 and was adapted into a movie starring Diane Lane and John Malkovich in 2010. Nack appeared in the movie as a reporter and served as a consultant. An article that he wrote about Rocky Marciano served as the basis of a 1999 film about the undefeated boxer. In 2017, Nack received the PEN/ESPN America Lifetime Achievement Award for Literary Sports Writing. He died from complications associated with cancer on April 13, 2018 at the age of 77. (Bowker Author Biography) mostra meno

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Nome legale
Nack, William Louis
Altri nomi
Nack, Bill (known as)
Data di nascita
Data di morte
Luogo di nascita
Chicago, Illinois, USA
Luogo di morte
Washington, D.C., USA
University of Illinois
Attività lavorative
Sports Illustrated
Premi e riconoscimenti
PEN Center USA Literary Award (Sports Writing Lifetime Achievement, 2017)



This is an excellent book and one of my favorite non-fiction books.

I was eight years old when Secretariat won the Triple Crown. The impression he made on me has lasted a lifetime and motivated me to start a career in horse racing. I have visited Claiborne Farms in Paris, Kentucky, I've seen the stall where he lived, the paddock where he romped and paid my respects at his grave. For me he is and always will be the ultimate racehorse. I regret that I did not visit him when he was still alive. Appropriately, the day I learned of his death I was working at the track and I heard the news from the trainer I worked for.

I read this book years before the movie came out; but of course I had to see the movie as well. One thing that was very disappointing about the mention of Riva Ridge?! Why? I don't think it would have taken anything away from Secretariat's story to mention that another Meadows owned/Lauren trained horse won two of the three triple crown races in 1972. Then again, when does Hollywood ever get anything right? Well, since I haven't gone to the theater to see a movie since "Secretariat" was released I can only say that my interest in Hollywood film is it and hope it goes away.........Milos Forman, where are you?

This book isn't really meant for civilians, it is written for people who have lived the life. The information in this book is fascinating to us. The complaints I read in the bad reviews reflect more on the reader than on this book. People who have no interest in the details of horse racing, people who wanted a book about humans instead of horses........why did they even pick it up in the first place? I don't read books about the NFL and bitch about how boring they were.........I already know that football bores me, so I avoid it. This is another reason why I prefer equines to humans......horses don't suck!

I rated this book with 5 stars, but as far as I'm concerned, it goes all the way to 11.
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Equestrienne | 8 altre recensioni | Jan 5, 2021 |
Subtitle: The Making of a Champion

I think everyone knows about this horse and his extraordinary Triple Crown victory. Nack followed the horse from early on and was present at the track and at the farms to observe his workouts and races. He did extensive interviews with the people involved: owner Penny Tweedy, trainer Lucien Laurin, jockey Ron Turcotte, and groom Ed Sweat, as well as the many others surrounding the horse.

I have always loved horse racing and have read many books about famous thoroughbreds, but for some reason had never gotten around to reading this one. I saw the movie adaptation and it was fantastic, but the book is much more detailed, and paints a slightly less favorable picture of Penny Tweedy.

This starts slowly, going back generations to expound on the history of the people and the horses that ultimately led to this one spectacular animal and his human team. But once he begins racing, the book really takes off. I remember watching those races. My husband was at Belmont for the final leg of the Triple Crown and saw that extraordinary performance in person. Nack makes the telling of the races almost as nail-bitingly exciting as they were to watch.

The book was originally published in 1988. The 2010 edition I read included a new forward that spoke about the movie, as well as additional notes and updates on the horse’s death in 1989 and his legacy as a sire of broodmares.
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BookConcierge | 8 altre recensioni | Oct 26, 2020 |
very good book to read and a good movie I have this book in my collection
KimSalyers | 8 altre recensioni | Oct 6, 2016 |
very good book to read and a good movie I have this book in my collection
KimSalyers | 8 altre recensioni | Oct 2, 2016 |


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