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    1. Winterdance: The Fine Madness
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    2. The Boys of Winter : The Untold
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    3. The Endurance : Shackleton's Legendary
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    1. Winterdance: The Fine Madness of Running the Iditarod
    by Gary Paulsen
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    Asin: 0156001454
    Catlog: Book (1995-02-17)
    Publisher: Harvest Books
    Sales Rank: 7271
    Average Customer Review: 4.81 out of 5 stars
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    Fueled by a passion for running dogs, Gary Paulsen entered the Iditarod--the 1150-mile winter sled-dog race between Anchorage and Nome-- in dangerous ignorance and with a fierce determination.Winterdance is his account of this seventeen-day battle against Nature's worst elements and his own frailty. ... Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars Absolutely fantastic.
    Gary Paulsen is a master writer insofar as the young male set goes-he has written a long series of stories that have captured the imagination of young men everywhere, from his fictional wildlife adventure tales like Hatchett to his entertaining Culpeper Adventure series, Paulsen has a knack for connecting with a young male audience.

    He was my son's all time favorite author growing up and, last time I visited him at college, noticed he had a copy of Hatchet on his bookshelf at school. I asked him about it and he said something to the effect that his room didn't feel like home without it there. How many writers can affect people like that?

    Winterdance is a bit of a departure for Paulsen. As sott of younger male's version of Jon Krakauer's Into Thin Air, the book is a memoir telling the story of Paulsen's entry into the Iditarod dog sled race in Alaska. Funny, sad, poignant and riveting, I read it and enjoyed it very much. I also had my son read it and he loved it as well. I rather suspect it's on his shelf next to Hatchett.

    You can't really go wrong with Paulsen, but this is one of his very best works, which makes this one of the best works ever for this genre.

    Want to help your son, nephew, whomever to love to read while making your son, nephew, whoever very happy? Give them this book.

    5-0 out of 5 stars The fine madness of running the Iditarod
    This book packs quite a punch. Each chapter ended with this reader wincing for the author, who had just spent the night stumbling through a Minnesota swamp, his eyes almost swollen shut from mosquito bites, searching for his runaway dog team, or had been blown down an Alaskan mountainside with his team, in the midst of a blinding snowstorm.

    Not to mention the five-skunk night.

    It takes a great deal of physical as well as mental toughness to train for the Iditarod, much less run a team of half-wild dogs in the actual race.

    "Winterdance" reminds me of Algernon Blackwood's "Wendigo:" in both stories men are caught by the spirit of the Great Northern Wilderness, and perish or almost perish. I think the most telling moment in Paulsen's book comes when he runs his team to the end of his trapline---and then keeps on going in the dead of a Minnesota winter, just to see what lies beyond the next hill. His wife's intuition to call out a search team was correct, even though Paulsen eventually did turn back. The 'Wendigo' or wanderlust had almost captured his soul.

    It also reminds me of "Call of the Wild." Like Jack London, Paulsen has a laconic, fluid writing style, and both authors include the Wilderness itself as one of their major characters. I won't say that either man subscribed to Blackwood's weird brand of pantheistic mysticism, but read how Paulsen slowly bonds with his dogs--and other wild animals.

    This book is also a grand dog story with more pratfalls than a "Three Stooges" movie. The author spent many a night on his backside, being dragged down a dirt road (or worse, through a second-growth forest) by his lusty team. Running the Iditarod takes a very special madness, and Paulsen endured moose attacks, blizzards, dog bites, and too many helpings of moose chili to draw us into his very beautiful and brutal world.

    5-0 out of 5 stars quite fun!
    the skunks... the skunks... the skunks!!!!
    What a riot!

    4-0 out of 5 stars A Good Adventure Story by a Great Author
    I have always been interested in dogs and sports involving them, so I thought this would be a good book. I was right. WINTERDANCE was a humorous, easy-to-read story (Which I finished in two days). The plot is fast-paced, and this is not the kind of story where you get one page into it and quit. It's about a dog musher who decides to run the Iditarod. He doesn't realize what he's getting himself into and what a serious commitment it is. He survives the tough training, but it is nothing compared to the real race.Before he finally crosses the finish line, he has been victim of a moose attack, had hallucinations, fallen off a cliff, gotten lost, and almost frozen to death! It keeps you on the edge of your seat.

    On the down side, this book draws a rather abrupt, and not very satisfying conclusion. A few parts are poorly written (Although most of in is well written). It also has profanity. Lots of it. This book is definitely not for very young children. But overall, it is a very satisfying read.

    4-0 out of 5 stars winterdance
    Winterdance is filled with adventure and fun. I enjoy novels about sports and animals. Some of my favorite books are The Contender and Where The Red Fern Grows this book is up there with them. I found it very funny. It deals with Gary Pulsen description of preparing and running the Iditarod.
    The story starts out with Paulsen and his favorite dog, Cookie. Paulsen describes his search for dogs and training them and himself for the iditarod. Along the way he finds some interesting ways of doing this. Paulsen ends up hitting a lot of tress while being dragged by his dogs, and that's just the beginning. The race tended to be even funnier.

    Winterdance kept my interest in different ways. It was hilarious and I always wanted to find out what happened next. Paulsen was in the middle of the race when the snow picked up. The next thing he knew he was in the middle of the snowstorm. He went in his sleeping bag. When he woke up the next morning, Paulsen found out that he was covered in snow. When he stood up to go to the bathroom, he was surprised and you will be too. I think Winterdance would be a good book for anyone into adventure books with lots and lots of laughs. ... Read more

    2. The Boys of Winter : The Untold Story of a Coach, a Dream, and the 1980 U.S. Olympic Hockey Team
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    Asin: 140004765X
    Catlog: Book (2005-01-11)
    Publisher: Crown
    Sales Rank: 200351
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    3. The Endurance : Shackleton's Legendary Antarctic Expedition
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    Asin: 0375404031
    Catlog: Book (1998-11-03)
    Publisher: Knopf
    Sales Rank: 3865
    Average Customer Review: 4.74 out of 5 stars
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    Melding superb research and the extraordinary expedition photography of Frank Hurley, The Endurance by Caroline Alexander is a stunning work of history, adventure, and art which chronicles "one of the greatest epics of survival in the annals of exploration." Setting sail as World War I broke out in Europe, the Imperial Trans-Antarctic Expedition, led by renowned polar explorer Sir Ernest Shackleton, hoped to become the first to cross the Antarctic continent. But their ship, Endurance, was trapped in the drifting pack ice, eventually to splinter, leaving the expedition stranded on floes--a situation that seemed "not merely desperate but impossible."

    Most skillfully Alexander constructs the expedition's character through its personalities--the cast of veteran explorers, scientists, and crew--with aid from many previously unavailable journals and documents. We learn, for instance, that carpenter and shipwright Henry McNish, or "Chippy," was "neither sweet-tempered nor tolerant," and that Mrs. Chippy, his cat, was "full of character." Such firsthand descriptions, paired with 170 of Frank Hurley's intimate photographs, which are comprehensively assembled here for the first time, penetrate the hulls of the Endurance and these tough men. The account successfully reveals the seldom-seen domestic world of expedition life--the singsongs, feasts, lectures, camaraderie--so that when the hardships set in, we know these people beyond the stereotypical guise of mere explorers and long for their safety.

    Alexander reveals Shackleton as an inspiring optimist, "a leader who put his men first." Throughout the grueling ordeal, Shackleton and his men show what endurance and greatness are all about. The Endurance is a most intimate portrait of an expedition and of survival. Readers will possess a newfound respect for these daring souls, know better their unthinkable toil and half-forgotten realm of glory. --Byron Ricks ... Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars THE BEST BOOK!! YOU MUST READ IT!!
    The Endurance by Caroline Alexander is a non fiction book about an explorer Sir Ernest Shackleton and his crew as they try to become the first explorers to cross Antarctica on foot. Sir Ernest Shackleton was one of the most known polar explorers of his day. Shackleton and his crew of 27 set out to sea on his boat Endurance on August 8th, 1914. The 28 men went down to Buenos Aries, Argentina then they continued to their last stop South Georgia Island which is in the southern Atlantic before they went to the pack ice and beyond. Once they got the ship into the pack ice they followed the cracks between each floe (leads) to try to get to the main land of Antarctica. Do they ever get home to England? Do they all even survive such a journey? This book was a heart racing kind of book. If you previously were not interested in history books The Endurance might change your opinion. I was impressed by how these men risked their lives freezing to death just to obtain their personal goals. The adventure of when they have to abandon ship will leave you hanging from your seat. The way Caroline Alexander wrote the book was engulfing . Her detail was thorough and she must have put many months of research on their journey. She also used clips from journals telling in the sailor's words what was happening and what was going on in their minds. I have read a few books about sailing the sea and The Endurance was the best one because of the way in which it was written. The photographer Frank Hurley took unbelievable shots of the whole expedition. The types of photos that were taken included, black & white stills, movies and color slides. The photographs look like they were taken recently by a digital camera instead of a Kodak in the early 1900's. Technically the pictures are crisp and clear for surviving the 22-month journey. This is a book that should be in every school library and all public libraries so everyone can experience The Endurance.

    4-0 out of 5 stars Enduring photographs bring epic adventure into focus
    Caroline Alexander brings a wealth of information into this "last of heroic Antarctic adventures". What sets this book apart from the several others written on this subject is the broad scope of details provided. Each of the 28 characters are individually described in the beginning although for the most part the majority have a collective role in the success of the expedition. Yes success, as in 28 start, 28 survive. It really is hard to go wrong with such a great story. By focusing on the ship's cat Caroline comes dangerously close. The collection of the thoughts from members diaries brings the gravity of their situation to a level the reader can feel and fear. The book itself is beautifully printed, the numerous photographs hit the highlights the trip and are captioned in detail. Where Alfred Lansing's book ends on a romanticized high note, Caroline Alexander goes on to detail the fates of the mates after the expedition. Needless to say such a journey is the high water mark for displaying character in the most oppressive of situations. My advice is to buy it for your coffee table, for it is a beautiful book, but read Alfred Lansing's' Endurance accompanied by the Nov. 1998 National Geographic article (by Ms. Alexander) which includes the Frank Hurley photographs.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Don't Pass this one up!
    A REAL story told REALLY well.
    I listened to it on tape. One of my top five favorite books of all time. I would not have found it if my librarian hadn't suggested it. Couldn't put it down - If you are a man (or woman) in search of true adventure from days gone by then this is the book for you. This insanely difficult journey reveals the true character and spirit of these men in their effort just to stay alive. It feels like you are almost there with them, but glad that you aren't.
    A true vision quest.
    Buy it-
    Read it -
    Then give it to a friend - It's that GOOD!

    5-0 out of 5 stars First-rate
    This book is a first-rate telling of the Endurance story. Even better, the B&W photos are gorgeously reproduced, and Alexander tells some details of how they were taken and preserved.

    4-0 out of 5 stars Excellent large format photos and introduction to Sir Ernest
    A great book to get if you have never read any others of this amazing adventure. The book is worth getting and provides all the basic information on the journey. But let me add a note about seeing the author at National Geographic Explorers Hall some years ago. I read that the author would be giving a lecture. Not knowing much at all about Shackelton, I marked my schedule and planned to attend. I figured I might be one of a handful of people there like most history book lectures in DC. When I showed up, the line to pick up tickets was going out the door. Worse, it was sold out. Hundreds and hundreds of seats sold out to see the author of this book. I was gracefully given an extra ticket from someone who saw my distress and happily discovered a lifelong historical passion. Perhaps a bit of that "Old Provdy" was at play as the ramifications of this adventure go far beyond 28 men in a boat. I had the fortune to touch the James Caird at the travelling exhibit and there is a magic in the oak that defies explanation. If you want to discover a world of providence, human endurance, unreasonable chance and amazing survival, let this be the first step. As the author of this book said at her lecture, she was once walking in Manhattan with a Shackleton book tucked under her arm when a man approached her on the sidewalk after seeing the book. Wide eyed and smiling, he looked at her and said a single word that meant, he too, was part of the faternity of the moved - "Shackelton!" he said, and walked on. It said all there was to say. ... Read more

    4. The Worst Journey in the World
    by Apsley Cherry-Garrard
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    Asin: 0786704373
    Catlog: Book (1997-04-01)
    Publisher: Carroll & Graf Publishers
    Sales Rank: 5271
    Average Customer Review: 4.43 out of 5 stars
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    As Apsley Cherry-Garrard states in his introduction to theharrowing story of the Scott expedition to the South Pole, "PolarExploration is at once the cleanest and most isolated way of having abad time which has been devised." Cherry-Garrard's The WorstJourney in the World is a gripping account of an expedition gonedisastrously wrong. The youngest member of Scott's team, the author waslater part of the rescue party that eventually found the frozen bodiesof Scott and three men who had accompanied Scott on the final push tothe Pole. These deaths would haunt Cherry-Garrard for the rest of hislife as he questioned the decisions he had made and the actions he hadtaken in the days leading up to the Polar Party's demise.

    Prior to this sad denouement, Cherry-Garrard's account is filledwith details of scientific discovery and anecdotes of human resiliencein a harsh environment. Each participant in the Scott expedition isbrought fully to life. Cherry-Garrard's recollections are supported bydiary excerpts and accounts from other teammates. Despite the sad fateof Scott, the reader will grudgingly agree with the closing words ofThe Worst Journey in the World: "Exploration is thephysical expression of the Intellectual Passion. And I tell you, if youhave the desire for knowledge and the power to give it physicalexpression, go out and explore.... If you march your Winter Journeys youwill have your reward, so long as all you want is a penguin'segg." ... Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars Amazing...
    Apsley Cherry-Garrard has truely given us an epic for exploration and adventure. This book conveys the horror, tragedy, and even ironic humor of Scott's ill-fated last expedition in an extremely eloquent manner.

    Cherry-Garrard could not more fairly credit his companions. From the beginning, he is modest and places huge credit on his fellow explorers. In particular, he talks about Bowers, Wilson, and Scott with a sense of awe and immense respect.

    The countless horrors of Scott's journey are described graphically, and it was easy to imagine anything from leaping from ice-flow to ice-flow for ours on the depot journey to stumbling upon the dead bodies of his friends. I enjoyed every minute of it.

    The Worst Journey was incredibly inspiring. After reading the book, I felt like I could do anything, take on any challenge. The troubles they endured, the lifestyle they adapted to, is mind-numbing. It is difficult to imagine surviving such things.

    In the "Winter Journey," one of the most difficult Journey's ever experienced by man, Cherry-Garrard and two other men struggle through the Antarctic Winter to Cape Crozier to obtain Penguin Eggs. They travel in pitch black, around giant crevasses, in frozen clothing, in -70 degree temperatures, and with sleeping bags that take hours to get into. This was the most intense, gripping reading I have ever done.

    No matter who you are, you will like The Worst Journey In The World. Fantastic writing, gripping plot, and visual descriptions will keep you glued to the book. And when it's done, you will not want to stop reading.

    5-0 out of 5 stars When will there be another Apsley Cherry-Garrard?
    You cannot read this book without being inspired by the courage of the early Antarctic explorers; you cannot read it without being impressed by the good literary taste of the author; nor can you, after reading this book, fail to have admiration grow in your heart for the self-ignoring author. Cherry-Garrard was a first-rate Antarctic explorer, a first-rate writer, and a first-rate human being. What makes Capt. Robert F. Scott, Dr. Edward Wilson and their fellow explorers particularly admirable is that their chief goal was not fame, but to acquire Scientific Knowledge: it was the interest in the penguins as an important evolution chain that led to the Worst Journey by the three valiant men, and it was, in part, the insistence not to abandon the 30 pounds of specimen (let alone a companion) that eventually resulted in the tragedy of the Polar Journey. Indeed, what a price to pay!

    Whereas the book _Endurance_ may have created a "Shackleton mania", it is books of such quality as Cherry-Garrard's book that will have a lasting, lofty place in the history of the exploration literature.

    My favorite passage is also the concluding paragraph quoted by some other people, but here I cannot resist sharing with you another one in its entirety (and chuckling one more time), which is certainly a little far from the main subject of the book, but which shows that even in recounting a side episode like this one, Cherry-Garrard surpasses many writers in that he makes memorable, not only the scene, but the words that describe it:

    "One day there had been a blizzard, and lying open to the view of all was a deserted nest, a pile of coveted stones. All the surrounding rookery made their way to and fro, each husband acquiring merit, for, after each journey, he gave his wife a stone. This was the plebeian way of doing things; but my friend who stood, ever so unconcerned, upon a rock knew a trick worth two of that: he and his wife who sat so cosily upon the other side.

    "The victim was a third penguin. He was without a mate, but this was an opportunity to get one. With all the speed his little legs could compass he ran to and fro, taking stones from the deserted nest, laying them beneath a rock, and hurrying back for more. On that same rock was my friend. When the victim came up with his stone he had his back turned. But as soon as the stone was laid and the other gone for more, he jumped down, seized it with his beak, ran round, gave it to his wife and was back on the rock (with his back turned) before you could say Killer Whale. Every now and then he looked over his shoulder, to see where the next stone might be.

    "I watched this for twenty minutes. All that time, and I do not know for how long before, that wretched bird was bringing stone after stone. And there were no stones there. Once he looked puzzled, looked up and swore at the back of my friend on his rock, but immediately he came back, and he never seemed to think he had better stop. It was getting cold and I went away: he was coming for another."

    5-0 out of 5 stars They felt like friends when I was done.
    As an American I don't even recall being taught anything at all about Scott and his men when I was in school.
    I saw a article in a Life magazine special that got me curious and did a web search and discovered Cherry's excellent book.
    Its my favorite adventure book of all time and the men were a different breed than most today. Bowers in particular sounded amazing, I think I'd rather have a conversation with him than Scott if I had the ability to go back in time and meet only one.
    Sure there was the occasional dry spell but considering the age of the book I thought it was remarkably contemporary sounding.
    Most amazing of all to me though was the fact that after reading the book at least 3 months ago I still think about it at least every other day!
    Not only that it seems like Cherry, Scott, Bowers, Wilson and Evans were old friends of mine that in my opinion is a true testament to Cherry's writing.

    I wish it had more pictures but I guess you can't have everything.

    P.S. I can't help but looking at modern things and modern problems and thinking what would Bowers think of that or Cherry, I'm sure they'd be depressed at the overall state of morals around the world and Englands decline would suprise them but in particular I wonder what they would think of modern clothing and stuff like GPS.

    5-0 out of 5 stars It's my Benchmark
    I read this book two years ago, and have read a lot of true adventure books since then. I can honestly say that I have compared all others to "Journey" - it has become my benchmark!

    The level of human suffering combined with positive life affirming attitudes in this book is overwhelming! It's difficult to apprehend the challenges these men faced, and for such long periods of time. Their feats are nothing short of miracles.

    To top it off, "Cherry" recounts the story with superb style and grace. In todays world of "keep it simple", "dumb it down", and "shorter is better", it's refreshing to read an author who lets the language flow and uses it with a beauty of it's own. Granted, it was "normal" language at the time that it was written, but even among his peers, he excelled at the written word. That's why "this" book is a better choice that other books on the same topic. You get this one from Cherry's own diary and words, not a modern author looking at it from the outside in.

    In spite of the illustrations included in the edition that I read, it would be helpful to consult other maps of the area. There were times when it took some digging to figure out exactly where the authors were (geographically) and the terrain difficulties that they discussed. Once you figure it out, though, there is usally another "WOW" moment attached to it.

    If there is anything wrong with this book, it would be that it needs better maps in a variety of scales for frames of reference, and MORE PICTURES! There are times when your imagination just won't do justice to reality. Seeing it in a photo would be fantastic. There are many other sources for those photos... check them out while reading this book.

    All in all, a GREAT adventure book. If you are interested in true life adventure which tests the limits of the human soul, spirit, and physical abilities, this book is an absolute MUST read.

    5-0 out of 5 stars he makes us understand
    Either the Antarctic draws explorers of uncommon literary ability, or something in that desolate, terrible beauty draws out eloquence from those who go there. Apsley Cherry-Garrard stands primus inter pares among south polar chroniclers. With the hindsight of ten years, and with liberal use of letters and diaries written by his companions on the Terra Nova expedition, he gives us a clear insight into the splendor and horror, the tedium and exhilaration of life in Antarctica. He talks about everything; most eloquently, perhaps, of his companions and their life in the snug little hut at the base of Mount Erebus. But his narrative gleams with wonderful portraits of fractious ponies and rambunctious dogs; of killer whales and of penguins notable for "devouring curiosity and a pigheaded disregard for their own safety". He tells of the "worst journey": a harrowing, immiserating and near-fatal trek through the Antarctic night in quest of ... a penguin egg. He describes a barren landscape of snow and ice which somehow vibrates with color and awes all who see it. And he makes us understand why they go back. ... Read more

    5. Champions on Ice: Twenty-Five Years of the World's Finest Figure Skaters
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    Asin: 0771016484
    Catlog: Book (2002-10-15)
    Publisher: McClelland & Stewart
    Sales Rank: 390494
    Average Customer Review: 5 out of 5 stars
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    This book celebrates 25 years of the touring skating show Champions on Ice, withan up-close look at the 2002 Olympic Tour, featuring Salt Lake City gold medallists Sarah Hughes, Alexei Yagudin, and Marina Anissina and Gwendal Peizerat, and many others. Christine Brennan of USA Today has travelled with the tour and spent time with skating’s superstars behind the scenes to learn what makes them special and what makes them tick. She follows the tour to present a “day-in-the-life” view, from wake-up call to tuck-in at night, from quiet moments to clowning around, to a packed arena and showtime on ice.

    In addition to this year’s tour, Brennan brings moments alive from every year, presenting a “Who’s Who” of modern figure skating. The story of Champions on Ice mirrors the development of figure skating itself, and Brennan brings this to life when she describes fan passions, the art and craft of selecting the right music for a routine, the changing role of coaches and choreographers, and the impact of the “Russian invasion” that changed the face of North American figure skating in the early 1990s.

    Also profiled is Tom Collins, the impresario who created Champions on Ice when he put together the first tour of Olympic-level skaters in the mid-1970s. Today, his 2002 Olympic Tour will play 93 dates from coast to coast, with a further winter tour booked for early 2003. Collins attributes his success to creating a comfortable family environment for his talented skaters, and it is this sense of fun and the sheer joy of skating that comes through on every page of Champions on Ice.
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    5-0 out of 5 stars Tom Collins is The Greatest!!
    If I could rate this book a 10 I would.
    Tommy, to his friends, and we are lucky to be his friends because as much as we personaly love him, his wife, Jane, (Janie), and now his sons, Mike, Mark, and Marty, Tommy is extreamly loyal to the performing skaters, managers, crew members of past generations. We've cried with him when his dear friend and ours, Paul Andre died. Before that was the loss of his sister, Marty, and her three children. After was the loss of Morris Chalfen and many years later Harris Collins; both were inovators for ice-skating shows. And too many more to mention here, but all were so dear to their "skating family". Tommy NEVER forgets his friends. Nor does Don Watson, Butch Collins, David Sutton, Roger Bathurst from Holiday on Ice, Ice Capades, or Ice Follies, all dear friends and incredible people, and his staff on tour. And Sandy Reed, whom I know only from her kindness year after year. Anyone who buys this book is in for a fantastic treat. It is a wonderfull skate through decades of skating's elete. Tommy, you are a diamond in the often murky world of figure skating! Love always Carol and Clive Phipson.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Great Book of Skating!
    I love this book!! Brennan gives a year by year history of each tour, she highlights favorite skaters, talks about unique antics/events that occured with touring, but my favorite is when she gives a blow by blow 24 hour day in the life of the skaters and the Champions on Ice staff. Marvelous! Page after page is devoted to setting up of the ice show (they start early in the wee morning hours), problems that occur, and how the skaters spend their time, warm up prior to the show, what they do during the performance. Lots of pictures of the skaters on and off the ice. One of the best skating books ever!

    5-0 out of 5 stars Awesome
    Love the tour, love the skaters, love the book!

    I learnt a lot about this tour. The history, the man behind it, and much more. ... Read more

    6. Vail: Triumph of a Dream
    by Peter W. Seibert, Jean-Claude Killy, Jean Claude Killy
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    Asin: 0967674719
    Catlog: Book (2000-11-30)
    Publisher: Mountain Sports Press
    Sales Rank: 146803
    Average Customer Review: 5 out of 5 stars
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    5-0 out of 5 stars Memories of Vail
    This is a must read book for any Vail skier. I am the son of one of Vail's pioneers (Sigi Faller) and enjoyed many wonderful days on the Mountain in the "Glory Years". The book provides a perspective of Amercian history (Camp Hale and WWII) and relates a romantic business success story, especially for those who are independent, entrepreneural and have a love of the outdoors. It's a fascinating account of finding recreational "gold" in the Colorado Rockies. An excellent collection of photos is included.

    5-0 out of 5 stars If you're a ski fanatic - you'll love this book
    This book captures the spirit of Peter Seibert and Earl Eaton and the early days of their lives and their dream to build Vail and Beaver Creek. The trimuphs are great. Hiking Vail for the first time with skins on the skis and seeing the bowls, what a trip! Getting fired from his dream and then getting asked back during the '89 World Championships - wow!! - what a roller coaster of emotions. If you love great stories and you know the Vail Valley and the ski industry - this book is a must read!! ... Read more

    7. The Pet Travel and Fun Authority of Best-of-State Places to Play, Stay & Have Fun Along the Way: 35,000+ Accommodations, Pet Sitters, Kennels, Dog Parks & Camps, Beaches, Boating, Skiing, Festivals, Events, Attractions, Pet Bakeries, Tons-of-Pet Fun & More Guide!
    by M. E. Nelson
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    Asin: 156471814X
    Catlog: Book (2001-04)
    Publisher: Annenberg Communications Institute
    Sales Rank: 18770
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    5-0 out of 5 stars Traveling With Your Pets Over the Holidays
    Last year I travelled all over the country over my Christmas break from school. I took my pet Terrier with me and was easily able to find places to stay using this handy, inexpensive guidebook.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Great Pet Travel Resource
    Very useful resource guide, we used it every day while taking a summer vacation across the western USA. Combined with our cell phone we never had to worry about where we would be spending the night with our golden. We really liked all the info on where we could go get a cup of joe or bite to eat with the dog.

    Thanks for the great book. ... Read more

    8. Hockey for Dummies
    by JohnDavidson, JohnSteinbreder
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    Asin: 0764552287
    Catlog: Book (2000-09-14)
    Publisher: For Dummies
    Sales Rank: 14660
    Average Customer Review: 4 out of 5 stars
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    “Gives die-hard fans and newcomers to the sport the inside edge! —Scotty Bowman, NHL’s winningest coach and  former coach of the Detroit Red Wings

    “Nothing gets by John Davidson. If the first edition didn’t already make you a fan, then this edition will!—Mark Messier, NHL All-Star

    “My dog, Blue, and I ran out to get Hockey For Dummies, 2nd Edition. We give it two paws up!—Don Cherry, former NHL coach and “Coaches Corner” commentator for Hockey Night in Canada

    “...a must read for all hockey fans! —John Vanbiesbrouck, former goaltender, New York Islanders

    ...the most comprehensive, easily understood source of hockey history and instruction I’ve ever come across. Not only was ‘JD’ a superb player in the NHL, he is also an extremely skilled commentator sharing his knowledge of the game with fans all over North America. From hat tricks to power plays, Hockey For Dummies provides the reader with the wisdom of an expert. —From the Foreword by Wayne Gretzky

    This updated edition of the bestselling guide to all things hockey is packed with illustrations and play-by-play descriptions, diagrams, and photos of the NHL’s greatest players. It tells you how to:

    • Gear up safely with the right equipment
    • Improve your skills with drills
    • Warm up mentally—and physically—before hitting the ice
    • Respect rules and good sportsmanship
    • Find US and Canadian leagues and camps

    Former New York Ranger, John Davidson offers you plays only the pros know and tips for playing hockey at any level. And he fills you in on:

    • Hockey ABCs, its origins, positions, gear, rules, and more
    • The complete NHL—explores the various leagues, greatest players, training, and tons of fascinating facts, figures, and priceless trivia
    • The best ways to follow the game from the stands or on TV
    • How the pros do it—includes tips from Gretzky on passing, Messier on winning face-offs, and other star players on how to play like a pro

    From youth leagues to the secrets of the NHL greats, Hockey For Dummies, 3rd Edition is your total guide to this cool sport. ... Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars Hockey for everyone!
    Hockey for Dummies is the most comprehensive guide to the sport that I have ever read. Outstanding insight and thought by the author JD who knows the game inside and out, provides accurate and in-depth commentary about the sport. If you're just learning or want to learn about the fast and furious sport of Hockey, this book is a must. I keep mine next to the television remote during games to refer to the rules and plays section! Game ON!

    2-0 out of 5 stars Truth in Advertising
    Like all the "For Dummies" books, this is a good purchase if you really don't know anything about the subject. I think there's a place for these books. They're a good for absolute beginners who want to get started. They can also help you decide if you like something enough to find out more about it. It's just that they're not that cheap and I think they almost always leave you wanting more.

    If you know anything about hockey, you'll probably find much of this book useless or uninteresting. There are better books on how to play hockey (like Percival's Hockey Handbook) and about the sport (like Total Hockey) out there that are worth buying. You'll probably skim this book quickly and never pick it up again.

    If you're just learning, this will give you all the basics along with a few bits of interesting information. Still, I'll bet you don't read this thing more than once. There are better books to get into the various aspects of hockey as a player, parent of a player, or fan.

    I'd recommend this book to someone who just wants to watch hockey and have some idea what's going on...although finding a friend who can tell you is probably better and will only cost you a beer or two. If this book were cheaper or went a bit further I'd recommend it to more people. As it is, all I can say is with the title right on the front of the book you can't say they lied to you!

    PS: This review isn't meant as a slam to the authors who I think did a good job. It's just a problem with this series or format. It serves a purpose, just a very narrow one.

    3-0 out of 5 stars Hockey? Not for me, thank you.
    I got this book as a gift. Boy, this person doesn't know me very well. I don't like hockey. And this book doesn't help matters. Not at all. Its boring, and there are no interesting characters or plotlines. These guys that wrote this book clearly tried hard to write an informative book. I guess I recommend it for people who are interested in hockey.

    5-0 out of 5 stars a good book for beginers and old fans alike
    this book was suprisingly very good. I really liked that it had a work out to follow and tips on playing from the pros to get you started playing hockey. It is also imformative for new hockey fans and fans like myself who have loved the game for some years now

    4-0 out of 5 stars No Longer a Dummy!
    Hockey For Dummies was incredibly helpful when my son began playing the sport and we ended up getting so hooked that we started attending collegiate as well as professional hockey games. Nothing like a bunch of new hockey moms inquiring, "what is icing?" to which another replies, "it's something you put on a cake."

    The book's format was very easy to follow, so no matter what you want to learn (penalties, history, etc.) you will be able to get a no-nonsense answer to your inquiry. Understanding something about the sport makes it much more enjoyable to watch. I was particularly impressed with the guidelines for watching the games in person versus the televised ones. ... Read more

    9. Long Distance : A Year of Living Strenuously
    by Bill McKibben
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    Catlog: Book (2000-12-05)
    Publisher: Simon & Schuster
    Sales Rank: 394352
    Average Customer Review: 4.36 out of 5 stars
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    At the age of 37, bestselling author and journalist Bill McKibben stepped out of the ordinary routine of his life to spend a year in "real training" as a cross-country skier. With the help of a trainer-slash-guru, McKibben took on a regimen equivalent to that of an Olympic endurance athlete's, running and skiing for hours every day in preparation for a series of grueling long-distance ski races. What prompted this successful writer with an admitted aversion to competitive sports to push himself so hard, for so long?

    Partly it was pure selfishness; after a decade as an environmental writer and activist, I needed a break from failing to save the world. But mostly it was curiosity that drove me. By year's end I hoped I'd have more sense of what life lived through the body felt like.

    If Long Distance begins as a story about the transformation of the body and what it means to challenge one's physical limits, it evolves into a thoughtful lesson about a wholly different kind of endurance.Halfway through McKibben's training, his father was diagnosed with the most virulent form of brain cancer. As McKibben was reaching peak condition, his father's life lurched toward an end, forcing McKibben to snap out of his self-inflicted self-absorption. He had tried to think of endurance as "the ability to fight through the drama of pain. But now I understood it, too, as a kind of elegance, a lightness that could only come from such deep comfort with yourself that you began to forget about yourself." And the elegance of Long Distance is in its ultimate lesson that each of us has a mind, a body, and a spirit, and we must find our strength in all three realms. --Svenja Soldovieri ... Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars A powerful book that goes beyond endurance training
    As a skiing enthusiast, I found that Bill McKibben's Long Distance revealed the world of physical and mental training that i never fully grasped existed. Even with all his training it was amazing to see that so much rested squarely on genetics, to see that after his many hours of training he could only become so much. The mental aspect was a plus to the book, as a past ski racer it was nice to see someone put into words how it feels out on the course:

    "Except that the minute a race is done, you start trying to make it all add up, turn the thousand things that happen even in a three hour ski race in to some kind of coherent storay with a morale at the end: 'I couldn't focus,' or 'I bonked,' or 'Everything came together.'" -Bill McKibben.

    To sum it all up, Mr. McKibben has written up an endurance trainer's dream and how he copes with the mental and physical pressures are fascinating to read. I would recommend this book to anyone that is remotely interested in cross-country skiing or how the elite athletes train.

    2-0 out of 5 stars For the armchair athlete; Competitors need not apply
    This book is disappointing. It purports to chronicle a year of high performance endurance training for a not quite elite athlete. It also, surprisingly, chronicles his father's death from cancer. Neither topic has anything much to do with the science and psychology of world class level compeition in endurance sports. There is no training data, only anecdote; there is no bibliography, but many references to other books which sound like they are better; there are almost no racing experiences in this book - believe it or not, the author only races 8 times in a year. (Why doesn't he enter a few running races in the skiing off season or during the snow drought he whines about ad nauseam?) If nothing else, this book demonstrates that training without competitive drive equates to zero racing results. (If his point is that serious training can only augment genetic capabilities in small ways, serious athletes already know that.) This is really a personal account of the loneliness of the long distance runner - why does the author train for 2-4 hours a day if he isn't really a racer? I don't know what he is looking for, but he is never going to find it on a race course of any kind.

    3-0 out of 5 stars a mortal's perspective on endurance sport
    Using a casual tone, the author allows the non-elite athlete to vicariously live the "what-if" scenario we all think of -- what if I REALLY trained...? A good, casual read that offers no answers, but plenty to think about.

    4-0 out of 5 stars Journel of Strenght and Sorrow
    This slim volume actually deals with 2 subjects: 1)endurance conditioning with its emotional, psychological and physical components 2) the demise of the author's father. The training portion with all its equipment and conditioning minutia is better suited to a magazine article. The reader gains an insight into the heroic efforts that world class endurance athletes must generate to be competitive. On one hand their fortitude and courage demand our admiration, on the other hand one may suspect a certain compusive obsessiveness that borders on the fanatical. Let the reader judge.

    The more compelling portion of the book describes the months in which the author's much loved father engages the process of physical degeneration leading to death. This becomes a profound meditation on mortality and the spititual imnplications of life's last opportunity for self education. Moving and thoughtful, it is the soul of the book.

    5-0 out of 5 stars More than just on ode to skiing
    In turns, this account of his incredibly strenuous year is funny, heartbreaking, introspective and irreverent. I'm surprised how modest the author is about his ability to even perform some of the workouts -- a 3 hour and 55 minute run or ski! I'm an exercise fanatic myself, but I don't see any 4 hour workouts on my horizon. The chapters on the origin and development of cross country skiing are fascinating -- I used to hear about Koch and Caldwell when I taught at the Putney school. Our Olympic program hasn't really done much to produce skiiers since that time. You'll also gain a tremendous respect for the Norwegians, Swedes and Finns whose reverence for this grueling sport makes them the finest in the world. This book went well beyond just sports -- although his father's illness was introduced abruptly, it does serve as an anchor for much of hte second half of the book. His dignity to the end made it inspiring rather than depressing. My only small criticism is that since the book is so personal I would have liked to hear more from his wife and daughter's reactions to his training. He alludes to them, but it sounds like they lived on another planet for that year which I'm sure was not the case! Very rewarding and inspiring read, well written. ... Read more

    10. Walking Together Forever: The Broad Street Bullies, Then and Now
    by Jim Jackson
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    Asin: 1582613893
    Catlog: Book (2005-01-05)
    Publisher: Sports Publishing
    Sales Rank: 62343
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    Fred Shero, the head coach of the teams forever remembered as the "Broad Street Bullies," chose the hours before Game 4 of the 1974 Stanley Cup Finals to inscribe this on the locker room blackboard: "Win together now and we walk together forever." Well, of course, that team went on to win not one, but two Stanley Cups. Shero could not have been more prophetic.

    Thirty years later, members of those Cup teams are still revered in the city of Philadelphia and throughout the hockey world, for that matter. In Walking Together Forever: The Broad Street Bullies Then and Now author Jim Jackson wants to bring people back to those glorious days of the 1974 and 1975 Stanley Cup championships through the telling of so many of the incredible anecdotes that emanated from the many memorable characters that created the glory. Walking Together Forever: The Broad Street Bullies Then and Now will follow the major principals of the Cup wins, taking readers through the remainder of those heroes’ hockey careers, into retirement, and up to the present. Many of the stories of their personal trials, travails, and successes since hoisting Lord Stanley’s Cup are as compelling as those from the championship years themselves. In the eyes of hockey fans, members of those teams have indeed "walked together forever." ... Read more

    11. The Last Dive : A Father and Son's Fatal Descent into the Ocean's Depths
    by Bernie Chowdhury
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    Asin: 0060932597
    Catlog: Book (2002-03-01)
    Publisher: Perennial
    Sales Rank: 10063
    Average Customer Review: 4.07 out of 5 stars
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    Chris and Chrissy Rouse, an experienced father-and-son scuba diving team, hoped to achieve widespread recognition for their outstanding but controversial diving skills. Obsessed and ambitious, they sought to solve the secrets of a mysterious, undocumented World War II German U-boat that lay under 230 feet of water, only a half-day's mission from New York Harbor. In doing so, they paid the ultimate price in their quest for fame.

    Bernie Chowdhury, himself an expert diver and a close friend of the Rouses', explores the thrill-seeking world of deep-sea diving, including its legendary figures, most celebrated triumphs, and gruesome tragedies. By examining the diver's psychology through the complex father-and-son dynamic, Chowdhury illuminates the extreme sport diver's push toward -- and sometimes beyond -- the limits of human endurance.

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    5-0 out of 5 stars A Must Read for Divers and Those Interested
    As a newly certified OW diver, I read this book on the recommendation of my instructor. I would say this is a must read for those with an interest in the world below the surface. Chowdhury does a good job at presenting an overview of diving from a diver's perspective, risk management, wreck and cave exploration, vignettes of the dive community, and a little bit of the story of Chris and Chrissy Rousse. The content of this non-fiction book gets 5 stars from me. The organization and writing style leave room for improvement. Good effort for authorship when one considers the fact that Chowdhury is a diver and not Dickens or Twain. For the diver, this book is an eye-opener. For the non-diver, this a volume of many entries into our world. This book is a gift I will pass onto any of my friends who are new to diving or have an interest in diving.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Riveting yet disturbing I couldn't put it down
    Bernie takes you on a trip with the Rouses. At the same time you learn some history of wreck diving and the people that (for better or worse) were involved. I was truly disturbed by the attitude of many of the wreck divers, especially one quick passage about a diver that let another die when he might have been able to save him. I also disagree with the philosophical statements, but I must admit, these were very few, two that I can think of. Overall it was an intriguing story, one that I couldn't put down. You feel as if you know some of the people when you are done and wish you could join them. If you are a diver READ THIS BOOK. Most accidents are diver error and reading of others might help you be better prepared. If you are not a diver but like adventure books you will enjoy this because you will feel like you are there.

    4-0 out of 5 stars A diver's must-read
    As a wreck diver and technical diver in training, I jumped at the opportunity to read The Last Diver. I could not put it down, partly because of the gripping narrative, and partly because I had done so many of the things writting about in the book. But unlike the divers in the book, I am not a cowboy and I am SAFETY all the way. The lesson of the book is that both recreational AND technical diving is still relatively safe as long as you obey the rules of the game. The divers who lost their lives in the book The Last Dive all violated the rules - big time. Do that, and sooner or later you are going to pay the price. Its a lesson that we all need to learn again, whether we are doing our first dive or our thousandth.

    Dive safe,

    D. Keith Lamb
    Master Diver

    4-0 out of 5 stars Essential Reading
    Essential reading for any budding deep or wreck diver. This book is not a technical diving manual, but rather an account of what not to do when you go diving. The book is well written and you will have difficulty in putting it down. Well worth the money and essential reading for any diver with intermediate experience.

    4-0 out of 5 stars Hardcore divers must read - others would enjoy
    Cave and wreck divers all over the world should read this book. Excellent story and well written. Even nondivers would enjoy this book. ... Read more

    12. So You Want to Play in the NHL : A Guide for Young Players
    by DanBylsma, JayBylsma
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    Asin: 0809299526
    Catlog: Book (2000-09-01)
    Publisher: McGraw-Hill
    Sales Rank: 178938
    Average Customer Review: 5 out of 5 stars
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    What does it take to make it in pro hockey? Los Angeles Kings forward Dan Bylsma and his father, Jay, offer a wealth of inside information for young players. Dan Bylsma shares his experiences rising up through the ranks of amateur and professional hockey while giving advice on issues including becoming a team player, knowing the rules, relating to coaches and teammates, and working hard. ... Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars Great Read
    I actually bought this book from the Dan Bylsma WEB site. THe book was sent autographed to my son for this past Christmas. Most of the content is directed toward kids interested in playing hockey and who have questions from how do I do a certain drill to what if my parents are embarrasing me. My 8 year old enjoyed the book very much and continues to read it again and again. I still pick it up as well. If you haven't read the first book "So Your Son Want's to Play in the NHL", another great read.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Hockey With A Purpose
    After receiving the book, I read it throughout the day as opportunity presented itself. I hated to put it down when I had other stuff to do. I felt like I was being forced to leave the game before it was over. I was enchanted by the book as if I'd never read it before, thrilled to play a role by helping with it and to be mentioned in this wonderful contribution to amateur hockey. As I read it, I thought about my roles as a father of a young player, as a coach, and as a coaching educator for USA Hockey. Two overwhelming thoughts came to mind as I read the printed version of the book. The truth conveyed by the material and the fact that at times I fall short of the goals conveyed by that truth from a child's perspective. Even though I speak or write about and teach many of these things quite often, I found myself addressing my mistakes in each of my roles as I read the book. But, even as I found myself addressing my mistakes, I was simultaneously using the ideas in the book to reaffirm many of my beliefs or to assimilate these ideas to address issues from a different perspective. And as stated in the book, perseverance is a key to success. Taking responsibility is a key to success. Learning from mistakes or failure is what truly makes you better. "So You Want To Play In The NHL" has given me additional impetus in my goal to constantly strive to improve as a father, a coach and a coaching educator. Thank you for taking the time to inspire even us older hockey guys with a book written for kids, because really, we are all still kids at heart! By addressing the issues from a kid's perspective for kids, I believe you have succeeded in reaching adults as well. The heart of this old kid is much better as a result of the time and effort you have taken to share your thoughts with the hockey world. This new book, "So You Want To Play In The NHL", for kids, and the existing book for adults, "So Your Son Wants To Play In The NHL", set the standards by which all of us in the sporting world should continually strive to achieve. Cordially, Terry Vayda USA Hockey Associate Coach-In-Chief (Southeast District--Florida)

    5-0 out of 5 stars required reading
    As a coach and someone who knows the personal dedication it takes to achieve life's goals, this book confirms everything I have done in my life and teach to the players on my team. This book is more than a book about hockey. It spells out a recipe for success in life, in and out of hockey(or any team sport for that matter). Every page has something that will inspire you and remind you what is important in life. I am making this book required reading for my team because it confirms everything I have ever said in the locker room and to parents. While this is one man's journey through life to the NHL, the story is one shared by most people in the struggle to define who they are as the grow up and to achieve the goals that they want.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Dan Bylsma's latest literary achievement is a winner
    As the father of a 9-year-old, I am delighted that my son has selected Dan Bylsma as one of his role models. Dan (Anaheim Mighty Ducks of the National Hockey League), and his dad's most recent collaborative literary achievement, "So You Want to Play in the NHL" is an honest and straight-forward discussion about Dan's uncompromised determination to become a professional hockey player, is set against a backdrop of objectivity and seemingly insurmountable odds. The book embodies a wonderful and powerful message, that hardword and determination are the cornerstones of personal, as well as professional success. I highly recommend this book to all aspiring young athletes, their coaches, and parents.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Dan Bylsma's latest book is a winner
    As the father of a 9 year old son, I am proud that my child has selected Dan Bylsma as one of his role models. Dan and his father's latest collaborative literary achivement is an honest and straightforward study of the role of athletics in a young persons life. The fire and passion of competitive sports at the highest level, measured against a backdrop of incalculable odds of achieving professional success is difficult, if not seemingly impossible to reconcile. Nonetheless, Bylsma's book "So you want to play in the NHL" deserves commendation for having done just that. I strongly recommend this book to any parent or child who participates in sports and who is fortunate to have the courage to dream. ... Read more

    13. The South Pole
    by Roald E. Amundsen, Roland Huntford, Captain Roald Amundsen
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    Asin: 0815411278
    Catlog: Book (2001-01)
    Publisher: Cooper Square Publishers
    Sales Rank: 223962
    Average Customer Review: 5 out of 5 stars
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    The first explorer to reach the South Pole recounts the rigors of his expedition. ... Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars Preparedness Leads To Success
    In the Foreword, Roland Huntford describes Amundsen's narrative as "all that Scott's is not". How right he is! This a very large book, but nonetheless an easy read. Amundsen relates a fascinating tale of fortune, misfortune, hardship, and ultimately - success. The narrative is detailed, but not overly so. In many places, a dose of humor is weaved in. Complete with numerous photos, maps, and scientific data, this book should be considered one of the great narratives of exploration. The great moral lesson of this tale is that preparedness ultimately leads to success. Is it any wonder that Roald Amundsen and his comrades won the race to the South Pole?

    5-0 out of 5 stars The South Pole - The Masters Tale
    Recent years have seen a re-examination of the Golden Age of Antarctic Exploration. Roland Huntford in his excellent books "The Last Place on Earth" and "Shackleton" helped to debunk the myth of the glorious failure (Scott the Martyr) as an example to follow.

    The greatest tale of this age was surrounded by no great tales of hardship, no honeyed or sanitised versions of the deed. In this book we hear in the words of the greatest exponent of the art of polar travel, the story of that rarest of plans - the perfectly executed coup.

    For a coup it was. When Amundsen turned from the North Pole to the South after the question of "the great nail" had been settled by Cook & Peary, his decision was treated in many sectors (most notably an unbalanced and jingoistic British Press) as underhanded and double dealing. Amundens account of the reasoning behind it makes clear that any deceit was necessary to ensure no forestalling of his plans by others - not only Scott. To ensure the future of his extended plan (the drift across the Arctic which was eventually carried out in the "Maud") he knew the Press Barons would need an exclusive and juicy story. The South Pole would give him this currency.

    The book is written in an honest and clean style - an extension of the Man and his nature. The hardships faced are almost disguised by the simple tale of their telling. To strike up an unknown glacier and forge his way over virgin ground on the way to the polar plateau and the Pole itself displays fortitude and grit we can only marvel at in todays world. But his description of the task is hidden behind a work-a-day narrative. To truly appreciate the splendour of the achievement is difficult in our modern era.

    One cannot help but admire the total outcome of the plan. There are few tales in history and few great men who can truly say they accomplished exactly what they set out to do in the manner in which they planned. Those who can are Masters of their field. Amundsen is such a man - and master.

    A feature of this book is the credit given by Amundsen to those who went with him. Where others claimed responsibility for the great deeds of their men, Amundsen retreats to the background and gives the credit to those who did the act. Natural humility is a trait of the Norwegian nature and Amundsen shows this in the writing of the book. There is no playing to the crowd but deeds are allowed to speak for themselves.

    To appreciate the tale, read the book and marvel. ... Read more

    14. Conditioning for Skating : Off-Ice Techniques for On-Ice Performance
    by Carl Poe
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    Asin: 157028220X
    Catlog: Book (2002-08-05)
    Publisher: McGraw-Hill
    Sales Rank: 17778
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    To be the best on the rink, skaters must spend endless hours strengthening and conditioning their bodies off the ice to build strength for the rigors of their performances. Illustrative and technical, yet user-friendly, Conditioning for Figure Skating provides detailed coverage of the physical preparation necessary for Preliminary through Senior-Elite skaters while concentrating on all disciplines of figure skating, including singles, pairs, and ice dance. More than 300 photos illustrate proper warm-up drills, flexibility stretches, cooldown routines, strength training exercises, jump and plyometric training programs, and endurance conditioning exercises for on-ice injury prevention. A periodization plan also helps skaters maximize their training potential.

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    15. Big Dead Place: Inside the Strange and Menacing World of Antarctica
    by Nicholas Johnson, Eirik Sønneland
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    Asin: 0922915997
    Catlog: Book (2005-04)
    Publisher: Feral House
    Sales Rank: 95497
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    What goes on in Antarctica?

    Is it the pristine but harsh frontier where noble scientific missions are accomplished? Or an insane corporate bureaucracy where hundreds of workers are cooped together in hi-tech communes with all the soul of a suburban office park?

    Welcome to Big Dead Place, a grunt's eye view of America's Antarctic Program that shatters the well-worn clichés of polar literature. Here the heroic camaraderie and romantic desolation give way to sterile buildings populated by characters like a crazed manager who fills his boots with antifreeze, the greasepaint-obsessed worker Boozy the Clown, ghosts that haunt the food freezer, and horny employees who grab rare private moments coupling on the altar in the Chapel of the Snows.

    The Foreword is by Eirik Sønneland, who claims the longest unsupported ski trek in the continent's history. Also included is a glossary of Antarctic slang and bureaucratese, and 16 pages of color photographs. ... Read more

    16. The Hockey Play Book: Teaching Hockey Systems
    by Michael A. Smith
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    Asin: 1552090507
    Catlog: Book (1996-09-01)
    Publisher: Firefly Books Ltd
    Sales Rank: 24507
    Average Customer Review: 4.33 out of 5 stars
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    "The Hockey Play Book" is a resource for coaches striving to foster and shape a team's energy, spirit and talents.

    The guide features systems for defensive, offensive and special-team situations; as well as teaching methods and drills, all accompanied by annotated diagrams. The systems range from conservative to aggressive--some are intended for big, physical teams; others for fast-skating and highly skilled teams; some work for both.

    Nevertheless, the first challenge for every coach is to determine what he wants from his players and what they are able to deliver. With "The Hockey Play Book" in hand, coaches of players of all ages and playing levels can match system with team strategy, bringing their own creative magic to one of the fastest-moving--and growing--team sports in the world.

    - Over 500 step-by-step diagrams - Dozens of plays and skill-building drills - Conservative and aggressive systems - Teaching strategies for all levels of play ... Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars Great Coach's Manual
    My son is the head coach of a Tier 1 girls hockey team. This manual has been invaluable for developing plays, systems and a players manual. I highly recommend this to any serious coach.

    4-0 out of 5 stars A good book
    Over-all this was an easy to read and understand book. The special teams aspect of the book lack 5-3's on the power plays and penality killing.

    4-0 out of 5 stars Great for learning and teaching special teams and systems.
    This book is laid out in a well organized easy to read format that explains and describes systems and special teams options for every zone on the ice.

    I was dissappointed that 5 on 3's were not spoken of from a power play and a penalty killing perspective. These can win and lose you hockey games. Overall though, it is and will be a good referance book for coaching. ... Read more

    17. The New York Rangers: Broadway's Longest Running Hit
    by John Kreiser, Lou Friedman
    list price: $39.95
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    Asin: 1571670416
    Catlog: Book (1996-10-01)
    Publisher: Sagamore Publishing
    Sales Rank: 722496
    Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
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    In The New York Rangers: Broadways Longest-Running Hit,Ranger fans can savor the legendary feats of such star ska- tors as Ed Giacomin, Brad Park, Andy Bathgate and more. Eachof the 70 easy to read, four-page chapters reveals tidbits about Ranger hockey never before available in book form. ... Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars Rangers Book Scores Big
    If you have "Ranger-blue" pumping through your veins, or if you know someone who does, then this is the book to get.Anything you could possibly want to know about "the classiest team in hockey" is inhere.Player profiles, stories, history, and enough stats to make anaccountant drool, you name it--it's here.The book is easy to read andentertaining.You can read it from cover to cover or you can jump aroundto read about your favorite Blueshirts season.Simply put, a must have forany Rangers fan!

    5-0 out of 5 stars Worth Every Penny
    This book is "Chicken Soup" for the Ranger fanatic. It is loaded with history, but is not overwhelming. It gives you what you want. Some of the stories are pretty hilarious.

    I gave this book to my husband, for Christmas, the year it was released. He only mentioned wanting it aboutevery five minutes, from the time he first heard about it! If someone youlove is a Ranger fanatic, this is the ultimate gift(I've come to love it,myself)I actually had to disguise it when I wrapped it up, and put it underthe tree; he wanted it that bad!We weren't disappointed, and you won't beeither! There is a lot of heart in this book. I only hope they update it,at least once a decade. ... Read more

    18. The Game
    by KenDryden
    list price: $24.95
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    Asin: 0470833556
    Catlog: Book (2003-09-19)
    Publisher: John Wiley & Sons
    Sales Rank: 15139
    Average Customer Review: 4.62 out of 5 stars
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    Book Description

    The Game is acknowledged as the best hockey book ever written, and as one of the best sports books of all time. More than just a hockey book, it has become an enduring classic—a reflective and provocative look at a life in hockey and at the game itself.

    Ken Dryden, a member of the Hockey Hall of Fame and the Canadian Sports Hall of Fame, is recognized as one of the greatest goalies ever to play the game. More than that, he is one of hockey’s most intelligent and insightful commentators. In The Game, Dryden captures the essence of the sport and what it means to all hockey fans.

    He gives us vivid and affectionate portraits of the characters—Guy Lafleur, Larry Robinson, Guy Lapointe, Serge Savard, and coach Scotty Bowman among them—that made the Canadiens of the 1970s one of the greatest hockey teams in history. But beyond that, Dryden reflects on life on the road, in the spotlight, and on the ice, offering up a rare inside look at the game of hockey, and a profoundly personal memoir.

    This commemorative edition marks the 20th anniversary of The Game’s original publication, and features a new chapter from Ken Dryden, reflecting on the past two decades in hockey.

    Take a journey back to the heart and soul of the game with this timeless hockey classic.




    "The sports book of the year, or maybe the decade, or maybe the century."

    — The Globe and Mail

    "A work of art that defines and represents our game."

    —Hockey News

    "[Dryden] has written a very special book, possibly the best [hockey book] I have ever read. His affectionate yet realistic portrait of the players is unrivalled in hockey writing."

    —Mordecai Richler

    "A book about Ken Dryden, about Quebec, about the rest of Canada, and most of all, a loving book about a special sport."

    —New York Times

    "An enduring classic, Ken Dryden's The Game has lost none of its luster since its original publication in 1983, and remains the one book every hockey fan must know...This backstage look at one of the best books ever published on any sport."

    —David Gowdey

    "A [hockey] book so rare that there is actually nothing to compare it to."

    —Scott Young

    Sports Illustrated:

    One of "The Top 100 Best Sports Books of All Time" (number nine).

    · Top hockey book.

    · Top Canadian sports book.

    · Top book written solely by an athlete.

    University of Toronto Review:

    One of "The Top 100 English-Canadian Books of the 20th Century." ... Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars More than just hockey
    I read this book expecting to read the standard sports book, what I found was a book that was not only about hockey but about life. Even those who are not hardcore hockey fans can appreciate many of the messages and opinions on life.
    From the beginning to the end I was caught in the words, it made me think and feel. Reading The Game somehow enriched my life, and I recommend it to all. Ken Dryden was not your average hockey player, he was an intelligent man who will always be known as the man who wrote the greatest book about the game of hockey.

    3-0 out of 5 stars Somewhat dissapointing
    Ken Dryden is one impressive individual. There is no doubting that. I was amazed at the quality of the writing in this book. It is literature. I have read quite a few biographies of sports legends, some have been good and some not so good. I was really looking forward to reading this book especially since all of the reviews were so positive. I welcomed the idea of a well written book by an intelligent athlete. But, I regretfully have to say that this book is less intersting than I had hoped. Dryden provides you with a perspective of hockey life that I seriously doubt that you will get from any other human being on the planet. He made me realize how little time I spend analyzing my own life, at least what I believe to be the less important aspects of it. I found myself amazed at how keenly observant he is about the little stuff. But, as much as I appreciate his intellect, I have to say that this book contains a little too much introspection and not enough details about hockey and the players in it to satisfy me. I am glad that I read it and I would recommend it to fans, but I kept waiting for a little something more and it never quite came. This man has some important things to say though about life in general and for that reason alone the book is worth reading.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Read this for lessons on life
    Went to Barnes & Noble and read the new chapter in the 20th Anniversary edition of The Game. Ken Dryden is an outstanding writer. People might assume that since he is writing about hockey that's all that there is to this book. Lies! It is about so much more. His take on life is very refreshing. This is one of the few books that I really enjoyed reading recently.

    4-0 out of 5 stars A must for any tru hockey fan
    Ken Dryden, one of the NHL's best goalies, writes about his last year with the 1970's Canadiens, one of the greatest teams in NHL history. He provides more than a day by day account of playing but talks about other aspects of the game. From traveling to playing in his hometown to life as a celebrity and a Canadian, Dryden shows why he should be the Commissioenr of the NHL. If you have ever spent a summer in a rink, driven to a 6AM practice or know the words to "Oh, Canada." then "The Game " is for you.

    5-0 out of 5 stars unafraid to tell the truth
    Ken Dryden has dared to tell us a warts and all account of a career in the NHL. As a hall of fame Goalie he was well postioned to observe the play of his team mates on the ice. Granted special status as the team's goalie he was then well place to observe the team off the ice too. He has written an honest account of the impact of long seasons of play both on himself and his team mates. Most revealing are his observations on specific players including Guy LaFleur, Bobby Orr and Larry Robinson. I wonder if his friendships with these men survived these opinions? Thoroughly recommended for all sports fans even non hockey fans. ... Read more

    19. The Bravest Dog Ever: The True Story of Balto (Step-Into-Reading, Step 3)
    by Natalie Standiford
    list price: $3.99
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    Asin: 0394896955
    Catlog: Book (1989-10-17)
    Publisher: Random House Books for Young Readers
    Sales Rank: 10704
    Average Customer Review: 4.38 out of 5 stars
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    Illus. in full color. ... Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars An Exciting Adventure for Balto the Dog!
    Balto is a fantastic story about a dog going to Nome to take medicine to sick children. Will Balto make it? Find out in the book Balto. This is a great book that is very exciting to read.

    5-0 out of 5 stars The Bravest Dog Ever
    The book the Bravest Dog Ever is about Balto. This is a book which tells the wonderful rescue story of Balto. Balto lived in Nome, Alaska, and that is where the story took place. Two children got sick and they needed medicine, which the doctor did not have. They sent it on train, but the train got stuck. This is where Balto and his crew came to the rescue. They went through difficult terrain, and made the story very exciting.
    I love the story of Balto, probably because I love dogs. But still the story is really good, and I recommend this book to whoever is reading this review. Balto should be known in everyone life.

    Ryan J.

    5-0 out of 5 stars 4 ½* Exciting Story of Heroic Dog
    "This is a true story about a very brave dog."

    It's 1925 in the sub-zero, treacherous region of Nome, Alaska. Two children stricken with diphtheria need medicine, but the train that carries it gets stuck in the snow, 700 miles from Nome. The town's only hope is a 21-team dog sled relay to deliver the precious medicine. Balto, the head dog on the second to the last run, leads his team through blinding snowdrifts and over a frozen river, and around cracking ice, and reaches Nome almost ten days before the expected arrival. He becomes famous: In New York City, thousands of miles away, a statue of Balto is put up in Central Park.

    This is an exciting book, with soft, slighted muted illustrations and short sentences, is an excellent book (especially for adventure and dog lovers) for the reader in from around grades 1 through 3. The suspenseful narration and the real heroics of Balto and his driver (along with the 20 other dog teams) make for a dramatic story. 48 pages, includes map of the trail to Nome.

    1-0 out of 5 stars Balto is a fraud and this book is a lie!
    Balto was nothing but a scrub freight dog and that is the truth!

    In the mid-sixties I lived next door to the real hero Leonhard Seppala and spent many hours listening to him recount his mushing days.

    He set off from Nome to get the serum and traveled more than 260 miles in subzero temperatures. His lead dog was Togo.

    Seppala at the age of 90 told me how sad he was that Balto had stolen the glory. Seppala left Balto behind because he was nothing but a scrub freight dog. Seppala said he would never have run Balto in the lead position.

    After he was already on the trail for a full day's run, Seppala met Gonangnan at Shaktoolik where he took the serum and turned around to head back towards Nome. Facing into a mercilous gale with temperatures at 30 degrees below zero Seppala led by Togo headed across the uncertain ice of Norton Sound. He carried the serum back 91 miles and exhausted turned it over to Charlie Olson in Golovin.

    Olson in turn handed the serum over to Gunnar Kaasen and Balto who carried it into Nome getting the glory. Kaasen was supposed to pass the serum to Ed Rohn at safety for the final 22 miles, but instead he continued on to Nome, reportedly because his team "was doing so well" and he didn't want to wake Rohn. Others, however, later accused Kaason of trying to gain publicity by being the musher to bring the serum into Nome.

    For their part, Togo and Seppala covered more than 260 miles. No other team did more than 53 miles.

    Year's later, Seppala commented: "It was almost more than I could bear when the newspaper dog, Balto, received a statue in Central Park in New York for his accomplishments, decked out in Togo's colors, and with the claim that he had taken Amundsen to Point Barrow and part way to the North Pole, when he had never been 200 miles north of Nome".

    For the real story check out Seppala, Alaskan Dog Driver, by Elizabeth Ricker, copyright 1930.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Great for Balto fans---
    I bought this book for my 6 year old daughter who loves Balto. I was looking for a book that she would be interested in enough that she would try to read it herself and I found it in this book. She loves Balto and that has helped her spark her interest in reading this book. She needs some help with some of the words but isn't discouraged.
    We are going to try to find the statue of Balto in Central Park mentioned in the book when go to New York City next week. ... Read more

    20. The Inner Champion : A Mental Toughness Training Manual for Figure Skaters
    by Choeleen Loundagin, Choeleen N. Loundagin
    list price: $19.95
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    Asin: 0966394984
    Catlog: Book (1997-07-01)
    Publisher: Innerchamp Books
    Sales Rank: 196013
    Average Customer Review: 5 out of 5 stars
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    The skating world is quickly recognizing that aside from hiring a Sport Psychologist, The Inner Champion is the best resource for addressing the mental aspect of skating. The Inner Champion is written for skaters of all levels and disciplines who want to realize their full potential. This easy-to-use manual is designed to encourage skaters to excel both on and off the ice. It is also a practical guide for coaches and parents wishing to enhance their skaters' total skating experience.

    Readers will learn how principles of sport psychology and mental skills directly relate to skating success. Skaters can work through the book on their own, with the help of their parents, or coaches can use the book's contents to lead an off-ice class for their students. The nine chapters include over thirty fun, step-by-step worksheets which enable the reader to easily apply what they have learned. The book also includes a glossary of important terminology as well as an index and a list or resources.

    The Inner Champion is written at the reading level of young skaters, while also appealing to more mature skaters. The information and exercises are designed to apply to every one from the recreational skater to the Olympic-level competitor. The various disciplines within skating are also covered, including singles, pairs, dance, and synchronized skating. Although skating terminology is used throughout the manual, The Inner Champion is full of invaluable information that can be applied to achieve success and fulfillment in every area of a person's life. ... Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars A Primer for the Future Olympic Skater!
    This is a wonderful, easy-to-read, "makes a lot of sense" guide to using your mind to get where you want to go! The truth in this book will help anyone become a better skater (or anything else that you want to become!). If it can help me (and it did!), it can help you! Don't be surprised to see me at future competitions as a Champion...thanks to this book! It has helped me gain confidence and improve my performance in every way!

    5-0 out of 5 stars WONDERFUL and very beneficial to skaters!!
    The Inner Champion is great! It has been so helpful to my skating. I have always gotten very nervous during competitions and tests, which often kept me from performing my best. But by using the techniques and excersises provided by this book, I am able to skate so much better and have a blast! Now that I have learned how to use my mind as a tool, I can enjoy myself so much more. I recommend this book to every athelete !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    5-0 out of 5 stars Must have for any athlete. A strength & confidence builder.
    A nineties approach to discipline your child for quicker achievement in their sporting field. A confidence builder for anyone. The methods in the book have helped my child not only in the sport but in every aspect of her personal life and social skills. A parents tool to keeping the fun in life rewarding childhood sports and careers. ... Read more

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