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The Great Match Race: When North Met South in America's First Sports Spectacle
by John Eisenberg (Goodreads Author)
The Great Match Race is a captivating account of America's first sports spectacle, a horse race that pitted North against South in three grueling heats. On a bright afternoon in May 1823, an unprecedented sixty thousand people showed up to watch two horses run the equivalent of nine Kentucky Derbys in a few hours' time. Eclipse was the majestic champion representing the No ...more
ebook, 272 pages
Published April 5th 2007 by Mariner Books
(first published May 5th 2006)
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Sep 21, 2012 Sumpterhouse rated it 5 of 5 stars · review of another edition
Racy writing, a great yarn, and a telling look at the differences between Ways of Life that led to the Civil War. Setting up a grudge race between the best horses the South could summon and the great unbeaten Eclipse, New York's hero. Each side's story is told warmly and sympathetically and if you don't know your history, it's also a nail biter. Which side will win? Expecting a rather large turnout, all of America saw the biggest crowd it had ever experienced. Great book for all sorts of readers ...more
John was a columnist at The Baltimore Sun for 23 years, and before that, worked at the dear, departed Dallas Times Herald. He now writes books fulltime. He grew up in Dallas, Texas, and attended the University of Pennsylvania. He lives in Baltimore with his wife and their two college-age children.More about John Eisenberg...