Affirmed. Alydar. Two great champions, each in their own right. I took a pleasant trip down memory lane reading this book; back to my high school daysAffirmed. Alydar. Two great champions, each in their own right. I took a pleasant trip down memory lane reading this book; back to my high school days when these beautiful champions were running their great rivalry. They have provided some great memories which still bring a smile to my face.
These authors have done a fantastic job of recounting the facts and events surrounding these champions and their famous rivalry. They cover the history behind the owners and their horse farms, lives of the trainers and the jockeys, other races ran by these 2 greats, everything the reader could possibly want to know. This book follows the history of the 2 farms, Calumet and Harbor View, in-depth, from beginning to end, which I found interesting. Tastefully and respectfully recounts the death of Alydar, but in no way glorifies this horrendous act.
This book stood out for me due to the amount of information included, yet the easy way it is laid out for the reader. Technical, factual, but not dumbed down. Shows the authors did their research and spent a lot of time doing it. There's something here for anyone who loves horse racing - whether novice, seasoned pro, jockey, trainer, owner or layperson. Skillful, factual, yet still a pleasure to read. I've thoroughly enjoyed this one.
A copy was graciously provided by the authors and/or publisher for an honest review.
I still want to read this book, yet have a few concerns I'd like to share.
In all fairness, I do not wish to read a narrative history book with a politI still want to read this book, yet have a few concerns I'd like to share.
In all fairness, I do not wish to read a narrative history book with a political agenda spin, but simply information about JBS.
This book sounds as if it provides enough of an accounting concerning the JBS: "In Wrapped in the Flag, Claire Conner offers an intimate account of the society —based on JBS records and documents, on her parents’ files and personal writing, on historical archives and contemporary accounts, and on firsthand knowledge..."
I also have a few questions or points to make to show why I am concerned.
From book synopsis:
"...same RADICAL causes touted by ultraconservatives today"
*Why is the term 'RADICAL' used in the same sentence to describe conservatives today? I realize there are those that are extreme in both/all political parties, but I tend to be more conservative and am NOT a radical.*
"...notorious Holocaust denier Revilo Oliver, and white supremacist Thomas Stockheimer."
*All of the conservatives I know, do NOT support white supremacy whatsoever, and we do believe the Holocaust happened*
"...giving us an inside look at one of the most RADICAL right-wing movements in US history and its lasting effects on our political discourse today."
*And again, we have the term "Radical" used in the same sentence with right-wing... I realize the JBS was made up of extremists, however I (and several friends) are right-wing (simply opposite of left-wing), and we are NOT radical.*
I simply wish for each political party to quit lumping the other into this neat little box, as if we were all made from the same cookie cutter.
***I still wish to read this book, but really hope it doesn't have an agenda of making conservatives seem like nazis. We do not belong to the JBS society, and would not even if given the opportunity.***...more