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"Showdown at Shepherd's Bush is pure Olympic gold, taking us back to a time when athletes really did run for the love of the sport. David Davis writes like they ran--clean, swift and right to the mark."
Wall Street Journal
"The entire book was filled with suspense... sure to be one of the best sports books of the year."—The Huffington Post
"Showdown is a peek into a fascinating moment in time at the Olympic Games."—The Christian Science Monitor
"Davis brings the dramatic Olympic marathon of 1908 to life in this detail-rich account. . . . A must-read for Olympics fans."—Booklist
"A valuable addition to the history of the Olympics and distance running."
Kirkus Reviews
"This is one book about marathoners you should probably sprint to obtain."—
"It's a long-lost era, but Davis brings it to life."—Sports Book Review Center
Praise for WATERMAN:

"A belated and bountiful tribute to this great Hawaiian's memory."
Wall Street Journal
"A must-read."—Honolulu Magazine
"A must-read."—Surfer Today
"This is the perfect book. . . . I'm ecstatic for the good people at Nebraska. I hope they sell a bazillion copies of Waterman."—Foreword Reviews
"Davis is to be commended for this winning portrait of a man who 'yearned for water like it was his lover' and inspired so many, but most of all Hawaiians, to embrace competition and be proud of where they came from."—Honolulu Star-Advertiser
"Waterman provides an engaging tale of a Hawaiian icon and an Olympic super star."—Sport in American History
"A much-needed study of a legendary Hawaiian Olympic athlete and surf pioneer."
Journal of Sport History
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Meet The Author: David Davis

David Davis has documented the culture of sports-in words, images, and sound-for nearly three decades. He was trained as a journalist, and his work has appeared in, among others, Sports Illustrated, Smithsonian Magazine, The New York Times, The Los Angeles Times, The Wall Street Journal, Deadspin, and Vice. David has won numerous journalism and writing awards, and his LA Weekly story about boxer Jerry Quarry (“The Thirteenth Round”) was selected for The Best American Sports Writinganthology in 1996.

Miscellaneous Entertainment, a production company based in Hollywood, has optioned the film rights to his book Waterman. David was born and raised in New York City, and lives in Los Angeles.
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Wheels of Courage

Wheels of Courage

How Paralyzed Veterans from World War II Invented Wheelchair Sports, Fought for Disability Rights, and Inspired a Nation

Discover the never-before-told true story of the paralyzed World War II veterans who started America’s first-ever wheelchair sports competitions — and changed the world forever.

Wheels of Courage reveals the inspiring story of the world’s first wheelchair athletes: U.S. soldiers, sailors, and Marines who were paralyzed on the battlefield during World War II. They organized the first-ever wheelchair basketball teams within V.A. hospitals after the war, which quickly spread across the nation and changed the perception and treatment of disabled people. This book follows the lives of three of these vets, describing their time in the military, their injuries, their recovery, and their role in creating wheelchair basketball.

These men changed the narrative of disability, from one of pity to a new story of hope and endless potential. Their doctors changed the way the medical community looked at and treated disabled patients by treating the whole patient instead of just trying to make people as comfortable as possible in hopeless situations. And laws started changing to make the world more accessible to the disabled — things we take for granted today, like sidewalk ramps.

For the disabled, for sports fans, for veterans, for history buffs — this is a narrative of hope, perseverance, and acceptance.
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Genre: Nonfiction / History / Military / Veterans

On Sale: August 25th 2020

Price: $28 / $35 (CAD)

Page Count: 400

ISBN-13: 9781546084648