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    Description#1 "NEW YORK TIMES" BESTSELLER Harry de Leyer first saw the horse he would name Snowman on a truck bound for the slaughterhouse. The recent Dutch immigrant recognized the spark in the eye of the beaten-up nag and bought him for eighty dollars. On Harry's modest farm on Long Island, he ultimately taught Snowman how to fly. Here is the dramatic and inspiring rise to stardom of an unlikely duo. One show at a time, against extraordinary odds and some of the most expensive thoroughbreds alive, the pair climbed to the very top of the sport of show jumping. Their story captured the heart of Cold War-era America--a story of unstoppable hope, inconceivable dreams, and the chance to have it all. They were the longest of all longshots--and their win was the stuff of legend.


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    Title
    The Eighty-Dollar Champion
    Subtitle
    Snowman, the Horse That Inspired a Nation
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Elizabeth Letts
    Physical properties
    Format: Paperback
    Number of pages: 336
    Width: 132 mm
    Height: 205 mm
    Thickness: 24 mm
    Weight: 277 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9780345521095
    ISBN 10: 0345521099
    Classifications

    B&T Merchandise Category: GEN
    B&T Book Type: NF
    BIC E4L: SPO
    B&T General Subject: 760
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T15.3
    B&T Modifier: Academic Level: 05
    Libri: I-SR
    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 24400
    B&T Modifier: Subject Development: 01
    BIC subject category V2: BT, WSNF, WNGH
    Ingram Theme: CHRN/20CNTY
    B&T Modifier: Geographic Designator: 01
    Ingram Subject Code: SR
    Ingram Theme: CULT/MIDATL, CULT/NRTHES, GEOG/NEWYRK
    BISAC V2.8: SPO019000, SPO057000
    Ingram Theme: LOCL/NYNEWY, CHRN/1950
    B&T Approval Code: A09406000
    BISAC V2.8: BIO026000
    B&T Approval Code: A16424000
    LC subject heading:
    DC22: 798.2/5079
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    DC22: 798.25079
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    BISAC V2.8: HIS036060
    DC23: 798.25079
    LC classification: SF295.565.S66 L48 2012
    Edition statement
    Reprint
    Illustrations note
    black & white illustrations, frontispiece
    Publisher
    Random House USA Inc
    Imprint name
    Ballantine Books Inc.
    Publication date
    14 June 2012
    Publication City/Country
    New York
    Author Information
    Elizabeth Letts is the award-winning author of two novels, "Quality of Care" and "Family Planning," and one children's book, "The Butter Man. Quality of Care" was a Literary Guild, Doubleday Book Club, and Books-A-Million Book Club selection. An equestrian from childhood, Letts represented California as a junior equestrian, and was runner-up in the California Horse and Rider of the Year competition. She currently lives with her husband and four children in Baltimore, Maryland.
    Review quote
    "[A] classic American dream story, with a down-on-its-luck horse galloping in for good measure."--"USA Today" "This is a wonderful book--joyous, heartfelt, and an eloquent reminder that hope can be found in the unlikeliest of places. Most of all, it's a moving testament to the incredible things that can grow from the bond between animals and humans."--Gwen Cooper, author of "Homer's Odyssey" "[Elizabeth Letts] details the intricacies of the show world beautifully, [but it's] the relationship between the people in [Harry's] life and this remarkable, humble horse that will captivate the reader."--"The Star-Ledger" "The story is thrilling. . . . Letts's taut, detailed writing vividly recounts the excitement of the shows; the heights these underdogs climbed; the world of the Eisenhower fifties; and what Snowman and Harry meant to the everyday people they inspired."--Shelf Awareness "If the true stories of horses Secretariat or Seabiscuit kept you spellbound, then consider leaving the racetrack setting to learn about the equestrian world's shock in 1958 when an eighty-dollar plow horse arrived to compete in its top show."--"Fayetteville Observer" "Written in evocative, skilled prose that rings true to the tenor of postwar America . . . Letts deftly calibrates the emotion and suspense that are an indelible part of this tale."--"BookPage"