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Author Bull, Andy (Sportswriter), author.

Title Speed kings : the 1932 olympics and the fastest men in the world / Andy Bull. [Axis 360 electronic resource]

Edition Unabridged.
Publication Info. New York, New York : Books on Tape, [2015]
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Description 1 online resource (1 audio file)
Playing Time 130000
Description digital rda
audio file CD audio rda
Performer Read by Eric Meyers.
Summary In the 1930s, as the world hurtled toward war, speed was all the rage. Bobsledding, the fastest and most thrilling way to travel on land, had become a sensation. Exotic, exciting, and brutally dangerous, it was the must-see event of the 1932 Winter Olympics at Lake Placid, the first Winter Games on American soil. Bobsledding required exceptional skill and extraordinary courage-qualities the American team had in abundance. There was Jay O'Brien, the high-society playboy; Tippy Grey, a scandal-prone Hollywood has-been; Eddie Eagan, world champion heavyweight boxer and Rhodes Scholar; and the charismatic Billy Fiske, the true heart of the team, despite being barely out of his teens. In the thick of the Great Depression, the nation was gripped by the story of these four men, their battle against jealous locals, treacherous US officials, and the very same German athletes they would be fighting against in the war only a few short years later. Billy, in fact, went on to talk his way into the Royal Air Force-despite their Brits-only policy-and was there to fight the Nazis during the Battle of Britain. King of speed to the end, he would become the first American fighter pilot killed in WWII. The exploits of Billy and his teammates make up a story that spans the globe, from Golden Age Hollywood to seedy New York gambling dens, to the most fashionable European resorts, the South Seas, and beyond.
Note Downloadable audio file.
System Details Requires Axis 360 app.
Note "Penguin Audio."
Summary Traces the efforts of four American athletes from disparate backgrounds to win the gold medal for bobsledding during the 1932 Olympics, profiling how the American public, deep in the grip of the Great Depression, rallied around their achievements.
Subject Bobsledding -- United States -- History -- 20th century.
Olympic Winter Games (3rd : 1932 : Lake Placid, N.Y.)
Bobsledders -- United States -- Biography.
History. (OCoLC)fst00958235
Genre Audiobooks.
Downloadable audio books.
Audiobooks. (OCoLC)fst01726208
Added Author Meyers, Eric, 1959- narrator.
Other Form: Electronic reproduction of (manifestation): Bull, Andy (Sportswriter). Speed kings New York, New York : Books on Tape, [2015] 9781101926772 (NjBwBT)bl2015042881
ISBN 9781101926789 : $95.00
1101926783 : $95.00
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