Great Match Race When North Met South in America's First Sports Spectacle

ISBN-10: 0618872116
ISBN-13: 9780618872114
Edition: 2006
Authors: John Eisenberg
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Book details

List price: $17.95
Copyright year: 2006
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company
Publication date: 4/5/2007
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 272
Size: 5.75" wide x 8.50" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.748
Language: English

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 North, and Henry, an equine arriviste, was the pride of the South. Their match race would come to represent a watershed moment in American history, crystallizing the differences that so fundamentally divided the country. The renowned sportswriter John Eisenberg captures all the pulse-pounding drama and behind-the-scenes tensions in a page-turning mix of history, horse racing, and pure entertainment.

John Eisenberg is a former sports columnist for the Baltimore Sun and is the author of six books, including the acclaimed Native Dancer and The Great Match Race. He lives in Baltimore.

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