Speed Kings: The 1932 Winter Olympics and the Fastest Men in the World

Speed Kings The Winter Olympics and the Fastest Men in the World is a Ebook I ve just finished the book and I feel like I want to go tell everyone about these interesting crazy rich dare devil

Speed Kings: The 1932 Winter Olympics and the Fastest Men in the World is a Ebook I've just finished the book and I feel like I want to go tell everyone about these interesting, crazy rich, dare devils. I'm glad the book sort of focused on Billy Fiske because even though slight in stature he certainly seems bigger than life. I can't imagine racing down those mountains the way he did but I'm so glad he found his calling to make the Olympic story richer and this telling such a great adventure.I wish the book had a list of characters for reference. If you are just starting out I recommend keeping a list because it is a lot to keep up with as they meet, head in separate directions, and reconvene at other stages of their lives.I think the author, Andy Bull, did a spectacular job of wrangling all these people, places and events into an addictive story of adventure, risk and reward.Thanks to Penguin Random House for the advance copy. In return I offer this unbiased review.. A story of risk, adventure, and daring as four American bobsledders race for the gold in the most dangerous competition in Olympic history 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 tA story of risk, adventure, and daring as four American bobsledders race for the gold in the most dangerous competition in Olympic history 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 U.S officials, and the very same German athletes they would be fighting against in the war only a few short years later Billy, king of speed to the end, would go on to become the first American fighter pilot killed in WWII Evoking the glamour and recklessness of the Jazz Age, Speed Kings will thrill readers to the last page.. Popular Ebook Speed Kings: The 1932 Winter Olympics and the Fastest Men in the World Just the kind of book I like - history that reads like fiction! Whirlwind action and perspective on the early 20th century across numerous landscapes. I'm now looking forward to the next winter Olympics with my new-found knowledge of bobsledding (it's crazy dangerous!), but the personal stories all the way to the end are what make this a great book.I received an advanced reader copy of this book through the Goodreads Giveaway program - thank you!
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  1. Andy Bull is a senior sports writer at The Guardian Speed Kings is his first book.

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  1. I ve just finished the book and I feel like I want to go tell everyone about these interesting, crazy rich, dare devils I m glad the book sort of focused on Billy Fiske because even though slight in stature he certainly seems bigger than life I can t imagine racing down those mountains the way he did but I m so glad he found his calling to make the Olympic story richer and this telling such a great adventure.I wish the book had a list of characters for reference If you are just starting out I re [...]


  2. Just the kind of book I like history that reads like fiction Whirlwind action and perspective on the early 20th century across numerous landscapes I m now looking forward to the next winter Olympics with my new found knowledge of bobsledding it s crazy dangerous , but the personal stories all the way to the end are what make this a great book.I received an advanced reader copy of this book through the Giveaway program thank you


  3. This was a book mostly the people who competed in Bobsledding races in the 1932 Olympics in Lake Placid, with the focus being on one person in particular, Billy Fiske.Bobsledding was a very young sport and attracted many risk takers who were in it for the speed As was said in the book, riding a bobsled down an icy course was the fastest that man could go without a motor Speeds reached over 70 miles per hour This book describes the sport in it s infancy, when it was played over regular roads and [...]


  4. Bobsledding, king of the Winter Olympics who knew I admit I don t think a lot about bobsledding in the years in between Olympics, but I was sold on this book from the description above You have to love a story of athletic determination and beating the odds to get to the Olympics even if that wasn t quite what this team s story was It turns out that the bobsled course was a millionaires playground and the biggest challenge to the gold medal winning team was a paper pusher with a grudge This did r [...]


  5. I received this as an ARC through librarything from the publisher Wow Just WOW I LOVED it It s non fiction that reads like a novel Andy Bull does an amazing job of bringing these Olympic bobsledders to life The third section wasn t completely necessary as it didn t pertain to bobsledding in the least, but was utterly fascinating and wrapped everything up quite nicely.For the most part, Billy Fiske was the main focus of the book, outside of the bobsledding, of course The first parts mainly explor [...]


  6. This was really interesting It tells the history of bobsledding, how it became an Olympic sport and details the lives of the big players, specifically Billy Fiske, after the 1932 Lake Placid Winter Olympics I love Lake Placid, and though I have never been down the bobsled run, a number of my friends and, notably, even my grandmother gave it a whirl back when it was still fairly new The book was well researched and it details a topic that is not something I normally run across Honestly, they had [...]


  7. I received this book as a First Reads giveaway from.The author does a great job of bringing to life the events and the people involved in the bobsledding teams that competed at the 1932 Winter Olympics in Lake Placid In this narrative nonfiction, Andy Bull has completed extensive research to provide the historical detail necessary to present each individual a personality and even relays their motives and moods as gathered from personal letters and diaries I thoroughly enjoyed the tales of Billy [...]


  8. Well, you can certainly gain a profound understanding of all the people involved, as Bull provides a very detailed back story of every major person involved I am surprised at the amount of detail packed into a relatively short book and it gives the reader an intimate view into the lives of early 20th century sportsmen.Free review copy.


  9. I received this book via the First to Read program.A very hard book to read And I am a very sports minded personality But the book simply failed to grasp my attention and therefore interest was always a struggle.


  10. I picked this book because the Olympics are on and my library showcased it as a book about the Olympics So I picked it I knew nothing other than the title, the cover, which shows bobsledders and what appear to be Olympians marching, and a blurb at the bottom saying the 1932 Winter Olympics and the fastest men in the world The picture and the blurb are incredibly misleading.I spent the beginning of the book completely confused about what I was reading It started off in WWII with a plane crashing [...]


  11. Although the intricacies of bobsledding might not immediately interest many people, to categorize Andy Bull s Speed Kings as a simple reconstruction of the experience of the American bobsled team at the 1932 Winter Olympics would be to ignore the extraordinary stories that truly define this book Bull goes well beyond the events and focuses on the origins of the sport itself as well as how the search for ever increasing speed brought together some of the most extravagant and engaging figures of t [...]


  12. This book reads like a long ass newspaper article The author took what could have been a compelling story and threw together a book with no plot structure and too much background info on minor characters.


  13. This book is a strange combination of biography and history, telling the stories of a number of individuals with larger than life personalities, and showcasing sports history, the intriguing story of the 1932 Lake Placid Olympics, and the lifestyles of the rich and famous during the 1920s and 30s While this might seem an unlikely combination, it comes together to provide a portrait of cross section of the period that is both entertaining and enlightening.The glue that holds all of this disparate [...]


  14. At first this book held my interest I liked learning the when and where of the history of bobsledding and something of the those involved in the 1928 and 1932 Winter Olympic Games which is a very small portion of the book Part of it reads like a gossip column on who was marrying who, stealing spouses, being divorced the spouse who was being cheated on, and any possible connections to Hollywood The two winning bobsled teams had only Billy Fiske and Clifford Gray in common as Jay O Brien had been [...]


  15. I would like to start with a disclaimer I received the book Speed Kings The 1932 Winter Olympics and the Fastest Men in the World by Andy Bull as an advance copy via a giveaway on Andy Bull, an accomplished reporter for The Guardian, may have bit off than he could comfortably chew when he took the story of the 1932 US Olympic Bobsled team and tried to weave it into a full length book Speed Kings reads as an awkward cross between a character piece and an account of the facts, never really accomp [...]


  16. I received this book as a giveaway, in exchange for a review.Speed Kings focuses on the team who ultimately made up the 1932 Winter Olympics US team Andy Bull gives us biographies of each of the four main team members He uses a lot of detail sometimes too much, as it made for ponderous reading For those interested in the finer points of the Olympics, it will be an interesting read He shares much data, race times, and a lot of the personal life of each of these four.O Brien was a high society pla [...]


  17. As I write this, I m going through a mourning process Andy Bull does a fantastic job of bringing to life all the people involved in his story of the 1932 US Winter Olympic team He provides as much historical detail as possible to give each person a personality and a motive behind why they joined the team As a result, I m now mourning the loss of these men who have been dead for decades but felt alive in this book This is an excellent narrative nonfiction tale that focuses on a part of history we [...]


  18. This is another book that may be better in print than on audio That may sound like heresy from someone who listens rather than reads, but accents or rather, very curious, flawed accents and women s voices killed this narration for me And my expectation that this might be as satisfying as the Boys in the Boat was dashed It s not that book Probably a good sports book but not really about the 1932 Winter Olympics and the bobsled team , but not what the subtitle promises, and somewhat diminished for [...]


  19. Let me say from the start that I am a sucker for the Olympics and stories about them In this case, it was clear there was a lot of research into the history of bob sledding and the early pioneers of the sport It was enjoyable to see the very humble beginnings of the Cresta track in St Moritz The main story is about the gold medal victories at the 1932 Lake Placid Olympics I enjoyed the details of the story, but felt there was too much outside socialite information that detracted a little bit fro [...]


  20. Every summer while traveling to our camp in the Adirondack my family makes the trip to Lake Placid to see the Olympic training center All of us enjoy the thrill of watching the ski jumpers fly down the mountain practicing or the figure skaters twirling on the ice This book tells the story of the 1936 Olympic Gold Medal bobsled team and the development of the Olympic Park in upper state New York Entertaining characters such as racecar driver Billy Fiske, playboy Jay O Brien, world champion heavyw [...]


  21. 1 12 From the very start, it is painfully obvious that this book is tring to be like Boys in the Boat It is not even close to that level of interest and writing ability This book jerks around subjects and stories and is very hard to get through at times Billy Fiske and Eddie Egan are very interesting figures but their connecting pieces go wildly astray some of the time There is some good history here and some neat old sports stuff as well but overall it is much tougher to read than it should be. [...]


  22. Bull has done a terrific job taking a story most people haven t heard of and turning it into an essential tale of American courage, skill, and perseverance This book has moments of suspense, humor, fear, joy, pride, and so many other emotions, all skillfully handled by an author who knows how to communicate the feeling of a moment You ll treasure this read for a long time and be nostalgic for an America with heroes like these speed kings, even though most of us weren t alive to know of them With [...]


  23. The author describes this book as a nonfiction novel complete with a bobsled team composed of characters like the wealthy speedster, the Olympian boxer turned Rhodes Scholar, a somewhat successful songwriter who s not a somewhat successful songwriter with a similar name and a gambling social climber The intrigue, backstabbing, political maneuvering and outlandish behavior around the 1932 Winter Olympics seems ripped from today s news stories.


  24. I initially DNF d at 14% because there was much information about St Moritz high society than about bobsledding or the Olympics which was what drew me to the book It read like a rundown of the society pages than a sports book But, after some prodding, I quickly looked at the beginning of Part 2 starting around 35% and liked the tighter focus on the Lake Placid Olympics better So, I may give it another shot starting at Part 2.


  25. Didn t finish this one as it was populated with the cast of The Great Gatsby children of inherited wealth spending their days driving Bentleys, sipping champagne, dabbling in the stock market The story of the early modern Olympics and the development of the Winter Olympics was merely a sideshow in this book and didn t seem to be worth wading through the tales of such uninteresting people.


  26. Listened to the book on CD The writing was so so Because the athletes came from very different and wildly interesting backgrounds, the book goes off exploring side stories of a bunch of supporting characters Interesting from a historical perspective, but not in the same league as Boys in the Boat.


  27. I received this book as a First Read It tells an interesting story and you learn a lot of history It does get a bit bogged down in details and sometimes goes off on tangents I think a little editing would ve made for a cleaner story I also would ve enjoyed a deeper focus on the team and the Olympics as opposed to the in depth biographies of each team member.



  28. Speed king Forgotten USA Bobsled team Billy Fiske won 2 golds in Winter Olympics Join Royal Air force First American kill in World War II in 1940 Eddie Eagan Second Olympic athlete won medal in summer and winter games Clifford Gray and Jay O Brien Mystery forgotten athletes.


  29. It was an interesting read, and the fastest men were fun to read about As a big fan of the sport, though, I wish there had been about bobsledding I found the history of the sport and the actual competition during the Olympics most interesting, but they took up only about half of the book.


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