Out of the Clouds by Linda Carroll audiobook

Out of the Clouds: The Unlikely Horseman and the Unwanted Colt Who Conquered the Sport of Kings

By Linda Carroll  and David Rosner
Read by Kevin T. Collins

Hachette Books, Hachette Book Group 9780316432238
10.92 Hours Unabridged
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In the bestselling tradition ofthe The Eighty-Dollar Champion, the propulsive, inspiring Cinderella story of Stymie, an unwanted Thoroughbred, and Hirsch Jacobs, the once dirt-poor trainer who bought the colt on the cheap and molded him into the most popular horse of his time and the richest racehorse the world had ever seen. In the wake of World War II, as turmoil and chaos were giving way to a spirit of optimism, Americans were looking for inspiration and role models showing that it was possible to start from the bottom and work your way up to the top—and they found it in Stymie, the failed racehorse plucked from the discard heap by trainer Hirsch Jacobs. Like Stymie, Jacobs was a commoner in “The Sport of Kings,” a dirt-poor Brooklyn city slicker who forged an unlikely career as racing’s winningest trainer by buying cheap, unsound nags and magically transforming them into winners. The $1,500 pittance Jacobs paid to claim Stymie became history’s biggest bargain as the ultimate iron horse went on to run a whopping 131 races and win 25 stakes, becoming the first Thoroughbred ever to earn more than $900,000. The Cinderella champion nicknamed “The People’s Horse” captivated the masses with his rousing charge-from-behind stretch runs, his gritty blue-collar work ethic, and his rags-to-riches success story. In a golden age when horse racing rivaled baseball and boxing as America’s most popular pastime, he was every bit as inspiring a sports hero as Joe DiMaggio and Joe Louis. Taking readers on a crowd-pleasing ride with Stymie and Jacobs, Out of the Clouds unwinds a real-life Horatio Alger tale of a dauntless team and its working-class fans who lived vicariously through the stouthearted little colt they embraced as their own.

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Summary

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Winner of the Dr. Tony Ryan Award

In the bestselling tradition ofthe The Eighty-Dollar Champion, the propulsive, inspiring Cinderella story of Stymie, an unwanted Thoroughbred, and Hirsch Jacobs, the once dirt-poor trainer who bought the colt on the cheap and molded him into the most popular horse of his time and the richest racehorse the world had ever seen.

In the wake of World War II, as turmoil and chaos were giving way to a spirit of optimism, Americans were looking for inspiration and role models showing that it was possible to start from the bottom and work your way up to the top—and they found it in Stymie, the failed racehorse plucked from the discard heap by trainer Hirsch Jacobs. Like Stymie, Jacobs was a commoner in “The Sport of Kings,” a dirt-poor Brooklyn city slicker who forged an unlikely career as racing’s winningest trainer by buying cheap, unsound nags and magically transforming them into winners. The $1,500 pittance Jacobs paid to claim Stymie became history’s biggest bargain as the ultimate iron horse went on to run a whopping 131 races and win 25 stakes, becoming the first Thoroughbred ever to earn more than $900,000. The Cinderella champion nicknamed “The People’s Horse” captivated the masses with his rousing charge-from-behind stretch runs, his gritty blue-collar work ethic, and his rags-to-riches success story. In a golden age when horse racing rivaled baseball and boxing as America’s most popular pastime, he was every bit as inspiring a sports hero as Joe DiMaggio and Joe Louis.

Taking readers on a crowd-pleasing ride with Stymie and Jacobs, Out of the Clouds unwinds a real-life Horatio Alger tale of a dauntless team and its working-class fans who lived vicariously through the stouthearted little colt they embraced as their own.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

"Out of the Clouds is more than the story of a single horse, a single trainer, and their unlikely rise. The whole mid-century world of grit and cigars, of prize fights and thick New York accents—guys and dolls—is in these pages. The book is as much about the big picture as it is the close-up.” Wall Street Journal
“The best racetrack books make you fall in love with a horse and become enthralled with the people around him, and that’s exactly what Out of the Clouds does.” Joe Drape, author of American Pharoah
“An engaging story of a man’s life, his nature, his wisdom, and the prolonged success born of talent, dedication, and compassion.” Edward L. Bowen, former editor-in-chief of The Blood-Horse and author of author of twenty books on Thoroughbred racing

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Author

Author Bio: Linda Carroll

Author Bio: Linda Carroll

Linda Carroll has been a nationally respected health writer for seventeen years. While covering a broad range of health topics for MSNBC.com and the New York Times, she has developed specialized expertise in brain science. As an MSNBC.com contract writer for the past ten years, she has done everything from investigative reporting to column writing and was the MSNBC.com women’s health columnist for five years. She has also written investigative pieces for Health and SmartMoney, as well as in-depth health and medical articles for Newsday and the Los Angeles Times.

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Author Bio: David Rosner

Author Bio: David Rosner

David Rosner is a journalist with extensive experience covering sports and health for prominent publications. As a longtime sports writer at Newsday in New York, he won national newspaper awards for deadline, enterprise, and investigative reporting and broke ground in the coverage of athletes with disabilities for WeMedia’s award-winning website. In addition to freelancing articles for national magazines ranging from Time to the Sporting News, he coauthored The Official Illustrated NHL History. Rosner has also edited two national consumer magazines, including Neurology Now, the official patients’ magazine of the American Academy of Neurology.

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Available Formats : Digital Download, CD
Category: Nonfiction/History
Runtime: 10.92
Audience: Adult
Language: English