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Yankee Doodle Dandy: The Life and Times of Tod Sloan John Dizikes|Dizikes, John 1 of 1
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Learn more about Yankee Doodle Dandy: The Life and Times of Tod Sloan:

Format: Paperback
ISBN-10: 0803266413
ISBN-13: 9780803266414
Sku: 36272304
Publish Date: 4/10/2007
Dimensions:  (in Inches) 8H x 5.25L x 0.5T
Pages:  225
Age Range:  NA
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In the 1890s the world of racing was turned on its ear by a young American who rode horses as no professional jockey had ever ridden: Tod Sloan hitched up his stirrups and thrust his weight far forward. Traditionalists laughed at first and dismissed him as a novelty, but as he came to dominate racing on both sides of the Atlantic, his style of riding became widely imitated, and his famous "forward seat" remains universally practiced to this day. Sloan's place in racing lore and popular culture was cemented in 1904 when George M. Cohan wrote and starred in "Little Johnny Jones, a Broadway musical based on Sloan's rise and fall in England.
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In the 1890s the world of racing was turned on its ear by a young American who rode horses as no professional jockey had ever ridden: Tod Sloan hitched up his stirrups and thrust his weight far forward. Traditionalists laughed at first and dismissed him as a novelty, but as he came to dominate racing on both sides of the Atlantic, his style of riding became widely imitated, and his famous “forward seat” remains universally practiced to this day. Sloan’s place in racing lore and popular culture was cemented in 1904 when George M. Cohan wrote and starred in Little Johnny Jones, a Broadway musical based on Sloan’s rise and fall in England.

John Dizikes’s portrait of Sloan (1874–1933) shows a small-town, hard-luck, midwestern boy who became an overnight sensation and an international celebrity in a world of breeders, bookmakers, gamblers, hustlers, bluebloods, and princes. As the King of Jockeys in the sport of kings, Sloan lived in high style, until he was banned from British racing and forced to eke out a living on the margins of the sport for thirty years.

Annotation:
This biography of the celebrated jockey Tod Sloan--who was the model for George M. Cohan's "Yankee Doodle Dandy"--chronicles the sometimes seedy world of horse racing and the glamorous world of 1890s society, which included Diamond Jim Brady and Lillian Russell.
Author Bio
John Dizikes
John Dizikes is a fellow of Crowell College, University of California at Santa Cruz, and teaches in the American studies program.

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New York Times Book Review
"Dizikes understands gambling, and his writing about it is almost scandalously knowledgeable." - D. J. R. Bruckner 10/22/2000

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Product attributeBook Format:   Paperback
Product attributeNumber of Pages:   0225
Product attributePublisher:   University of Nebraska Press
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