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Phar Lap [Englisch] [Taschenbuch]

Geoff Armstrong

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1. August 2003
The thrilling, mysterious and tragic story of how a horse became a hero of his time and an icon of a nation. In 1929, Phar Lap was a gangly gelding born and bought cheaply in New Zealand, rejected by his American owner and trained by an Aussie battler who could hardly feed his family yet agreed to feed the horse. His best mate was Tommy Woodcock, a young horseman who himself became a racing folk hero. Today, a strong case can be put that Phar Lap was the best there ever was certainly, there has never been a champion who so consistently and clinically made hacks of all his rivals. First released as an illustrated hardback, this is the most complete account of Phar Lap's life every published. It explores the many mysteries of his career, including the infamous shooting that occurred just days before his great triumph in the 1930 Melbourne Cup. It brings to life the characters of the racetrack and provides the definitive analysis of his previously unexplained death in North America. Most of all, it explains why Phar Lap is so much more than simply a racehorse.

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"The story of one of the greatest racehorses of all time." --"The Quarter Horse"

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A chronicle of the impact of a much-loved and much-lauded horseracing icon, this is a complete account of Phar Lap's life. It details the many mysteries of his career, from his purchase as a gangly gelding bought cheaply in New Zealand to the infamous shooting that occurred just days before his great triumph in the 1930 Melbourne Cup and his tragic, previously unexplained death in the United States. Bringing to life the characters of the racetrack, this book also examines the way the media played a part in building the legend. Beautifully presented with archival photographs, newspaper articles, and racing memorabilia, this book commemorates one of the best racehorses of all time.

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5.0 von 5 Sternen Fall in love with Phar Lap 7. August 2001
Von Mary M. Perri - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
Format:Gebundene Ausgabe
I knew I was in trouble the moment I saw the cover of this book with the beautiful chestnut horse named Phar Lap. I knew I just had to have this book. I knew because I had seen the movie, Phar Lap, years ago and had fallen in love with this incredibly beautiful and gifted animal that had a heart and soul big enough to affect those that loved him and those that knew him from afar.
This beautifully crafted book does not disappoint as it unravels the life and mysterious death of this beloved racehorse while revealing a darker side of greed and jealousy that surrounded him.
Filled with incredible black & white photos and memorabilia, this book will draw you in and keep you there. It will amaze you, it will disturb you but it will always remind you of the winning spirit and courageous heart that was Phar Lap. A name you will never forget...
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2.0 von 5 Sternen I was dissapointed :-( 17. September 2005
Von Jermann Barbara - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
Format:Taschenbuch
This is about the paperback edition.

I knew some about Phar Lap before I read the book. So when I found it, I was really thrilled to get to know more of this amazing horse's story.

Unfortunately, the writers seem to get lost in talk about odds, betting, backstage deals, dark figures of the turf and so forth, instead of telling us about Phar Lap himself, how his life was and how his races went. That is, I think it's interesting to get to know some about the dark sides of the sport and the betting and things. But I got the impression that the story about the horse faints to the background.

I never got the feeling of "having been there" while Phar Lap lived and raced. The writers never brought me close up to the horse, they didn't get me into the story.

Compared to Secretariat by Nack or Man O'War by Cooper and Treat, for instance, this book seems to lack the passion about its protagonist which is a real pity.

I did like the chapter about the analysis of Phar Lap's death, though. I felt relieved, as odd as it sounds, to get to know the possible reason of his death. I feel better now that I know why this great horse died and that there was nothing that could have been done for him given the absence of veterinarian knowlegde at the time about his disease. I also appreciated the end of the book, namely the chapter intitulated "By Night Raid out of Entreaty". This should have been the first chapter of the book because it tells us where this great horse Phar Lap came from.

I can't really recommend this book but am aware that someone like me who just wants to know more will still buy it. So be it, Phar Lap sure deserves it :-)
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Pretty factual account of the life of Phar Lap and the time he lived in. 2. Juni 2006
Von Carmel Dwyer - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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This book was never written to be a novel it is meant to be factual history of Big Red and the race scene at the time and it shows our Australian Culture at the time of the Great Depression which is when the he raced, how desperate people were for money and also the snobbery that was part of the AJC and VRC in Australia. The photos were of particular interest as a lot of them haven't been seen by people who never saw him race (like myself).

The final listing of his all of the races he ran and amount of stakes money that he won in the Depresssion was also enlightening. The mind just boggles if he was alive and racing today with the prize money that is around.

The chapter that was devoted to his death finally explained to the world and particularly Australia what happened to this great horse and the sad fact that the veterinary practices at the time couldn't have saved him.

This book for me is a collectable and will be an heirloom. The picture on the front cover has been taken where he finally stands in the Melbourne Museum, where he is the most visited display in the Museum.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Pharlap - One of a kind. 1. Oktober 2001
Von Roger - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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What a wonderful book - great photos and narrative. It fully explained what was probably the reason for his untimely death. This book will someday be a collector's item, but I won't part with it!
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5.0 von 5 Sternen BOOK PHAR LAP AS GREAT AS HORSE 9. Januar 2005
Von Kevin A. Kious - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
Format:Taschenbuch
This book is well and clearly written, and includes everything you might want to know about Phar Lap. Exhaustively researched and a true pleasure to read!
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