Yankee Doodle Dandy by Professor John Dizikes
The Life and Times of Tod Sloan

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This work recounts the story of the Indiana boy, Tod Sloan, who rose from obscurity to become the most famous jockey in the USA and Great Britain at the turn of the century. It evokes the turbulent, colourful world of horse racing and gambling in which Tod Sloan rocketed to celebrity.

About Professor John Dizikes

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Winner of a National Book Critics Circle Award for his "Opera in America: A Cultural History," John Dizikes is an emeritus professor of American studies at the University of California, Santa Cruz.
Published September 10, 2000 by Yale University Press. 240 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Sports & Outdoors, Crafts, Hobbies & Home. Non-fiction

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After a few glorious years, a gambling scandal prompted the prestigious Jockey Club to invalidate his license, and Sloan spent the rest of his life stumbling from one improbable venture to another, including vaudeville, importing cars, and trap-shooting.

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Dizikes's well-written and engaging history deserves a wide readership and Yale is planning a national media campaign (based on Dizikes's NBCC-winning reputation), with special outreach to sports media, so word will get out widely to fans of horse racing, sports enthusiasts in general, and especi...

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