Harnessing Anger: The Inner Discipline of Athletic Excellence

Harnessing Anger: The Inner Discipline of Athletic Excellence

by Peter Westbrook, Tej Hazarika
     
 

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To Peter Westbrook, "harnessing anger" means controlling one's fury and channeling it in a positive direction. Westbrook's success in what he once called "that strange white sport" is really just one expression of the self-discipline that has led him to beat the odds, again and again.
In Harnessing Anger, Westbrook tells how he came to be the first African

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To Peter Westbrook, "harnessing anger" means controlling one's fury and channeling it in a positive direction. Westbrook's success in what he once called "that strange white sport" is really just one expression of the self-discipline that has led him to beat the odds, again and again.
In Harnessing Anger, Westbrook tells how he came to be the first African American to win a national gold title in sabre fencing. The son of an African-American father and a Japanese mother, Peter was aised by his mother alone in poverty in a Newark ghetto. Becoming a fencer at an early age gave him the confidence and the discipline to use an ancient martial art to his advantage both in swordplay and when facing the vicissitudes of daily life in the inner city.
The autobiography of this six-time Olympian, 13-time U.S. National champion and the only book on his amazing life, Harnessing Anger tells us how Westbrook has overcome strong adversaries on and off the fencing mat.

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Born in 1952 to an African American father and Japanese mother, Westbrook has had plenty to be angry about, starting with his earliest years in the housing project where he saw his father physically abuse his mother. Westbrook's mother finally kicked her husband out of her house and, for the most part, out of Westbrook's life, when he was four. She eventually moved Westbrook and his sister out of the projects, and sent her son to a "predominantly white, all-boys Catholic school" with "a great athletic program" that included fencing. Westbrook says his mother knew that fencing and kendo (samurai-style fencing) attracted people who "tended to be educated, disciplined, and refined. And those were the kind of people she wanted me to know." Westbrook excelled at fencing in high school, and was offered a full scholarship to NYU, where he discovered group therapy, which was like "a second college degree." In 1974, he won his first of 12 national sabre-fencing championships. Written in a simple, honest and direct voice, this is an inspiring memoir about being poor and biracial; learning confidence and self-control; understanding the cultural differences within our country; and mastering the psychology and politics of competition and winning. Westbrook is living proof of the tremendous difference that harnessing anger through the discipline of sport can make. Photos not seen by PW. (May)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781888363678
Publisher:
Seven Stories Press
Publication date:
09/28/1998
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
192
Product dimensions:
5.53(w) x 8.26(h) x 0.56(d)

Meet the Author

PETER WESTBROOK is a six-time Olympian athelete. He has been featured countless times in print and electronic media, including appearances on The Today Show, CNN, TBS, and BET, and in The New York Times, People, the Village Voice, the New York Daily News, the Newark Star Ledger, and the Philadelphia Inquirer, among others.
TEJ HAZARIKA is a writer and publisher of Cool Grove Press. A graduate of Columbia University, he lives in Brooklyn with his wife, Candace, and their five-year-old son, Sage.

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