Kelly: A Father, a Son, an American Quest

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Winner of the 2008 Premier Book Award for best biography
 
The son of Irish immigrants who grew up along the Schuylkill River in Philadelphia at the turn of the twentieth century, Jack Kelly became a three-time gold medal Olympian, a political maverick, and the millionaire father of a princess. In this classic American tale of grit and perseverance, the clash between old world privilege and new world courage is played out on many ...

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Overview

Winner of the 2008 Premier Book Award for best biography
 
The son of Irish immigrants who grew up along the Schuylkill River in Philadelphia at the turn of the twentieth century, Jack Kelly became a three-time gold medal Olympian, a political maverick, and the millionaire father of a princess. In this classic American tale of grit and perseverance, the clash between old world privilege and new world courage is played out on many fronts—including the watery battlefield of rowing, where Kelly first chose to forge his strength of character. Author Daniel J. Boyne follows the life of Kelly as he parlays his athletic prowess to France during WWI and then ventures into Philadelphia politics during the Great Depression. Readers are introduced to other members of the Kelly clan, including Jack’s brothers, Walter and George, who ascend to international acclaim in the world of theater, not to mention his daughter Grace, who seeks to follow in their footsteps against her father’s will, and his son, Jack Kelly Jr., upon whose shoulders is laid the greatest challenge of all—to carry on the Kelly tradition of championship rowing.
 
Featuring more than thirty gorgeous historical photographs, Kelly is an uplifting true story of a real champion’s profound success in sport and life.
 

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Winner of the 2008 Premier Book Award for best biography

A Publishers Weekly Top Ten Sports Book of Spring 2012
“One Olympic hero who made a mighty impact on American culture was Jack Kelly, father to Grace Kelly. Kelly was a gold medal winner in the Olympics and later a millionaire, and his life is recounted in Kelly: A Father, a Son, an American Quest by Daniel J. Boyne.”

“Daniel Boyne has provided a wonderful account of sports drama, family dynamics, and adventure, all in a beautifully written narrative that reads like a well-crafted novel. Kelly is a great tale of the nature of love and leadership during an era of international sports achievements and rivalries that we shall not see again.”

—John Lehman, former Secretary of the Navy

“In a time when rowing rivaled boxing and baseball in popularity, Jack Kelly (1889-1960) was its greatest champion. In this attractive illustrated biography, sports and society writer Boyne (The Red Rose Crew: A True Story of Women, Winning and the Water) chronicles Kelly's rise from modest beginnings as the son of Irish immigrants to Olympic gold.... [A] fine portrait of two Olympic champions [Kelly and his son] and their remarkable family, including Jack's daughter Grace, and theater stars Walter and George.”

     —Publishers Weekly

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780762779291
  • Publisher: Lyons Press, The
  • Publication date: 6/5/2012
  • Pages: 304
  • Sales rank: 404,910
  • Product dimensions: 5.58 (w) x 7.78 (h) x 0.82 (d)

Meet the Author

Daniel J. Boyne is the author of The Red Rose Crew: A True Story of Women, Winning and the Water, and Essential Sculling (both from Lyons Press). He has also written articles for The Atlantic Monthly, Harvard Magazine, Double Take, WoodenBoat, and Gray's Sporting Journal, among others.

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