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A fictionalized biography of the American race horse who won twenty of twenty-one races, told by a stable boy who grew up with the great horse.

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A fictionalized biography of the American race horse who won twenty of twenty-one races, told by a stable boy who grew up with the great horse.

A fictionalized biography of the American race horse who won twenty of twenty-one races, told by a stable boy who grew up with the great horse.

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Editorial Reviews

School Library Journal
"An exciting, moving piece of fiction based on the facts about one of the greatest horses of all time. The feeling for horses, horse breeding and

training, and horse racing is masterfully handled. Thrilling, highly recommended.
Children's Literature
Danny Ryan, a fictional former stable boy of Man o' War, is the narrator of this glorious fictionalized biography of the legendary racehorse. Ryan reminisces about Man o' War's life against the backdrop of the running of the Man o' War Handicap at the newly renovated New York Aqueduct racetrack. Farley's magnificent work of equine delight follows Danny's fascination with every moment of the life of Man o' War; from the night of his birth to his single defeat to his final race at Kenilworth Park and into his stud days. This book is enlightening in its telling of the true story of a horse that won 20 of 21 starts. Farley does a good job of transporting the reader into the hysteria and excitement of horseracing in the early 1900s. He cleverly draws on the personality and feeling of Danny to root Man o' War in the hearts of his readers thus creating a personal connection between Man o' War and the reader through Danny. Farley expertly intertwines the trappings of horse racing into Man o' War's story, showing that he prevailed despite various trials and challenges that were a part of racing horses, including: jockeys, rankings, false starts, weights, and potential injuries. Farley ascribes Man o' War's racing and stud career the proper glory it deserves through his masterful retelling of a little known story. 2003 (orig. 1962), Random House, Ages 10 to 18.
— Sarah Nelson
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"An exciting, moving piece of fiction based on the facts about one of the greatest horses of all time. The feeling for horses, horse breeding and training, and horse racing is masterfully handled. Thrilling, highly recommended."—(starred) School Library Journal.  
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780808579854
  • Publisher: San Val, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 1/28/1962
  • Format: Library Binding
  • Age range: 9 - 12 Years

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  • Posted June 8, 2012

    Highly Recommended for all ages.

    I am 65 and have always enjoyed horses and stories about horses and the relationships that are developed between human and horse. This book is extremely well written just as all books written by Walter Farley. I have to admit this is one of his very best. Not only is the outline a true story of a great race horse, Man O'War, but the fictional overtones that were added to make the story are wonderful. Mr. Farley has followed Man O' War's history of racing perfectly and made it a book for all ages. I just have one suggestion, I would like to see him write a book about Secretariat just like this one. I would add it to my collection of "Walter Farley Books". I have every book, some of them which I've had many, many years. I not only recommend this book for children but also for adult horse lovers.You must buy this book!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 29, 2004

    A VERY GOOD book!!

    This was a very good book and really gave you an idea of what Man o' War was really like...If you love horses, I recommend this book to you..Even if you don't really like horses, you should read this book! I love horses, and I am eager to learn about all of the great racehorses...This book gave you full detail about Man o' War from the night he was born, to the 21 races he ran, to his death.....He really was an amazing horse....YOU SHOULD READ THIS BOOK!!*

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 13, 2012

    Man'o War

    I have this book. Its a very touching story. It took me about a month to finish, lol. I think its a great book

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 15, 2009

    I Also Recommend:

    Man O' Man what a horse!

    One of the great horses immortalized by one of the great horse writers. Should be in every horse lover's library along with the Black Stallion, Flicka, Seabiscuit and the newest member of the equestrian legends-to-be: Diosa: One Mare's Odyssey on the Planet Earth.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 17, 2014

    Such an incredible horse. I loved the Black Stallion series as a

    Such an incredible horse. I loved the Black Stallion series as a child so it was nice to be able to read about a real horse and his accomplishments but not be turned off by a non-fiction book as a child. Walter Farley makes you feel like you were there witnessing the finest horse of the era!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 17, 2013

    Man o war

    My horse is related to man o war!!!!!!!!!! Believe it or not but man o war ia in his family tree!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 12, 2013

    Man o War

    Love this book!
    Followed his life from the beginning.
    One of my great favorites! (All of which include racehorses)

    P.S if you like this book you should look up more of walter farleys books like The Black Stallion series

    ~M

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 13, 2013

    Read

    I love it

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 2, 2012

    Daisykit

    I follow the scent trail here. I follow the scent trail again and sprint away.~daisykit

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 31, 2012

    Kits

    Rockkit and Spinkit find a clearing. Strange scents are their but are old and stale. "Spinkit here's soe cobwebs." Rockkit tore off some from a root. He placed them over Spinkits wound. "Thanks Rockkit." He mewed. He sniffed it. It had stopped bleeding and was scabbed over. "Ooooo! Spinkit look! Its a fence! Skystep talked about it once. She said it seperated Twoleg territorys." Rockkit exclaimed. The two kits ran over and sniffed it. "Ewww!" Spinkit wrinkled his nose. "Think we can climb it?" Spinkit asked. "Sure!" They jumped up and climbed the silver stuff. They fell to the other side with thumps. Rockkit mewled as a stone hit his paw. A door opened and a tall Twoleg walked out. It picke up the kits and walked off with them. -Rockkit and Spinkit (chicken soup. Unknown result.)

    0 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 13, 2012

    Amazing book

    A must read! The story line is great, and the author gives a great description of the legendary Man O' War. Easy five stars!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 1, 2012

    Riverpaw

    -riverpaw padded over to th rushing river. He looked at his fur. Now white stripes were forming and his ears are turning white with the tip of his tail. The shinning moon looked bultiful. The stars shone with it. Maplepaw isent back yet he thought. He rememberd running while tigrpelt died......agian. suddenly he rememberd that blood wants to kill mapepaw and he was sent to protect her. Maplepw doesnt know but moons ago a evil cat named redstripe told blood to be white he has to kill maplepaw. So as her protecter he fell in love with her and they pled to be mates hen they were warrirs. "Riverpaw youve been folish" a cat mewed close by. Standing there was his best friend mothkit. "M-m-mothkit is that really you" riverpaw mewed. "Of course its me riverpaw but this is serious" mothkit mewed. "Is it that....." riverpaw begian. Mothkit looked sad at the news he will say. "Yes riverpaw you and maplepaw cant be mates you mist protect her. If you die in protecting she will be devestaded" mothkit mewed. "NO i dont belive you. Mothkit your jelous you cant be serious we can be mates tigepelt told me we can" rivepaw yowled. "Im warning you i must tell you i will destroy your friend" mothkit mewed then she disperd

    0 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 30, 2012

    Bramblethorn

    I will stand beside you even if you break the warrior code. You have a good reason and you are my friend.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 25, 2011

    Blank

    Man O' War you are the best horse . My street is named after you so that is cool

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 3, 2010

    This book will want you to read more stories about horse racing

    This is a great book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 8, 2006

    Good book

    IT was avery well written book, but i stilldon't think that Mon-O-War is the best Secretariat is better so is Afleet Alex and Personal Ensign.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 19, 2004

    Great book, good horse

    Well, this book was entertaining (and a little freaky, too, with the last chapter THE BIG GAMBLE) Anyway, Man o' War's not as great as everyone thinks. Secretariat is better. So is Citation, and Ruffian, too. Just saying.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 22, 2003

    Great Fictional Report of Man o War's Accomplishments!

    If you've read 'Seabiscuit' and loved it, then you'll love the story of his Grandsire!You won't believe how impressive Man O War was, until you read this!

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 15, 2002

    Man O War by Walter Farley is EXSEPTIONAL

    Man o War by Walter Farley is an excellent book for all readers, you will fall in love with the big red chesnut colt, who captured fans hearts around the world, he broke all the records, beat all the horses, and now he comes too life in this wonderfull illustrated book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 8, 2000

    GREAT BOOK. IF YOU LOVE HORSES GET THIS BOOK

    this is a great book, it has a bit of everything and you will LOVE it!!!!!!!!!!!!

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