Crazy Good: The True Story of Dan Patch, the Most Famous Horse in America

Crazy Good: The True Story of Dan Patch, the Most Famous Horse in America

by Charles Leerhsen
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Sautterry More than 1 year ago
The true story of the great Dan Patch is a trip back in time told with great humor and insight. Charles Leerhsen has put in the work it takes to tell the truth about a period in America's sporting life that we know surprisingly little about. You'll find an amazing array of human characters and a physically flawed yet incredibly dominant champion horse in Dan Patch. It's a great read about America in general and the sports world in particular of a hundred plus years ago.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved this book and the glimpse into life 100 years ago. It's is well written in a conversational way. If you like horses, if you like narrative history, if you know anything about your own ancestors, you would enjoy this book. Thanks to Charles Leerhsen.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Ok dont like the insulting thouroghbreds but i like info about any horse racing ok
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hound48 More than 1 year ago
a very well written and researched book that brings to life one of America's forgotten icons. it's hard to believe that harness racing was once one of America's most popular pastimes, but Leerhsen does well to bring the era, along with its heros and protagonists, back to life. the only detraction is that he breaks the mood from time to time by interrupting the story with his own, somewhat jaded, opinions.
Kabru More than 1 year ago
I find this book to be difficult to read. The author tries to be discriptive by using many obscur words, which only makes it more tedious to comprehend. He also uses aside thoughts in parentheses way too often which interrupts the flow of the book. Also, here is an example of a sentence that I have read many times over, and I still don't understand what he was trying to say. This is in regard to the money that Marion Savage made from the fees collected at the race track.... "Savage sometimes negotiated for 50% of the admissions, and sometimes he received 100% of the increase above the entrance fees that had been collected on the equivlalent date the year before, when Dan had not been present." I read this sentence to my husband, and he did not understand what Mr. Leerhsen was saying either.

The book is more factual in nature and none of the characters, or Dan Patch himself, came alive to me. The character profiles were fairly "flat". I have been reading this book for over 4 months because I have to force myself to pick it up and read it.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Touted as this years 'Sea Biscuit' but does not even come close. A wonderfully researched book, but that is also how it reads- as a research paper. I definitely learned something about the early racing world, but it's not an attention-grabber, like I had hoped it'd be. If you are interested i the racing world, then you might really enjoy this. Otherwise, it's OK.