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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Acanthus Publishing (March 7, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0984733337
  • ISBN-13: 978-0984733330
  • Product Dimensions: 9.2 x 0.9 x 11.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #910,775 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Tim’s story is one for the ages. Even after ten years of competing side by side, I never cease to be amazed by his indefatigable will and hunger for improvement. An impossible goal is only impossible if you make it so, and readers can learn a lot from Tim’s inspiring narrative about finding himself in life and in fencing."
-Jason Rogers, 2008 Olympic Silver Medalist, Men’s Fencing

About the Author

Tim Morehouse, a New York City native (born July 29, 1978), is an Olympic silver medalist in fencing (2008 Beijing Games), two-time individual U.S. National Champion (2010 and 2011), seven-time world cup medalist and number 1-ranked U.S. men’s saber fencer from 2008 to 2011. He is the author of American Fencer: Modern Lessons From an Ancient Sport, founder and producer of the Fencing Masters Tournament (www.fencingmastersnyc.com), the largest spectator fencing competition in the United States and the only non-Olympic televised tournament in the United States. In 2011, he founded the Fencing-in-the-Schools foundation, a nonprofit program dedicated to bringing the sport of fencing to underserved communities throughout the country. He also is a media personality known for promoting the sport of fencing. He has been featured on the Today show, Access Hollywood, Good Day New York, MSNBC and Bloomberg News, and in Esquire magazine, Vanity Fair, USA Today, and the Sports Business Journal. In 2009, he taught President Obama to fence on the White House Lawn.

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Tim's book is fast paced and a pleasure to read.
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Every fencer (and fencing parent), every athlete, and every sports psychologist could benefit from reading this book.
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Along the way, you will read about Morehouse's struggles, victories, and lessons.
Greta Walker

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By D. Lawrence on March 4, 2013
Format: Hardcover
I'm posting this review as the mother of an eleven-year-old aspiring fencer. This book provides a vivid perspective on the personal side of becoming a champion in the sport of fencing and in life. It also provides a frank and educational perspective on the personal investment of not only hard work and talent, but also deep understanding, logic, and commitment. My daughter is reading this book for the fourth time, and she was thrilled to have it autographed this past weekend when she met Tim Morehouse at the Arnold Classic in Columbus, Ohio. He was most gracious and generous with his time and advice. He is a refreshing sports role model, and the book is highly recommended!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Twinklestar on November 8, 2012
Format: Hardcover
I highly recommend this book to anyone who enjoys reading a inspirational and positive message about never giving up on your dreams. This book takes you on a journey that all ages can identify with. I applaud Tim Morehouse for sharing his experience in mastering a sport that I love and giving hope to those that have dreams of becoming the next fencing champion. - Gina Knox
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Bob Lightner on November 24, 2012
Format: Hardcover
I highly recommend that every American fencer buy and read this book. It is a classic tale of the American spirit. It is well-written, fast moving and teaches us many lessons about life and fencing. Even if you are not a fencer, you will be captivated by Tim's story, which is the story of the underdog who never gives up!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Greta Walker on October 23, 2012
Format: Hardcover
American Fencer is an autobiography by Tim Morehouse, an Olympic silver medalist. Morehouse describes his life leading up to his Silver medal finish in the 2008 Beijing games. Along the way, you will read about Morehouse's struggles, victories, and lessons. If your experience reading American Fencer is anything like mine, many of these lessons can transfer over into your own sport.

In the book you will find an inspiring and page turning tale of an athlete's journey to the near top of his sport. You will see what kind of devotion, risk, and mind set is needed to advance to the highest rankings of your game. For anyone, this is a fun read, but for a serious athlete, this book holds messages and teachings that can be implied and used to advance oneself. For any other fencer in particular (I say this because I am a fencer myself) you will not be able to put the book down. This is an absolute must read.

Connor Ritchey - Wheat Ridge, Colorado; Saber
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Diana Douglass on April 14, 2013
Format: Hardcover
I've never been a sports fan, nor read a book by or about a sports figure, but love the Olympics (paradoxically!) and always watched them with my two sons while they were growing up. I didn't think I'd enjoy this book as much as I did, but the way Tim weaves the technicalities and nuances of the sport itself into his tale of the difficulties he faced growing up - bringing to vivid life how his passion for fencing helped shape his life, really engrossed and entranced me. This remarkable young man has done the world - as well as the sport of fencing - a huge service in this honest and open tale of his journey. Not only will I follow the sport of fencing, and future Olympic competitions, with much more knowledge and enthusiasm, I also better understand the important role that sports play in the development of young people. He has also started a foundation,[...] to bring the sport of fencing to young people in schools. And he just got married last winter to 60-Minutes producer, Rachael Kun:
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Sarah40 on July 10, 2013
Format: Hardcover
My 5th grader is on a fencing team, and my mom (her grandmother) bought this book for her. Finding myself at one of her tournaments with nothing to read, I picked up this book, and I couldn't put it down. It's one of the best memoirs I've read in a long time. Tim Morehouse weaves a fast-paced, inspirational story about growing up in NYC and chasing his dreams all over the world and finally, against all odds, to the Olympics, illustrating all the obstacles along the way in a sport that is grueling, expensive, and without fame or financial reward. Morehouse doesn't get into much about his personal life aside from his relationships with his coaches and teammates, making the book appropriate for younger readers. Anyone would benefit from the book's message to work hard, never quit, and never give up on your dreams. It certainly inspired me--Tim Morehouse epitomizes the American dream.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By WAM on February 4, 2014
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I purchased this book as a gift for my son, a high school fencer. I read the book after he finished. We could relate to so many of the stories that Tim told! Fencing requires mental strength (on the part of both the fencer and the parent). It was exciting and motivating to follow Tim's growth, both mentally and physically, throughout his Olympic journey. The exciting battles, on and off the strip, and the humor sprinkled throughout kept the book engaging and fun. Every fencer (and fencing parent), every athlete, and every sports psychologist could benefit from reading this book.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Fencing Mom on October 20, 2012
Format: Hardcover
American Fencer is a great book! I've bought my son many books on fencing, but I can't say he ever looked at them unless I asked him to. The other night, I went in to say good night, and he was laying in bed, reading American Fencer - of his own choice! The book explains many strategies and defines the terms of fencing that his (excellent) coaches have never actually put into words. Mr. Morehouse also explains his thought processes while on the strip in a way that is incredibly motivating. I wholeheartedly recommend American Fencer!
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