- Hardcover: 350 pages
- Publisher: Affirmed Press (May 2, 2009)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0615238211
- ISBN-13: 978-0615238210
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.9 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,004,205 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Laffit: Anatomy of a Winner Hardcover – May 2, 2009
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It's as if Ms Cain's spirit entered Lafitt's body & memory bank, and then described his life through her eloquence and verbal mastery.
The book has a marvelous flow to it. I learned more about what goes on behind the scenes of the thoroughbred racing world in the short time it took me to read this book than I had ever known about before.
And as Lafitt kept his focus all those years to become the winner he is today, Ms Cain has kept the focus on the spirit of the man who overcame almost superhuman events and experiences.
The book left me deeply touched by what this man has gone through and prevailed, and because the essence of Lafitt Pincay was so eloquently captured, I felt an intimate connection with him, and a renewed appreciation of what it is to be human.
The book is cheaply illustrated with small black- and white photos embedded between the text, no proper colour photos of his great winners in extra pages for example. Cain adds a list of Pincays most important winners and a list of his diet in retirement - that says something as well!
While her writing is easy to read, this book is one missed opportunity and clearly not worthy of this great sportsman. One could say I gave it two stars out of respect for his clearly troubled life.
Through her writing, I marveled at Mr. Pincay's resolve, focus and commitment from an early age in this highly competitive sport as well as his confronting the negatives of uncertain employment/wages/insurance/family emotion.
Mr. Pincay is known for courage in the racing field but I see from this book his great courage, too, in baring extremely personal facts about his life.
Karen Custer Thurston
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I'm not much of a reader, but this book was awesome! I read it in only a couple of days, and what an amazing life he has led! I highly recommend buying this book! Read morePublished 9 months ago by Ashley
Came across this book and had to get it. When I lived in California many weekends were spent at Santa Anita race track and I have to admit that Laffit always brought a smile to my... Read morePublished on December 20, 2013 by Mary Reese
I had read that the life of a jockey was not an easy one. What an eye opener Laffit's story is. I enjoyed this thoroughly and I hurt for him.Published on April 28, 2013 by Susan Paletti
I had bought this book for some research I was doing, and never intended to read it word-for-word. However, no matter where I turned to in the book, I found myself unable to put... Read morePublished on January 10, 2013 by Book Lover
Amazing story of a true athlete. If you love reading about horse racing," The American Dream",& determination...you will love this book.Published on April 25, 2012 by MelisaRae11
I was drawn to this man' life story initially when realizing his 1973 bid for a triple crown was dashed by what he calls the greatest horse he has ever seen, Secretariat. Read morePublished on June 30, 2011 by Thomas S.
There are things in this book that even fellow jockeys who rode against Laffit never knew about him. Read morePublished on December 31, 2009 by Jim Altfeld
I was given this book. The last biography I read was probably in junior high when I read about George Westinghouse who convinced Americans to go with alternating current instead of... Read morePublished on November 1, 2009 by Christopher Meeks
You don't have to be a horseracing afficionado to appreciate Madelyn Cain's Laffit: Anatomy of a Winner. Read morePublished on October 30, 2009 by Paul Mantee