"Allen offers here an excellent comprehensive history of the modernization of skiing from its origins to WWII. … The book is superbly researched--using primary sources in several languages--and beautifully illustrated (more than 50 graphics provide additional evidence)." --Choice, April 2008, Volume 45 No. 08
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"No one alive today can equal E. John B. Allen in his meticulous, comprehensive historical research about skiing. . . . an unprecedented, immeasurably valuable contribution to the historical record."John Fry, author of "The Story of Modern Skiing"
"An exemplary study. If sports history were a slalom, John Allen would get the gold."Allen Guttmann, author of "Sports: The First Five Millennia"