Four Days to Glory: The Heart of America, Flat on Its Back

Front Cover
Harper Collins, Oct 13, 2009 - Sports & Recreation - 288 pages

Somewhere beyond the circle of money, glitz, drugs, and controversy that characterizes professional sports in America, remnants of an ideal exist. In Iowa, that ideal survives in the form of high school wrestling.

Each a three-time state champion, Jay Borschel and Dan LeClere have a chance in their senior year to join the sport's most elite group: the "four-timers," wrestlers who win four consecutive state titles. For Jay, a ferocious competitor who feeds off criticism and doubt, a victory would mean vindication over the great mass of skeptics waiting for him to fail. For Dan, who carries on his back the burdens of his tiny farming community, the dreams of his hard-driving coach and father, and his own personal demons, another title is the only acceptable outcome.

Four Days to Glory is the story of America as told through its small towns and their connection to sport the way it was once routinely perceived: as a means of mattering to the folks next door.

 

What people are saying - Write a review

LibraryThing Review

User Review  - binator - LibraryThing

I am a fan of wrestling. Not the so-called "professional" wrestling, but freestyle and Greco-Roman wrestling, i.e., REAL wrestling. Accordingly, I loved this book. It is a raw, unflinching examination ... Read full review

LibraryThing Review

User Review  - omphalos02 - LibraryThing

What might have been interesting and fun to read turns out to be labored and scattered. I didn't even finish this, but gave up when I became too frustrated with wanting to get to actually know the two wrestlers, rather than everyone and everything that surrounds them. Read full review

Contents

Locating the Enemy
1
Merely Really Good
13
The Family Business
19
Stick with What Works
29
A Specific Desperation
43
Saturday in Wyoming
55
Only Warm in the Room
73
The Ghosts of Gable
79
The Youth Movement
121
Dealing with It
133
They Hand Out Roses
147
Moving Day
169
Barnstorming
191
Making Things Grow
235
Epilogue
249
Acknowledgments
261

Same Team
111

Other editions - View all

Common terms and phrases

About the author (2009)

Mark Kreidler is an award-winning journalist and author of the acclaimed Four Days to Glory: Wrestling with the Soul of the American Heartland. A regular contributor to ESPN television, ESPN.com, and ESPN: The Magazine, he lives in northern California.

Bibliographic information