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by Mark Kreidler

eBook Four Days to Glory: Wrestling with the Soul of the American Heartland epub
  • ISBN: 0060823186
  • Author: Mark Kreidler
  • Genre: Sports
  • Subcategory: Biographies
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Harper; 1 edition (January 23, 2007)
  • Pages: 272 pages
  • ePUB size: 1761 kb
  • FB2 size 1958 kb
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Mark Kreidler is an award-winning journalist and author of the acclaimed Four Days to Glory: Wrestling with the Soul of the American Heartland.

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.

Four Days to Glory book. I really like this book because I wrestle i can't really relate much with the character in this book because there all great wrestlers four and three time state champions. It such a great story especially since its real life. I think the most amazing story is jay borschel he has gone up so many weight classes.

Jay Borschel and Dan LeClere aspire to be four-time high school wrestling champions in Iowa. I ask only once a year: please help the Internet Archive today.

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Mark Kreidler artfully tells the compelling story of 2 high school seniors as the strive to reach goals that only a few . Mark Kreidler is a true wordsmith, as he clearly demonstrates in "Four Days to Glory.

Mark Kreidler artfully tells the compelling story of 2 high school seniors as the strive to reach goals that only a few before them have achieved. In doing so, he takes the reader into the world not only of Iowa wrestling but into the world of life in the middle of America. Wrestling in Iowa is much like football in Texas, and "Four Days to Glory" should reach the same heights as "Friday Night Lights.

binator, February 28, 2010.

I had forgotten that pitiful, wrenching scene until Four Days to Glory: Wrestling With the Soul of the American Heartland reminded me.Most of the world is barely aware of the amateur wrestling described by Mr. Kreidler.

I had forgotten that pitiful, wrenching scene until Four Days to Glory: Wrestling With the Soul of the American Heartland reminded me of the passion the sport is capable of inspiring at high schools in Iowa, where families and communities are defined by wrestling tournaments in sweaty gyms; where teenage boys, like female gymnasts, starve to make weight; and where boys as young. as 5 are groomed to hope for future mat glory.

Wrestling with the Soul of the American Heartland. 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.

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Somewhere beyond the circle of money, glitz, drugs and controversy that characterizes professional sports in America, there exists the remnants of the ideal. In Iowa, that ideal survives in the form of high school wrestling, a way of transforming the local virtues—modesty, privation, hard work—into sporting glory. To be a wrestling champion in Iowa is to achieve greatness—individual glory where the only back to pat is your own.

For Jay Borschel and Dan LeClere, though, the stakes have been raised. Already three-time state champions in differing weight classes, each boy has a chance in his senior year of high school to do something historic—to become a "four-timer," joining the most elite group in the sport and essentially ensuring his status as an Iowa wrestling deity. 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. Dan, the kid from a farm near the tiny town of Coggon (population 710), carries other burdens. For his community, for the hard-driving coach who doubles as his father, and for his own triumph over his personal demons, another title is the only acceptable outcome.

As the two boys approach the finals in a series of increasingly tense and hard-fought matches, Jay and Dan reveal the forces that drive young men through a grueling routine of early-morning and late-night workouts, social isolation, and starvation diets—and the rewards of the wrestling life. But in the finals, a victory is the only answer; blow that chance at a fourth title, before the fanatical crowds at the giant state tournament in Des Moines, and you will be little noted nor long remembered.

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—a way of mattering to the folks next door.

Comments: (7)
Majin
As the father of a son who wrestled for three years in high school after being cut from the varsity basketball team, this brought back all the memories of three years of agony and ecstacy. I remember going to my kid's matches and wishing they were over before I got there so I would not have my stomach in knots every time he was out there. And this, in the Philadelphia area, was not the same level as Iowa, but nonetheless the joy and pain was identical. The author kept you on edge throughout and I had no idea how it would end until I got to the final chapter. And I have to admit my heart was pounding as the state tournament began in the book. I cannot remember the last book which made me feel that way. I, too, saw my son sitting in his room with a small cup of water by his desk every week, especially when he went from 160 to 152 for the sectionals. I was on the road when he won his first two matches and he called my after each one. I made it home for the finals and I will never forget the parade of the final contestants that night as they entered the gym on opposite sides. My joy when he pinned his man (from the host school) in the first period to win the Sectionals in 1999 will last a lifetime and my wife went down to the floor when he got on the trophy stand to take photos. He had owed some money on a moving violation with his car and I told him if he won the Sectionals I would ay the fine. It was the happiest fine I ever paid. I also will never forget the disappointment when he blew a 5-0 lead in the first round of the Districts and lost 9-5 because he was out of gas from cutting weight two weeks in a row, so much so that he dropped out rather than try for the "wrestle backs" which, today, we both agree, he certainly could have won as the guy he pinned in the sectionals actually qualified through the wrestlebacks for the regionals until he was disqualified for poor sportsmanship. That was his senior year. This book brought it all back (senior night, etc.) and I was glued to the pages and finished it in less than two days. And I love Dan Gable. Anyone who ever participated or had a son who did should read this book.
LONUDOG
I enjoyed Four Days To Glory. However, I am a wrestling coach who appreciates the blood, tears, sweat, and pain required to win a state championship in Rhode Island, nonetheless Iowa, where many boys are seemingly born wearing singlets.

Kreidler does a very good job of chronicling the senior seasons of hopeful 4-time Iowa high school state champion wrestlers Jay Borschel and Dan Le Clere. Yet, I never obtained the passion for the key players that would have prompted me to give the book five stars. I never felt ready to cheer. I never felt involved enough to lament. I often stoically turned from one page to the next.

The book provided an excellent informational account of the final season in the wrestlers' elite quest to become Iowa four-timers. Yet, the book never sufficiently communicated the human interest aspect that would have created more emotional appeal. Other than as wrestlers, I never felt that I knew Jay or Dan. There was very little depth developed about who the key players were away from the mat, which diminished the pleasure I received reading their biographical wrestling story.

Nevertheless, despite the negativity expressed above, I enjoyed the book and am glad that I bought it. Moreover, I would highly recommend Four Days To Glory to the athletes that I coach and their motivated parents that have developed a love for the sport. However, I would hesitate recommending the book to the average person that lacks knowledge about amateur wrestling or who has never developed an emotional attachment to the sport. For these non-wrestling people, the narrow character development may hinder their appreciation of Jay and Dan's laudable personal and athletic accomplishments.
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Overall I thought this was a great book! I am a former wrestler and this book candidly captures what it's like to live the wrestling lifestyle. It's not glamorous and not a whole lot of fun most of the time- but as the author points out, this is what makes it such a great sport and such a character builder of young athletes. The author's writing style is simple and easy to read, but again, is able to vividly and candidly express what it's like to live the wrestling lifestyle and why there is an attraction to it. Make no mistake about, the author doesn't paint a totally rosy picture of the sport, and certainly displays the not-so-great aspects as well; he doesn't judge the sport or the athletes one way or the other, just presents the facts and issues as they are. This, in my opinion, is what makes the book great and will interest even those who are not fans of the sport.
Joony
I have been a High School wrestling Coach in New York State for the past 19 years and nothing comes closer to telling the tale of our sport than this book. I couldn't put it down. It is a great read about the trials and tribulations in the wrestling careers of two young men in the state of Iowa. Iowa is the mecca of our great sport and Mark Kreidler does a masterful job of bringing the sport of wrestling to life and showing that dedication and hardwork can lead to great things. Kreidler 's account shows valuable insight into the sport and how it can prepare you for life. His chapter on America's Ledgendary Olympian Dan Gable and his many contributions to the sport was filled with great information and details. I brought my copy to our year end Sectional wrestling championships and coaches all wrote down information and purchased this great book. The next weekend at our State Qualifiers I was lauded by those who bought the book and had read it quickly just like I had done.
Tejora
Bought it for my son who wrestles for his HS. Must be inspirational as he beat the crap out of everyone in his weight class in the first period. HooRaah!
Mohn
Great read for any wrestling fan!
Yannara
Great read! This is the wrestling equivalent of Friday Night Lights.
My wrestler son says it's a good read. He's a sophomore in high school that is not fond of reading. Bought it to get him reading again. Mission accomplished :)
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