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It has long been thought that there was a connection between athletics and success in later life. But nowhere is that connection brought home more dramatically than in this book. Presented are 100 people who were once notable athletes, and who went on to lead even more notable lives in fields as diverse as entertainment, politics, the military, and the arts. Everyone knows that Dwight David Eisenhower was the 34th President of the United States; but did you know that he once tacked the legendary Jim Thorpe in a football game? Millions of people have laughed at the antics of the comedy team of Abbot and Costello; but did you know that the roly-poly Lou Costello was once a professional boxer? How about the famous General George S. Patton? Did you know he was in the 1912 Olympics? Or that the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court, John Roberts, was once a wrestling champion? Or that Robert Stack, before he became a famous actor, was a national champion competitive skeet shooter, with two world records to his name. Athletes Once is a fascinating glimpse into the lives of the rich and famous—before they became either.

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Set in the turbulent times of the War of Independence, The Long Way Home follows the lives of Thomas Peters and Murphy Steele who are friends, former slaves, fellows-in-arms and leaders of the Black Brigade. Their real-life story is an epic adventure tale as they battle bounty hunters, racism, poverty and epidemic in their adopted country after the war.

The Long Way Home has resonated with readers around the world as an unforgettable account of courage, hope and determination triumphing over despair and injustice. Thomas Peters, thoughtful and charismatic, and Murphy Steele, strong and impulsive, lead their followers on an inspirational search for a place where they can be free.

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