Cover image for Secretariat
Nack, William.
Personal Author:
First Hyperion edition, updated with a new preface.
Publication Information:
New York : Hyperion, [2010]

Physical Description:
xiv, 455 pages, 4 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 21 cm
General Note:
Previously published as: Big Red of Meadow Stable. 1975.
Program Information:
Accelerated Reader AR UG 7.4 24.0 143251.
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SF355.S44 N3 2010 Adult Non-Fiction Open Shelf
SF355.S44 N3 2010 Adult Non-Fiction Open Shelf

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In 1973, Secretariat, the greatest champion in horse-racing history, won the Triple Crown. The only horse to ever grace the covers of "Time, Newsweek," and "Sports Illustrated" in the same week, he also still holds the records for the fastest times in both the Kentucky Derby and the Belmont Stakes. He was also the only non-human chosen as one of ESPN's "50 Greatest Athletes of the Century." The tale of "Big Red" continues to be a classic, more than 30 years after its initial publication.
Walt Disney Studios is scheduled to release the still untitled movie based on the book in October 2010. We will have access to all of the key art from the movie for this tie-in which we will be utilizing for the cover. Currently out of print, "Secretariat" will be the official movie tie-in edition.

Author Notes

William Nack was born on February 4, 1941. He graduated from the University of Illinois, then served two years in the U.S. Army. After he was discharged, he got a job at the newspaper Newsday. He covered local politics before switching to sports during the eleven years he was there. He worked at Sports Illustrated for 23 years. He retired in 2001 and then wrote freelance articles for publications including ESPN and GQ. He received seven Eclipse Awards for excellence in writing about horse racing, the first in 1978 and the last in 2003.

His book, Secretariat: The Making of a Champion, was published in 1975 and was adapted into a movie starring Diane Lane and John Malkovich in 2010. Nack appeared in the movie as a reporter and served as a consultant. An article that he wrote about Rocky Marciano served as the basis of a 1999 film about the undefeated boxer. In 2017, Nack received the PEN/ESPN America Lifetime Achievement Award for Literary Sports Writing. He died from complications associated with cancer on April 13, 2018 at the age of 77.

(Bowker Author Biography)

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Library Journal Review

Secretariat captured the public's attention from his remarkable season in 1973 to his 1989 death. Sports Illustrated writer Nack here updates his 1975 portrait of the Triple Crown-winning champion, whose records set at the Kentucky Derby and Belmont Stakes have yet to be broken. This edition includes a new preface, Secretariat's breeding history and race chart, and an account of his death (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.