The Fall Line: How American Ski Racers Conquered a Sport on the Edge

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"Mandatory, and riveting, reading." -- Mandatory, and riveting, reading."-Sam Roberts "This is a ripping, compulsively readable, deeply reported journey into the sporting world's least-known subcultures. Nathaniel Vinton delivers the danger, the surprises, and the high-octane personalities that will take readers to the edge, and then past it." -- Daniel Coyle, New York Times best-selling author of The Secret Race and The Talent Code "Set against the backdrop of spectacular mountains, Vinton's account combines history, biography, corporate politics, and environmental issues into a compelling narrative detailing the past and present of Alpine ski racing." "The Fall Line unfolds like an exhilarating downhill race. Chronicling the lead-up to the 2010 Winter Olympics, Nathaniel Vinton weaves deftly between technical descriptions of the art of skiing and intimate portraits of the sport's motley band of luminaries. This is as inside as an account can be of one of the most exciting seasons in American sports history." -- David Epstein, author of The Sports Gene: Inside the Science of Extraordinary Athletic Performance "Nathaniel Vinton's reporting skill and skiing expertise underpin this thrill ride with the US Ski Team. All the politics and drama around the making of a US dynasty are delivered with new insights and details on its daring-and sometimes rebellious-stars. You don't know Bode Miller or Lindsey Vonn until you read The Fall Line." -- Selena Roberts, filmmaker, best-selling author, and former sports writer for the New York Times and Sports Illustrated "The Fall Line is a riveting, richly informed ride down the world's most renowned ski slopes, chronicling the ascendance of American skiing and the outsized stars, Bode Miller and Lindsey Vonn, who epitomize it." -- Wayne Coffey, author of The Boys of Winter "One of the best books written about the world of professional ski racing." "[A]n intriguing book that will be devoured by fans as well as those who don't know a slalom from a super G." "[T]he finest book ever written about World Cup racing... Worth reading for its portrayal of Bode Miller alone-as nuanced as Miller is complicated-it's richly detailed and vivid throughout, informed by Vinton's unrivaled behind-the-scenes access to the sport's athletes, coaches, and peripheral players. His love of the sport and respect for the courage of its heroes shines through on every page. At last, American ski racing gets the book it deserves." -- Joe Cutts "A classic study of the way [Bode] Miller and [Lindsey] Vonn came their separate ways to the top of the sport. Vinton tells a complex story involving dozens of racers, coaches, technicians, sponsors and family members. ... His turn-by-turn descriptions of the ways skiers win - or crash - in significant races are among the best you'll find in the literature. The Fall Line is a must-read for ski racing fans." -- Seth Maisa "Nathaniel Vinton has written what may be the best book ever about the U.S. Ski Team and the highest levels of alpine ski competition. Vinton has been one of the most astute observers of ski racing for more than a dozen years, with both a writer's instinct for telling a good story and an insider's knowledge of the sport. ... Even if you don't care about ski racing, you find yourself rooting for these athletes. And even if you know what happened, you find your pulse racing as you read about it." "Drawing on his deep expertise in the history of abolitionism, Foner demonstrates that one cannot understand the origins of the American Civil War without taking into account the resistance and activism of fugitive slaves and their antislavery allies... Foner dispels the lingering aura of myth surrounding the Underground Railroad by documenting scores of stirring escapes." -- Drawing on his deep expertise in the history of abolitionism, Foner demonstrates that one cannot understand the origins of the American Civil War without taking into account the resistance and activis

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"This is a ripping, compulsively readable, deeply reported journey into the sporting world's least-known subcultures. Nathaniel Vinton delivers the danger, the surprises, and the high-octane personalities that will take readers to the edge, and then past it." -- Daniel Coyle, New York Times best-selling author of The Secret Race and The Talent Code "The Fall Line unfolds like an exhilarating downhill race. Chronicling the lead-up to the 2010 Winter Olympics, Nathaniel Vinton weaves deftly between technical descriptions of the art of skiing and intimate portraits of the sport's motley band of luminaries. This is as inside as an account can be of one of the most exciting seasons in American sports history." -- David Epstein, author of The Sports Gene: Inside the Science of Extraordinary Athletic Performance "Nathaniel Vinton's reporting skill and skiing expertise underpin this thrill ride with the US Ski Team. All the politics and drama around the making of a US dynasty are delivered with new insights and details on its daring-and sometimes rebellious-stars. You don't know Bode Miller or Lindsey Vonn until you read The Fall Line." -- Selena Roberts, filmmaker, best-selling author, and former sports writer for the New York Times and Sports Illustrated "The Fall Line is a riveting, richly informed ride down the world's most renowned ski slopes, chronicling the ascendance of American skiing and the outsized stars, Bode Miller and Lindsey Vonn, who epitomize it." -- Wayne Coffey, author of The Boys of Winter "One of the best books written about the world of professional ski racing." "[A]n intriguing book that will be devoured by fans as well as those who don't know a slalom from a super G."

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