Crazy Good: The True Story of Dan Patch, the Most Famous Horse in America

Charles Leerhsen (Author)

Product Details

Simon & Schuster
Publish Date
June 02, 2009
5.48 X 0.91 X 8.5 inches | 0.7 pounds

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About the Author

Charles Leerhsen is an executive editor at Sports Illustrated. His work has appeared in Esquire, Rolling Stone, and The New York Times Magazine. He is the coauthor of books with Chuck Yeager, Donald Trump, and Brandon Tartikoff. Leerhsen lives in Brooklyn, New York.


"It's a terrific look at a legendary if now forgotten equine superstar named Dan Patch. Leerhsen does for early 20th-century American harness racing what Laura Hillenbrand's Seabiscuit did for Depression-era Thoroughbred racing." -- USA Today
"One of the many satisfactions of Crazy Good is that it goes farther than Seabiscuit -- Laura Hillenbrand's popular resurrection of another unlikely superstar -- in explaining how a horse could be so feted, then forgotten...With wit and a winking charm, Leerhsen, an executive editor at Sports Illustrated, makes sure this handsome brown stallion resonates...From start to finish, this book has legs." -- Newsweek
"Mr. Leerhsen's thoroughly entertaining history betrays no trace of the sentimentality that so often adheres to tales of bygone sports heroes...[Crazy Good] has the moments of sweetness and triumph that only a sports story can provide. Not least among the triumphs is the fact that, with Mr. Leerhsen's help, Dan Patch at long last has been given his due." -- Wall Street Journal
"Leerhsen vividly recounts Dan-mania and digs up dirt on the colorful gamblers and shady horse handlers of the 1900s. In rescuing Dan from the mists of history, he also draws a wry, moving account of America's first epidemic of sports fever." -- Entertainment Weekly