Winner of the 2008 Premier Book Award for best biographyThe son of Irish immigrants who grew up along the Schuylkill River in Philadelphia at the turn of the twentieth century, Jack Kelly became a three-time gold medal Olympian, a political maverick, and the millionaire father of a princess. In this classic American tale of grit and perseverance, the clash between old world privilege and new world courage is played out on many frontsincluding the watery battlefield of rowing, where Kelly first chose to forge his strength of character. Author Daniel J. Boyne follows the life of Kelly as he parlays his athletic prowess to France during WWI and then ventures into Philadelphia politics during the Great Depression. Readers are introduced to other members of the Kelly clan, including Jack's brothers, Walter and George, who ascend to international acclaim in the world of theater, not to mention his daughter Grace, who seeks to follow in their footsteps against her father's will, and his son, Jack Kelly Jr., upon whose shoulders is laid the greatest challenge of allto carry on the Kelly tradition of championship rowing.Featuring more than thirty gorgeous historical photographs, Kelly is an uplifting true story of a real champion's profound success in sport and life.
A Father, a Son, an American Quest