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From the author of Doped, winner of the 2013 William Hill Sports Book of the Year award.The thrilling true story of John Goldsmith, one of the great unsung heroes of World War Two. An English racehorse trainer and horse dealer’s son, he was born and brought up in Paris and spoke fluent French. In 1942 he was recruited in to the legendary Special Operations Executive, or SOE, and dropped three times behind enemy lines. On each of these missions he drew on the reserves of nerve and guile that he had acquired in the horse racing world. In 1943 he organised the escape of a French air force general across the Pyrenees but a few months later he was caught by the Gestapo in Paris only to engineer his own getaway from a locked third floor hotel room. By the end of the war he had been awarded the DSO, MC, Croix de Guerre and Legion d’Honneur. Resuming his peacetime occupation in 1946 Goldsmith was sent numerous French racehorses to train. Goldsmith found uncanny similarities between the secret agent’s milieu and the black market world of Britain’s post war racetracks and, in partnership with a high stakes Mayfair bookie, he orchestrated some of the most audacious betting coups in racing history.Some Reviews of Doped:“Doped tale will have us hooked ... an explosive real life story ... a real page turner." Claude Duval, The Sun"He has captured the Sixties milieu to a tee and served up a richly enjoyable slice of Turf history." Independent on Sunday“Doped is a crackling, eye-opening read.” David Ashforth, Racing Post“Impeccably-researched and furiously-paced ... unputdownable ... a breathless story of greed and corruption that shocked the nation.” Sport magazine“an absolutely thrilling read” William Hills Sports Book of the Year judges

Detalhes do Produto

    • Ano de Edição: 2015
    • Ano:  2015
    • País de Produção: Canada
    • Código de Barras:  2000939858978
    • ISBN:  9781910498408

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