Billy Slater Autobiography

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Billy Slater Autobiography

Billy Slater Autobiography

  • Author: Billy Slater
  • Publisher: Random House Australia
  • ISBN: 0143782479
  • Category: Rugby League football
  • Page: 336
  • View: 6450
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Billy Slater has been called the best fullback ever to have played the game by rugby league greats and fans alike. With a glittering collection of personal and club honours, including four grand final wins, five Dally M awards and two Clive Churchill Medals, he has delighted fans of the Melbourne Storm, Queensland State of Origin and the Australian Kangaroos for sixteen years. More than just a decorated player, however, Slater is a widely regarded and respected figure in the sport. A young country recruit with superb natural talent, he debuted for the Storm after only one pre-season in Melbourne and sent shockwaves through State of Origin in just his second season. But Slater capitalised on his talent with a fierce competitive drive and a relentless work ethic, which he learned from his parents and honed working in the racing industry before hitting the NRL stage. As well as many celebrated victories, Slater's career has seen him confront the Melbourne Storm salary cap scandal, heartbreaking losses and a devastating shoulder injury that made him fear that he would never hold his children again, let alone compete in a brutal sport like rugby league. Through it all Slater has emerged not merely as a great of the game, but as an even more resilient character, an ambassador for his sport, and a devoted husband and father. Featuring contributions from rugby league legends like Cooper Cronk, Craig Bellamy, Darren Lockyer and Cameron Smith, and from the Slater family, this edition is updated to include Billy's final season in the NRL before farewelling the game.

Billy Slater

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Billy Slater

Billy Slater

  • Author: Billy Slater
  • Publisher: Random House Australia
  • ISBN: 0857981781
  • Category: Biography & Autobiography
  • Page: 192
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A life in pictures of one of the Australian Rugby League's favorite sons Billy Slater is a talent unlike any other the modern game of Rugby League has seen. He has the innate ability to understand the emotion of the game, make a critical decision in an instant, and execute it. He is driven, skilled, charismatic, uncompromising, and a role model for aspiring League athletes and fans of the game around the world. This is a snapshot of Slater’s life to date—his sport, his family, and his passions. These images tell the story of a man who has grown up with Rugby League in his DNA, embraced the professional spotlight, achieved the greatest accolades the game has to offer, and remained humble and committed throughout all of his success. Enjoy the pictures, relive the memories, and look forward to the next steps of Billy Slater

Heartland

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Heartland

Heartland

How Rugby League Explains Queensland

  • Author: Joe Gorman
  • Publisher: Univ. of Queensland Press
  • ISBN: 070226217X
  • Category: History
  • Page: 288
  • View: 7215
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For more than 40 years, rugby league has embodied all the hopes and dreams, contradictions and tensions of life in the Sunshine State. The game speaks to Queenslanders' sense of being the underdog and the outsider &– a powerful undercurrent that sweeps through politics, business, the arts, and sport. The enduring appeal of State of Origin is that it allows Queensland to balance the scales, at least for 80 minutes.In Heartland, journalist Joe Gorman chronicles a tale of loss and rebirth &– from the decline of the Brisbane Rugby League competition and North Queensland's Foley Shield to the extraordinary rise of the Broncos and the Cowboys in the NRL. Weaving together stories of diehard supporters and game-changing players, from Arthur Beetson to Johnathan Thurston, this is a revealing account of Queensland's coming of age, both on and off the field.

Billy Slater

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Billy Slater

Billy Slater

From North Queensland to Melbourne Storm's Number One

  • Author: John Ellicott
  • Publisher: Hardie Grant Books
  • ISBN: 1743582919
  • Category: Biography & Autobiography
  • Page: 286
  • View: 7620
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Billy Slater’s achievements speak to his prodigious talent with premierships, State of Origin series wins, club best and fairest awards, Test caps, Player of the Year awards, and a Dally M Medal under his belt, he is regarded by many around the world as the finest full back of any era and possibly the greatest player the game has seen. As a small-for-his-age North Queensland lad Billy Slater nearly chose to be a jockey; his love of horses led him to Gai Waterhouse’s famous stables where he worked for a time. But a growth spurt and his increasing strength led him back to rugby league, a game he loved. Slater made his debut in 2003 and has played for Melbourne Storm ever since. Exhilarating and electrifying, Billy Slater is the player people come to the footy to watch: a true sports sensation. He is seriously special, and what’s more he’s a tremendous athlete. He’s about the best of his generation. Whether he’s playing for the Storm, Queensland or Australia … I’d pay anything to go and see him play. League Immortal Bob Fulton John Ellicott is the author of Waterhouse & Smith: The power of two racing dynasties, A Year on the Punt and Uncommon Heroes of Rugby League. He has over two decades of experience as a journalist for some of Australia’s major newspapers.

The Last Line: My Autobiography

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The Last Line: My Autobiography

The Last Line: My Autobiography

  • Author: Packie Bonner
  • Publisher: Random House
  • ISBN: 1473528615
  • Category: Biography & Autobiography
  • Page: 368
  • View: 3715
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Irish national hero, a Celtic great and their most-capped player, Patrick 'Packie' Bonner is a goalkeeping legend. He was Jock Stein's last signing for the club when he left his native Donegal for the city of Glasgow in 1978, where Packie evolved from being a shy, homesick teenager into a confident, world-class talent and first-choice goalkeeper. Billy McNeill handed him a debut on St Patrick's Day in 1979, and Packie went on to provide the last line of defence a record 641 times for the club. A seasoned Irish internationalist, Packie was a vital component in the most-celebrated Irish national squad ever, playing in a golden era under the tutelage of the inimitable Jack Charlton. In The Last Line, Packie shares stories from his incredible career, including his greatest moment in front of a global audience during the Italia '90 World Cup tournament when he became the penalty shoot-out hero of the nation by saving a spot-kick that took the Irish to the quarter-finals stage in their very first World Cup adventure. It was an iconic moment that would change his life forever not least because, whilst in Italy, he, along with his teammates, had an audience with another goalkeeper, Pope John Paul II. Throughout his 80 cap international career, he competed against the very best in the world. Men such as Ruud Gullit, Marco Van Basten, Gheorghe Hagi, Roberto Baggio and Gary Lineker came to know the name Packie Bonner. Equally, in his glittering Celtic career that included the winning of four Scottish League titles, three Scottish Cups and one Scottish League Cup, Packie Bonner played alongside some great Celtic names like Tommy Burns, Paul McStay, and Murdo Macleod. Along the way, Packie had to endure a career-threatening back injury, as well as the devastation of a routine save going wrong and costing a goal on the world stage against Holland in 1994, ultimately leading to elimination from the World Cup in America. More than just the telling of trophies, titles and triumphs, this is the story of a Celtic legend and a true great of Irish International football.

Tom Finney Autobiography

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Tom Finney Autobiography

Tom Finney Autobiography

  • Author: Tom Finney
  • Publisher: Hachette UK
  • ISBN: 1472225783
  • Category: Biography & Autobiography
  • Page: 448
  • View: 3437
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Tom Finney personifies a vanished golden era of football, playing his entire career under the maximum wage and never wavering in his loyalty to Preston North End. A true gentleman of the game, who is still justifiably idolised more than 40 years since he retired from football, Finney recalls the highs and lows of his marvellous career with a warmth and affection that will appeal to all who read his story. But Finney's life has been about much more than football, and he writes movingly about his current role as full-time carer to his beloved wife, Elsie.

Autobiography of Samuel S. Hildebrand

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Autobiography of Samuel S. Hildebrand

Autobiography of Samuel S. Hildebrand

The Renowned Missouri Bushwhacker

  • Author: Kirby Ross,Daniel E. Sutherland
  • Publisher: University of Arkansas Press
  • ISBN: 1557288771
  • Category: Biography & Autobiography
  • Page: 296
  • View: 6826
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Most Civil War historians now agree that the guerrilla conflict shaped the entire war in significant ways. Some of these “bushwhackers”—Nathan Bedford Forrest, William Clarke Quantrill, John Singleton Mosby—have become quite infamous. Illiterate Sam Hildebrand, one of Missouri’s most notorious guerrillas—often compared to “Rob Roy,” and the subject of dime novels—was one of the few to survive the war and have his story taken down and published. Shortly after this he was killed in a barroom brawl. “I make no apology to mankind for my acts of retaliation; I make no whining appeal to the world for sympathy. I sought revenge and I found it; the key of hell was not suffered to rust in the lock while I was on the war path.” —Sam Hildebrand Hildebrand’s reign of terror gave the Union army fits and kept much of the Trans-Mississippi, especially Missouri, roiling in the 1860s. Over seven years of fighting he and his men killed dozens of soldiers and civilians, whites and blacks; he claimed to have killed nearly one hundred himself. He was accused of many heinous acts. The historical significance of Hildebrand’s story is substantial, but his bloody tale is eminently readable and stands quite well on its own as a cold-blooded portrait of a violent time in American history. Like the nightmarish and depraved world of the Kid in Cormac McCarthy’s novel Blood Meridian, Hildebrand’s world is truly ruthless and his story is brutally descriptive in its coolly detached rendering of one man’s personal war. Published in 1870, Hildebrand’s autobiography has long been out of print and has been a rare and highly prized acquisition among Civil War

The Resilience Project

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The Resilience Project

The Resilience Project

Finding Happiness through Gratitude, Empathy and Mindfulness

  • Author: Hugh van Cuylenburg
  • Publisher: Random House Australia
  • ISBN: 1760892785
  • Category: Self-Help
  • Page: 288
  • View: 1736
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Hugh van Cuylenburg was a primary school teacher volunteering in northern India when he had a life-changing realisation: despite the underprivileged community the children were from, they were remarkably positive. By contrast, back in Australia Hugh knew that all too many people found it hard to be happy, or suffered from mental illnesses such as depression and anxiety. His own little sister had been ravaged by anorexia nervosa. How was it that young people he knew at home, who had food, shelter, friends and a loving family, struggled with their mental health, while these kids seemed so contented and resilient? He set about finding the answer and in time came to recognise the key traits and behaviours these children possessed were gratitude, empathy and mindfulness. In the ensuing years Hugh threw himself into studying and sharing this revelation with the world through The Resilience Project, with his playful and unorthodox presentations which both entertain and inform. Now, with the same blend of humour, poignancy and clear-eyed insight that The Resilience Project has become renowned for, Hugh explains how we can all get the tools we need to live a happier and more fulfilling life.

I've Seen the Elephant

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I've Seen the Elephant

I've Seen the Elephant

An Autobiography

  • Author: William B. Saxbe,Peter D. Franklin
  • Publisher: Kent State University Press
  • ISBN: 9780873386685
  • Category: Political Science
  • Page: 276
  • View: 3082
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He regales readers with stories about hopping a freight train when he was in the sixth grade, insights on being elected to the United States Senate, commentary on serving as Nixon's attorney general at the height of the Watergate scandal, and descriptions of life as the U.S. ambassador to India.".

Don't Hassel the Hoff

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Don't Hassel the Hoff

Don't Hassel the Hoff

The Autobiography

  • Author: David Hasselhoff,Peter Thompson
  • Publisher: Macmillan
  • ISBN: 1429901063
  • Category: Biography & Autobiography
  • Page: 304
  • View: 2978
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The Los Angeles Times called him a "counterculture icon," and TV Guide dubbed him one of "TV's Ten Most Powerful Stars," but true aficionados simply call him "The Hoff." Don't Hassel the Hoff follows David Hasselhoff's phenomenal career, from his earliest childhood role in Peter Pan to his latest adventure, starring in Mel Brooks's Tony award-winning musical, The Producers. There is no better time to celebrate Hasselhoff's life and a career that continues to grow and thrive. As the star of the extremely popular classic television shows, "Baywatch" and "Knight Rider," Hasselhoff is an international mega-star, with platinum album sales and starring roles on Broadway and London's West End. As this fascinating memoir reveals, there's more to this handsome superstar than great hair, and legs that look good while running down a beach. "The Hoff" is also a smart, caring man with a huge heart. "This book is my opportunity to print something from my heart, to tell the truth about what happened to me on the long and winding road from Baltimore to Baywatch to Broadway – and beyond. And the truth is not to be found in tabloid stories but in my actions: I am a good father and tried to be a good husband. I love people and the emotional rollercoaster that goes with human relationships. I love all the bewildering, crazy and wonderful things that life has to offer. This book is about my successes and my failures, my strengths and my weaknesses. And, above all, it is about the hope contained in the Knight Rider slogan: "One man can make a difference." --David Hasselhoff Full of behind-the-scenes looks at Hasselhoff's television series, celebrations of his proudest moments, and the truths about his struggles with relationships and alcohol, Don't Hassel the Hoff is both highly entertaining and deeply personal, making this an engrossing page-turner from start to finish. Long live "The Hoff."