Awarded Best Book of the Year in the category of Biography by the 2008 Premier Book Awards! The inspiring story of Jack Kelly, the son of Irish immigrants who grew up along the Schuylkill River in Philadelphia at the turn of the 20th century and 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 fronts - including the watery battlefield of rowing, where Kelly first chose to forge his strength of character.
Follow Kelly as he plays his athletic prowess over to France during WWI, and then venture in the equally treacherous world of Philadelphia politics during the Great Depression. Meet other members of the illustrious Kelly clan, including Jack's brothers, Walter and George, who ascend to international acclaim in the world of theater. Meet 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 all.
Page size: 8-1/2" x 10" 256 pages 38 illustrations, hardcover