It’s Impossible to Forget Tonya Harding. She will be forever remembered as a tough-talking, hard-living athlete who would do anything to become an Olympic Gold Medalist. But was Tonya Harding a misunderstood girl from the wrong side of the tracks? Did her raw talent and burning ambition trip her up? How far was she willing to go to beat her greatest rival, Nancy Kerrigan?It’s Impossible to Forget Tonya Harding. She will be forever remembered as a tough-talking, hard-living athlete who would do anything to become an Olympic Gold Medalist. But was Tonya Harding a misunderstood girl from the wrong side of the tracks? Did her raw talent and burning ambition trip her up? How far was she willing to go to beat her greatest rival, Nancy Kerrigan? Award-winning sportswriter Joe Layden and bestselling author Frank Coffey go past the bright lights of the rink to find the truth behind Harding’s public image. Despite a nightmare childhood of poverty and abuse, a troubled marriage, and a disastrous divorce, Harding became one of her generation’s greatest figure skaters. But did she reach her sport’s ultimate goal fair and square? How deeply was she involved in the stunning attack on Nancy Kerrigan? How did she really feel about her rival? Throughout the controversy that derailed her career, Harding held her head high and stayed true to herself. Fierce, undaunted, uncensored—this is the true story of Tonya Harding. Includes 10 revealing photographs!...
|Title||:||Thin Ice: The Complete, Uncensored Story of Tonya Harding|
|Number of Pages||:||180 Pages|
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Thin Ice: The Complete, Uncensored Story of Tonya Harding Reviews
I think when you write a biography about someone, no matter what your opinion of them is, you should tell the reader about that person in way that your own opinions don't shine through.
Tonya Harding's life story is interesting, but this book feels hastily put-together. It doesn't go into great detail and repeats itself in places. I really wasn't impressed with the writing.I received this book as a Goodreads giveaway. Yay!
I won this book as part of a Goodreads First Reads giveaway.I'm the same age as Tonya Harding so obviously I was old enough to know what happened. Only thing is, I really didn't. Why? Honestly, I couldn't have cared less about figure skating and after hearing and seeing tidbits on the news about the scandal, cared even less about Kerrigan and Harding. I had no desire to keep up with the story or read the "where are they now" articles, but here we are. All these years later, the story has resurfaced and I have no idea why. I'm sure there is a reason, but I didn't have enough interest to find out what that was. Regardless, when I saw this book listed in a giveaway, I decided to enter. You might be wondering why someone would enter to win a book about an event that they had no interest in involving people who they found to be utterly unlikable (yes, I'm speaking about Harding AND Kerrigan). All I can say is.....I don't know. Sometimes I do things with absolutely no rhyme or reason to it. This is one of those times. Needless to say, I won! Why am I telling you all this? Simple. Many people have stated that this book offers nothing new to the story. Well, for me, it's almost all new. Oh, don't think I went in believing it all word for word. I don't do that with any book regardless of what it's about. People lie or embellish when they have no reason to. But it's still new. To me anyway.Now. About the book. Surprisingly I actually enjoyed it. Not the topic of course. That would be rude. I just liked the way it was laid out. Simplistic. That's the word I would use to describe it. It's not bogged down with long winded details to make the page count higher. It just kind of sums things up....at least to a point. Apparently this book was written in 1994 so obviously much happened after that. Or at least I assume it did. I really don't know. Anyway, whether it be fact, fiction or a mixture of both, it held my interest. I do admit that my mind wandered when the author droned on about Kerrigan being America's princess or some nonsense like that, but overall it gave you the gist of what happened, with the possible why and who. Even though many see this as a rehash of events gone by, it was interesting to me. I didn't know fully what had happened, who was involved or why they did it. I didn't know the backgrounds of the people who were on pace for the Olympics or, well, virtually anything about the sport. No, it doesn't make me want to tune in nor does it make either Harding or Kerrigan seem more likable to me, but it was a decent book that covered all the basics and included some photos. Good enough.A copy of this review is available on my blog at Once Upon A Book
I won this as a goodreads giveaway.I don't know if this book truly deserves 1 star because it's not actively, maliciously bad so much as...lazy. This book was clearly rushed out in 1994 (prior even to several events in the scandal taking place) to cash in on the scandal and it was clearly re-released just now to cash in on I, Tonya. The book appears to have no (few?) primary sources and is cobbled together from several different interviews with various sports magazines. It doesn't really tell you much of anything new or insightful that we, 24 years later, don't already know. Honestly I, Tonya is a more insightful, more informative work than this.1.5 stars? Again, not BAD just...disappointing.
An "instant book", this volume was, incredibly enough, published in February of 1994, and doubtless did very well while the Olympics were shown on TV. The last entry in its chronology is February 1. As for its accuracy? Well, very obviously it was thrown together from media articles, most of the biographical preamble coming apparently from Sports Illustrated interviews. It shows little knowledge and less interest in figure skating on the part of the authors. And for an inside view of the 1994 affair, the other "instant paperback" of the time, written by the staff of the Oregonian, is more satisfactory. However, as a summary of events as they unfolded, and a reminder of the bizarre media frenzy of those days, this item has its place on the shelf.
Trash on trash. It doesn't get any better. There're some great photos of Tonya and her scary coach and Tonya at her wedding (high-necked lace, if I remember correctly).