Harnessing Anger

Harnessing Anger

The Way of An American Fencer

Book - 1997
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Random House, Inc.
To Peter Westbrook, "harnessing anger" means controlling one's fury and channeling it in a positive direction. Westbrook's success in what he once called "that strange white sport" is really just one expression of the self-discipline that has led him to beat the odds, again and again.
In Harnessing Anger, Westbrook tells how he came to be the first African American to win a national gold title in sabre fencing. The son of an African-American father and a Japanese mother, Peter was aised by his mother alone in poverty in a Newark ghetto. Becoming a fencer at an early age gave him the confidence and the discipline to use an ancient martial art to his advantage both in swordplay and when facing the vicissitudes of daily life in the inner city.
The autobiography of this six-time Olympian, 13-time U.S. National champion and the only book on his amazing life, Harnessing Anger tells us how Westbrook has overcome strong adversaries on and off the fencing mat.

Baker & Taylor
Peter Westbrook talks about his life as a fencer and the advantages he had growing up, and looks at the Peter Westbrook Foundation, an organization for inner city kids

Blackwell North Amer
Pete Westbrook's story takes him from urban poverty and a broken family to the highest reaches of sports excellence as 13-time U.S. National sabre champion, 6-time Olympian, and a man who reclaimed the aristocratic art of fencing as a sport available to one and all.
As Westbrook tells it, he was able to make this journey because he was blessed with riches: a caring mother, a tough coach, and a martial art requiring skills that could be applied off the mat as well as on.
Although traditionally fencing has been the domain of white European aristocrats, a number of history's great fencers have been black, like Thomas-Alexandre Dumas, who became one of Napoleon's generals (and was the father of Alexandre Dumas, author of The Three Musketeers and The Count of Monte Cristo).
Pete Westbrook has given the history of fencing an American twist. After taking up the sport at the urging of his mother when he was fourteen years old, he learned its psychological discipline and flexible strategy, two keys to fencing that brought him not only national and world championships, but spiritual peace and self-knowledge as well.

Baker
& Taylor

The first black American and the youngest person even to win a national gold title in sabre fencing traces his rise from the crime-ridden streets of Newark, New Jersey, to top fencer, through discipline and enthusiasm. IP.

Publisher: New York : Seven Stories Press, c1997
ISBN: 9781888363395
1888363398
Branch Call Number: B WES
Characteristics: 191 p. : ill. ; 22 cm
Additional Contributors: Hazarika, Tej

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