The award-winning book on the birth of modern skateboarding.

Over 1200 images and photographs illustrate this 912-page unprecedented work.
A Secret History of the Ollie is the winner of six book awards, including three gold medals, and it was chosen as one of the Top 10 Photobooks of the Year by Mother Jones magazine. Regarded by many as "the bible of skateboarding," this is a book that should be in every home, school, and public library.

This week's featured image: South Beach pier, Miami Beach, 1977. Photo © Jonathan Utz.

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A Secret History of the Ollie skateboarding book
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20% off – December 1 to 31, 2018


When the no-handed aerial known as the Ollie was created 40 years ago in 1978, no one had any idea how influential and ubiquitous this skateboarding maneuver would be in the years to come.

In celebration, we are offering exclusive pricing on this colorful, action-packed history of skateboarding. Now is the time to buy copies for yourself, your family, and your friends.


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Review
Skate Culture, October 2018

"This book was a massive undertaking, and Snyder approaches his subject with the passion and detail of a historian. It's no wonder that the book has received multiple awards and accolades. It's actually somewhat shocking that such a detailed narrative could be compiled -- and, what's more, that someone would take the time to piece it together into a coherent narrative. . . . [A Secret History of the Ollie] is not about tearing down, it's rather about rounding out and filling in the gaps of a neglected narrative . . . if what you are after is a broader, more rounded out history that is going to significantly add to your appreciation and knowledge of the skateboarding scene then you are going to want this book."

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A Secret History of the Ollie skateboarding book

AWARDS & RECOGNITION


TOP 10 PHOTOBOOKS
Mother Jones Magazine
San Francisco, January 2016

BEST IN CATEGORY:
GENERAL TRADE ILLUSTRATED

58th Annual New England Book Show
Symphony Hall, Boston, 2015

BEST IN SPORTS
Independent Press Awards
New York, 2017

BEST IN SPORTS
NYC Big Book Awards
New York, 2017

GOLD MEDAL
Foreword Reviews' Book of the Year
American Library Association Conference, Orlando, 2016

GOLD MEDAL
20th Annual 2016 Independent Publisher Book Awards
BookExpo America BEA, Chicago, 2016

GOLD MEDAL
FAPA President’s Book Awards
Orlando, 2015



"Everyone thinks they know skateboarding's history but what they really know is a series of half-facts compounded by hype and amnesia. This book will rewrite skateboarding history as we know it."

— Betsy Gordon, curator of "Ramp It Up," Smithsonian Institution


"[A Secret History of the Ollie] sheds a very bright light on a revolutionary time in skateboarding."

—Thrasher Magazine


"Craig Snyder's work is much more than a secret history of the Ollie. It is a first-rate account of skateboarding….Set against the backdrop of the sun-drenched coastal towns of Southern California and South Florida of the 1970s, this book transports readers to the era in which the acrobatics of today's X Games were born."

— H. Michael Gelfand, James Madison University



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AS SEEN IN STAF MAGAZINE

A SECRET HISTORY OF THE OLLIE has been featured in STAF Magazine, one of Europe's premier contemporary culture publications, based in Malaga, Spain. The article includes some of the rare photographs from the book, a selection of page spreads, and a lengthy interview with Craig B. Snyder in both Spanish and English.

"When you hold this book in your hands for the first time, the thing that may come to mind is the Koran or the Bible….and in some ways, it has become such a sacred text within the world of skateboarding and skate culture."
— Francisco Daniel Medina, STAF Magazine


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A SECRET HISTORY OF THE OLLIE
VOLUME 1: THE 1970s • CRAIG B. SNYDER

BLACK SALT PRESS
Hardcover
912 pages
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1930287003
ISBN-13: 9781930287006
Dimensions: 9.3 x 7 x 2.2 inches
Shipping Weight: 4.7 pounds
Retail: $59.95
Printed in the U.S.A.
AWARDS & RECOGNITION
• TOP 10 PHOTOBOOKS Mother Jones
• BEST IN GENERAL TRADE ILLUSTRATED 58th Annu. New England Book Show, Boston
• GOLD MEDAL Foreword Reviews: Book of the Year Award in Sports
• BEST IN SPORTS
Independent Press Awards, New York, 2017
• BEST IN SPORTS
NYC Big Book Awards, New York, 2017
• GOLD MEDAL Independent Book Awards
• GOLD MEDAL FAPA President Book Awards