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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 seven 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 photo (above): Skater mayhem in the back of the Bruce Walker/Ocean Avenue van, 1979, with Jim McCall, Rodney Mullen, Shawn Jackson, and others. Photo by Bruce Walker.

A Secret History of the Ollie skateboarding book

AWARDS & RECOGNITION


2017 AWARD WINNER: SPORTS
NYC Big Book Award
November 2017

2017 MEDALIST: BEST IN SPORTS
Independent Press Award
October 2017

TOP 10 PHOTOBOOKS
Mother Jones Magazine
San Francisco, 2016

BEST IN CATEGORY: GENERAL TRADE ILLUSTRATED
58th Annual New England Book Show
Boston, 2015

GOLD MEDAL
Foreword Reviews' INDIEFAB 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



"[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


"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



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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
• 2017 AWARD WINNER: SPORTS
NYC Big Book Award, New York
• 2017 MEDALIST: BEST IN SPORTS
Independent Press Award, New York
• 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
• GOLD MEDAL Independent Book Awards
• GOLD MEDAL FAPA President Book Awards