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.
Caption: Alan "Ollie" Gelfand with a no-handed air at Skateboard USA in Hollywood, Florida, 1977. Photo: © Jeff Duerr
Hardcover, 9"x7"x2", 912 pages, over 1200 images and photographs. All copies of A Secret History of the Ollie from this website and eBay are signed by the author and come with an assortment of stickers and bookmarks.
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Skate Culture, October 2018
AWARDS & RECOGNITION
TOP 10 PHOTOBOOKS
Mother Jones Magazine
BEST IN CATEGORY:
GENERAL TRADE ILLUSTRATED
58th Annual New England Book Show
Symphony Hall, Boston
BEST IN SPORTS
Independent Press Awards
BEST IN SPORTS
NYC Big Book Awards
Foreword Reviews' Book of the Year
American Library Association Conference, Orlando
20th Annual Independent Publisher Book Awards
BookExpo America BEA, Chicago
FAPA President’s Book Awards
"A Secret History of the Ollie is the most important book in the history of the four-wheel sport."
— Surfer Today
"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."
"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
The Ollie book, as mentioned by Paul Schmitt on The Nine Club. — Watch it now on YouTube or see the book sale below.
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.
— Francisco Daniel Medina, STAF Magazine
Dimensions: 9.3 x 7 x 2.2 inches
Shipping Weight: 4.7 pounds
Printed in the U.S.A.
• TOP 10 PHOTOBOOKS Mother Jones
• BEST IN GENERAL TRADE ILLUSTRATED 58th Annual New England Book Show, Boston
• GOLD MEDAL Foreword Reviews: Book of the Year Award in Sports
• GOLD MEDAL FAPA President Book Awards
• GOLD MEDAL 20th Annual Independent Publisher Book Awards
• BEST IN SPORTS NYC Big Book Awards
• BEST IN SPORTS Independent Press Awards, New York
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