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Beautiful Jim Key -- the one-time ugly duckling of a scrub colt who became one of the most beloved heroes of the turn of the century -- was adored not for his beauty and speed but rather for his remarkable abilities to read, write, spell, do mathematics, even debate politics. Trained with patience and kindness by one of the most renowned horse whisperers of his day -- former slave, Civil War veteran, and self-taught veterinarian Dr. William Key -- Jim performed in expositions across the country to wildly receptive crowds for nine glorious years, smashing box office records, clearing towering hurdles of skepticism and prejudice, and earning the respect and admiration of some of the most influential figures of the era, from Booker T. Washington to President William McKinley.

This is the remarkable true saga of a truly exceptional animal -- and the no less exceptional man who led him to greatness.

Mim Eichler Rivas has worked as an author, coauthor, and collaborator on more than eighteen books, including the New York Times bestsellers The Pursuit of Happyness with Chris Gardner and Finding Fish with Antwone Fisher. She is the coauthor of Start Where You Are with Chris Gardner and is the sole author of the highly acclaimed Beautiful Jim Key, now in the works as a major feature film. Eichler and her family live in Hermosa Beach, California.

 
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ISBN-10:  0060567031
ISBN-13:  978-0060567033
Author:  Mim Eichler Rivas
Genre:  History & Nonfiction
Publisher:  William Morrow
Date Published:  February 1, 2005
Format:  Hardcover
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Though a good deal of the written history of the horse known as Beautiful Jim Key has been lost to the ravages of time, enough evidence remains to indicate that his is indeed a truly remarkable story.  After viewing an exhibition by the legendary Arabian-Hamiltonian horse at the 1897 Nashville World's Fair President William McKinley remarked "This is certainly the most astonishing and entertaining exhibition I have ever witnessed."  Over the ensuing decade, hundreds of thousands …
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