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David Davis is the author of Showdown at Shepherd's Bush: The 1908 Olympic Marathon and the Three Runners Who Launched a Sporting Craze; Play by Play: Los Angeles Sports Photography, 1889-1989; and Marathon Crasher: The Life and Times of Merry Lepper, the First American Woman to Run a Marathon. His work has appeared in Sports Illustrated, Smithsonian, the New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, and in three anthologies, including The Best American Sports Writing. He lives in Los Angeles.


"A belated and bountiful tribute to this great Hawaiian's memory."-Simon Winchester, Wall Street Journal -- Simon Winchester Wall Street Journal "A must-read."-Don Wallace, Honolulu Magazine -- Don Wallace Honolulu Magazine "A must-read."-Surfer Today Surfer Today "This is the perfect book... I'm ecstatic for the good people at Nebraska. I hope they sell a bazillion copies of Waterman."-Matt Sutherland, Foreword Reviews -- Matt Sutherland Foreword Reviews "David Davis' enjoyable new biography, Waterman: The Life and Times of Duke Kahanamoku, presents a man of many accomplishments and few boasts."-Ryan McDonald, Easy Reader News -- Ryan McDonald Easy Reader News "Davis is to be commended for this winning portrait of a man who "yearned for water like it was his lover" and inspired so many, but most of all Hawaiians, to embrace competition and be proud of where they came from."-Mindy Pennybacker, Honolulu Star-Advertiser -- Mindy Pennybacker Honolulu Star-Advertiser "Waterman provides an engaging tale of a Hawaiian icon and an Olympic super star."-Lindsay Parks Pieper, Sport in American History -- Lindsay Parks Pieper Sport in American History "A much-needed study of a legendary Hawaiian Olympic athlete and surf pioneer."-Rob Hudson, Journal of Sport History -- Rob Hudson Journal of Sport History

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