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Layden, Joseph 1959-

Works: 115 works in 316 publications in 1 language and 15,887 library holdings
Genres: Biography  History  Juvenile works  Case studies  Personal narratives‡vAmerican  Autobiographies  Pictorial works  Biographies  Popular works  Drama 
Roles: Author, Contributor, Creator
Classifications: GV1196.R63, B
Publication Timeline
Most widely held works by Joseph Layden
The Rock says-- : the most electrifying man in sports-entertainment by Dwayne Johnson( Book )

11 editions published between 1999 and 2009 in English and held by 1,179 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The Rock says: "Know your damn role--and shut your mouth!." In this action-packed, revealing, and outrageously funny memoir, World Wrestling Federation Superstar The Rock recounts his life in and out of the ring in unapologetic honesty and inimitable style
A smile as big as the moon : a teacher, his class, and their unforgettable journey by Michael E Kersjes( Book )

8 editions published between 2002 and 2012 in English and held by 997 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Besides being a football coach at his Michigan high school, Mike Kersjes taught special education classes, dealing with children whose disabilities included Tourette's syndrome, Down's syndrome, dyslexia, eating disorders, and a variety of emotional problems." "One autumn Kersjes got the outlandish idea that his students would benefit from going to Space Camp, where, in conjunction with NASA, high school students compete in a variety of activities similar to those experienced by astronauts in training for space shuttle missions. There was only one problem: This program had been specifically designed for gifted and talented students, the best and the brightest from America's most privileged high schools." "Kersjes believed that, given a chance, his kids could do as well as anybody, and with remarkable persistence he broke down one barrier after another, from his own principal's office to the inner sanctum of NASA, until Space Camp opened its doors, on an experimental basis, to special ed students. After nine months of rigorous preparation, during which the class molded itself into a working team, they arrived at Space Camp, where they turned in a performance so startling, so surprising, that it will leave the reader breathless."--Jacket
There and back again : an actor's tale by Sean Astin( Book )

20 editions published between 2004 and 2013 in English and held by 829 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Behind the scenes on the Lord of the Rings. Praise for Sean Astin and his performance in Lord of the Rings trilogy: "Every night, Sean Astin is bringing people to tears with his performance it's so powerful."--Peter Jackson, Director, Lord of the Rings film trilogy. "Sean Astin comes into his own with this brave, questing performance. Astin is the soul of the movie. It's fitting that Sam is the last face we see in Return of the King. He is the film's anchor, and Astin plays him with a tenderness that is unique and unforgettable."-Peter Travers, Rolling Stone. "The most touching figure-is Frodo's sidekick, Sam, who will literally follow Frodo into fire. Sam is played so well by Sean Astin, this affectingly loyal hobbit seems the most human figure on screen."-The New York Times. The fascinating memoir of a Hollywood life and an inside look at a life-changing role and the groundbreaking Lord of the Rings films that captured the imagination of movie fans everywhere. The Lord of the Rings is one of the most successful film franchises in cinematic history. Winner of a record eleven Academy Awards-a clean sweep-and breaking box office records worldwide, the trilogy is a breathtaking cinematic achievement and beloved by fans everywhere. For Sean Astin, a Hollywood child (his mother is Patty Duke and stepfather is John Astin) who made his feature film debut at 13 in the 1980s classic The Goonies and played the title role in Rudy, the call from his agent about the role of Samwise Gamgee couldn't have come at a better time. His career was at a low point and choice roles were hard to come by. But his 18-month experience in New Zealand with director Peter Jackson and the cast and crew of The Lord of the Rings films would be more than simply a dream-come-true-it would prove to be the challenge of a lifetime. There and Back Again: An Actor's Tale is the complete memoir of Sean Astin, from his early days in Hollywood to the role that changed his life. Though much has been written about the making of the films, including the techniques and artistry employed to bring Tolkien's vision of life and the various relationships between cast members, the real story of what took place on the set, the harrowing ordeals of the actors and the unspoken controversy and backstage dealings have never been told. Sean's experience and candid account of his time filming in New Zealand is unparalleled. More than a companion guide to the Ring films, There and Back Again is filled with stories from the set and of the actors involved that have never been revealed before and is an eye-opening look from a Hollywood veteran at the blood, sweat and tears that went into the making of one of the most ambitious films of all time
No regrets : a rock 'n' roll memoir by Ace Frehley( Book )

12 editions published between 2011 and 2014 in English and held by 806 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The founding member and former lead guitarist for KISS shares his experiences with the iconic band, covering the band's rise to superstar fame, his battles with drug addiction, and his complicated relationships with Paul Stanley, Peter Criss, and Gene Simmons
America on wheels : the first 100 years : 1896-1996 by Frank Coffey( Book )

9 editions published between 1996 and 1998 in English and held by 754 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Pure Americana, "laced with rare photographs, advertisements, period postcards, cartoons, and drawings from the Library of Congress, Harrah's seminal car collection, and the archives of 'Road and Track.'"--Jacket
The last great fight : the extraordinary tale of two men and how one fight changed their lives forever by Joseph Layden( Book )

6 editions published between 2007 and 2013 in English and held by 632 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A behind-the-scenes look at the 1990 boxing upset during which Buster Douglas defeated champion Mike Tyson, tracing the story of both athletes as drawn from interviews with both men, their families, and their trainers
Rise : a soldier, a dream, and a promise kept by Daniel Rodriguez( Book )

4 editions published between 2014 and 2015 in English and held by 617 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Daniel Rodriguez joined the army just weeks after graduating from high school. At age eighteen he had no idea what war really was; he just wanted to get out of town. Almost immediately, he was deployed to Iraq where he would spend seventeen months. He would later serve a tour of duty in Afghanistan. And he grew up fast. He stopped sleeping, started smoking, and killing became second nature. He fought in the Battle of Kamdesh, one of the bloodiest encounters in Afghanistan, and for his bravery he was awarded a Purple Heart and the Bronze Star with Valor. But his best friend was not so lucky. Against all odds, Daniel returned home, broken, but still alive. Living at his sister's house, unemployed, and stuck in the clutches of PTSD, Daniel remembered a promise to his friend and knew he had to make good on it. So he embarked on a grueling training regimen, transforming himself through sheer grit and hard work into a true athletic specimen. When he posted a video of his efforts, it went viral overnight. Through some mixture of hope, determination, and the power of the internet, Daniel earned a spot on the Clemson University football team as a wide receiver. This is Daniel's powerful narrative of a young soldier, his unlikely dream, and how he found his way out of darkness
Runnin' with the devil : a backstage pass to the wild times, loud rock, and the down and dirty truth behind the making of Van Halen by Noel E Monk( Book )

5 editions published between 2017 and 2018 in English and held by 538 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Beginning in 1978, Van Halen's rise was one of the most thrilling the rock world had ever seen. During this infamous run of success, debauchery, and drama, few people were closer to the band than Monk, their manager. He spent seven years with Van Halen, serving initially as their tour manager then as their personal manager until 1985, when he and David Lee Roth exited as controversy, infighting, and egos consumed the band. Now Monk details the hotel room destruction, the outrageous backstage behavior, and the incredible drug use and drinking that would ultimately fuel the conflict between the band members
NBA game day by Joseph Layden( Book )

2 editions published in 1997 in English and held by 516 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Photographs and text present an up-close look at varied aspects of the lives of professional basketball players, from pre-game preparations, practice, game action, signing autographs, and more
Women in sports : the complete book on the world's greatest female athletes by Joseph Layden( Book )

6 editions published in 1997 in English and held by 503 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Introduces 250 notable women athletes and their accomplishments in all types of sporting events
As you wish : inconceivable tales from the making of the Princess Bride by Cary Elwes( Recording )

1 edition published in 2014 in English and held by 484 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

From actor Cary Elwes, who played the iconic role of Westley in The Princess Bride, comes a first-person account and behind-the-scenes look at the making of the cult classic film filled with never-before-told stories, exclusive photographs, and interviews with co-stars Robin Wright, Wallace Shawn, Billy Crystal, Christopher Guest, and Mandy Patinkin, as well as author and screenwriter William Goldman, producer Norman Lear, and director Rob Reiner
Warrior king : the triumph and betrayal of an American commander in Iraq by Nathan Sassaman( Book )

6 editions published between 2008 and 2013 in English and held by 447 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Warrior King," a startling and controversial memoir of combat and betrayal, chronicles the downfall of one of the most prominent members of the U.S. fighting forces in Iraq, and the subsequent effect on the American military. This is the first book to take readers from the overnight brutality of combat to the daunting daytime humanitarian tasks of rebuilding Iraq to the upper echelons of the Pentagon to show how and why the war has gone horribly wrong
The great American baseball strike by Joseph Layden( Book )

3 editions published in 1995 in English and held by 428 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Examines the 1994-95 baseball strike within the context of the history of the game, its past labor problems, andits future as the great American pastime
The heart of the matter : the three key breakthroughs to preventing heart attacks by Peter Salgo( Book )

9 editions published between 2004 and 2011 in English and held by 413 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Presents a three-part program to lower the risk of heart disease that emphasizes the use of aspirin, statins, and antibiotics to treat chlamydia, a bacterial infection prevalent among people suffering from heart attacks
Wrestlemania : the official insider's story by Basil V DeVito( Book )

13 editions published between 2000 and 2002 in English and held by 408 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Provides a behind-the-scenes look at wrestling's stars and affiliated celebrities, its records and most notable matches, and profiles of its championships
A warrior's heart : the true story of life before and beyond the fighter by Micky Ward( Book )

7 editions published between 2012 and 2013 in English and held by 372 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Now, in his own words, "Irish" Micky Ward tells his inspirational life story as only he can. From his first bout at the age of seven, Micky Ward was known foremost for giving as good as he got and for leaving absolutely everything he had in the ring. When he fought, quitting was never an option. It was that indomitable spirit that would allow him to survive, battle against, and overcome the harsh realities that he faced every day of his life. For it was outside the ring that Ward's heart would be most needed, from witnessing his idolized older half brother Dicky's fall from grace, to dealing with his wildly dysfunctional--if frighteningly loyal--family, to harboring the darkest of secrets, which he has never revealed until now. Micky Ward has faced numerous setbacks and defeats that would have stopped a lesser man, but he has remained a fighter, through and through--both as a professional boxer and as a man who finally found his greatest strength in friendship, family, and faith in himself. From the rough streets of Lowell, Massachusetts, to the blood and sweat of the international fight game, to the bright lights and adulation of Hollywood, this is the rousing, moving, tragic, and humorous story of the one and only Micky Ward"--
The ghost horse : a true story of love, death, and redemption by Joseph Layden( Book )

10 editions published between 2013 and 2014 in English and held by 355 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"In The Ghost Horse, Joe Layden tells the inspiring true tale of a one-eyed, club-footed thoroughbred racehorse and a journeyman trainer, Tim Snyder, who scraped together every penny he had to purchase the broken and unwanted filly. Snyder helped the horse overcome its deficiencies, eventually naming her in part after his deceased wife, Lisa, the great and only love of his life--a bright and sweet-tempered woman whose gentle demeanor seemed eerily reflected in the horse. The trainer (and now owner) was by nature a crusty and combative sort, the yin to his wife's yang, a racetrack lifer not easily moved by new-age mysticism or sentiment. And yet in those final days back in 2003, when Lisa Snyder lay in bed, her body ravaged by cancer, she reassured her family with a weak smile. "It's okay," she'd say. "I'll see you again. I'm coming back as a horse."Tim Snyder did not then believe in reincarnation. But he acknowledged the strangeness of this journey, the series of coincidences that brought them together, and the undeniable similarities between the horse and his late wife. And so did those who knew the couple well, and who could now only marvel at the story of the filly, Lisa's Booby Trap, and the down-on-his-luck trainer who apparently had been given a new lease on life. The Ghost Horse is a powerful horseracing story of underdogs and second chances"--
A smile as big as the moon( Visual )

2 editions published in 2012 in English and held by 349 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Mike Kersjes is a special education teacher and football coach in Michigan. Mike doesn't talk down to his students. He respects them, and he believes they're capable of achieving great things. When Mike hears about Space Camp, a competitive education program at the U.S. Space and Rocket Center designed for gifted science students, he decides that participating in the summer program would do wonders for the self-esteem of his young students. Despite obstacles at every turn, he pushes forward to make his dreams, and those of his inspiring students, come true.--Adapted from back of container
Rising stars, NFL by Joseph Layden( Book )

6 editions published between 1997 and 2005 in English and held by 322 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Brief profiles of up-and-coming NFL superstars. Meet some of the NFL's newest--and most impressive--stars. They have the talent and the skills to become superstars. They'll be around for years to come, get to know them now
Home run heroes : Mark McGwire and Sammy Sosa by Joseph Layden( Book )

7 editions published in 1999 in English and held by 321 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Two separate biographies tell of Mark McGwire, who ended the 1998 baseball season with 70 home runs and of Sammy Sosa, who will always be known as one of the greatest sluggers in baseball
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The Rock says-- : the most electrifying man in sports-entertainment
A smile as big as the moon : a teacher, his class, and their unforgettable journeyThere and back again : an actor's taleNo regrets : a rock 'n' roll memoirAmerica on wheels : the first 100 years : 1896-1996The last great fight : the extraordinary tale of two men and how one fight changed their lives foreverNBA game dayWomen in sports : the complete book on the world's greatest female athletesWarrior king : the triumph and betrayal of an American commander in Iraq
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Layden, Joe

Layden, Joe 1959-

Layden, Joey 1959-

Layden, Joseph 1959-

ライデン, ジョー

レイデン, ジョー

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