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Layden, Joseph 1959-

Works: 87 works in 231 publications in 6 languages and 15,944 library holdings
Genres: Biography  History  Juvenile works  Personal narratives‡vAmerican  Pictorial works  Popular works  Self-instruction  Drama  Made-for-TV movies  Children's films 
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 2000 and 2009 in English and Japanese and held by 1,276 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
There and back again : an actor's tale by Sean Astin( Book )

20 editions published between 2004 and 2013 in 3 languages and held by 904 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 )

13 editions published between 2011 and 2014 in 5 languages and held by 833 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 )

7 editions published between 1996 and 1998 in English and held by 795 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 699 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
NBA game day by Joseph Layden( Book )

1 edition published in 1997 in English and held by 562 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 530 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Introduces 250 notable women athletes and their accomplishments in all types of sporting events
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 506 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
Warrior king : the triumph and betrayal of an American commander in Iraq by Nathan Sassaman( Book )

5 editions published between 2008 and 2013 in English and held by 479 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
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 470 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
The heart of the matter : the three key breakthroughs to preventing heart attacks by Peter Salgo( Book )

6 editions published between 2004 and 2011 in English and held by 451 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 )

10 editions published between 2000 and 2003 in English and Japanese and held by 438 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Provides a behind-the-scenes look at wrestling's stars and affiliated celebrites, 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 )

6 editions published between 2012 and 2013 in English and held by 367 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"--
Home run heroes : Mark McGwire and Sammy Sosa by Joseph Layden( Book )

5 editions published in 1999 in English and held by 345 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
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 334 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"--
The art of magic : the companion to the PBS special by Carl Waldman( Book )

2 editions published between 1997 and 1998 in English and held by 308 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Presents a history of magic, from the necromancy and alchemy of the ancient Egyptians to the Las Vegas and television performers of the late twentieth century
Street justice by Igor Petrić( Book )

5 editions published between 2002 and 2013 in English and Czech and held by 276 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The story of the former Golden Gloves boxer and actor describes his coming of age on the streets of New York, presidency of the Hell's Angels, experiences as a celebrity bodyguard, and television career
A smile as big as the moon( Visual )

1 edition published in 2012 in English and held by 274 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Mike Kersjes, a special education teacher helps his students achieve their impossible dream: to attend Space Camp at the U.S. Space & Rocket Center in Huntsville, Alabama. Their inspiring journey is based on a true story. Space Camp is a competitive educational program. Although it was designed for gifted sciences students, Mike decides participating in the summer program would do wonders for the self-esteem of his young, special ed students, one especially who wants to be an astronaut
The great American baseball strike by Joseph Layden( Book )

2 editions published in 1995 in English and held by 272 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Examines the 1994-95 baseball strike within the context of the history of the game, its past labor problems, and its future as the great American pastime
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The Rock says-- : the most electrifying man in sports-entertainment
Alternative Names
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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There 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 IraqThe heart of the matter : the three key breakthroughs to preventing heart attacks