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Layden, Joseph 1959-

Works: 109 works in 267 publications in 1 language and 15,981 library holdings
Genres: Biography  History  Juvenile works  Case studies  Personal narratives‡vAmerican  Autobiographies  Pictorial works  Biographies  Popular works  Self-instruction 
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 )

9 editions published between 1999 and 2009 in English and held by 1,222 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 1,006 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 841 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Behind the scenes on the Lord of the rings
No regrets : a rock 'n' roll memoir by Ace Frehley( Book )

9 editions published between 2011 and 2014 in English and held by 809 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 767 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 652 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 522 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 511 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 509 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
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 491 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 )

5 editions published between 2008 and 2013 in English and held by 451 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
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 )

3 editions published in 2017 in English and held by 440 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
Wrestlemania : the official insider's story by Basil V DeVito( Book )

11 editions published between 2000 and 2002 in English and held by 418 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
The heart of the matter : the three key breakthroughs to preventing heart attacks by Peter Salgo( Book )

7 editions published between 2004 and 2011 in English and held by 408 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
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 342 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"--
Home run heroes : Mark McGwire and Sammy Sosa by Joseph Layden( Book )

5 editions published in 1999 in English and held by 328 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 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 290 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
A smile as big as the moon by John Corbett( Visual )

1 edition published in 2012 in English and held by 285 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 258 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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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