• “The Roller Derby is the panacea of the proletariat, the great Un-sport, a smash-and-crash arena of spills where the most triumphant moment means watching good broad Joanie Weston bump bad broad Ann Calvello hard enough in the boobs to drive her over the rail. Mr. Deford presents a lively picture of all this but the real story should lie in the hands of the sociologists and analysts, an interesting study of America the Violent in Five Strides.” —Kirkus Reviews

  • “Before roller derby was a grassroots sport played by tens of thousands of people around the world, it was a touring sports entertainment that thrilled a nation for decades. Five Strides on the Banked Track is a fascinating, endearingly written look behind the curtain of this family of skaters who made a success of this exciting spectacle.” —Jonathan R., New York Shock Exchange

  • “In 1968 Sports Illustrated’s Most Valuable Writer hit the road—with Charlie O’Connell, Joan Weston and the other stars of the one and only Roller Derby. Frank Deford’s delightful and poignant Five Strides on the Banked Track covers the Derby from its early days to its 1970 zenith, the first book on the game, cherished by Derby fans everywhere, and deservedly so.” —Keith Coppage, author of Roller Derby to RollerJam: The Authorized Story of an Unauthorized Sport

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