The New Invitation to Skiing

Title: The New Invitation to Skiing
Genre: Sports & Recreation
Author: Fred Iselin (1913-1971) and Auguste Comte Spectorsky (1911-1972)
Graphics: Action photography by Lloyd Arnold, "stop-action" photography by Ferenc Berko, drawings by S. Fleishman
Publisher: Simon & Schuster, New York, New York
Year: 1958 (fifth printing; updated edition of 1947 book)
Pages: 244
Format: Hardback, with dust jacket
Provenance: Unknown
Chapter Title Examples: Preliminaries; Learning to Stop and Turn; Descent Plus Control; Tows and Lifts; The Skier's Guide to Etiquette; You on a Downhill Run.
Introductory Paragraph: "Skiing isn't like any other sport. For one thing, it's fun while you learn, from the very beginning. For another, there are more misconceptions about it than about any other outdoor activity."
Random Passage: "Choose a fairly well packed and even slope which is as steep as you can schuss in comfort. Your object is to schuss the full length of the slope while rising and crouching, up and down, on your skis in a continuous, smooth and cadenced manner."
Notes: First revised edition of a frequently-updated manual on how to ski, aimed at both beginners and experts (it would be re-published as The Modern Invitation to Skiing in 1965). While Iselin pretty much stuck with skiing instruction for his entire life, co-author Spectorsky was something of a Renaissance guy. He penned a best-seller, The Exurbanites (1955), a wry examination of the distinctly American "work in the city, live in the suburbs" lifestyle of the 1950s. He also served as as Hugh Hefner's editorial director at "Playboy" magazine during this period.


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