Rowdy by Christopher Madsen adds to impressive list of literary awards during Miami Book Fair.

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Rowdy by Christopher Madsen adds to impressive list of literary awards during Miami Book Fair.

This past weekend Rowdy by Christopher Madsen was awarded the silver medal in biography at the Readers’ Favorite International Book Awards which coincided with the huge Miami Book Fair. This comes atop of an already impressive list of over a half dozen coveted awards, making Rowdy one of the most highly decorated books of 2015.

Madsen spent 6 years rebuilding the famous sixty foot, 1916, New York Yacht Club racing yacht Rowdy and, through intense research during those years, learned so much about the original owner that he felt compelled preserve the story in a book for all to enjoy.

The incredible life journey of Holland Sackett Duell, decorated World War I major, celebrated New York state senator, powerful patent attorney, and highly accomplished sailor, is told from an intimately personal perspective as he is immersed in the Great War, politics at the highest level, the birth of Hollywood, fortunes and mansions, love and romance, and scandalous affairs. The epic tale, far from being a story exclusively for sailors, is a gripping, fast-paced 1920s adventure and love story, made all the more amazing by the fact that it is completely true, historically significant, and meticulously documented.    

The elegant 8 ½ x 11 hard cover, accented with gold leaf stamping, blind deboss, rounded spine with spine hubs (ribs) and woven burgundy book mark, portrays the look and feel of worn, vintage leather; an enjoyable compliment to the old world feel in which the entire story is told. Not only is this a magnificent coffee table book, but the rich and timeless content within also render Rowdy a worthy and rare compliment to the classic section of any fine library. One of only a few books to be recommended by Foreword Magazine as a gift idea, Rowdy could prove a much appreciated Christmas gift for sailors and non-sailors alike. Full reviews, sample pages, awards etc. at

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