Book details
Lyons Press
Page count:
Paperback / softback
8.01 in x 8 in

We Have a Winner!

America’s Weird and Wonderful Races, Derbies, Pageants, and Eating Contests

Railey Jane Savage

About this book
Celebrate America’s outrageous competitive fire

  • 100 years of “see it to believe it” American contests
  • Includes dozens of mind-blowing, little-known competitions
  • Gorgeous design with 150 color and black-and-white photographs, plus sidebars

From marathon dancing, to food eating contests, beauty pageants, pole sitting, rotten sneaker contests, animal calling contests, phone-booth stuffing, outhouse races, and more, Americans love competing to see who can do anything better than anyone else. We Have a Winner! is a visually stunning tour, from coast to coast, through our often whacky, uniquely themed contests. Covering more than a century’s worth of competition, and packed with photos and fascinating sidebars, this book shows how the American competitive spirit—as wacky as it sometimes is—mirrors American trends, innovation, and news.
About this author

Railey Jane Savage lives and works in Ithaca, NY, where her abiding love for history's forgotten moments - swindles, or otherwise - grows against the dramatic background of the Finger Lakes. With an English degree from Smith College, she splits her time between writing and editing. Swindles is her second book with Lyons after the 2017 release of We Have a Winner!: America's Weird and Wonderful Races, Derbies, Pageants, and Eating Contests.