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Witez II, purportedly the most magnificent Arabian horse ever, was born in Poland in 1938 and survived the Nazi, Russian and American invasions. This is his story--a gallant one--told with irrepressible sentiment.


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Witez II, purportedly the most magnificent Arabian horse ever, was born in Poland in 1938 and survived the Nazi, Russian and American invasions. This is his story--a gallant one--told with irrepressible sentiment.

30 review for And Miles To Go: The Biography Of A Great Arabian Horse, Witez II

  1. 5 out of 5

    David

    If you can find this book it's well worth the read. One hot, humid, summer day, while waiting on the ferry for Cumberland Island, I stepped into a flea market. The air condition was a great relief. I spent the next thirty minutes looking through one man's junk, another man's treasure. Well, it was actually a woman's treasure. I gave the lady $3.00 for "And Miles To Go". Linell Smith packs much information into 230 pages. Poland before WWII was known for it's Arabian horses. Witez II was a decendan If you can find this book it's well worth the read. One hot, humid, summer day, while waiting on the ferry for Cumberland Island, I stepped into a flea market. The air condition was a great relief. I spent the next thirty minutes looking through one man's junk, another man's treasure. Well, it was actually a woman's treasure. I gave the lady $3.00 for "And Miles To Go". Linell Smith packs much information into 230 pages. Poland before WWII was known for it's Arabian horses. Witez II was a decendant of champion Arabians. She traces the history of the horse from 1939 through 1965. "Witez II was foaled under the banner of Poland, reached maturity under the Swastika of Nazi Germany, and achieved his greatest fame in America. His story includes the Poles who reared him, the Germans who cared for him, and the Americans who were lucky enough to secure him at an Army auction in the U.S".

  2. 5 out of 5

    Rena Sherwood

    Witez (pronounced VEE tez) was one of the most influential Arabian sires in North America. He was foaled in Poland and somehow survived World War II as prisoner of the Nazis. This is a fictional version of Witez' life before he was captured by the Nazis. The rest of his life is given in a short epilogue. He is still fondly remembered in Poland, as immortalized in a stamp. Now, let me point out two things: 1) World War II 2) Poland Right away you should know that this ain't gonna have a Disney ending Witez (pronounced VEE tez) was one of the most influential Arabian sires in North America. He was foaled in Poland and somehow survived World War II as prisoner of the Nazis. This is a fictional version of Witez' life before he was captured by the Nazis. The rest of his life is given in a short epilogue. He is still fondly remembered in Poland, as immortalized in a stamp. Now, let me point out two things: 1) World War II 2) Poland Right away you should know that this ain't gonna have a Disney ending. If you can get beyond that, then this is a good read. When I first read this I wondered why Linell Nash Smith (daughter of Odgen Nash) stopped the story when she did. Then I read The Perfect Horse: The Daring U. S. Mission to Rescue the Priceless Stallions which basically is the factual biography of Witez II. Not much happened beyond Witez standing around looking pretty while people argued over him. No wonder the rest of his life was gone into so quickly. It made Witez' life more interesting than it was. And an uneventful life made for a happy life for ol' Witez II.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Randy Daugherty

    This was a book read in my youth , my first introduction to the Arabian breed.The story of witez 2 who made the journey from poland as the russians invaded to General Pattons troops to the U.S. Here he resided til his death in 1965 and was a major influence on the breed.This is a wonderful story on many levels and if you enjoy horse stories or the odd historical event that few know then by all means add this to your list.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Sumiko

    This is the book that introduced me both to the story of horses during the 2nd World War and to the Polish Arabian.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Caroline

    I read this as a child and about five years ago I suddenly remembered it and was possessed by the desire to read it again... but I couldn't remember what it was called or even that it was a book about a real horse... all I remembered was Nazis and Poland and a girl freezing to death while trying to save a horse... I posted this much on a book finding board on ABEBOOKS and eventually someone mentioned this one and I knew right away this was it. I am putting it here in my Read books so I won't for I read this as a child and about five years ago I suddenly remembered it and was possessed by the desire to read it again... but I couldn't remember what it was called or even that it was a book about a real horse... all I remembered was Nazis and Poland and a girl freezing to death while trying to save a horse... I posted this much on a book finding board on ABEBOOKS and eventually someone mentioned this one and I knew right away this was it. I am putting it here in my Read books so I won't forget it again!

  6. 5 out of 5

    Chris

    I loved this book. I received it many years ago when I was only in first grade. I was 'horse crazy' and read it as best I could, pouring over every picture. I read it many times as I grew older and eventually lost the book. A great look into a particular piece history, made even better if you love horses. I loved this book. I received it many years ago when I was only in first grade. I was 'horse crazy' and read it as best I could, pouring over every picture. I read it many times as I grew older and eventually lost the book. A great look into a particular piece history, made even better if you love horses.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Md

    Enjoyable story, written in the 1960s about a horse that had a remarkable life. The saddest part was he almost was sold in a dispersal sale at the Kellogg ranch where many of the Arabs were sent to slaughter-including the one Valentino rode in "The Sheik". He didn't have the effect of the breed that the author thinks that he would but he was the grandsire of some impressive performance horses. Enjoyable story, written in the 1960s about a horse that had a remarkable life. The saddest part was he almost was sold in a dispersal sale at the Kellogg ranch where many of the Arabs were sent to slaughter-including the one Valentino rode in "The Sheik". He didn't have the effect of the breed that the author thinks that he would but he was the grandsire of some impressive performance horses.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Eilonwy

    This book haunted me for decades with its tale of the Kowalski family and their struggles during the Nazi occupation of Poland. It was just as gripping and memorable when I finally found it again 30+ years later and reread it. It's a shame that it's out of print. This book haunted me for decades with its tale of the Kowalski family and their struggles during the Nazi occupation of Poland. It was just as gripping and memorable when I finally found it again 30+ years later and reread it. It's a shame that it's out of print.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Leila Mohseni

    Excellently written, and WHAT A LIFE this little Arab stallion lead!

  10. 5 out of 5

    Brenda

    This is perhaps my all-time favorite book. I received it as a gift as a child, and I have read it numerous times.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Stephanie Mcatee

  12. 4 out of 5

    Jessi

  13. 4 out of 5

    Gayle Parks

  14. 5 out of 5

    Kelly Harper

  15. 4 out of 5

    Tracy Mcfadien

  16. 5 out of 5

    Michelle Moseley

  17. 5 out of 5

    Nickie

  18. 5 out of 5

    Paula Newbanks

  19. 4 out of 5

    Michele Lacroix

  20. 5 out of 5

    Robert Beveridge

  21. 5 out of 5

    Andrew

  22. 5 out of 5

    Alexandra

  23. 4 out of 5

    Lydia Terpstra

  24. 5 out of 5

    Shelley

  25. 4 out of 5

    Susan Dunlap

  26. 5 out of 5

    Kristin Bowen

  27. 5 out of 5

    Kim

  28. 4 out of 5

    Deborah Dershem

  29. 5 out of 5

    Jj

  30. 4 out of 5

    Annshall

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