Book review: Indelible Tracings by Patricia Shelley Bushman

Indelible Tracings by Patricia Shelley Bushman

After seeing “RISE” I was still curious about the athletes lost in the plane crash. Fortunately, I received “Indelible Tracings,” a new book by Patricia Shelley Bushman, two weeks later. The hefty 500-page hardcover edition is the definitive collection of research on the subject. In fact, Bushman went well beyond the 34 members of the U.S. delegation that perished and painted a complete picture of U.S. Figure Skating in the 1950s and ’60s.

The information is densely packed, with every sentence pointing to another piece of research. As a result, the language and style suffer, but this trade-off seems necessary in order to cover the topic completely. The years that Bushman spent conducting countless interviews and combing through thousands of newspapers, magazines and letters are a testament to her lifelong dedication to the sport.

“Indelible Tracings” is available through the author on and on A companion book, “Indelible Images,” which features 260 photographs, many of which are not widely circulated, is also available.

This is not an easy read, but I recommend you pick it up if the subject piques your curiosity.

Originally published in June 2011