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In 2007, after collapsing on a practice field at the Nike campus, champion marathoner Alberto Salazar's heart stopped beating for 14 minutes. Over the crucial moments that followed, rescuers administered CPR to feed oxygen to his brain and EMTs shocked his heart eight times with defibrillator paddles. He was clinically dead. But miraculously, Salazar was back at the Nike campus coaching his runners just nine days later.

Salazar had faced death before, but he survived that and numerous other harrowing episodes thanks to his raw physical talent, maniacal training habits, and sheer will, as well as — he strongly believes — divine grace.

In 14 Minutes, Salazar chronicles in spellbinding detail how a shy, skinny Cuban-American kid from the suburbs of Boston was transformed into the greatest marathon runner of his era. For the first time, he reveals his tempestuous relationship with his father, a former ally of Fidel Castro; his early running life in high school with the Greater Boston Track Club; his unhealthy obsession to train through pain; the dramatic wins in New York, Boston, and South Africa; and how surviving 14 minutes of death taught him to live again.

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"A dramatic account of the risks and rewards of top-level long-distance running." Kirkus Reviews

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"A World Record holder who prided himself on his focus, inner drive, and admitted obsession with detail almost loses a race he never thought he'd enter: the one against time. How and why did Alberto survive for 14 minutes with no pulse? His quest to intellectually, emotionally, and spiritually answer these questions gave me a wonderful glimpse inside the mind of this elite marathoner." Frank Shorter, Olympic gold medalist, marathon, 1972

About the Author

Alberto Salazar is a three-time winner of the New York City Marathon and the 1982 Boston Marathon champion. Today he coaches world-class distance runners in the Nike Oregon Project. He lives in Oregon.

John Brant is the author of Duel in the Sun. His writing has appeared in Runners World, Outside, the New York Times Magazine, Rolling Stone, and Men's Health. He lives in Portland.

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ikbal, April 23, 2013 (view all comments by ikbal)
A quick, easy read. I decided to read the book because I was fascinated by the stories from his early Boston days and training with Bill Squires. And I enjoyed that section of the book.

But, I really enjoyed the latter portion of the book as well. There was something about his humility, from a not so humble individual, regarding his return to faith and its impact on his running that was enjoyable. It is a small portion of the book, but it hints at finding peace and contentment in the run that I seek.

As to Salazar himself, I think I am in agreement with his assessment of himself. It isn't arrogance, if you really are that good. Honesty about who and what you are is not arrogance. For a brief time, he was the best in the world and he knew it.

As for the book itself. It is written in very small segments, frequently a page or two. While the book moves chronologically through his life, there are a myriad of digressions both forward and back so that at times it feels a bit jumpy.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9781609619985
Subtitle:
A Running Legend's Life and Death and Life
Author:
Alberto Salazar and John Brant
Author:
Salazar, Alberto
Author:
Brant, John
Publisher:
Rodale Books
Subject:
Running & Jogging
Subject:
Sports
Subject:
Biography-Sports
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Publication Date:
20130409
Binding:
Paperback
Language:
English
Pages:
280
Dimensions:
8.4375 x 5.5 in

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