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The Perfect Mile: Three Athletes, One Goal, and Less Than Four Minutes to Achieve It

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There was a time when running the mile in four minutes was believed to be beyond the limits of human foot speed, and in all of sport it was the elusive holy grail. In 1952, after suffering defeat at the Helsinki Olympics, three world-class runners each set out to break this barrier. Roger Bannister was a young English medical student who epitomized the ideal of the amateur — still driven not just by winning but by the nobility of the pursuit. John Landy was the privileged son of a genteel Australian family, who as a boy preferred butterfly collecting to running but who trained relentlessly in an almost spiritual attempt to shape his body to this singular task. Then there was Wes Santee, the swaggering American, a Kansas farm boy and natural athlete who believed he was just plain better than everybody else.

Spanning three continents and defying the odds, their collective quest captivated the world and stole headlines from the Korean War, the atomic race, and such legendary figures as Edmund Hillary, Willie Mays, Native Dancer, and Ben Hogan. In the tradition of Seabiscuit and Chariots of Fire, Neal Bascomb delivers a breathtaking story of unlikely heroes and leaves us with a lasting portrait of the twilight years of the golden age of sport.

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Spanning three continents and defying the odds, three runners' collective quest to run the four-minute mile captivates the world and steals headlines from the Korean War, the atomic race, and such legendary figures as Edmund Hillary, Willie Mays, Native Dancer, and Ben Hogan.

About the Author

NEAL BASCOMB is the critically acclaimed author of The Perfect Mile, a New York Times bestseller, Higher: A Historic Race to the Sky, and Red Mutiny: Eleven Fateful Days on the Battleship Potemkin, which won the U.S. Maritime Literature Award in 2007. A former editor and journalist, he has appeared in documentaries on A&E and the History Channel.

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Tim Cook, September 23, 2008 (view all comments by Tim Cook)
As a runner, I found this book to be captivating. As a reader, I was enthralled from the beginning even though I knew the outcome. A well written story of an exciting time in sports history.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780618562091
Author:
Bascomb, Neal
Publisher:
Mariner Books
Author:
ed, Kingfisher
Author:
Bascomb, Neil
Location:
Boston
Subject:
General
Subject:
History
Subject:
Running & Jogging
Subject:
Sports and Fitness-Running
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Cloth
Publication Date:
April 2005
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
8 pages b/w photographs
Pages:
344
Dimensions:
8.34x5.56x.83 in. .79 lbs.

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