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"American Miler inspires while capturing the power of the human spirit! " -- Trisha Meili, author, I Am the Central Park Jogger: A Story of Hope and Possibility

"Dr. Kiell has written the definitive biography of a giant figure in American sport." -- Robert J. Corrigan, author, Tracking Heroes: 13 Track & Field Champions

"Enables the reader to appreciate the exploits and character of this great American hero—Cunningham the athlete and Cunningham the man." -- Howard Schmertz, Millrose Games Meet Director Emeritus

"Glenn's life is an inspiration to anyone with the will to succeed in the face of overwhelming odds." -- Richard Traum, Ph.D., Founder and CEO, Achilles Track Club

"I feel again the ache of muscle, the sear of lung, the sting of cinders as we stride. " -- Paul Borel, former classmate and teammate of Glenn Cunningham

About the Author

Paul J. Kiell is a psychiatrist, a former editor of the American Athletic Association Quarterly, a runner and a swimmer. His work has been published in Running Times and Runner's World.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 360 pages
  • Publisher: Breakaway Books (May 1, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1891369598
  • ISBN-13: 978-1891369599
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.9 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,093,464 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The true story of the incomparable Glenn Cunningham is one full of extraordinary perserverance and determination. Dr. Keill does a remarkably adept job of creating the world in which Mr. Cunningham grew up. This is the story of a boy so severely burned in a school house fire that doctors feared he would never walk again (his older brother died as a result of his burns in the same fire). He regains his ability to walk and run. His family suffers through depression era Kansas farm life and Glenn never gives up his dream of an education. His quest to become a world class runner is truly inspiring. The life he carves for himself after his running career ends is even more remarkable. GLENN CUNNINGHAM IS A TRUE AMERICAN HERO. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!!
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I had heard about Glenn Cunningham in elementary school back in Kansas. I had always wanted to hear "The Rest of the Story". Kiell tells it well - filling out what small town life was like in rural Kansas. I hadn't made the connection - but his story of overcoming a terrible personal trial to become a track star was inspiration for people suffering during the depression. To fill out the story watch Ken Burn's recent documentary on the Dust Bowl - this story takes place in that area. Anyway, Glenn rewrote the book on long distance running and won many races - later to receive an award for an outstanding athlete in Madison Square Garden in NY. He helped make the Mile one of the most famous track events. And to top it all off he left the world of fame to start a ranch and took in troubled youth. A wonderful heartwarming story.
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To understand Glenn Cunningham, one must understand more than the runner and the author does just that in his moving account of a life like no other. Not content with just feeding us events and stats from a bygone era when Glenn dominated the oval for a decade, the author over the life of the book layers the philosophy and personality of a truly great soul whose life's work arguably began after his spikes were hung up. While I was amazed at Cunningham's struggle to overcome his crippling childhood tragedy (and in the process become an icon of inspiration for a Depression era population strongly craving a hero), I was moved by his fervent desire to help troubled children on his ranch. In an era of millionaire narcissists who crave the pleasure and fame offered by their craft, Glenn stands out as a humble giant, eschewing money for meaning, and in the process living a life that was both singular and unforgettable. Not just another running book. Be prepared to meet a most noble character who tackled life on his own terms and who defined what it meant to be a tough and sensitive man.
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This book is well written and interesting. As a high school teacher I will use it to encourage students to make/reach goals.
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