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American Miler: The Life and Times of Glenn Cunningham Paperback – May 1, 2006


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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: 0.9 x 6.3 x 8.8 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: #800,691 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Michael DENNISUK VINE VOICE on August 4, 2006
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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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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Cindy Garcia on June 29, 2006
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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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Dave Dittemore on December 9, 2013
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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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By MissC on January 16, 2012
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I have to admit that I haven't read this book however, I gave it to my dad for his 84th birthday and he has been enjoying it very much. Glenn Cunningham was my dad's first cousin once removed and I remember growing up hearing the stories of Glenn's life; his tragic accident as a child; his perseverance to prove the doctors wrong; and the life he lived of giving hope and help to boys who needed a guiding hand. I am proud to claim Glenn Cunningham as a member of my extended family and hope that those whose lives he touched have paid it forward in their own lives.
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