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Product Details

  • Paperback: 202 pages
  • Publisher: Windsprint Press (March 1, 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0735103992
  • ISBN-13: 978-0735103993
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 8.5 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,182,909 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"...the perfect book for a high-school...runner who wants to learn something about the real work needed to challenge yourself." -- American Track and Field Magazine

"Murphy's niftiest writing is his version of Edelen's thoughts during his victory at the '64 Olympic trials." -- USA Today, 2-20-92

"[A Cold Clear Day] moved me with what I didn't know about an important American marathoner...." -- Sports Illustrated, 8-17-92 --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

About the Author

At the time of publication, Mr. Murphy was the cross-country coach for men and women at Rockhurst College in Kansas City, Missouri. As an athlete, coach, race director, and organization official, Mr. Murphy has been interested in track and field for more than thirty years. He is also a practicing attorney and an instructor in sociology at the University of Missouri at Kansas City. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By John Price (japrice@mindspring.com) on October 25, 1999
Format: Paperback
This is about One of the premier runners in American history yet he is relatively unkown. He prefered the relative solitude and training methods that are now employed by the great Kenyan runners before anyone knew of Kenyan runners. This book is a highly motivational book for anyone training to run a serious marathon yet it would be good for a beginning runner also. Buddy Edelen was a class runner who didn't need drugs or "aids" to set a world record in 1963. I have personally read this book at least 10 times and will no doubt continue to read it.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By M. Eichenlaub on January 7, 2005
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Reading this book was a delight. What got was that Buddy was nobody special at first - just another guy in the American collegiate system. Nonetheless, he took a risk, went to England to train with and compete against the best, and it paid off with a marathon world record.

The glimpses into Buddy's mind are great, especially the narrative portion about the Olympic trials at Yonkers. You can't read this book and not love Buddy Edelen.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on November 18, 2002
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What I found so amazing in Frank Murphy's work is his lyrical skill that makes this non-fiction book read like a wonderful tale.
Historical accuracy and insightful exploration of personal determination give a clear psychological landscape of the kind of athlete that put long distance running on the map of today's sports.
A must read not only for long distance runners, but for poets as well.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Mr. William L. Burge IV on October 6, 2006
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I really enjoyed this book. Other people may go for the swagger of Pre or the domination of a Salazar or Rodgers. But, of all the the runners I've read about, Edelen is the one I identify with most. I suppose it's because he's more of an unsung hero of American running.

The book is fairly well written, and unlike many biographies, it does not drag on with boring uneeded details. It documents the man that Edelen was and shows excerpts from his training to give insight, to those of us who run ourselves, the kind of grueling training he did.

One of my top five running books.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By S. Bylander on December 12, 2004
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As a runner in Alamosa, where Buddy lived for many years, I was shocked to learn one day that a friend of mine was the son of this former world record holder. Having of course never read the book, much less heard of the man himself, I found myself buying this biography of Buddy Edelen. What I discovered was awe-inspiring: a man who worked himself past the brink only to run into oblivion. Even had I not known some of the particulars of Buddy's life, "A Cold, Clear Day" impressed me with a great sense of respect for Buddy as an athlete. Beyond tough, he deserves to be remembered in the annals of running lore.
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