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In the Long Run: A Father, a Son, and Unintentional Lessons in Happiness Hardcover – May 10, 2011


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux; First Edition edition (May 10, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0374192111
  • ISBN-13: 978-0374192112
  • Product Dimensions: 1 x 5.8 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #171,732 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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“A raw, penetrating and deeply moving look at the impact of fathers on their sons, the price of ambition, and the pressures on those in the professional world that lead to a false definition of success.” —John Ward, Huffington Post
 
“A poignant memoir about the nature of ambition and finding true happiness.” —The Daily Beast
 
“Got an urgent ‘you've got to read this book’ note from buddy Armen Keteyian, and I'm glad he was insistent . . . Good read, and some very good lessons.” —Peter King, Sports Illustrated
 
“In the middle of life Jim Axelrod lost his way. The road forward was dark, every given (marriage, values, career) up for question. How did he find his way out?  By running for his life. In the Long Run has all the elements of a hero-journey:  risk, suffering and transformation. But, being a consummate journalist, Jim narrates all of it with pitiless objectivity. Readers will bond with him each step of his journey, from the opening sentence to the last exultant mile.” —Ann Arensberg, winner of the National Book Award
 
“Jim Axelrod has written a tender and searingly honest book about life as a television network news correspondent: the self-doubt, the occasional humiliation, the risks, and the irrational and disproportionate price that the family pays to pave the road to success. He writes with all the understanding and hopelessness of an addict. As someone who has spent almost fifty years mainlining, I can testify that Jim has it right.” —Ted Koppel
 
“Jim Axelrod writes with passion and compassion. As the son of a marathoner and father of a young boy myself, In the Long Run had me hooked from the first sentence and kept me thoroughly engaged to the last. A terrific read!” —Dean Karnazes, New York Times bestselling author and marathoner
 
“An inspiration to runners and non-runners alike—and a reminder that the love of a family has no finish line.” —Bernard Lagat, two-time Olympic medalist and American Record Holder
 
“If Jim Axelrod had written a book just about his years covering war and the White House for CBS News, that would have been enough for us. Had he written a book just about his ongoing relationship with his dead father, that would have been enough for us. Had he written a book just about his effort to run a marathon, that would have been enough for us. In the Long Run is an uncommonly rich and layered book about the mad pace of modern life and the secret pleasures of the ten-minute mile. I loved it.” —Michael Bamberger, senior writer, Sports Illustrated
 
“A wise and wonderful story about fathers and sons, the price of blind ambition, and the redemptive power of finding your own stretch of the road.” —Mark Frost, New York Times bestselling author of The Match: The Day the Game of Golf Changed Forever
 
“A meditation on work, life, and love by one of America’s leading television journalists, In the Long Run is perceptive, passionate, poignant, and wise. It’s a must-read.” —Glenn C. Altschuler, Thomas and Dorothy Litwin Professor of American Studies, Cornell University
 
“Axelrod has a novelist’s gift for storytelling, and his father, Bob, is as vivid to us as he is in his son’s memories. A fine memoir.” David Pitt, Booklist
 
“In this well-written, honest memoir, Axelrod, a national correspondent for CBS News, describes the dramatic effect of receiving an e-mail with his deceased father’s New York City marathon times, which inspired him to train for the 2009 New York City marathon in the hope of beating the race time his father achieved at the author’s age, 46. Of course, such an undertaking is a manifestation of larger issues, and Axelrod lays his midlife crisis bare while recounting the ups and downs of his training regimen. Jumping back and forth between the present and past, Axelrod explores his relationship with his father, a complex man who took to running to deal with his confusion about how to handle his fatherly and social obligations. A father and husband himself, Axelrod, who left to cover the Iraq War when his wife was pregnant, has his own domestic issues, mostly due to his traveling incessantly and listening to his father's advice to ‘never say no’ to his employer. Like the mirrored relationship of Axelrod and his father, the book’s other stories have a pleasing symmetry, as can be seen in the parallel accounts of the author’s physical ailments, like a painful calf injury, and his emotional problems that culminate in a bout of ‘acute stress response’ brought on by a near-death experience while working in Iraq.” —Publishers Weekly (starred review)

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Jim Axelrod, a national correspondent for CBS News, previously served as chief White House correspondent.

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16 of 19 people found the following review helpful By NY musician on May 17, 2011
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In the Long Run is one of those rare memoirs that offers the reader the satisfaction of traveling along with a very engaging writer as he takes stock of his life, and finds the answers to the questions that many of us have. Who am I, and how the heck did I manage to get as bungled up as I find myself to be in the middle of my life?

Jim Axelrod's story skillfully weaves together the threads of his life as a father and husband, son of a charismatic but enigmatic man, television reporter, and aspiring athlete. At times unflinchingly revealing, entertaining, nostalgic, and frequently inspiring, I found this book to be a great read, and didn't want it to end. Also, all the parts about going from being somewhat (ahem) out of shape to running a marathon were great. It would make a fantastic Father's Day gift from either generation to the other. A journey through some of life's deeper, darker questions and the answers which led to a place of quiet contentment and happiness.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By BradleySBarth on July 26, 2011
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I picked up this book because it resonated with me on many levels: I am training for my first marathon. My father died relatively young. I had a career change that rocked my professional life as well. I am also a father raising a family and care about their future happiness and well being. But, I enjoyed this book for not only the things the author and I had in common but for HOW it was written. Funny, self-deprecating, honest and without ego - this must have been a tough one to put out there for the general public (and his colleagues) to read. I'm reminded of the scene in Cameron Crowe's Jerry Maguire when Jerry realizes his Mission Statement had already been delivered - should I have really done that? But all great art is ultimately honest and journalists are notorious for keeping an impeccable image - mostly so THEY don't become the news e.g Dan Rather. So kudos to a professional that bared his heart and exposed his weaknesses - we all have them, we are not all willing to share and help others learn to overcome and/or live with them. Makes me want to watch for Jim Axelrod stories on the news now.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Hugh John Flannery on April 25, 2014
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Jim's story is an insightful perspective on how important family and friends are, how the demands of a successful professional career can distract one from the more important goal and how running can help one understand the difference between personal fulfillment and professional success. One does not have to be a runner to relate to Jim's experience or to enjoy the read.
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Enviroprof on June 7, 2011
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A great read - very hard to put down! In the Long Run is an excellent, extremely thoughtful and engaging memoir about family, work/life balance, broadcast journalism, and running. Jim Axelrod's simultaneous struggle to come to grips with his dad's memory, and to balance career and family, gain control over his own physical and mental well-being, train for the NYC Marathon, and deal with the ups and downs of the broadcast journalism profession at a time when network news faces serious challenges is really moving and resonates with the struggles many of us face in midlife. Axelrod writes with an honesty and self-criticism that would be almost painful were it not relieved with some nice touches of humor. Though there are many themes to this book, they all come together with a remarkable unity. And the ending is truly exhilarating.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Anita Colman on September 16, 2011
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I give Jim Axelrod credit for being honest about his shortcomings. Driven by ambition for years, he has this epiphany that status doesn't necessarily equal happiness. Yet, when writing about his daughter's bat mitzvah, he reveals how status conscious he still is. She wore a dress from Anthropology, a silver Tiffany peace-sign, and had her hair done at a trendy salon in Adams Morgan. Yuk. I'm Jewish and these symbols of wealth/status have nothing to do with the tradition of bat mitzvah.
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By Joe Picciotto on January 28, 2014
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A touching and wonderfully well written story from one of the truly gifted journalists in the business. Jim holds nothing back while taking the reader along with him on an amazing journey. Thanks for this Jim.
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By Indigo Montoya on November 29, 2012
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i've always been a Jim Axelrod fan and this sealed the deal. he writes as though he's sitting in my living room and telling me the story. and the read came just in time - as he was dealing with his father's death, so was i. it's an inspirational story.
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By N M M on January 11, 2012
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I found this book to be a little annoying. Axelrod is totally wrapped up in the success of his career. Hopefully he's got that all figured out now though I am not certain at the end of the book. I like the chapters written specifically about running though.
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