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A Man in a Hurry: The Extraordinary Life and Times of Edward Payson Weston, the World's Greatest Walker [Kindle Edition]

Nick Harris , Helen Harris , Paul Marshall
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Book Description

For half a century, Weston was one of the most famous people in the English-speaking world as the first age of international celebrity unfolded. The godfather of the pedestrianism movement - a sport that took the Victorian world by storm - he criss-crossed Britain and America on foot earning fame, fortune and notoriety in an athletic career that saw him complete some of the most amazing endurance feats ever witnessed. The co-authors have skillfully recreated a vanished world to tell one of the most amazing stories in sporting history.

Editorial Reviews


Praise for Nick Harris's book The Foreign Revolution: "Harris has travelled down the byways of football and life with great tenacity and insight and his gift to the world is twofold: a significant piece of sport history. And a blockbusting read." -James Lawton, The Independent. "Harris's strength lies in his tireless research, emerging with a series of stirring stories." -The Sunday Times "I can only praise his diligence and detail." -John Motson

About the Author

About the authors: Nick Harris is chief sports news correspondent of the Mail on Sunday, editor of and SJA Internet Sports Writer of the Year. Helen Harris is journalist by training and former national press officer for Britain's largest natural history charities. Paul Marshall is an historian who became interested in Victorian race-walking when researching the life of an ancestor. He is editor of

Product Details

  • File Size: 987 KB
  • Print Length: 272 pages
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B007OU7YHQ
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #850,765 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
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This is a fascinating biography of a unique athlete whose name has long since been forgotten, but who at one time commanded the attention of a half-million well-wishers in New York City, who greeted him upon the completion of his extraordinary walk from the West coast, across the US.

The book is well-researched, and written in a captivating way that is paced well. The extensive excerpts from the New York Times and other newspapers helps contextualize Weston's life within the rapidly changing American political, social and economic landscape.

We learn from this book that Weston was a complicated man who achieved extraordinary popularity in the US/UK, but who was constantly dogged by attacks on his reputation. Despite chronic financial troubles, he made strides that aided science, helped along the temperance movement, spawned the popularity of cocaine research/experimentation in the UK, etc. His duty to walking however, appears to come at a cost, and this book gives us insight into the ramifications his career had on his wife and children.

Overall, an informative, fast-paced enjoyable read. I would highly recommend it for anyone interested in sports, in late 19th-century America/Britain or simply for anyone interested in a concise and interesting biography about a now somewhat obscure American.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing January 9, 2013
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I had high hopes for this based on a review I saw in a magazine. The book is a bit slow. I only got about half way through and put it down. Maybe it picks up in the second half, but from what I saw it was just a series of fairly bland descriptions of the main characters' walking "feats".
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