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.