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Pre: The Story of America's Greatest Running Legend, Steve Prefontaine Paperback – March 15, 1997
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From his humble origins in Coos Bay, Oregon to his untimely death in a 1975 car-crash, the book follows Pre through his workouts and training, his glory days at the University of Oregon, his 4th place finish at the 1972 Munich Olympics, his battle against "shamateurism" and the Amateur Athletic Union, to his work for the then fledgling Nike. In the end, the reader is left with the images of both Steve Prefontaine the runner---spirited, fiery, and driving---and Steve Prefontaine the man---caring, dedicated, energetic, and independent.
This book will be enjoyed by both runners and non-runners alike. As Pre said: "Some people create with words, or with music, or with brush and paints. I like to make something beautiful when I run...it's style...it's being creative." Tom Jordan's work not only captures the essence of the revolutionary Steve Prefontaine but also ultimately measures up to his lofty paradigm.
Tom Jordan's writing in places still gives me chills every time I read parts of the book. The description of Pre's Olympic 5000m final is one of these sections. Even after reading the book over ten times, I still get chills reading the chapter on this race.
if it was possible, I would have rated this book a 15, but the scale only goes up to 10. If you are a runner of any kind, even a sprinter, or someone who jogs evey morning, and could never break 9 minutes for the mile, I would suggest reading this book. Perhaps it will inspire you to run faster, and set a new PR.
I'm going to end this review with the same sentance that Pre used to end talks to children: "To give anythig less than your best is to sacrafice The Gift."
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Loved reading it. A reminder of what you can achieve with hard work and sacrifice. What a shame to lose him so young. But he inspired the masses.Published 5 days ago by Premium7
Good story about an American runner with phenomenal speed at long distances. A pacesetter of his time in track and field.Published 12 days ago by Greg Perry
A book to remember the great Steve Prefontaine. A man of courage and wit. He will never be forgotten as the best American runner to this day. 5-30-75Published 1 month ago by E. Donker
Riveting, inspiring and educational. A great read. The man portrayed in the book is much more magnanimous than the one shown in the movie and that is saying a lot.Published 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
Loved, loved, loved this book!!! Well written book about one of the most mentally tough athletes ever. Great Read!!!Published 7 months ago by Ray Cattin
Spectacular book. I have been vaguely aware of the Pre legacy for a number of years but being from a different era it was great to see how he captivated the sport in such a short... Read morePublished 8 months ago by Kevin