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Forty-some years after the barrier was broken it's difficult to imagine how daunting a challenge the four-minute mile once was, but for a generation of world-class runners it represented the impossible dream. Roger Bannister, the British middle-distance runner who finally achieved the epic quest in 1954, wrote this stunning memoir of his life as a runner a year later; intelligent, analytical, dramatic, and graceful, it remains a sporting classic. Though two introductions have been added in years since, it's a shame that Bannister, a remarkable man who graduated from Oxford to a distinguished medical career, has never penned a more complete memoir. Still, his achievement as a young man remains one of the pivotal moments in 20th-century sports, and his account of that achievement is as good a glimpse into a runner's race toward greatness as has ever been written. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
This book got me excited to begin my own training program for a fast mile! Loved it.Published 15 months ago by D. Henderson
A well written and informative book, but the pages were of poor quality paper.
This book is an important part of history and I am pleased to add it to my collection.
I love a history lesson but to read these pages which were written over 50 years ago about the event itself was amazing. Read morePublished on September 21, 2010 by William H. Folk II
A must read for any athletics enthusiast. Deep and meaningful analysis of training for a true champion of his day.Published on May 21, 2009 by Plodder
May 6, 1954: 3,000 spectators, a number of competitors, one runner with a historic goal.
On that afternoon, Sir Roger Bannister broke through a mythical barrier, running... Read more
Short read, perfect for the summer vacation on the beach. A really talented man, amazing what he accomplished considering some of his training ( smoking and hung over collegiate). Read morePublished on December 16, 2007 by Philip W. Zielinski