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The Four-Minute Mile, Fiftieth-Anniversary Edition Paperback – Bargain Price, May 1, 2004
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It's now about 40 years since I first read the book and I was very pleased it was republished in a commemorative edition.
Reading the book again was a joy. The book went very quickly and had most of the excitement of when I first read it. It was not surprising tha the prose and impressions seemed less mature than when I first read them, but that was to be expected as Bannister wrote the book when he was in his twenties.
I was disappointed that the pictures were not the same as the original edition, with perhaps too many pictures of Bannister in later years. The original pictures of the Helsinki Olympics and other competitions were an integral part of the book and it's a shame that they were missing.
Bannisters achievement in breaking the Four Minute Mile was a milestone (pardon the pun), as was the fact that he did it as an amateur and while he was in the middle of his medical studies. In my opinion his book is also a great achievement and is certainly worth the read.
The four-minute mile, the ‘Dream Mile’ to some, a seemingly insurmountable barrier fell on cool and windy day—May 6, 1954. With 3,000 people in attendance and the race broadcast live on BBC Radio, expectations were high. “The four-minute mile had become rather like an Everest,” Bannister writes in The Four-Minute Mile (1955). He was paced by friends and fellow Olympians Chataway and Brasher, whom he credits for their aid in the historic attempt. But just 46 days later on June 21, Bannister’s new record was broken by his rival, the Australian John Landy, setting up an epic showdown on August 7 at the 1954 British Empire and Commonwealth Games in Vancouver. There, the only two men at the time to have broken the four-minute barrier faced off for the first time in a head-to-head foot race with Bannister inching past Landy in the last lap and solidifying Bannister’s legacy.
“Records are the bare bones of athletics, like numbers to a mathematician,” Bannister writes. “Unless given a human touch they have no life, no appeal.Read more ›
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This book got me excited to begin my own training program for a fast mile! Loved it.Published 19 months ago by Amazon Customer
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