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Bannister and Beyond: The Mystique of the Four-Minute Mile Hardcover – May 1, 2003
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"Denisons sweep of miling history appropriately honors the 50th anniversary of Roger Bannisters feat and will inspire the next generation." -- Craig Masback, 3:52 miler and CEO of USA Track and Field
This is an essential addition to the story not only of the mile, but of all self-mastery. -- Kenny Moore, American marathoning star and former Sports Illustrated writer
Those who read Jim Denisons well-written book will be well rewarded with information and entertainment in equal measure. -- Professor Peter Radford, Olympic bronze medalist 100m, 1960; former world-record holder 200m; past president of British Athletics
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People wondered whether it was the limit of human capability could anyone possibly run a mile that fast? John Landy
Everything came together for me that night: The track was perfect, the air was clear and fresh, I found my rhythm. Don Bowden
Running is everything that we are. Our mental, spiritual, and physical sides all united. Herb Elliott
Running well entails a degree of desensitization, and going through a process whereby you accept the pain that's necessary to run fast. Jim Ryun
The feeling that you can run forever like an animal is very special. It gives you freedom, that: to be light, fast, and strong. Pekka Vasala
The mile is the hardest to race because you have to be alert and conscious of ever-changing tactics. It's a true thinking man's race. In that regard, it calls for the complete runner. And add to that its mythical nature. It's simple and pure; almost magical. John Walker
I had this 60-second rhythm in my head: 60, 60, 60. It was like a metronome; it became as natural a sound to me as my own breathing or my voice. Eamonn Coghlan
Guys like Ali and Sugar Ray Leonard actually enjoyed the physical process of slugging it out toe-to-toe. It was something they regarded as a great challenge. And my feeling about racing was very similar. I relished the contest as an end in itself. Sebastian Coe
Coe and Ovett ran so hard, and pushed the pace, they made the mile more like a sprint. That changed forever how athletes approached the mile. Steve Cram
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Top Customer Reviews
Jim Denison invites us to hear these remarkable runners tell their side of their first four minute mile. He captures their spirit, philosophies and, occasionally, ego, brilliantly.
Some broke four minutes by accident, others to humble an opponent. Some were spiritual about it, others scientific.
Wow. Not at all what I assumed about four minute milers. As I am not a member of that elite group, I learned they're just like regular people. Just, uh, faster. I feel as if I know these men, despite their accomplishments as runners.
I expect my daughters will read it, embrace it, and chase the dream of the sub-four minute mile.