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The Runner and the Path: An Athlete's Quest for Meaning in Postmodern Corporate America Hardcover – April 1, 2002
Top Customer Reviews
If you're a runner, there is a lot here that you'll find interesting, and even wonderful about this book. Read it for the great descriptions of running as a part of your life. I have to admit that I was (almost) tempted to put on some shoes and head off down the road. While I've never had even a glimmer of the draw to running that many people have, this book provided clear insights into the athletic attraction as well as the unexpected near-spiritual aspects of running.
This book really hit home for me on the business stuff. There are some very engaging anecdotes. You'll particularly enjoy them if you have a technical or telecomm background. Business books are usually devoid of any entertainment value, or even entertaining presentations of ideas; this book is compelling.
Ottati is easy to read. He has some straight-forward ideas that he gently introduces, then illustrates and expands on with stories and analogies that make clear, targeted sense. Later chapters build on ideas and stories introduced earlier.
Ottatis' thoughts are clearly presented. Interesting thoughts. Universal thoughts. Are they all entirely unique? These are mid-life ponderings that all of us have when we've gotten 20 years away from college idealism and are wondering, late at night, what it's all about. What is unique is that he has presented them in original fashion, with actual thought involved (!Read more ›
Those sentiments are the core of this book. It's not about running, it's about being a runner. The distinction is critical. I am a runner and author of running books. Ottati is a runner and has written a book that tells of how running has helped to shape his life. It's a good book: in places a great one. There are insights here about the importance of various aspects of our lives: hill running, career, family, corporate negotiations. I fluctuate between a four-star and five-star review, but some of the corporate lessons seem a bit obvious. But maybe that's just me...I abandoned that career path decades ago-about the time that I myself took up running, and my interest in corporate America is inherently limited.
Highly recommended to anyone struggling to make sense of their priorities.
Especially if you also happen to be a runner.
The focus of The Runner and the Path is Dean and his fascinating network of running partners who provide and provoke Dean's insights into the spiritual struggles of living in Post-modern America. From his faithful dog Izzy, to hot-shot corporate execs and of coruse, the inscrutable Closet Magician - Dean has run with them all. And from the first chapter on, you will want to run with them too!
The Runner and the Path has much to offer for both runner and non-runner alike. I have run sporadically over the years and Dean has renewed my interest in heading out on the trails. More importantly, having spent fourteen years in corporate America, I very much appreciated Dean's insights into the challenges of managing one's values against the frequent pressures in corporate America for results at almost any cost.
Dean's writing style is easy going and mature. He had me involved in serious introspection one minute and then laughing and grinning the next with his often Twain-like wry anecdotes.
The old Bulldog of Britain, Winston Churchill (who probably did not do much running in his life) once said:
"Men occasionally stumble over the truth, but most of them pick themselves up and hurry off as if nothing happened."
We should all thank Dean for not hurrying off! At least not without writing it down first.
I certainly look forward to his next work.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I love reading books about how running adds to life. This book is definitely in that genre. However, it is definitely not the best I've read. Read morePublished on July 9, 2013 by Colin Cameron
I am a cyclist, not a runner. But neither matters. This is a great book for anyone trying to find an answer to achieving balance between life, family, work and play. Read morePublished on September 29, 2008 by J. Lynne
Issues in the business world and how running helped him deal with those issues were very well articulated.Published on July 17, 2003
The promo says it's in the spirit of Pirsig's Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance - and it is. Read morePublished on June 25, 2003 by Brad Feld
I really enjoyed and highly recommend The Runner and the Path. Ottati takes the reader on a wonderful journey. Whether it's facing down real coyotes on the running trails of Mt. Read morePublished on June 10, 2002
When George Sheehan died a few years ago he left a void in the running literature. Dean Ottati has stepped forward as a very able successor to the role of "Running Philosopher". Read morePublished on June 8, 2002 by CC Coach Mike
well, the title is quest for meaning .... what I read are just simple stories and fables nothing reflect the so called "the meaning and the quest".. disapointed !!Published on June 7, 2002
This is NOT a "how to" book written by a "wanna-be" subject mater expert. This is a truly inspirational work that challenges us to face our "postmodern" human condition. Read morePublished on May 18, 2002 by Rob Bauer