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de Neal Bascomb

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They said no human could ever run a mile in less than four minutes. In 1952, three amazing athletes begged to differ. This is their extraordinary tale.
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Títol:The Perfect Mile : Three Athletes, One Goal, and Less Than Four Minutes to Achieve It
Autors:Neal Bascomb
Informació:Mariner Books (2005), Edition: Reprint, Paperback
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The Perfect Mile: Three Athletes, One Goal, and Less Than Four Minutes to Achieve It de Neal Bascomb

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When I say I'm a couch potato, I mean it in the sense that you might describe someone as a "confirmed bachelor": Is, was and always will be, by willful unceasing choice. So I can see you looking askance at my picking up a book about the men who were vying to run the first sub-4-minute mile. To which I say, I also read a book about a bunch of nerds running a student newspaper, and oh wait where was I going with this?

Anyway, Neal Bascomb writes one hell of a thriller. All around the same time, three very different men from three continents independently decided they wanted to be the first to break what was thought by some to be an unimpeachable barrier of human achievement: Running one mile in under four minutes.

Bascomb does an excellent job of pacing the story perfectly, though he was greatly helped by actual historical events unfolding in a pretty perfect ready-for-Hollywood fashion. There's the hardscrabble American running out of poverty to the University of Kansas, or two British Empireans (a budding English doctor and an aspiring Australian scientist) ran - before the professionalization of track and field - like no person ever had.

It's engaging throughout, and my only quibble is one you frequently find in historical books: Make sure you skip the pictures until you reach the end of the book, or the captions will spoil the story. That aside, picking up this book will get you as dialed in as the runners: It never really drags, and it'll keep you going until you finally reach the end. ( )
  kaitwallas | May 21, 2021 |
They broke the one minute mile and then there another hundred pages? I'm done. Not a bad read but not interested in more. ( )
  frfeni | Jan 31, 2021 |
Terrific. Really well-written - especially for a sports book. Very exciting, great character development and insight. ( )
  shaundeane | Sep 13, 2020 |
Gives the background to Basnnister achieving a 4 minute mile. We so often hear about how pundits were saying the four minute mile was humanly impossible. This book details the drama of three competitors who were all trying to be the first to achieve it. ( )
  bread2u | Jul 1, 2020 |
I didn't finish this - too dry, too much focus on their various training regimines...what they ate, how often they ate, how many minutes they ran and when. The writing style was more like a newspaper or textbook....boring. ( )
  Terrie2018 | Feb 21, 2020 |
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