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The Perfect Mile: Three Athletes, One Goal, and Less Than Four Minutes to Achieve It

Bascomb, Neal

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ISBN 10: 0618391126 / ISBN 13: 9780618391127
Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, Orlando, Florida, U.S.A., 2004
Condition: Fine Hardcover
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Very nice copy in d/j about the story of Roger Bannister and two other men trying to achieve the impossible -- the four minute mile. Signed by author Bascomb on title page. Bookseller Inventory # 005888

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Title: The Perfect Mile: Three Athletes, One Goal, ...

Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, Orlando, Florida, U.S.A.

Publication Date: 2004

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition:Fine

Dust Jacket Condition: Fine

Signed: By Author

Edition: First Edition

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There was a time when running the mile in four minutes was believed to be entirely beyond the limits of human foot speed. And in all of sport it was the elusive holy grail. In 1952, after suffering defeat at the Helsinki Olympics, three world-class runners set out individually to break this formidable barrier. Roger Bannister was a young English medical student who epitomized the ideal of the amateur -- still driven not just by winning but by the nobility of the pursuit. John Landy was the privileged son of a genteel Australian family, who as a boy preferred butterfly collecting to running but who trained relentlessly in an almost spiritual attempt to shape his mind and body to this singular task. Then there was Wes Santee, the swaggering American, a Kansas farm boy and natural athlete who believed he was just plain better than everybody else.
Santee was the first to throw down the gauntlet in what would become a three-way race of body, heart, and soul. Each young man endured thousands of hours of training, bore the weight of his nation's expectations on his shoulders, and still dared to push to the very limit. Their collective quest captivated the world and stole headlines from the Korean War, the atomic race, and such legendary figures as Edmund Hillary, Willie Mays, Native Dancer, and Ben Hogan. Who would be the first to achieve the unachievable? And who among them would be the best when they raced head to head? In the answer came the perfect mile.
In the tradition of Seabiscuit and Chariots of Fire, Neal Bascomb delivers a breathtaking story of unlikely heroes and leaves us with a lasting portrait of the twilight years of the golden age of sport.

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NEAL BASCOMB is the New York Times bestselling author of Hunting Eichmann, The Perfect Mile, Higher: A Historic Race to the Sky, and Red Mutiny: Eleven Fateful Days on the Battleship Potemkin, which won the U.S. Maritime Literature Award in 2007. A former editor and journalist, he has appeared in documentaries on A&E and the History Channel.

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