The Perfect Mile: Three Athletes, One Goal, and Less Than Four Minutes to Achieve It
That said, there is a litmus test for predicting one's potential interest in T ...more
One review compared the book a bit to Seabiscuit, and it very much had that feel. As in the '30s horse racing captivated all of America, in the '50s middle-distance running was all the rage in many parts of the world. This is the backdrop for this bo ...more
I'm a running geek and a writer and I loved THE PERFECT MILE. I listened to it on CD.
It's the story of three athletes, Roger Bannister from England, John Landy from Australia, and Wes Santee from Kansas, USA, each of whom wanted to be the first to break the four-minute mile barrier, a feat many thought beyond the capability of any man. Author Neal Bascomb weaved the three men's backgrounds and race histories into a tale with enough tension to keep me listening despite the fact that I knew many o...more
Being a ...more
Here is the actual video of their final race together:
Anyway, Neal Bascomb writes one hell of a thriller. All around the same time, thr ...more
Ed loaned me his book "The Perfect Mile: Three Athletes, One Goal, and Less than Four Minutes to Achieve It," by Neal Bascomb.
Roger Bannister of England was one of three men, all track runners in the 1952 Olympics held ...more
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The Perfect Mile is a remarkable and inspiring read. Author Neal Bascomb introduces readers to three amateur athletes who attempt to run under a four minute mile. Bascomb meticulously recounts the men's training, failed attempts, heartbreak and sorrow. When one runner finally breaks the record, the emotion practically leaps off the page.
The Perfect Mile is well-written and easy to follow despite lots of interesting information and ...more
In the 1950s, three runners started getting close to running a mile in four minutes, which sparked a global media frenzy to see who can manage it first. These men were an Englishman Roger Bannister, an Australian John Landy and an American Wes S ...more
Even though I knew Bannister would do it fir ...more
Born in Colorado and raised in St. Louis, he is the product of public ...more