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Running: A Global History

3.52  ·  Rating Details  ·  42 Ratings  ·  7 Reviews
In the past decade, the number of Americans who consider themselves runners more than doubled—in 2008, more than 16 million Americans claimed to have run or jogged at least 100 days in the year. Though now running thrives as a convenient and accessible form of exercise, it is no surprise to learn that the modern craze is not truly new; humans have been running as long as t ...more
Paperback, 320 pages
Published August 15th 2012 by Reaktion Books (first published January 1st 2008)
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Jul 23, 2011 Malcolm rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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This is an ambitious book that doesn't quite work – a global history of running since before the beginning of recorded history. Part of the problem might be Gotaas's 'day job' as a folkloreist, which might account for his tendency in the 1st half of the book to string together stories and tales in fairly unanalytical manner: he tells a good yarn but he doesn't really give a sense of how and why running manifest itself in such different ways in different places with such different meanings – alth ...more
Det här är en bok vars titel lovar mycket och lite nördig som jag är i mitt förhållande till löpning gick jag in i läsningen med höga förväntningar.

Jag har läst några böcker om löpning förut, men de har varit mer filosofiska till sin karaktär. Den här boken innehåller ingen som helst reflektion, utan redovisar helt enkelt olika förekomster av löpning genom världshistorien fram till den moderna tävlingslöpningen och joggingvågen. För att det inte ska bli lika tråkigt som det låter har författaren
Jozef Kuric
Feb 25, 2014 Jozef Kuric rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Presne v zmysle koncepcie školy Annales, kniha Dejiny behania ponúka aj množstva faktov z iných vedných disciplín, ktoré dopĺňajú mnohé autorom zozbierané kulturologické a etnologické informácie z dejín celého bežeckého sveta. Tak sa čitateľ dozvie množstvo informácií aj z religionistiky, psychológie, dejín merania dĺžok a času, olympijského medzinárodného hnutia, medicíny alebo gastronómie. Kniha môže motivovať čitateľa k behaniu, ale zároveň je dobrým spoločníkom aj počas lehnenia na gauči.

Richard Mayer
The book has good moments but perhaps takes on too big a topic to be consistently good but its best moments for me is when it considers the spiritual dimension of running and the various studies of the mental and physical benefits of the sport when the running boom got underway in the 1970s and 1980s.
Trey Meadows
just ok. nothing greatly revealing. lots of stories about running in various cultural contexts throughout world history. no great center plot line but a decent overall read if you really enjoy history in general and also run.
Nov 29, 2012 Steve rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Trying to cover so much ground that it leaves almost every aspect with little space to really go into it. Some interesting chapters on early running, and also how state-controlled athletics nearly ruined the sport.
Feb 20, 2016 Enrica rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Una serie di camei su vicende e personaggi. Ogni capitolo è un punto di partenza per una ricerca. Il punto forte è sicuramente l'ampia bibliografia.
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