The Perfect Mile: Three Athletes, One Goal, and Less Than Four Minutes to Achieve It
Roger Bannister was a young English medical student who epitomized the ideal of the amateur ...more
That said, there is a litmus test for predicting one's potential interest in T ...more
You follow the life/careers of Roger Bannister (UK), Landy (AUS), and Santee (USA).
The book tracks their numerous failures, training regimes and how they worked to break the mile record.
There is a great deal of research that have gone into this book. Detailing races, feelings and emotions.
Few things as nice as listening to a well written running book, whilst running.
It was great hearing about the legends that have set the foundatio ...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
Being a ...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
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
Here is the actual video of their final race together:
Born in Colorado and raised in St. Louis, he is the product of public ...more