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Slaying the Dragon Through a rare combination of natural talent, hard work, and sheer determination, U.S. sprinter Michael Johnson won both the 400- and 200-meter races...Slaying the DragonNonfiction, Memoir Through a rare combination of natural talent, hard work, and sheer determination, U.S. sprinter Michael Johnson won both the 400- and 200-meter races...1996-11-29Regan Books
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Slaying the Dragon

Genre: Nonfiction, Memoir; Author: Michael Johnson; Publisher: Regan Books

Through a rare combination of natural talent, hard work, and sheer determination, U.S. sprinter Michael Johnson won both the 400- and 200-meter races at the 1996 Olympics, setting a world record of 19.32 seconds in the latter. What could have been an interesting inspirational autobiography may be summarized in three words: Practice makes perfect. Apart from a few interesting paragraphs devoted to the author’s dislike of fellow track star Carl Lewis, whose ”grandiose personality” makes him ”a bad winner, a bad loser,” there’s scarcely a sentence in Slaying the Dragon that couldn’t have been lifted intact from the children’s book The Little Engine That Could. C-