If the word Fartlek sends you into fits of giggles, this is not the book for you. The Perfect Mile was a four-minute mile – the time three world-class runners were chasing back in 1952: British med student Roger Bannister; Aussie John Landy, a former footballer with an avid interest in butterflies; and University of Kansas student Wes Santee. Even if you know the outcome, Bascomb’s re-creation of events is captivating. Each attempt at the sub-four is more emotional than the last. Every 4:02 – or, worse, 4:00.6 – wounds. And though the record may be a distant memory (in 1999, Morocco’s Hicham El Guerrouj ran 3:43.13), there’s much joy and inspiration to be found here.
The Perfect Mile If the word Fartlek sends you into fits of giggles, this is not the book for you. The Perfect Mile was a four-minute mile -- the time three world...The Perfect MileNonfictionNeal Bascomb If the word Fartlek sends you into fits of giggles, this is not the book for you. The Perfect Mile was a four-minute mile -- the time three world...2004-04-16
Genre: Nonfiction; Author: Neal Bascomb
Posted April 16 2004 — 12:00 AM EDT
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