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Usain Bolt
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12 Sep 2013

The autobiography of the fastest man of all time and a superstar whose talent and charisma have made him one of the most famous people on the planet.

Whether you know Athletics or not, and even whether you know sport or not, chances are you know Usain Bolt. The fastest man on the planet, not just now but ever, Usain has won the hearts of people everywhere with his mind-blowing performances and his infectious charisma – uniting supporters around the world.
In this, his full autobiography, Usain tells his story in his own words: from humble beginnings in Jamaica, to international stardom at Beijing and on to the new heights of superstardom he has reached since lighting up London 2012.
Full of the charm and charisma that has made him the most popular sporting figure of our time and a universal celebrity, this is a book that Usain’s millions of fans will love.


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Product details

  • Hardcover: 320 pages
  • Publisher: HarperSport (12 Sep 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0007371411
  • ISBN-13: 978-0007371419
  • Product Dimensions: 23.9 x 16.3 x 3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (54 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 15,024 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Usain Bolt is a Jamaican sprinter widely regarded as the fastest person ever. He is the first man to hold both the 100 metres and 200 metres world records since 1977. Along with his team-mates, he also set the world record in the 4×100 metres relay. He is the reigning Olympic champion in these three events, the first man to win 6 Olympic gold medals in sprinting, and a five-time World champion. He was the first to achieve a ‘double double’ by winning 100m and 200m titles at consecutive Olympics (2008 and 2012), and topped this through the first "double triple" (including 4x100m relays).
His 2009 record breaking margin for 100 m, from 9.69 (his own previous world record) to 9.58, is the highest since records began.


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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great man great book 27 Sep 2013
By Eileen
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Very interesting view into his life and what drove him to such heights. I highly recommend this interesting lively book.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Entertaining, but not really an autobiography 17 Dec 2013
By Neil VINE VOICE
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I found this book really enjoyable, it was fun to read and certainly quite entertaining.

BUT it did lack the 'life story' element - the book starts with Usain was already in training and gives pretty much no background stories about him growing up, etc. If you'd like to understand his motivation and journey through his sporting career then this book is for you. If you want something more in-depth and about his real life story then you'll be disappointed.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Sick(amazing) 10 Nov 2013
By Nats
Format:Kindle Edition
It is very good and cool, especially if you like athletics. He really lets you into what happens behind the scenes. LEGENDARY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Get to know Bolt 19 Oct 2013
By mollym
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It was a good read, fast and flowing like the man himself. I recommend it to all fans of Bolt and all those who doubt him because they don't bother to know or understand him.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable read 16 Oct 2013
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Learnt a lot about Usain Bolt, who comes across as a very likeable person. Never knew how he graduated to 100m so was a good read. Good delivery as well
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Informed, informative informal. 3 Oct 2013
Format:Hardcover
A great read about about a rare breed: the honest legend. Uses a very "easy" style which hits the spot, without losing any of its impact. I would heartily recommend it!!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Fun and Illuminating 24 Mar 2014
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If you want to know the surprisingly simple factors which have made him the Fastest Man on earth - read this book. Having been in the Bird's Nest Stadium in Beijing when he won the 100m in the 2008 Olympics, I loved reliving those magic moments.

A lot of fun getting to know the man and being inspired to achieve your dreams.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars What you see is what you get. 17 Nov 2013
By Rowena
Format:Hardcover
I thoroughly enjoyed this book. Unlike many autobiographies which make it very obvious that the writer is not really the character who is the subject of the book, this autobiography has Usain's voice and character from beginning to end. The same Usain we see performing and enjoying his sport at athletic meets, being interviewed post race and interacting with the crowd, is the character who speaks to us in this book. In addition, we get the back story - a peep behind the scenes and an insight into the Jamaican athletics world with a touch of Kingston party nightlife thrown in.

What shines through is the amazing discipline, pain and hard work which have contributed to making Usain Bolt the athletic icon that he is today. An enjoyable, accessible and inspiring read.
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Worth a read, not a lot else to say!
Published 19 days ago by Jules
4.0 out of 5 stars but it proved to be a good read with interesting insights into a...
Expectations were quite low, but it proved to be a good read with interesting insights into a champion's mindset and background work.
Published 2 months ago by FilM
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant
Fantastic communication, fast delivery. Thank you.
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An amazing book with a lot of exciting story it is amaZing gonna get the actual book get asphalt air. Borne
Published 2 months ago by Deborah, Titiloa
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent story
I really enjoyed this story and it was written very well. Right from the start of the book it is interesting and I have learnt a lot about athletics. Read more
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Enjoyed by both parents and teenages.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Underneath the Cool and the Fun, a lesson about motivation and hard...
Athletes learn how to endure suffering. Elite athlete are masters at motivating themselves to give their best at critical times. Read more
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3.0 out of 5 stars bought for grandson
bought for grandson 14 years old was able to read and understand this book as is into sports and Olympians at the moment.
Published 7 months ago by rossco
5.0 out of 5 stars great book
He is a great character, enjoyable read and would be good as gift for anybody who enjoys sport and biographies.
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