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Iron War: Two Incredible Athletes, One Epic Rivalry and the Greatest Race of All Time [Paperback]

Matt Fitzgerald
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3 Jan 2013

Longlisted for the William Hill Sports Book of the Year 2012.

For over a decade, Dave Scott and Mark Allen were locked in one of the fiercest rivalries sport has ever known. The men, who seemed able to force their bodies into achieving the impossible, dominated the nascent sport of triathlon, continually pushing each other to ever-greater feats of athleticism and endurance.

On October 14 1989 the battle between Scott and Allen reached its peak at the 13th Hawaii Ironman, when the pair raced the 140.6-mile event side by side, for eight straight hours at breakneck speed. The eventual winner's margin of victory was a scant 58 seconds. In a profound psychological portrait of these two men, and a gripping exploration of the aching gap between triumph and defeat, Iron War tells triathlon's greatest ever story.


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  • Paperback: 422 pages
  • Publisher: Quercus (3 Jan 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1780871341
  • ISBN-13: 978-1780871349
  • Product Dimensions: 19.6 x 12.8 x 3.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (41 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 16,176 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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'A riveting read' Loaded.

'The greatest race in the history of triathlon' 220 Triathlon.

'It is a great read about an amazing event' Triathlete Europe.

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Longlisted for the William Hill Sports Book of the Year 2012. For over a decade, Dave Scott and Mark Allen were locked in one of the fiercest rivalries sport has ever known. The two once-in-a-lifetime talents, who seemed able to force their bodies into achieving the impossible, dominated the nascent sport of triathlon, continually pushing each other to ever-greater feats of athleticism and endurance. On October 14 1989 the battle between Scott and Allen reached its peak at the 13th Hawaii Ironman, when the pair raced the 140.6-mile event side by side, for eight straight hours at breakneck speed. The eventual winner's margin of victory was a scant 58 seconds. In a profound psychological portrait of these two men, and a gripping exploration of the aching gap between triumph and defeat, Iron War tells triathlon's greatest-ever story.


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5.0 out of 5 stars Absorbing. 11 Jan 2012
By smcoll
Format:Paperback
Having watched the highlights of the IronMan event in Kona over the years I vividly remember the rivalry between Dave Scott and Mark Allen. Long before the current hi-tech triathlete scene, these guys really were pioneers. Matt Fitzgerald captures the energy (and exhaustion) of the event along with a captivating back-story for each character so that we get to see so much more than than the one-hour highlight shows. A must for anyone interested in the history of the sport and endurance events in general.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great read, inspiring! 5 Jun 2012
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An inspiring book with a lot of great stories,I really loved the year by year battles these athlestes faced. I recommend this book.
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I was bought this book for my birthday. As a "recreational Triathelete" I thought it was fantastic. Really well written and interspersed with interesting views on the motivation to do, and succeed in endurance sports.

I think this is well worth a read if you're interested in Triathalon or not - the story is that interesting and well written.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Great story line - mediocre writing 3 Dec 2013
By RH
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The content of the book and main theme are riveting but it could have been better written. Worth buying and reading, Matt Fitzgerald is an accomplished coach / athlete so he has extensive knowledge but it probably would have packed more punch had it been co-authored.
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3.0 out of 5 stars enjoyable read for Ironman fans 2 Dec 2013
By mood08
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Easy read and great insights into an epic rivalry- worth a read for triathlon fans. Interesting to know the personal stories of these two great figures in the sport.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Not just a story about a race 20 April 2014
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The book covers the not only the 1989 Kona Ironman, but also the background, the science mad the obsession of toe men's pursuit of supremacy. A fascinating read with something for everyone.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Loved it 15 April 2014
By Matt
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Loved the rivalry, the back stories and the passion that both protagonists show in their effort for glory. A great read.
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By Jules m
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Enjoyed getting a sense of the different characters and journeys of the athletes....nice balance of character, story, and science...enjoyed
even as a non participant...
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5.0 out of 5 stars awesome read-sooo inspiring
Not a triathlon fan but this book was recommended as it would be inspirational & it delivered wee above expectations. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Glenn Maitland
4.0 out of 5 stars Great read
Thoroughly enjoying this book. It's inspiring in a way that is different to other books like this that I have read.
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Excellent book. As a runner who knows nothing about Iron Man I had no idea who Dave Scott and Mark Allen were before a friend recommended this book. Read more
Published 7 months ago by R. J. Alexander
5.0 out of 5 stars Great read
I'm not really a reader, but this had me hooked throughout. Finally used Kindle on my laptop because of this book.
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3.0 out of 5 stars For Ironman lovers only
An interesting read, particularly the beginnings of modern triathlon. How quickly everything changes and becomes commercial. Read more
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My two boys love these books and so do I. Great bed time reading, great price and great delivery, cannot ask for more.
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Excellent read, though too much detail for my taste of the sychology of the sport, however I would recomend this book for anyone interested in triathlon
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