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Endurance: The Extraordinary Life and Times of Emil Zátopek (Wisden Sports Writing) Hardcover – 21 Apr 2016
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FINALLY, the hidden life of a blazing star has been revealed, and it's even more spellbinding than I imagined. No one accomplished more on the Olympic track than Emil Zatopek, no runner was more revered and beloved, yet none of us knew what happened when he suddenly vanished from the outside world. I've been hungry to read this story for years, and in Endurance I found all the secrets, drama, and heartache of an extraordinary life. Endurance reminded me why we share this odd urge to burst out the door and run till we can't breathe, and how for one rare talent, it created greatest and most devastating moments of his life.
--Christopher McDougall, author of Natural Born Heroes and Born to Run<br \><br \>Broadbent reveals Zátopek's remarkable, poignant story with thoughtfulness and journalistic energy
-- The Times
Meticulously researched and boasts extensive interviews with people close to Zátopek
-- The IndependentThis is the first proper biography of the man who revolutionised running but whose misfortune was to do so in troubled political times
Zátopek's is a fascinating story of determination and drive... For the real tale, read the book.
-- The Pink (Bournemouth)
Rick Broadbent is an outstanding journalist and he has researched his subject deeply
-- Athletics Weekly
This 314-page book, although thoroughly documenting his races, constitutes a fascinating and often disturbing account of Zátopek's life off the track.
-- Athletics Weekly
Endurance is an excellent biography
A fantastic read from beginning to end
Rick Broadbent is a skilful and experienced sports writer
Times Literary Supplement
Rather than focus solely on Zátopek s life, Broadbent spends many pages writing about the men Zátopek s life touched. It s an approach that works splendidly ... [It] gives the reader a better sense of Zátopek s place in the world
Former Times athletics correspondent Rick Broadbent artfully weaves together the drama and heartache of Zatopek's extraordinary life, taking in the principles and eccentricities of a man who was, first and foremost, a phenomenal athlete ... a compelling read
Broadbent s biography is stylish and discursive
A brilliantly absorbing account of the life of the great 1948 and 1952 Olympic champion Emil Zatopek and his fall from grace during the Prague Spring --The Observer
About the Author
Rick Broadbent is an award-winning journalist and author. He has been staff writer at The Times for 10 years and spent 2007 13 as the paper s athletics correspondent. He has written eight books. These include That Near-Death Thing, winner at the British Sports Book Awards 2013 and shortlisted for the William Hill prize, and Ring of Fire, also shortlisted for the William Hill Prize. He was also the ghost-writer of Jessica Ennis s Sunday Times top-10 bestselling autobiography. He lives in Bournemouth. @ricktimes
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Even if you don’t like running, athletics or sport, this is an amazing read of an incredible man, whose world is full of drama, exhilaration, betrayal, love, political intrigue and, above all, a zest for life.
Emil Zátopek may not be a name known in every household, but this book should be.
Endurance is a cracking story, supremely well written and brought skilfully to life.
So in summary, probably 4/5 for the research and level of detail, but only 2/5 for readability.
It is ashame, though, that 'Endurance' loses its steam with Zatopek finishing his athletic career. Only 35 pages of the total of the book's 300 pages cover the last 45 years of his life. The hardship Zatopek must have endured is hinted at, but not well explained in any great detail and esp his role in the Czech Republic's Spring revolution remains obscure. Also, the recognition and celebration Zatopek experienced at the end of his life - I remember him well being the guest of honour at people's running events with the crowd loudly shouting his name - is not covered at all.
Net, a great book to bring to life Zatopek's athletic career, but indeed not his entire life.
It is an excellent read, well researched which not only describes in detail his upbringing and athletic feats but also gives great colour to the man himself his humour eccentricities and insane work ethic. It paints a picture of an athlete and character bigger than Usain Bolt is today , he was lauded throughout Europe long before the media age.
His life after his running career is only briefly described which does not fully illustrate the price he paid for putting his head above the parapet in 1968. His sad disappearance from public life for 30 years into a world of greyness, hardship, working in uranium mines, and denuded of his self esteem and status had few witnesses. One would have liked to hear more of the man in that half of his life which was totally shaped by the oppressive dehumanising hand of communism.
An excellent read
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