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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)
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 Independent)
This is the first proper biography of the man who revolutionised running but whose misfortune was to do so in troubled political times (The 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 (Goodreads)
A fantastic read from beginning to end (Goodreads)
Rick Broadbent is a skilful and experienced sports writer (Times Literary Supplement)
The story of the greatest long-distance athlete in history - a tale of running, redemption and political exileSee all Product description
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His feat of winning the 5000m, 10000m and Marathon is never likely to be repeated and is described in detail. There are mini biographies of the other great rivals of the time most notably, Chris Chataway, Gordon Pirie, Vladimir Kuts, Jim Peters and Alain Mimoun, invoking the atmosphere of the period..
In the intervening years after his retirement for running the communist government of Czechoslovakia treated him appallingly - this was the great Zatopek after all - and it says much about the indomitable spirit of the man that he came through these dark days and remained Zatopek - the man - the athlete - the world star.
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.
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