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Endurance: The Extraordinary Life and Times of Emil Zátopek (Wisden Sports Writing) Hardcover – 21 Apr 2016

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  • Hardcover: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Wisden (21 April 2016)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1472920228
  • ISBN-13: 978-1472920225
  • Product Dimensions: 15.9 x 3.1 x 24.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars 20 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 106,369 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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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
--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

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
LetsRun.com

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
Sport

Broadbent s biography is stylish and discursive
Financial Times

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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