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  • Hardcover: 336 pages
  • Publisher: VeloPress (1 Nov. 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1934030775
  • ISBN-13: 978-1934030776
  • Product Dimensions: 15.6 x 3.2 x 23.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (63 customer reviews)
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"The 1989 Ironman World Championship is widely considered the most epic race in Ironman history, if not all of endurance sport. In his new book "Iron War," Fitzgerald recounts in gripping detail the showdown between Mark Allen and Dave Scott. "Iron War" delves into the vastly different personalities and psyches of these two iconic athletes and presents an anatomy of mental toughness that both men shared." -- "Triathlete "magazine
"Dave Scott and Mark Allen had one of the greatest battles in sport history during their epic 1989 Ironman Hawaii matchup. Matt Fitzgerald captures the spirit of that duel in "Iron War: Dave Scott, Mark Allen and the Greatest Race Ever Run." "Iron War" really a book that should be on your bookshelf if you have even the slightest interest in the sport of triathlon, but it also is a great read for anyone looking for inspiration in general." -- Slowtwitch.com

"Captivating, animated, uniquely readable and downright thrilling. "Iron War" is a truly gre

"Captivating, animated, uniquely readable and downright thrilling. ["Iron War"] is a truly great read--and an ode to our sport with all its quirky characters and epic venues...It is absolutely comparable to Krakauer, Bowden ("Blackhawk Down"), or Sebastian Junger ("The Perfect Storm")... "Iron War" is what we buy books for: Excitement, entertainment, information and inspiration." -- TriSports.com

"A true page-turner about a too-little-known great moment in sports." -- "Booklist "(American Library Association)

"For any triathlete or endurance athlete, or anyone who wonders what it takes to be the best in sport, "Iron War" is an excellent read...Readers will come away with a very strong understanding and appreciation for two of the true legends of our sport...as well as a very clear look at the greatest race ever run." -- Triathlete.com

""Iron War" really is a book that should be on your bookshelf if you have even the slightest interest in the sport of triathlon, but it also is a great read for anyone looking for inspiration in general." -- Slowtwitch.com

"Fitzgerald eases readers into the nuances of the sport, capturing imaginations with a satisfying study of two exceptional athletes and what makes them tick." -- "ForeWord "magazine

""Iron War" is the very first time our sport has engaged in Krakauer-style journalism, where full-featured personalities are presented to readers without excuse, or pause, or an author's self-censorship. "Iron War" is Fitzgerald's Krakauer moment." -- Slowtwitch.com

""Iron War" by Matt Fitzgerald recounts the fabled Ironman world championship battle between triathlete legends Dave Scott and Mark Allen. By the end of the story, [triathletes] will feel like [they] personally know the athletes, raced side-by-side with them, and understands the amazing contribution they made to the sport." -- Active.com

"In his new book "Iron War," Fitzgerald recounts in gripping detail the showdown between Mark Allen and Dave Scott. Iron War

"Captivating, animated, uniquely readable and downright thrilling. [Iron War] is a truly great read--and an ode to our sport with all its quirky characters and epic venues...It is absolutely comparable to Krakauer, Bowden (Blackhawk Down), or Sebastian Junger (The Perfect Storm)...Iron War is what we buy books for: Excitement, entertainment, information and inspiration." -- TriSports.com

"A true page-turner about a too-little-known great moment in sports." -- Booklist (American Library Association)

"For any triathlete or endurance athlete, or anyone who wonders what it takes to be the best in sport, Iron War is an excellent read...Readers will come away with a very strong understanding and appreciation for two of the true legends of our sport...as well as a very clear look at the greatest race ever run." -- Triathlete.com

"Iron War really is a book that should be on your bookshelf if you have even the slightest interest in the sport of triathlon, but it also is a great read for anyone looking for inspiration in general." -- Slowtwitch.com

"Fitzgerald eases readers into the nuances of the sport, capturing imaginations with a satisfying study of two exceptional athletes and what makes them tick." -- ForeWord magazine

"Iron War is the very first time our sport has engaged in Krakauer-style journalism, where full-featured personalities are presented to readers without excuse, or pause, or an author's self-censorship. Iron War is Fitzgerald's Krakauer moment." -- Slowtwitch.com

"Iron War by Matt Fitzgerald recounts the fabled Ironman world championship battle between triathlete legends Dave Scott and Mark Allen. By the end of the story, [triathletes] will feel like [they] personally know the athletes, raced side-by-side with them, and understands the amazing contribution they made to the sport." -- Active.com

"In his new book Iron War, Fitzgerald recounts in gripping detail the showdown between Mark Allen and Dave Scott. Iron War delves into the vastly different personalities and psyches of these two iconic athletes and presents an anatomy of mental toughness that both men shared." -- Triathlete magazine

"In an exhaustively researched book, Fitzgerald recreates the famous race between Dave Scott and Mark Allen in the 1989 Ironman World Championship....[Iron War] captures the strength of character of both athletes better than any other publication to date." -- Xtri.com

"The real gems of [Iron War]...are the robust descriptions of the race itself: the pain and suffering, the strategy, the story arc. The telling of this story gives insight into the race far beyond what we could see on the ABC special...or on YouTube today. It's an insight that casual fans (and perhaps even athletes themselves) don't often get. And for that reason alone, [Iron War] was one I could not put down." -- TriMadness

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For over a decade, Dave Scott and Mark Allen were locked in one of the fiercest rivalries sport has ever known. This is the inside story of their rivalry. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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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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Entertaining and generally well written, but with a few negatives in my opinion.

1. There is a lot of what I regarded as 'filler', where Matt digresses into talking about tangentially related topics in great detail. For example, to illustrate the fatigue Dave felt in the final miles of the run, Matt puts a whole chapter together on Steve McGregor and his research into runners, including Steve's life story. In my opinion, this is Matt's answer to the problem of how to write a couple of hundred pages about a single race, where he had limited access to the principals. Which leads onto...

2. Matt constantly writes about what both men were thinking and feeling not just in the race, but at various moments throughout their lives. Matt is essentially guessing for most of this, and eventually I found it hard to suspend my disbelief. Matt is writing constantly about their innermost thoughts, but did not interview them at any length.

2. To quote Slowtwitch "Each man has guarded his privacy, and husbanded his image, as we all wish we had the discipline to do...Neither Mark nor Dave participated in this book, and neither is happy that the book is published ... Dave and Mark have filed suit against this book's publisher, citing "inaccurate and defamatory assertions."

Still, overall worth a read and I'm glad I read it. Not sure how interesting it is for those outside the triathlon community.
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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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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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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've been doing triathlon for just over a year now and I'd heard little bits about these two guys. Firstly, as a story I'd give this 4 stars. Matt Fitzgerald is clearly passionate about the subject and he talks about the race and it leaves you on the edge of your seat.

The best bit about this book for me was the science stuff and in particular the chapter on what marks these two guys out as "more" than others. Fitzgerald talks about a guy called Sam Marcora who did a study on Exercise Fatigue and it's really insightful but explained in simple terms. Basically it's about how we can always dig that little bit deeper than we think we can and it's not the muscles telling us "no", it's the brain. I did a ten mile run shortly after reading this chapter and I was able to push myself that little bit harder and clocked a great time. Seriously, it's worth reading.
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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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Having read both Born to Run by Christopher McDougall and also Iron War I can say that both are superb books. The story of the great rivalry between the two finest Ironman Triathletes is riveting.

The author cleverly weaves in between the history of each athlete and sections of the race. This gives a non athlete the feel for the pain that is experienced in an Ironman Triathlon and also the mental fortitude it takes to complete such an event.

It is a fantastic red for any Ironman triathlete and anyone who aspires to join the ranks of crazy people who have earned the title of Ironman. Having completed 3 Ironman races I know I have learned loads of great tips with this book and it has also helped me to realise that no matter what I might dream I will never be this talented or motivated!
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