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Two Hours: The Quest to Run the Impossible Marathon by [Ed Caesar]

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Two Hours: The Quest to Run the Impossible Marathon Kindle Edition

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'Two Hours explodes out of the blocks, continues at a terrific clip, never flags and breasts the tape victorious, its arms in the air. Like the best foot races, it is tight, pacy and riveting. Like the best stories, it is about an apparently impossible journey. Give the man a medal' Esquire

'A delight to read. The definitive book on professional marathon running' Independent on Sunday

'Ed Caesar's reportage has the feel of the very best of American journalism - as if he has researched the matter to hell, spent his time in the field, nailed down every fact, then bashed it out on a typewriter with a cigarette smouldering in his mouth' Sunday Times

'Beautiful' New York Times

'Two Hours is a kind of "Hoop Dreams" for runners' Spectator

'I didn't think any book could make me interested in marathon running. Two Hours did that and much more. Ed Caesar's in-depth reporting explores one of sport's ultimate questions: is there a final human boundary and, if so, where? A terrific book: elegant, engaging and rewarding' Ed Smith, former England cricketer and author of Luck

--This text refers to an alternate kindle_edition edition.

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We are getting so close to the mark now... superb (Dan Jones Evening Standard)

The topic is one of the most profound there is: the absolute limits of human performance. (
Sebastian Junger)

A fascinating insight into the clockwork of what it means to be an elite athlete, always pushing at the edge of possibility. (
Colum McCann)

Explores one of sport's ultimate questions: is there a final human boundary and, if so, where? A terrific book: elegant, engaging and rewarding. (
Ed Smith, former England cricketer, Times Columnist and author of Luck)

This book explodes out of the blocks, continues at a terrific clip, never flags and breasts the tape victorious, its arms in the air. Like the best foot race, it is tight, pacy and riveting. A brilliant debut. Give the man a medal and a bunch of flowers (
Esquire)

Superb. Caesar has established himself as perhaps the best new long-form magazine writer since the arrival of John Jeremiah Sullivan (Richard Williams
Guardian)

Caesar wears his considerable research into most aspects of the marathon - its history, science, and the spectre of performance-enhancing drugs - with a loping, easy style (
Independent)

His reportage has the feel of the very best of American journalism - as if he has researched the matter to hell, spent his time in the field, nailed down every fact, then bashed it out on a typewriter with a cigarette smouldering in his mouth (
Sunday Times)

A fine study of human endurance and the competitive spirit of marathon runners (
Independent)

Lyrical and passionate... a celebration of the human spirit and what it can achieve (
Observer)

Caesar is very good on the personalities, mixing the art and science of distance running with vignettes about the athletes (Matthew Syed
The Times)

Caesar's
Two Hours explodes out of the blocks, continues at a terrific clip, never flags and breast the tape victorious, its arms in the air. Like the best foot races, it is tight, pacy and riveting. A brilliant debut. Give the man a medal and a bunch of flowers (Esquire)

There is much spirit in
Two Hours and much human warmth (New Statesman)

This portrait of Mutai ... reveals far more about the Kenyan mystique and the prospects for a two-hour marathon than any bird's eye survey could. (
Literary Review) --This text refers to the hardcover edition.

Product details

  • ASIN ‏ : ‎ B00SGJ5GQA
  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ Penguin (16 July 2015)
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • File size ‏ : ‎ 1836 KB
  • Text-to-Speech ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • Screen Reader ‏ : ‎ Supported
  • Enhanced typesetting ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • X-Ray ‏ : ‎ Not Enabled
  • Word Wise ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • Print length ‏ : ‎ 236 pages
  • Customer reviews:
    4.5 out of 5 stars 176 ratings

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