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Running to the Edge: A Band of Misfits and the Guru Who Unlocked the Secrets of Speed by Matthew Futterman - Book Review

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$16.95
ISBN: 9780525562573
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Published: Anchor - April 14th, 2020

Bob Larsen is considered to be one of the great distance running coaches America has ever had, yet it wasn't always so. Many eyebrows of people in the running world were raised when he started his career in the early 70's with his unorthodox training methods, despite the fact that his runners were beating the best almost every time they raced. Larsen's training philosophy of running to the edge in a group and staying there was largely intuitive, but in time the science backed up what he believed to be true about getting fast. Futterman details the cast of characters drawn into Larsen's orbit, and the different reasons they run and seek to be the fastest runners on the planet. In time, they become just that. The writing is fast paced and pulls you along like a rabbit setting the pace for a world record. You don't have to be a runner to appreciate this book, but I would bet you will be one before you finish it. ~ Reviewed by Allen Boulet


I Had a Hammer: The Hank Aaron Story by Hank Aaron - Book Review

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ISBN: 9780061373602
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Published: Harper Perennial - June 12th, 2007

From his humble beginnings in Mobile, Alabama to his becoming baseball's all-time home run leader, Aaron chronicles the struggles facing black ballplayers in a newly segregated national pastime. He faced bigotry and even death threats as he neared the coveted home run record held by Babe Ruth, yet he did so with a quiet grace that belied the anger inside him. Aaron's reflection on his life and career is peppered with personal glimpses from some of the game's greats who played with and against him, all of whom considered him to be a great baseball player, but a better man. ~ Reviewed by Allen Boulet


Swimming to the Top of the Tide by Patricia Hanlon - Book Review

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ISBN: 9781942658870
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Published: Bellevue Literary Press - June 8th, 2021

A beautiful, lyrical book that takes us under the surface of the marshy coastline of New England. Hanlon introduces us to the unique ecology of the area where freshwater meets saltwater, from the fully immersive perspective of the swimmer. I thoroughly enjoyed it. ~ Reviewed by Becky Doherty


Waterlog: A Swimmers Journey Through Britain by Roger Deakin - Book Review

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By Roger Deakin, Bonnie Tsui (Introduction by), Robert Macfarlane (Afterword by)
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ISBN: 9781951142858
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Published: Tin House Books - May 25th, 2021

Deakin may be responsible for the resurgence in the trend of "wild swimming" with his own passion, and the book it produced. Waterlog investigates the history of swimming in the wild, while embarking on a personal journey to swim through Britain's river's, lakes, lochs and even moats. Stunning writing as always from one of the greatest nature writers. It will inspire you to take a dip, wherever it may be. ~ Reviewed by Becky Doherty


The Perfect Mile: Three Athletes, One Goal, and Less Than Four Minutes to Achieve It by Neal Bascomb - Book Review

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ISBN: 9780618562091
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Published: Mariner Books - April 6th, 2005

A fast-paced read chronicling the quest to break what had been considered an unbreakable human barrier- the four-minute mile. Bascomb tells the tale of the three men, and their different personalities and training methods, who pushed each other to achieve this goal. While Roger Bannister would ultimately prevail in being the first, it was the effort of all three that made it possible. A reminder that the ultimate barrier to human performance is not physical, but mental. ~ Reviewed by Allen Boulet


Satchel: The Life and Times of an American Legend by Larry Tye - Book Review

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ISBN: 9780812977974
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Published: Random House Trade Paperbacks - May 4th, 2010

Satchel Paige defied Jim Crow, led the way to baseball's integration, was a free agent long before free agency even existed, and was likely the greatest pitcher in baseball history. Larry Tye intertwines fact and mythology to tell this amazing story of an American legend. ~ Reviewed by Allen Boulet


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