• The Perfect Mile

  • Three Athletes. One Goal. And Less Than Four Minutes to Achieve It
  • By: Neal Bascomb
  • Narrated by: Nelson Runger
  • Length: 14 hrs and 14 mins
  • 4.5 out of 5 stars (482 ratings)

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The Perfect Mile

By: Neal Bascomb
Narrated by: Nelson Runger
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Editorial reviews

Why You Should Download This Audiobook: Part of what it means to be human and alive is to achieve. We relish stories like Apollo 11 and Captain Matthew Webb's swimming the English Channel because adversity was overcome by extraordinary skill and effort. Neal Bascomb's account of the men behind the four-minute mile is just such a story, filled with struggle and relentless optimism. We were really impressed by it.

Publisher's summary

In the tradition of Seabiscuit, critically acclaimed author Neal Bascomb reaches back to the golden age of sport and crafts an utterly captivating narrative of what may be the most remarkable athletic feat of all time.

They said it could never be done. No human could ever run a mile in less than four minutes. In 1952, three amazing athletes begged to differ; English medical student Roger Bannister, Australian privileged son John Landy, and American farm boy Wes Santee. At a time when war raged in Korea and Edmund Hillary dared to scale Mount Everest, these three marvelous runners raced into the spotlight and stole the attention of a breathless world.

Dramatic, exciting, and gloriously reminiscent, The Perfect Mile is an endlessly fascinating tale of heroic achievement and a testament to the determination of the human spirit.

©2004 Neal Bascomb (P)2004 Recorded Books, LLC

Critic reviews

"Bascomb's excellent account captures all of the human drama and competitive excitement of this legendary racing event." (Publishers Weekly)

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