Endurance: The Extraordinary Life and Times of Emil Zatopek - Wisden Sports Writing (Hardback)
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Endurance: The Extraordinary Life and Times of Emil Zatopek - Wisden Sports Writing (Hardback)

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Hardback 320 Pages / Published: 21/04/2016
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Shortlisted for the William Hill Sports Book of the Year 2016

"A runner must run with dreams in his heart." Emil Zatopek. In the summer of 1952 Emil Zatopek became the king of the running world with an unprecedented distance treble at the Olympic Games in Helsinki.  Times author Rick Broadbent has written a vivid history involving blood and guns and a love that sustained the cruellest twists of fate. From heady nights at White City to the brave resistance during the Prague Spring, this is a book that plants the son of a carpenter at the very centre of a revolution. Whether talking to his rivals on the track or Red Army troops as tanks roll into Prague, Zatopek's humanity shines through and carries all. With traces of 'Chariots of Fire' and Laura Hillenbrand's 'Unbroken', Endurance is both a wonderful love story and a landmark tale of hope and strength in the face of crushing opposition. "It's at the borders of pain and suffering that the men are separated from the boys." Emil Zatopek

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
ISBN: 9781472920225
Number of pages: 320
Weight: 682 g
Dimensions: 234 x 153 x 33 mm

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 *
Broadbent reveals Zatopek's remarkable, poignant story with thoughtfulness and journalistic energy * The Times *
Meticulously researched and boasts extensive interviews with people close to Zatopek * The Independent *
This is the first proper biography of the man who revolutionised running but whose misfortune was to do so in troubled political times * The Times *
Zatopek'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 Zatopek'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 Zatopek's life, Broadbent spends many pages writing about the men Zatopek's life touched. It's an approach that works splendidly ... [It] gives the reader a better sense of Zatopek'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 *

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“The Life of a Forgotten Legend”

Endurance – The Amazing Life of Emil Zatopek

As I am not an athletics fan other than watching when the Olympic and Commonwealth Games are on TV the name Emil Zatopek was not one I recognised. When talking with... More

Hardback edition
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“Excellent read about an excellent athlete”

Following the great athlete's early life up to his first ventures on the track and of course the 1952 Olympics, including his 18 world records ,the book covers his fall from grace which was distressing for the... More

Paperback edition
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