Neal Bascomb has one of the most eloquent writing styles I have ever read. His ability to draw you into the situation – the constant struggle, the excitement, the victory cheers that ring out – these are what is communicated.
The Perfect Mile is the story of a relentless pursuit of three men – Roger Bannister, Wes Santee, and John Landy – as they strove to be the first to break the four minute mile. From history, we know that Roger Bannister was the first to dip under the elusive barrier while being paced, but did you know that he was studying to be a doctor at the same time? John Landy would train at all hours of the night, because he too was juggling school work – he was huge into agricultural studies. Wes Santee grew up working on a farm, ran from place to place, and broke several of Glenn Cunningham's record.
Three men, one pursuit – the four minute mile. They ushered in a whole new philosophy for training, led the way for extraordinary accomplishments in the sport of track & field, and did it in the truest spirit of the sport – as amateurs.
Neal draws you into their lives through stories and accounts. Your heart skips a beat as the races unfold, as if you were present. I highly recommend the audio version as there is something about listening to it that captures your senses.
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