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The perfect mile : [three athletes, one goal, and less than four minutes to achieve it]
Bascomb, Neal.
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Prince Frederick, MD : Recorded Books, [2004]

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12 audio discs (14.5 hr.) : digital ; 4 3/4 in.
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Subtitle from container.

Compact disc.
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Audiobook on CD


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GV1061.14 .B383 2004C Adult Audiobook on CD Audiobooks

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The Perfect Mile

Author Notes

Neal Bascomb was born in Denver, Colorado in 1971.

Neal graduated from Miami University (Ohio) with dual degrees in Economics and English Literature.

Neal's first book was Higher (Doubleday) which was chosen for a Barnes and Noble Discover Great New Writers Award. His other works include Perfect Mile (Houghton Mifflin), Red Mutiny (Houghton Mifflin), and Hunting Eichmann (Houghton Mifflin).

In 2014 his title, The Nazi Hunters: How a Team of Spies and Survivors Captured the World's Most Notorious Nazi, made The New York Times Best Seller List.

(Bowker Author Biography)

Reviews 1

Library Journal Review

Bascomb has written a comprehensive treatment of the quest to break the four-minute mile barrier by a trio of elite runners from Britain, Australia, and the United States. He chronicles their separate but gradually intersecting efforts to surpass a track and field milestone that eclipsed in the public imagination attempts to climb Mt. Everest, locate the North Pole, or circumnavigate the earth. British medical student Roger Bannister, whose scientific training methods and ferocious kick made him the first to crack the mile mark, epitomized the amateur ideal of athletic success combined with personal development. Australian John Landy, known for his front-running style, trained relentlessly on antiquated tracks in his quest to shatter the barrier. Wes Santee grew up in Kansas in the shadow of legendary runner Glenn Cunningham and turned to running to outpace the demons of an abusive home life. Nelson Runger's vintage radio voice is a fine accompaniment to the text; an excellent addition to the audio repertoire of public libraries. While university libraries will find the audiobook valuable, the print edition will be even more useful.-Vince Brewton, Univ. of North Alabama, Florence (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.