Duel in the Sun: The Story of Alberto Salazar, Dick Beardsley, and America's Greatest Marathon [NOOK Book]

Overview

The 1982 Boston Marathon was great theater: Two American runners, Alberto Salazar, a celebrated champion, and Dick Beardsley, a gutsy underdog, going at each other for just under 2 hours and 9 minutes. Neither man broke. The race merely came to a thrilling, shattering end, exacting such an enormous toll that neither man ever ran as well again. Beardsley, the most innocent of men, descended into felony drug addiction, and Salazar, the toughest of men, fell prey to depression. Exquisitely written and rich with ...
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Duel in the Sun: The Story of Alberto Salazar, Dick Beardsley, and America's Greatest Marathon

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Overview

The 1982 Boston Marathon was great theater: Two American runners, Alberto Salazar, a celebrated champion, and Dick Beardsley, a gutsy underdog, going at each other for just under 2 hours and 9 minutes. Neither man broke. The race merely came to a thrilling, shattering end, exacting such an enormous toll that neither man ever ran as well again. Beardsley, the most innocent of men, descended into felony drug addiction, and Salazar, the toughest of men, fell prey to depression. Exquisitely written and rich with human drama, Duel in the Sun brilliantly captures the mythic character of the most thrilling American marathon ever run—and the powerful forces of fate that drove these two athletes in the years afterward.
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"A beautiful, heartbreaking book . . . Like that marathon 25 years ago, Duel in the Sun is absolutely riveting."—Michael Paterniti, author of Driving Mr. Albert: A Trip Across America with Einstein's Brain

"It's an uplifting tale, all the more inspirational because it seems no uncomfortable detail has been spared in its telling. . . astonishing."—San Francisco Chronicle

"Two inspiring tales, well told."—Booklist

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781609616984
  • Publisher: Rodale
  • Publication date: 3/6/2007
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Sales rank: 246,556
  • File size: 3 MB

Meet the Author

JOHN BRANT has written regularly for Runner's World since 1985 and has been a contributing editor for Outside magazine since 1992. His writing has appeared in the New York Times Magazine, Rolling Stone, and National Geographic Adventure, among other publications. The Runner's World feature, on which this book is based, was included in Best American Sports Writing 2005. Brant lives in Portland, Oregon
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  • Posted October 22, 2010

    a great book for runners and non runners alike

    A great read told from both sides of the race. At times you felt as if you were there.
    I know it was not supposed to be a full biography on each man, but there were some points left out near the end that might have added to the story. I may have to read a biography on each to get the more complete stories.
    all in all, however, a story about life nested in a story about a race. If you ever get a chance to hear Dick Beardsley speak, do it.

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