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In other sports, relentless head-to-head competitions are relatively brief, seldom lasting more than a fifteen-minute quarter or a three-minute round. In the 1989 Hawaii Ironman Race, however, those precedents were resoundingly broken. For eight solid hours, race leaders Dave Scott and Mark Allen raced side by side at a record-setting pace, each straining his own endurance to force his rival back. Then, with less than two miles left in the 140.6-mile competition, Allen pulled away, eventually winning by a scant 58 seconds. Matt Fitzgerald's Iron War recapitulates this famous race, adding immeasurable depth to that historic encounter by fleshing out the competitors and also providing fascinating neuroscience discoveries about how elite athletes can press themselves beyond their limits. Perfect Walter Mitty armchair reading.