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Jonathan YardleyIt was Bannister, though, who won the race to crack the four-minute wall. How he did so is a dramatic story, and Bascomb tells it well. The reader knows how it turns out, of course, but Bascomb moves things along at a swift pace and builds suspense not so much over the outcome as over all the steps in getting there. He writes sympathetically and admiringly about all three men, describes their different approaches to training and race strategies, and fills in a lot of interesting background about the history of the mile.
— The Washington Post