Running with Fire: The True Story of Chariots of Fire Hero Harold Abrahams [NOOK Book]

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Immortalised in the film Chariots of Fire, Harold Abrahams remains one of the all-time great British Olympians, but in many ways his true story is even more dramatic and moving than as portrayed on the big screen. Now, in this powerful and painstakingly researched biography, Mark Ryan vividly recounts the sprinter’s struggles and triumphs, his private heartbreaks and his drive to win. He shows Abrahams’ courage in the face of intense competition and prejudice, culminating in the BBC’s extreme reluctance to send ...
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Running with Fire: The True Story of Chariots of Fire Hero Harold Abrahams

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Overview

Immortalised in the film Chariots of Fire, Harold Abrahams remains one of the all-time great British Olympians, but in many ways his true story is even more dramatic and moving than as portrayed on the big screen. Now, in this powerful and painstakingly researched biography, Mark Ryan vividly recounts the sprinter’s struggles and triumphs, his private heartbreaks and his drive to win. He shows Abrahams’ courage in the face of intense competition and prejudice, culminating in the BBC’s extreme reluctance to send him – a Jew – as commentator to the 1936 Olympics in Berlin for fear of offending Hitler. Running with Fire also reveals for the first time how Abrahams and fierce rival Eric Liddell were actually highly critical of each other’s running style, and uncovers the key role Abrahams played in Roger Bannister’s historic four-minute mile.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781849543484
  • Publisher: Biteback Publishing, Ltd.
  • Publication date: 4/24/2012
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 384
  • Sales rank: 456,444
  • File size: 7 MB

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 7, 2012

    Jc

    This is a great book. I love Eric Liddel. He is big and strong. But he ran different buy it is a great great great great great book.

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  • Posted July 3, 2012

    Recommended

    For those who enjoyed the movie this comes at the right time with the London Olympics 2012 next month. The movie was an inspired piece of original script, wonderful directing and excellent acting.

    This biography will give greater insight into the life of Harold Abrahams one of the two main characters in the movie. The writing is brisk and very readable. Photos of Harold in his running days are included. Ryan has done his research well though it is a pity he did not cite endnotes and provide a bibliography in his book. I would also recommend The Flying Scotsman by Sally Magnusson which is on Eric Liddell the other character in the movie.

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