The Perfect Mile (2004) Neal Bascomb
With the passing of the great Sir Roger Bannister I highly recommend this terrific book about the great completion that occurred at that time between Englishman Bannister, Australian John Landy, and American Wes Santee. They were all amazing, breaking the 4 minute mile on cinder tracks with lousy shoes and antiquated training methods. Anyone who gripes that they can’t do something because they don’t have a nice enough _______ (fill in the blank) should read this book! I wonder what these guys would have run with 2018 shoes, tracks, and training.
Roger Bannister gave up competitive running to had a long esteemed career as a physician. What an example of a fine human being.