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by John Brant

  • ISBN: 1594862621
  • Category: History
  • Author: John Brant
  • Subcategory: Americas
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  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Rodale Books (February 21, 2006)
  • Pages: 256 pages
  • FB2 size: 1443 kb
  • EPUB size: 1401 kb
  • Rating: 4.8
  • Votes: 425
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Beardsley, the most innocent of men, descended into felony drug addiction, and Salazar, the toughest of men, fell prey .

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, John Brant's 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.

Duel in the Sun book. This made me want to run Boston and meet both Dick Beardsley and Alberto Salazar, who regularly give speeches based on the events described in the book. Mar 08, 2010 Henrita rated it it was amazing. Recommends it for: my marathoning friends. I remember watching this race or at least being aware of it as a kid with a marathon-running dad. Now that I run marathons this book gives me a whole new appreciation for the sport and just how far it has come in 30 years.

The 1982 Boston Marathon was great theater: Two American runners, Alberto Salazar, a celebrated champion. The Description of the marathon isn't a massive portion of the book, but I think that its just right. You also get a look at Beardsley's life before and after the marathon, which builds the book into a more substantial work.

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Alberto Salazar, Dick Beardsley, and America's Greatest Marathon.

Duel in the Sun : Alberto Salazar, Dick Beardsley, and America's Greatest Marathon. 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. The race merely came to a thrilling, shattering end, exacting such an enormous toll that neither man ever ran as well again.

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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.

Duel in the Sun: Alberto Salazar, Dick Beardsley, and America's Greatest Marathon is a 2006 book by freelance sportswriter John Brant. Expanded from an article featured in Runner's World magazine, the book tells the story of two American distance runners, Dick Beardsley and Alberto Salazar, and how their lives changed after both men ran the 1982 Boston Marathon.

Brant re-creates the tense drama of the 1982 Boston Marathon and the powerful forces of fate that drove runners Alberto Salazar and Dick Beardsley in the years afterwards. 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. The race merely came to a thrilling, shattering end, exacting such an enormous toll that neither man ever ran as well again

Find many great new & used options and get the best deals for Duel in the Sun: Alberto Salazar, Dick . The race merely came to a thrilling, shattering end, exacting such an ermous toll that neither man ever ran as well again.

John Brant is the author of Duel in the Sun: Alberto Salazar, Dick Beardsley, and America’s Greatest . Michael Paterniti, author of Driving Mr. Albert: A Trip Across America with Einstein’s Brain

John Brant is the author of Duel in the Sun: Alberto Salazar, Dick Beardsley, and America’s Greatest Marathon. He is a writer at large for Runner’s World and a contributor to publications ranging from Outside to The New York Time. ore about John Brant. John Brant is the author of Duel in the Sun: Alberto Salazar, Dick Beardsley, and America’s Greatest Marathon. 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. San Francisco Chronicle.

John Brant re-creates the tense drama of the 1982 Boston Marathon―and the powerful forces of fate that drove these two athletes in the years afterwards"One was a humble farm boy from Minnesota. The other was the most electrifying distance runner of his time. In 1982, they battled stride for stride for more than two hours in the most thrilling Boston Maraton ever run. Then the drama really began. . . ." Thus John Brant sets the stage for the epic race that took place 23 years ago between Alberto Salazar and Dick Beardsley. Since Beardsley was only 26 and Salazar 23 at the time, everyone assumed that this would be the start of a long and glorious rivalry.

Instead Beardsley soon began a descent into drug addiction that brought him perilously close to dying. Salazar's decline was more gradual, his vigor slowly giving way to baffling symptoms that left him completely exhausted. Brant's portraits of the painkiller-addicted Beardsley and the depression-plagued Salazar are at once sensitive and hair-raising. The supporting characters are also richly drawn, from Alberto's father, Jose Salazar, a towering presence with a fascinating history and a former close friend of Fidel Castro, to Bill Squires, Beardsley's coach, a Casey Stengel–like figure whose oddball goofiness masks an encyclopedic knowledge of distance running. This elegantly written story is riveting nonfiction at its very best.


Reviews about Duel in the Sun: Alberto Salazar, Dick Beardsley, and America's Greatest Marathon (7):
Mitynarit
If you are a runner, like I used to be prior to my injuries, my gosh, this is a great story for you. I happened to buy a used copy, opened it up, and found that it was autographed by Dick Beardsley. Amazing! Even if you are not a runner, you will appreciate this man's grit and fire, as well as his battles.

This is a story of an underdog in many ways, an amazing runner who gives Salazar all he can at the Boston Marathon. Yet, even more, it is a story of a drug addict and his long road to becoming sober. I was moved by the story, and I have immense respect for both men. I think many of his will cheer for Dick Beardley, though, as he is such an underdog, like many of us associate ourselves as being.

I would highly recommend this book to all runners and readers.
mr.Mine
An excellent running book which is structured around a biography of Dick Beardsley's life. It especially focuses on the great marathon between Beardsley and Salazar, but doesn't over emphasize the narration of the race. The Description of the marathon isn't a massive portion of the book, but I think that its just right. You also get a look at Beardsley's life before and after the marathon, which builds the book into a more substantial work.

Young runners might be disappointed that it really isn't an "epic running novel" like Once a Runner or other books, but I think that is one of its strengths... as it dives into the life of a runner, and the long term impacts and struggles that running had on one of America's Greats. Serious runners will think that the details and development were somewhat lacking. The typical reader that would stumble across a book on running will probably find it just right. Therefore, it was overall a good book but could have been developed more substantially.
Qumen
Such a great book! It's very engaging, and quite a page turner. I have loaned it to friends, and they all love it. The story is interesting on so many levels, whether you're a runner or not. My husband thought it was hard to follow at first, because the story moves back and forth in time between the two main characters (who are real), but he loved it too.
Akinozuru
I didn't know a thing about either Alberto or Dick prior to reading, except that Alberto trained hard when he was in his prime.

I'd recommend the reader have some background prior to reading, whether it be running a marathon or knowing the legend of Salazar or Beardsley.

Is great to finally know the story and while understanding the background of each, I admittedly skimmed some of the history lessons that seemed like filler content, as I was most interested in the runners' training, character and the actual race itself.

I was sad to finish the book because I enjoyed it so much. So I just ordered Beardsley's 'Staying the Course' book to learn more.

Enjoy this, as I'm sure you will!
Umrdana
I couldn't put this book down, it was an astonishing read. Not only the best running book I've ever read, but really one of the best books I've ever read period. John's somewhat unorthodox, edgy writing style does a great job of capturing the drama and movement of these men's lives. It's just amazing to see how one single athletic event can shape an entire life. In a world and society obsessed with team sports and "winning at any cost", the true nature of individual sports and the quest therein seem largely lost and mis-understood -- perhaps as much among the participants themselves as the world in general. For those who choose to listen, this book tells a tale, not only of a unique moment in sports history, but also of a universal tale of life's soul-searching that often seems to lead the searcher "astray" but always ends up leading back to the self again. Fantastic honesty in this book, and kudos to Alberto and Dick for allowing the story to be told so fully. Very inspiring, and highly recommended reading!
Tygrarad
This book does a good job showing two runners in their prime: one who drank water during the heat of the race and the other who did not and thus suffered greatly. What we have in the book is an account of one of the greatest marathons ever run--a race so competive, neither runner would gave an inch to the other, and neither runner was capable of breaking away from the other, so instead they pushed each other further into unimaginable exhaustion. The result is that both runners exerted themselves to near-death. The tragedy is that neither runner would ever return to that peak level of performance. They all but destoyed their bodies, especially Olympic gold medal hopeful Alberto Salazar.

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