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The Autobiography

Book - 2014
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On a late spring day in 1954, Roger Bannister became the first man to run a mile in under 4 minutes, inspiring a generation. In this frank, truthful memoir, one of the iconic figures of sport tells for the first time the full story of the dedication and talent that led to his unprecedented achievement, and of his professional life as a distinuished doctor and neurologist once his (strictly amateur) athletic career drew to a close.
Publisher: London : The Robson Press, c2014.
ISBN: 9781849546867
184954686X
Characteristics: 373 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm.

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Aug 11, 2015

Delightful autobiography about one of the best-loved athletes of our time. Frankly discusses how he worked his way towards achieving the "four minute mile", his successes at the world championships at several distances as well as his failures at the Olympics; his career as one of the world's most respected neurologists; and his later advocacy for sports at all ages and classes in the UK. The book ends with a discussion about performance enhancing drugs and doping, providing strong evidence that competitors were cheating with the kinds of illegal drugs we're familiar with as early as the 1920s, not the 70s as many have presumed. Many self-portraits of late tend to be self-serving. Sir Roger is about as humble a celebrity as one might find.

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