By Ed Caesar
Simply released to amazing acclaim in Britain as “Hoop goals for runners” (The Spectator) and “a occasion of the human spirit” (The Observer), Hours is the 1st e-book from a blazing new expertise who “has demonstrated himself as maybe the easiest new long-form journal author because the arrival of John Jeremiah Sullivan” (The parent) and whose “reportage has the splendidly out of date think of the superior of yank journalism” (The Sunday Times).
Two hours to hide twenty-six miles and 385 yards. it's running’s Everest, a feat as soon as noticeable as most unlikely for the human physique. yet now we will be able to glimpse the mountaintop. The sub-two hour marathon would require a superb mix of velocity, psychological power, and patience. The pioneer should undergo extra, reside braver, plan greater, and be luckier than a person who has run prior to. So who will it be?
In this spellbinding booklet, journalist Ed Caesar takes us into the realm of elite marathoners: a few of the maximum runners in the world. during the tales of those wealthy characters, like Kenyan Geoffrey Mutai, round whom the narrative is equipped, Caesar strains the heritage of the marathon in addition to the technology, body structure, and psychology thinking about working so quickly for thus lengthy. And he exhibits us why this such a lot democratic of races keeps its brutal, spell binding appeal—and why we're attracted to try out ourselves to the limit.
Two Hours is a ebook a few attractive activity few humans comprehend. It takes us from big-money races within the usa and Europe to distant villages in Kenya. It’s approximately expertise, heroism, and refusing to just accept defeat. it's a booklet approximately operating that's approximately even more than operating. it's a human drama like no different.
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