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Strides: Running Through History with an Unlikely Athlete (Englisch) Gebundene Ausgabe – 18. September 2007

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"Cheever, a former journalist and onetime copy editor at Reader's Digest, melds reportorial skills, literary talent and a wicked sense of humor to capture the irony and indefatigable spirit of running in the 21st century....Beginners will relate to Cheever's inauspicious initial forays into fitness and exercise, and veteran runners can share his enthusiasm for the Kenyans and other leaders of the pack. The result is a joyous and inspirational ode to our transformative sport." -Jim Hage, The Washington Post

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BENJAMIN CHEEVER has published in the New York Times, the New Yorker, Gourmet, and Runner’s World. He has taught at Bennington College and The New School for Social Research. The author of the highly praised novels The Plagiarist, The Partisan, and Famous After Death, and editor of The Letters of John Cheever, he lives in Pleasantville, New York.


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A Running Classic 10. Oktober 2007
Von Gerson Halevy - Veröffentlicht auf
Format: Gebundene Ausgabe
Benjamin Cheever's Strides: Running Through History with an Unlikely Athlete will turn out to be one of the enduring classics of the sport, placed on any serious runner's bookshelf right beside Jim Fixx's Complete Book of Running and John L. Parker's Once a Runner. Although Strides is, in part, a memoir -- a lyrical and funny meditation on how a sport has transformed one individual's life -- it is also an entertaining and exhaustively researched history of the human being as a running animal. Starting when our remotest ancestors evolved the ability to run long distances in order to hunt for meat, Cheever's history takes us to Pheidippides' first marathon in 490 BC, to foot-races in Renaissance Italy and early America, even to a seemingly impossible 19th-century supermarathon from Constantinople to Calcutta. The sweep of Cheever's book is not only historical but also geographical: starting with his own comically self-effacing recollection of his first jogs in suburban New York, Cheever's account of his metamorphosis as an "unlikely athlete" includes his first marathon in Boston, his runs with soldiers in Germany and in war-ravaged Baghdad, and finally his runs in Kenya - the "University of Champions"-- where he hobnobbed with the likes of Kip Keino, Paul Tergat and Lornah Kiplegat. But this is a book that wears its glories easily -- leisurely enough to observe the odd historical detail, undogmatic in its informed discussion of health issues, generous in it democratic celebration of the sport, and always taking time for the many people met along the way.
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Well Paced 1. Oktober 2007
Von Bert Krages - Veröffentlicht auf
Format: Gebundene Ausgabe
This is a book that runners and nonrunners who like narrative nonfiction will enjoy. It explores various facets of the experience of running from historical, physiological, and personal perspectives. It covers a variety of topics including the author's transition from his bottom-of-the pack attempt to be a high school athlete to his transforming into a dedicated runner as he approached his thirties. Some of the topics I most appreciated were the debate over the healthiness of running, the Kenyan community, the role of running in the Army, and the author's experience serving as a volunteer in the New York marathon. I did not care for the chapter about the marathon in Medoc, France which offended my sensibilities about what runners should strive to be. Nonetheless, the coverage is justified by showing another aspect of the running experience. Most of the material is set around the marathon distance although other distance running is covered. The book is very well written and thoughtfully organized. The author is fairly humble about his running abilities but is actually very good at it. It is good that he applied his writing talents to a book that covers an important part of his life.
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An Instant Classic!!! 9. Februar 2008
Von Michael DENNISUK - Veröffentlicht auf
Format: Gebundene Ausgabe Verifizierter Kauf
This is one of the best running books I have ever read! Mr. Cheever is an average, dedicated runner but he is a superb writer. He mixes his personal history with running with the history of the sport. He shares his personal journeys both physical (Kenya, France, Greece, Boston, etc) and emotional. I think one of the reasons I enjoyed this book so much was that we are about the same age and have traveled similar paths in our running lives (but he's a lot better runner). This book is thoroughly researched and he draws on a wide variety of material. A plus is the book's Appendix which includes a list of his favorite 26.2 running books of all time. This a book for the runner and non-runner alike. It moves to the top of my best running books list. A GREAT READ!!!
A runner I could relate to 10. Juni 2009
Von Richard W. Hudson - Veröffentlicht auf
Format: Kindle Edition
Benjamin Cheever started off as an unlikely runner and in this book tells his story that began as "the fat man in green pajamas" and progressed to an accomplished runner and running writer. Cheever makes personal connections all the way through and that's what makes this book so enjoyable. I especially liked his trip to Kenya in hopes of discovering their "secret" to success. His experience at the Medoc Marathon has compelled me to place it on my life list of must-do activities. While many running books tell the story of world-class runners, this one tells the story of a guy not much different from most of us runners out there who shares his love of the sport.
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Not just for runners...for anyone who knows/loves a runner! 2. März 2008
Von Nelson Aspen - Veröffentlicht auf
Format: Gebundene Ausgabe Verifizierter Kauf
I'm sorry Mr. Cheever doesn't have a personal website to where we could direct fan mail, so maybe this will do. This likable literary sextagenerian has composed/compiled a marvelous collection of personal essays on recreational running that will honor and touch all of us who lace up our shoes most mornings. Touching, inspiring, thought provoking and (most importantly) identifiable tales of the recreational runner and all he/she endures in the mutually identifiable compulsion for personal achievement.

Such a nice book for the runner's collection. Thanks, Ben!
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