Today We Die a Little Book PDF

Today We Die a Little

  • Author : Richard Askwith
  • Publisher : Jonathan Cape
  • Release Date : 2017-04-13
  • Genre : Long-distance runners
  • Pages : 480
  • ISBN : 0224100351

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Today We Die a Little Book Description :

LONGLISTED FOR THE WILLIAM HILL SPORTS BOOK OF THE YEAR AWARD SHORTLISTED FOR THE CROSS SPORTS BOOK AWARDS BIOGRAPHY OF THE YEAR The definitive biography of one of the greatest, most extraordinary runners and Olympic heroes of all time, from the author of running classic Feet in the Clouds. Emil Zátopek won five Olympic medals, set 18 world records, and went undefeated over 10,000 metres for six years. He redefined the boundaries of endurance, training in Army boots, in snow, in sand, in darkness. But his toughness was matched by a spirit of friendship and a joie de vivre that transcended the darkest days of the Cold War. His triumphs put his country on the map, yet when Soviet tanks moved in to crush Czechoslovakia's new freedoms in 1968, Zátopek paid a heavy personal price for his brave defence of 'socialism with a human face'. Rehabilitated two decades later, he was a shadow of the man he had been - and the world had all but forgotten him. Today We Die A Little strips away the myths to tell the complex and deeply moving story of the most inspiring Olympic hero of them all.

Today We Die a Little  Book PDF

Today We Die a Little

  • Author : Richard AskAdditional Writer
  • Publisher : Nation Books
  • Release Date : 2016-05-24
  • Genre : Biography & Autobiography
  • Pages : 496
  • ISBN : 9781568585499

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Today We Die a Little Book PDF

Today We Die a Little

  • Author : Richard Askwith
  • Publisher : Random House
  • Release Date : 2016-04-21
  • Genre : Long-distance runners
  • Pages : 480
  • ISBN : 9780224100342

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Today We Die a Little Book Description :

LONGLISTED FOR THE WILLIAM HILL SPORTS BOOK OF THE YEAR AWARD The definitive biography of one of the greatest, most extraordinary runners and Olympic heroes of all time, from the author of running classic Feet in the Clouds. On the track, his running made him a legend; off it, his charisma and humanity made him a hero. No runner has generated myth like Emil Z�topek, the Czechoslovakian soldier who revolutionised distance running after World War II. The minutiae of his victories and training methods, the poignant details of his generosity and downfall - all have been endlessly repeated and reinvented, but the full truth never told. Z�topek won five Olympic medals, set 18 world records, and went undefeated over 10,000 metres for six years. He redefined the boundaries of endurance, training in Army boots, in snow, in sand, in darkness. But his toughness was matched by a spirit of friendship and a joie de vivre that transcended the darkest days of the Cold War. His triumphs put his country on the map, yet when Soviet tanks moved in to crush Czechoslovakia's new freedoms in 1968, Z�topek paid a heavy price for his brave stance as a champion of 'socialism with a human face'. Expelled from the Army, he was condemned to years of degrading manual labour, far from his home and his adored wife. Rehabilitated two decades later, he was a shadow of the man he had been - and the world had all but forgotten him. Based on extensive research in the Czech Republic and with unparalleled access to Z�topek's family and friends, particularly his widow, fellow Olympian Dana Z�topkov�, Today We Die A Little evokes not just an extraordinary man but a glorious age of athletics and a dramatic period in European history. It strips away the myths to tell the complex and deeply moving story of the most inspiring Olympic hero of them all.

Today We Die a Little Book PDF

Today We Die a Little

  • Author : Richard Askwith
  • Publisher : Random House
  • Release Date : 2016-04-21
  • Genre : Biography & Autobiography
  • Pages : 480
  • ISBN : 9781473524088

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Today We Die a Little Book Description :

LONGLISTED FOR THE WILLIAM HILL SPORTS BOOK OF THE YEAR AWARD SHORTLISTED FOR THE CROSS SPORTS BOOK AWARDS BIOGRAPHY OF THE YEAR The definitive biography of one of the greatest, most extraordinary runners and Olympic heroes of all time, from the author of running classic Feet in the Clouds. Emil Zátopek won five Olympic medals, set 18 world records, and went undefeated over 10,000 metres for six years. He redefined the boundaries of endurance, training in Army boots, in snow, in sand, in darkness. But his toughness was matched by a spirit of friendship and a joie de vivre that transcended the darkest days of the Cold War. His triumphs put his country on the map, yet when Soviet tanks moved in to crush Czechoslovakia’s new freedoms in 1968, Zátopek paid a heavy personal price for his brave defence of ‘socialism with a human face’. Rehabilitated two decades later, he was a shadow of the man he had been – and the world had all but forgotten him. Today We Die A Little strips away the myths to tell the complex and deeply moving story of the most inspiring Olympic hero of them all.

Unbreakable Book PDF

Unbreakable

  • Author : Richard Askwith
  • Publisher : Random House
  • Release Date : 2019-03-07
  • Genre : Biography & Autobiography
  • Pages : 432
  • ISBN : 9781473555525

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Unbreakable Book Description :

Discover a story that defies belief: National Velvet meets Downton Abbey with a splash of The Leopard. * LONGLISTED FOR THE WILLIAM HILL SPORTS BOOK OF THE YEAR * Czechoslovakia, October 1937. Vast crowds have gathered to watch the Grand Pardubice steeplechase, Europe's most blood-curdling sporting test of manhood. With war looming, the race has a brutal political significance. The Nazis have sent the SS's all-conquering paramilitary horsemen to crush – yet again – the ‘subhuman Slavs’. But Lata Brandisova, a silver-haired countess on a little golden mare, has other ideas... 'Heart-stopping reading' Clover Stroud, Daily Telegraph

Running Free Book PDF

Running Free

  • Author : Richard Askwith
  • Publisher : Random House
  • Release Date : 2014-03-06
  • Genre : Sports & Recreation
  • Pages : 304
  • ISBN : 9781448137909

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Running Free Book Description :

Shortlisted for the 2015 Thwaites Wainwright prize for nature writing Richard Askwith wanted more. Not convinced running had to be all about pounding pavements, buying fancy kit and racking up extreme challenges, he looked for ways to liberate himself. His solution: running through muddy fields and up rocky fells, running with his dog at dawn, running because he's being (voluntarily) chased by a pack of bloodhounds, running to get hopelessly, enjoyably lost, running fast for the sheer thrill of it. Running as nature intended. Part diary of a year running through the Northamptonshire countryside, part exploration of why we love to run without limits, Running Free is an eloquent and inspiring account of running in a forgotten, rural way, observing wildlife and celebrating the joys of nature. An opponent of the commercialisation of running, Askwith offers a welcome alternative, with practical tips (learned the hard way) on how to both start and keep running naturally – from thawing frozen toes to avoiding a stampede when crossing a field of cows. Running Free is about getting back to the basics of why we love to run.

Unbreakable Book PDF

Unbreakable

  • Author : Richard Askwith
  • Publisher : Yellow Jersey Press
  • Release Date : 2019-03-07
  • Genre : Women jockeys
  • Pages : 432
  • ISBN : 1787290247

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Unbreakable Book Description :

Lata Brandisová was a truly inspiring woman: a shy countess who achieved the seemingly impossible. Not only was she the first woman to win the toughest horse race in the world, she was also the first woman to even take part. She had to fight a ferocious battle against prejudice simply to get to the starting line. She then showed repeatedly that she was tougher and better than the best male jockeys of her day. She won her greatest victory at the age of forty-two, in circumstances of extraordinary historical drama, on the eve of the Second World War, in a desperate showdown with Nazi Germany. Some believe that, by defeating the feared horsemen of Himmler's SS cavalry, she provoked Hitler into war. And that, remarkably, is only part of the story. She was stripped of her title, she defied both the Nazis and the Communists and was punished by both, she had her home and possessions taken away, her heart was broken in love and her successes in the saddle resulted from an even deeper love between her and her horses. Above all, it's the inspiring story of a woman who stayed true to herself in a man's world, refusing to be swayed from her chosen path no matter what the dangers or difficulties. In short: it's the story of a woman who was unbreakable.

The Lost Village Book PDF

The Lost Village

  • Author : Richard Askwith
  • Publisher : Random House
  • Release Date : 2012-06-30
  • Genre : History
  • Pages : 368
  • ISBN : 9781407025285

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The Lost Village Book Description :

The idea of the village - unspoilt, unpretentious, unchanging and growing almost organically out of the landscape - is one of the most potent in the English imagination. Writers, artists and ordinary people have waxed lyrical on the theme for centuries, while today millions have left the cities in search of the rural idyll. Yet the village is plainly dying. The unchanging rhythms of village life, as experienced with little variations by generations, have vanished. But not without trace ... they exist in living memory. In the voices of men and women for whom the old ways were life-shaping realities. Richard Askwith, an award-winning writer and journalist, describes a journey in search of the quintessential English village, through dales and suburbs, down ancient lanes and estates. He captures the voices of poachers and gamekeepers, farmers and hunters, nurses and postmen, teachers and craftsmen, and demonstrates that, while the landscape more changed than we thought, the past is never so simple as we imagine.

The Race Against Time Book PDF

The Race Against Time

  • Author : Richard Askwith
  • Publisher : Yellow Jersey Press
  • Release Date : 2021-08-05
  • Genre : Uncategorized
  • Pages : 288
  • ISBN : 1787290522

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The Race Against Time Book Description :

Never before have so many people run so many miles, or set themselves such ambitious targets, in pursuit of self-fulfillment: marathons, ultra-marathons, extreme adventures. And never before have people had such high hopes of remaining vigorous and active - young in all but name - long after retiring from the work-place. Yet that last goal, perhaps more precious than any of the others, remains elusive. It can be done, but only a few succeed. Most runners succumb to injury or illness in middle age; others are defeated by dwindling energy levels, or by the gradual falling-off of their peers. They can only envy the charmed few who continue to enjoy the life-enhancing joys of running well into what used to be considered extreme old age. Horrified by the thought of breaking off his life-long love-affair with running, Richard Askwith began to think seriously about a question with profound implications for every enthusiastic runner: how can you keep running, happily and well, for the rest of your life - ideally, well into your nineties and beyond? Askwith's quest for the secrets of running longevity takes him on a long, mystifying journey: to laboratories and running tracks, cities and remote mountain villages, on several continents. He meets scientists and coaches, gurus and cranks, ninety-year-old sprinters and hundred-year-old marathon runners - and with each passing month his quest grows more urgent.

Unbreakable Book PDF

Unbreakable

  • Author : Richard Askwith
  • Publisher : Pegasus Books
  • Release Date : 2021-01-12
  • Genre : History
  • Pages : 440
  • ISBN : 1643136852

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Unbreakable Book Description :

The courageous and heartbreaking story of a Czech countess who defied the Nazis in a legendary horse race. Czechoslovakia, October 1937. Vast crowds have gathered to watch the threatened nation’s most prestigious sporting contest: the Grand Pardubice steeplechase. Notoriously dangerous, the race is considered the ultimate test of manhood and fighting spirit. The Nazis have sent their paramilitary elite—SS officers on a mission to crush the “subhuman Slavs”. The local cavalry officers have no hope of stopping them. But there is one other contestant: a countess riding a little golden mare… The story of Lata Brandisová is by turns enigmatic and inspiring. Born into privilege, she spent much of her life in poverty. Modest and shy, she refused to accept the constraints society placed on her because of her gender. Instead, with quiet courage, she repeatedly achieved what others said was impossible and rose above scandal to became her nation’s figurehead in its darkest hour. Unbreakable is a story of endurance and defiance in an age of prejudice, fear, sexism, class hatred, and nationalism. Filled with eccentric aristocrats, socialite spies, daredevil jockeys—and a race so brutal that some consider merely taking part in it a sign of insanity—Unbreakable brings to life a unique hero, and an unforgettable love affair between a woman and a horse.

Putin s Olympics Book PDF

Putin s Olympics

  • Author : Robert W. Orttung
  • Publisher : Taylor & Francis
  • Release Date : 2017-02-24
  • Genre : Social Science
  • Pages : 136
  • ISBN : 9781317813170

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Putin s Olympics Book Description :

President Vladimir Putin’s Olympic venture put the workings of contemporary Russia on vivid display. The Sochi Olympics were designed to symbolize Russia’s return to great power status, but subsequent aggression against Ukraine, large-scale corruption, and the doping scandal have become the true legacies of the games. The Kremlin’s style of governance through mega-projects has had deleterious consequences for the country’s development. Placing the Sochi games into the larger context of Olympic history, this book examines the political, security, business, ethnic, societal, and international ramifications of Putin’s system.

To Die a Little Book PDF

To Die a Little

  • Author : Hamilton Jobson
  • Publisher : HarperCollins
  • Release Date : 1978
  • Genre : English fiction
  • Pages : 182
  • ISBN : 0002313154

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If I Die in a Combat Zone Book PDF

If I Die in a Combat Zone

  • Author : Tim O’Brien
  • Publisher : HarperCollins UK
  • Release Date : 2015-09-24
  • Genre : Fiction
  • Pages : 208
  • ISBN : 9780007381760

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If I Die in a Combat Zone Book Description :

Hailed as one of the finest books to emerge from the Vietnam War, If I Die in a Combat Zone is a fascinating insight into the lives of the soldiers caught in the conflict.

Die a Little Book PDF

Die a Little

  • Author : Kris Obodumu
  • Publisher : Unknown
  • Release Date : 1997
  • Genre : Fiction
  • Pages : 246
  • ISBN : STANFORD:36105021297408

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 The Gospel Awakening   Book PDF

The Gospel Awakening

  • Author : Dwight Lyman Moody
  • Publisher : Unknown
  • Release Date : 1885
  • Genre : Sermons
  • Pages : 1010
  • ISBN : NYPL:33433068273477

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The Poetical Works of Wordsworth Book PDF

The Poetical Works of Wordsworth

  • Author : William Wordsworth
  • Publisher : Unknown
  • Release Date : 1881
  • Genre : Uncategorized
  • Pages : 707
  • ISBN : HARVARD:HWPK62

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The Way We Die Book PDF

The Way We Die

  • Author : David Dempsey
  • Publisher : Unknown
  • Release Date : 1975
  • Genre : Death
  • Pages : 276
  • ISBN : MINN:31951P004756824

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Tomorrow We Die Book PDF

Tomorrow We Die

  • Author : Elisaveta Fen
  • Publisher : Hyperion Books
  • Release Date : 1982
  • Genre : Civic leaders
  • Pages : 245
  • ISBN : STANFORD:36105039304808

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Furrows Book PDF

Furrows

  • Author : Joseph Pollard
  • Publisher : Unknown
  • Release Date : 1979
  • Genre : Church year sermons
  • Pages : 133
  • ISBN : 0918344085

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Today I Am a Boy Book PDF

Today I Am a Boy

  • Author : David Hays
  • Publisher : Touchstone Books
  • Release Date : 2001-08
  • Genre : Biography & Autobiography
  • Pages : 255
  • ISBN : 0743201272

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Today I Am a Boy Book Description :

When David Hays was sixty-six and joined a synagogue for the first time in over fifty years, he decided to study Hebrew and become a bar mitzvah. And so this father of two grown children and coauthor of the bestselling My Old Man and the Sea borrowed his grandson's Hebrew primer and joined a class of twelve-year-olds. Thus was launched a wondrous journey of faith and community. In Today I Am a Boy, Hays's new world begins to intersect with his own history as he grapples with his mother's death and watches his grandchildren awaken to life's wonders. At a time when most of us begin to slow down, the ardent boy in this eminent man has been reawakened. Today I Am a Boy is a brave, clear-eyed, and joyous examination of life.