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Today We Die a Little: Emil Zatopek, Olympic Legend to Cold War Hero

Today We Die a Little: Emil Zatopek, Olympic Legend to Cold War Hero (Paperback)

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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 Zatopek 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, Zatopek 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.

BiographyBiography: generalBiography: sportSport & HobbiesSports & outdoor recreationSporting events, tours & organisationsOlympic gamesSport & HobbiesSports & outdoor recreationTrack & field sports, athleticsMarathon & cross-country running Publisher: Vintage Publishing Publication Date: 13/04/2017 ISBN-13: 9780224100359  Details: Type: Paperback Format: Books
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Richard Askwith has been a journalist for more than 35 years. For the past 15 years he has been Associate Editor of the Independent. A keen runner and a lifelong admirer of Emil Zatopek, he has written two previous books about running. His first, Feet in the Clouds, won Best New Writer at the British Sports Book Awards and the Bill Rollinson Prize for Landscape and Tradition. It was shortlisted for the William Hill and Boardman-Tasker prizes and was named by Runner's World as one of the three best running books of all time. His 2014 book, Running Free, was short-listed for the Thwaites-Wainwright Prize.

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