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The 1929 Bunion Derby: Johnny Salo and the Great Footrace Across America (Anglais) Relié – 30 avril 2014

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What a Spectacle! 24 mai 2014
Par Mark Larson - Publié sur
Format: Relié
Charles Kastner dove deep in to the 1920s then wrote us a story about what life was like back then, in the context of a unique, and unbelievable foot race across America. The story of one racer, Johnny Salo, is the superstructure upon which the book is built. Yet so many more aspects of the race make the read so much more than about one man and a footrace. There is the circus atmosphere of entertainment brought along on the race, the sad drama of Seattle based African American runner, Eddie Garnder, facing down pervasive racisim on the run. The normalness of runners who stopped their lives to run across America. The fortitude of the runners to run day after day without the benefits of all our modern equipment, shoes, and clothing. The mystery of the runners running even though money to pay the winners was not likely to be delivered. This book gives a great view in to our American History but also human nature and the ability to do more than we could ever imagine. A good read!
An Amazing Read! Highly Recommend! 16 juillet 2014
Par Terry Cook - Publié sur
Format: Relié Achat vérifié
I found myself gripped by the characters from the very beginning! Kastner's book takes us back 85 years to a time when even crossing the country by vehicle was a long, harsh, and sometimes treacherous process. But to imagine running across the country pre-Nike, before there were Motel 6's every 50 miles, and before Gatorade and Gu came along, is simply amazing. Kastner does a great job in his follow-up to Bunion Derby: The 1928 Race across America, introducing the cast of characters and letting us feel as if we're right there with him. While this story is centered around Johnny Salo, characters like Pete Gavuzzi, Arthur Newton, and of course C.C. Pyle each easily interesting enough to be central characters in another story. The Keystone Cops travails of Pyle add comic relief in the middle of this grueling race readers find themselves thrust into. All-in-all a fascinating book! A great read, and an excellent job in chronicling an important, yet almost forgotten, event in American history. I sincerely hope Kastner's accounts of the 1928 and 1929 races are made into a movie. The stories and the way he has them unfold is a true American tale that would appeal to the widest of audiences!
An interesting bit of Americana through a bizarre (but oddly real and compelling) lens 22 mai 2014
Par Eric Fahlman - Publié sur
Format: Relié
There are so many interesting aspects to this book. I liked the courage and audacity aspect. These guys ran approximately 45 miles every day for months to get from one coast to the other. In addition, on some days, they would run 8 minute miles (or faster) for 40, 50 or even more miles. That is amazing just one time but to have run 40+ miles the day before and then to run 40 miles+ the next day (and day after day) just boggles the mind. If the author had not carefully researched (and footnoted) every fact in the book, I would have said this ultra ultra trek was not humanly possible (and could not have happened). It has inspired me to stop complaining about my 10 mile training runs!

The book is a lot more than just a running story, however. It is an interesting read. The characters are well developed and compelling. I found myself rooting for characters as they were hit by adversity (and it struck all of them at one stage or another). The end of the book is gripping. Stayed up too late to see how it would turn out (I won’t spoil it but suffice it to say the plot thickens and the ending is surprising). Finally, the late 1920’s Americana and historical aspects were great, the book is worth reading for such insights alone (even if you have never run long distance). In short, it is a glimpse into the past through a bizarre (but surprisingly real and compelling) lens.
A Must Read! 8 mai 2014
Par Jill Wood - Publié sur
Format: Relié
Kastner's book is a captivating account that follows the participants of the 1929 Bunion Derby as they race from New York to Los Angeles. The author really captures the excitement of the event and the trials and tribulations that the runners faced during their 78 day journey. This book is well-researched and gives the reader the opportunity to glimpse into the lives of the men who participated in this race.

As a marathon runner, who is exhausted after 26.2 miles, it is hard to imagine the physical toll of running an average of 46 miles each day. Kastner's book really brings the event to life as it follows the personal journeys of the men as they undertake this almost unimaginably difficult physical endeavor. I found the book extremely engaging. I would highly recommend this book!
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