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Iron War: Two Incredible Athletes. One Epic Rivalry. The Greatest Race of All Time. (English Edition) par [Fitzgerald, Matt]
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'The greatest race in the history of triathlon' 220 Triathlon. (220 Triathlon)

'A riveting read' Loaded. (Loaded magazine)

'It is a great read about an amazing event' Triathlete Europe. (Triathlete Europe)

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Longlisted for the William Hill Sports Book of the Year 2012.

On October 14, 1989, driven by one of the most intense and lasting two-man rivalries in any sport, a pair of generational talents at the height of their powers ran a race that redefined human limits.

The battle between Dave Scott and Mark Allen at the 13th Hawaii Ironman stands as one of the most dramatic stories in the history of athletics. The two greatest athletes of triathlon's pioneering generation raced side by side, literally, for eight straight hours at breakneck speed before Allen finally tore away from his longtime nemesis with less than two miles left in the 140.6-mile event. His margin of victory was a scant 58 seconds. So intense was the drama, the race came to be known as 'Iron War' - the single most awe-inspiring sporting event ever witnessed.

More than a compelling story, Iron War is a fascinating exploration of how Scott and Allen pushed themselves and each other - and what it takes for anyone to break through perceived limits. Much as Christopher McDougall added depth to Born to Run by tying in new research on the evolutionary origins of humans as runners, Iron War shows how new discoveries in neuroscience explain how some elite athletes are able to literally will their bodies to do things that should be beyond their capacities. The book weaves an examination of the anatomy of mental toughness into a gripping tale of athletic adventure. With its emotional and intellectual depth, Iron War is a captivating and thought-provoking portrait of the human will.


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  • Format : Format Kindle
  • Taille du fichier : 5588 KB
  • Nombre de pages de l'édition imprimée : 433 pages
  • Editeur : Quercus (22 décembre 2011)
  • Vendu par : Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Langue : Anglais
  • ISBN-10: 1780871333
  • ISBN-13: 978-1780871332
  • ASIN: B006PI6UYQ
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Une histoire vraie, enthousiasmante, des héros hors normes ! 2 champions dont on découvre et apprend à connaître les forces et faiblesse, et finalement la course, l'Ironman d'Hawaii, un triathlon que l'on vit de l'intérieur, comme si on y était. On imagine bien cet environnement "hostile" à toutes activités sportives, et les 2 champions qui se battent aux coude à coudes pendant plus de 8 heures : tout simplement EXTRAORDINAIRE ...
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Pour les amoureux du triathlon, ce livre est un must. Une controverse existe cependant sur le côté "romancé" de l'écriture de Matt Fitzgerald. Ceci-dit, c'est bien sympa à lire : ces deux types sont des malades !
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Intéressant, parfois, confus, souvent mais bien écrit et globalement éclairant.
Renié par les principaux intéressés mais ça reste un bon bouquin, pour un récit sportif, s'entend !
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Gorgeous tale about two remarkable men 7 octobre 2011
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The short answer is that I found Iron War to be an eloquently written homage to two great athletes who really, truly put on one of the most extraordinary displays of gumption, grit, and competitive fire I have ever known. So meticulously wrought is the human dimension of this epic saga that I should think even non-athletes would find the story compelling and meaningful. The book offers depth along multiple dimensions, from rich background on the sport itself, to a controversial degree of detail about the lives and psychologies of the athletes, to some of the latest, greatest science about what makes a human being capable of such extraordinary effort. It is a feast of ideas as much as a gripping account of an extraordinary day.

I feel sad that the athletes themselves are so upset with this work; I myself simply cannot imagine how I could feel defamed by this beautiful tale, although I am sympathetic as to why public exposure of some very personal information would at least make someone uncomfortable-- after all, we human beings have a disturbing history of judging each other with little compassion for each others' foibles and flaws. The author certainly delves into the psychology and life history of these two men in lavish detail, but this for me serves to greatly enrich the story and leaves me with a deeper appreciation for Allen and Scott and what they accomplished. As much as they both may have strove for perfection and invulnerability, both men are nevertheless thoroughly human, warts and all. This only makes their achievements more inspiring, and I have come away from this book thinking more of them, not less.

This book is obviously just one person's perspective on that fateful day nearly 22 years ago, and of the chain of events that lead up to it, who is himself an imperfect human being. But the book appears to be meticulously researched, with plenty of end notes for the interested reader to follow up on. Facts are one thing, though, and impressions are quite another. Not even the athletes themselves are necessarily the final arbiters of the truth of what makes them tick, or what happened on that day. All of us are always interpreting our experience, weaving imperfect stories out of the information we have available to us. The notion that Fitzgerald intended to defame, embarrass, or misrepresent Allen and Scott stretches credulity; to me the book is clearly the work of a person who loves the sport, loves his craft, and greatly admires these two remarkable athletes. Please read this book and judge for yourself!
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Great Read 16 octobre 2011
Par Ross P - Publié sur Amazon.com
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This is a very hard book for me to review . I was there I saw it , I have read numerous articles about it and watched the DVD hundreds of times . I lived Ironwar , I knew it back to front . I'm an unabashed Dave Scott fan , so it was hard for me to get this book after reading Dave's response to it - however I had already pre-ordered it and went ahead with the purchase .

This book is great , whilst reading it I noted that I had read the content ,quote or line in some other article previously , Fitzgerald has extensively borrowed from numerous sources - he respectfully credits them all and is able to tie it all in together . At times I read things and went "Whoa , now I know Why Dave and Mark are upset" however I went to the reference notes and acknowledgements at the back and Fitzgerald was seemingly able to offer a source for just about every comment, if not all .

The book is not solely about Ironman 89 , there is a lot of background and historical notes of much interest about the sport and the two protagonists and the events leading up to the great day.

For anyone interested in Ironman and Triathlon this is a Must read , it's been 22 years since Ironwar that's plenty of time for the story to be told - Fitzgerald took the bull by its horns and ran with it and has delivered an exceptionally well written and researched book - to him I say well done and thank you . I'll watch with interest Dave's and Mark's action and hope that they will also find the time to pen their version . Buy it Read it enjoy it !
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3.0 étoiles sur 5 Pretty good 5 février 2017
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A little bit more extraneous information than I bargained for, but a quick read. Loved the story of the iron war race between Mark Allen and Dave Scott. Fitzgerald's writing is a little annoying to me, and I was disappointed when I later found out Mark Allen and Dave Scott actually tried to sue him for defamation based on the book--they had no input in it and said it was more fiction than fact. Learning that Fitzgerald took a lot of artistic liberty with this true story cheapened it for me, but a decent read nonetheless
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Wonderful writing 11 octobre 2011
Par Dori Hale - Publié sur Amazon.com
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I loved this book. I brought to it only a passing acquaintance with triathlon but an abiding interest in human behavior. Fitzgerald has crafted a suspenseful page-turner that is as gripping as any mystery novel you might read. He has structured the book perfectly,giving psychological histories of the competitors that add to the suspense, mixed in with a thorough grounding in the underlying neuroscience and physiology of endurance. If you are interested in the "why" of great accomplishment (of all kinds), you will probably find this book fascinating.

I found nothing negative in the portrayals of Dave Scott and Mark Allen. We are to understand that they have, like the rest of us, emotional baggage to deal with and that, unlike the rest of us, they also have surpassing physical gifts. How these factors play out is masterfully presented in a respectful and compassionate way. I sense that Fitzgerald wrote this book as much with his heart as with his mind. Iron War is a book that will stay with me for a long time. It belongs with all the classic recountings of immense desire coming smack up against immense obstacles. That's timeless stuff.
5.0 étoiles sur 5 Mark Allen and Dave Scott have emerged as the greatest ironman champions in the history of triathlon 17 août 2014
Par james armata - Publié sur Amazon.com
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Mark Allen and Dave Scott have emerged as the greatest ironman champions in the history of triathlon. Iron War by Matt Fitzgerald provides a detailed, passionate, and honest version of their path to being the best in the world. Both men are characterized by humble athletic beginnings, each earning their positions on the world's greatest triathlon stage via an incredibly disciplined, hard working, and unyielding desire to battle the demons in their lives. Mental imagery, lessons on breaking down huge, ambitious goals into manageable pieces, and a strong desire to follow a relatively organized, disciplined plan are just some examples of tools used and presented in this extraordinary book. I am an age group triathlete and author of two novels that attempts to share my journey to the finish line of six Ironman races in Lake Placid Ironman: Journey to Lake Placid and the one and only U.S. Championship in NYC Ironman U.S. Championship Bring It On Home. I mention this because Mark and Dave, as World Champions share their intimate experiences that are reflective of the mental battle that age groupers as well as world champions can overcome. Clearly on an entirely higher and more intense level, but the similarities of the need to overcome suffering in such a grueling endurance event brings it home. The relationship to the "age grouper" triathlete," which makes up the largest portion of any field at a race, can help us all relate with similar emotions, training, and lifestyle. The human element of family struggles, establishing and maintaining relationships, searching for life's answers and finding solace in hard work, primarily manifested in brutal training hours and intensity is beautifully illustrated in this book. The very difficult challenge of retiring from and moving on from something both men loved more than life itself is the final great lesson in this emotionally charged story of champions - a true, dramatic, Hollywood scripted event that must be witnessed. The conclusion that puts both men in their new roles in life, helping others to accomplish and succeed at their very best level-pure poetry!
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