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14 Minutes: A Running Legend's Life and Death and Life (edition 2012)

by Alberto Salazar (Author)

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In 2007, after collapsing on a practice field at the Nike campus, champion marathoner Alberto Salazar's heart stopped beating for 14 minutes. Over the crucial moments that followed, rescuers administered CPR to feed oxygen to his brain and EMTs shocked his heart eight times with defibrillator paddles. He was clinically dead. But miraculously, Salazar was back at the Nike campus coaching his runners just nine days later. Salazar had faced death before, but he survived that and numerous other harrowing episodes thanks to his raw physical talent, maniacal training habits, and sheer will, as well as-he strongly believes-divine grace. In 14 Minutes, Salazar chronicles in spellbinding detail how a shy, skinny Cuban-American kid from the suburbs of Boston was transformed into the greatest marathon runner of his era. For the first time, he reveals his tempestuous relationship with his father, a former ally of Fidel Castro; his early running life in high school with the Greater Boston Track Club; his unhealthy obsession to train through pain; the dramatic wins in New York, Boston, and South Africa; and how surviving 14 minutes of death taught him to live again.… (more)
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Title:14 Minutes: A Running Legend's Life and Death and Life
Authors:Alberto Salazar (Author)
Info:Rodale Books (2012), Edition: 42537th, 258 pages
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This book is well framed and constructed, but not expertly written. Some high-level words are misused often, and some malapropisms abound (Long suit? What exactly is a long suit? I know what a strong suit is!). Then again, it doesn't need to be. His life (or should I say death) story itself is quite fascinating in its own right, and the mere telling of it simply with the facts would have been engaging enough. He's very frank, which makes for good reading. You don't think you're being hoodwinked as you're reading it. The man seems like he's straight up. Religion, apparent arrogance, and whatever other lumps he has that make him what he is are put out there to be chewed on and judged. For this reason, it's also a brave book, in my humble opinion. I admire his passion and drive for excellence, whether or not it was innate or driven by his far. Minor gripe: why leave out his Hood to Coast record? That would have rounded things out quite nicely! Whatever future revised edition must include his protege's successes. Galen and Farrah went 1-2 in the Olympics shortly after the book was published. How awesome? ( )
  MartinBodek | Jun 11, 2015 |
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In 2007, after collapsing on a practice field at the Nike campus, champion marathoner Alberto Salazar's heart stopped beating for 14 minutes. Over the crucial moments that followed, rescuers administered CPR to feed oxygen to his brain and EMTs shocked his heart eight times with defibrillator paddles. He was clinically dead. But miraculously, Salazar was back at the Nike campus coaching his runners just nine days later. Salazar had faced death before, but he survived that and numerous other harrowing episodes thanks to his raw physical talent, maniacal training habits, and sheer will, as well as-he strongly believes-divine grace. In 14 Minutes, Salazar chronicles in spellbinding detail how a shy, skinny Cuban-American kid from the suburbs of Boston was transformed into the greatest marathon runner of his era. For the first time, he reveals his tempestuous relationship with his father, a former ally of Fidel Castro; his early running life in high school with the Greater Boston Track Club; his unhealthy obsession to train through pain; the dramatic wins in New York, Boston, and South Africa; and how surviving 14 minutes of death taught him to live again.

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