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📒Today We Die A Little ✍ Richard Askwith
✏Today We Die a Little Book Summary : For a decade after the Second World War, Emil Zátopek—"the Czech Locomotive"—redefined his sport, pushing back the frontiers of what was considered possible in terms of training, record-setting, and medal winning. He won five Olympic medals, set 18 world records, and went undefeated over 10,000 metres for six years. His dominance has never been equaled. And in the darkest days of the Cold War, he stood for a spirit of generous friendship that transcended nationality and politics. Zátopek was an energetic supporter of the Prague Spring in 1968, championing "socialism with a human face" in Czechoslovakia. But for this he paid a high price. After the uprising was crushed by Soviet tanks, the hardline Communists had their revenge. Zátopek was expelled from the army, stripped of his role in national sport, and condemned to years of hard and degrading manual labor: cleaning toilets in a uranium mine. Only the protests of the sporting world saved him from a worse fate. By the time he was rehabilitated in 1989, he was old and broken, a shadow of the man he had been. Based on interviews with people across the world who knew him, as well as his widow, fellow Olympian Dana Zátopková, journalist Richard Askwith breathes new life into the man and the myth and uncovers a glorious age of athletics and an epoch-defining time in world history.
📒Putin S Olympics ✍ Robert W. Orttung
✏Putin s Olympics Book Summary : 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.
📒The Gigantic Book Of Running Quotations ✍ Hal Higdon
✏The Gigantic Book of Running Quotations Book Summary : George Sheehan, a celebrated running writer, philosopher, and physician, once wrote, The more I run, the more certain I am that I am heading for my real goal: to become the person I am. Today, many runners?whether they are training for the Olympics or whether they fit runs into their lunch hours?would agree that for them the sport is much more than a way to stay in shape. Their running defines who they are and leads them to achieve goals that they might never have thought possible. This tremendous collection of wisdom captures the spirit and passion of those who run in over 3,000 entries, covering topics such as training, gear, running philosophy, and running in youth and old age. The Gigantic Book of Running Wisdom will inspire everyone from seasoned marathoners to running novices. It includes thoughts from famous athletes, writers, politicians, and more, including Percy Cerutty, Carl Lewis, Tom Brokaw, David Letterman, William Shakespeare, Farrah Fawcett, Emil Ztopek, Bill Rodgers, Friedrich Nietzsche, Sebastian Coe, Bill Clinton, Grete Waitz, Roger Bannister, and hundreds of others. The one thing they all have in common is their understanding that, as Amby Burfoot put it, As we run, we become.
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📒The Year Of The Flood ✍ Margaret Atwood
✏The Year Of The Flood Book Summary : By the author of The Handmaid's Tale and Alias Grace The sun brightens in the east, reddening the blue-grey haze that marks the distant ocean. The vultures roosting on the hydro poles fan out their wings to dry them. the air smells faintly of burning. The waterless flood - a man-made plague - has ended the world. But two young women have survived: Ren, a young dancer trapped where she worked, in an upmarket sex club (the cleanest dirty girls in town); and Toby, who watches and waits from her rooftop garden. Is anyone else out there?
📒On Romantic Love ✍ Berit Brogaard
✏On Romantic Love Book Summary : Romantic love presents some of life's most challenging questions. Can we choose who to love? Is romantic love rational? Can we love more than one person at a time? And can we make ourselves fall out of love? In On Romantic Love, Berit Brogaard attempts to get to the bottom of love's many contradictions. This short book, informed by both historical and cutting edge philosophy, psychology, and neuroscience, combines a new theory of romantic love with entertaining anecdotes from real life and accessible explanations of the neuroscience underlying our wildest passions. Against the grain, Brogaard argues that love is an emotion; that it can be, at turns, both rational and irrational; and that it can be manifested in degrees. We can love one person more than another and we can love a person a little or a lot or not at all. And love isn't even always something we consciously feel. However, love -- like other emotions, both conscious and not -- is subject to rational control, and falling in or out of it can be a deliberate choice. This engaging and innovative look at a universal topic, featuring original line drawings by illustrator Gareth Southwell, illuminates the processes behind heartbreak, obsession, jealousy, attachment, and more.
📒Furrows ✍ Joseph Pollard
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📒Today We Bought A Cow ✍ Jan Hanley
✏Today We Bought A Cow Book Summary : In August 2008, two vehicles and 4 people, shipped themselves from Sydney, Australia, to the far east of Russia, Vladivostok to be precise and then drove to London. Once there, 2 of the 4 drove back. On the way they experienced extraordinary adventures; hilarious, dramatic, disastrous, dangerous and miraculous. These included, visa disasters, police run ins, getting lost, running out of diesel, camping, managing disastrous break downs, meeting the locals, and buying a cow. They also met the fabled takhi, barely escaped imprisonment, nearly asphyxiated themselves in a ger, endured nightly visitations of curious locals, bought black market diesel, drove through deep mud, deep sand, over frozen rivers, through sand storms, endured unspeakable latrines and bought a Bankhar puppy. At the end of their trek they’d covered 40,000 kilometres, used 4,500 litres of diesel, and camped out in Russia, the Ukraine and Mongolia for a total of 36 nights, over a combined period of 4 months.
📒Arriving Where We Started ✍ Barbara Probst Solomon
✏Arriving Where We Started Book Summary : A memoir about an American girl's personal odyssey in post-World War II Europe, "Arriving Where We Started" offers "a deeply engaging, marvelously intelligent story about growing up . . ." ("The New York Times").
📒Then We Die ✍ James Craig
✏Then We Die Book Summary : 'I need to talk to you... about your father.' Inspector John Carlyle gets the shock of his life when his mother announces she is getting a divorce after 50 years of marriage. But that's nothing compared to the storm that erupts when he stumbles across an execution of a wealthy businessman in a luxury London hotel room. The victim is the latest in a line of bodies being left across London by a ruthless Israeli hit squad. Going up against this deadly crew could prove to be fatal to Carlyle, but compared to his troubles at home, however, tracking them is something of a relief. But the body count continues to rise and then it gets personal... Can Carlyle sweep the killers from London's streets before more innocent people die?