The Race of the Century: The Battle to Break the Four-minute Mile by Neal Bascomb
AM’s Pick: Three world-class runners, three different stories, on three continents. Roger Bannister, John Landy and Wes Santee are all trying to break the barrier of the 4-minute mile. The athletes’ goal captures eyes all around the globe. Who will win? And at what cost does it come at? A short, nonfiction read that will leave you shocked, and wondering what humans can accomplish.