Is there a good book on the history of running?


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Is there a good book on the history of running?

Postby Sprints_and_XC » Fri Mar 29, 2013 7:41 am

Is there a good comprehensive book on the history of running, with great races covered and many pictures? In football, or soccer, there is Goldblatt's book, The Ball is Round. Is there a similar book in runnning, or track and field?
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Re: Is there a good book on the history of running?

Postby aaronk » Fri Mar 29, 2013 8:30 am

Absolutely!!
Roberto Quercetani, long associated with T&FN, has TWO books which are EXACTLY what you're looking for!!

A World History of Long Distance Running: 1880-2002

and

Athletics: A History of Modern Track and Field Athletics: 1860-2000

Both books cover men AND women.
Both books have an EXTENSIVE appendix FILLED with all kinds of lists of marks.
Both books have LOADS of great historic photos.
Both books have DETAILED stories about key races and meets and athletes.
Both books are MUST HAVES!!!!

I believe used (or even new) copies are available through Amazon.

I've read every single word of both of them, and they are STILL referred to by me constantly!!
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Re: Is there a good book on the history of running?

Postby Sprints_and_XC » Fri Mar 29, 2013 11:09 am

Thanks aaronk!! I just ordered A World History of Sprint Racing 1850-2005, it looks great, I really appreciate the suggestion.
Here is a link to some of his books
http://www.amazon.co.uk/s/ref=nb_sb_nos ... ld+history
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Re: Is there a good book on the history of running?

Postby kuha » Fri Mar 29, 2013 11:26 am

aaronk wrote:A World History of Long Distance Running: 1880-2002


Yikes. The only two new copies of this are priced at GBP 500......each.

:shock:
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Re: Is there a good book on the history of running?

Postby Conor Dary » Fri Mar 29, 2013 11:30 am

kuha wrote:
aaronk wrote:A World History of Long Distance Running: 1880-2002


Yikes. The only two new copies of this are priced at GBP 500......each.

:shock:


I see a used copy is available, for about 1/10th of the new price, from Hay-on-Wye. A lovely town. One of my favorite places in the whole world. I have been there many times. Even canoed once on the Wye from there to Bredwardine.
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Re: Is there a good book on the history of running?

Postby aaronk » Fri Mar 29, 2013 11:32 am

kuha wrote:
aaronk wrote:A World History of Long Distance Running: 1880-2002


Yikes. The only two new copies of this are priced at GBP 500......each.

:shock:


I bought them way back when....from T&FN......
when they were being sold at $45.

And I thought THAT was too high priced!! :)

And no, my copies are NOT for sale!!
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Re: Is there a good book on the history of running?

Postby kuha » Fri Mar 29, 2013 11:41 am

I also bought these when they were new; just amazed at what some are now charging. The slightly used copies are definitely a decent deal...
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Re: Is there a good book on the history of running?

Postby Conor Dary » Fri Mar 29, 2013 12:24 pm

kuha wrote:I also bought these when they were new; just amazed at what some are now charging. The slightly used copies are definitely a decent deal...


It is kind of nutty. I don't think I have ever seen new copies of books go for 10 times a decent used book.
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Re: Is there a good book on the history of running?

Postby bambam » Sat Mar 30, 2013 6:34 pm

On older history - Runners and Walkers by John Cummings - mostly about the 19th century; and Running Through the Ages by Ed Sears. Both pretty good.
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Re: Is there a good book on the history of running?

Postby Sprints_and_XC » Sat Mar 30, 2013 6:59 pm

bambam wrote:On older history - Runners and Walkers by John Cummings - mostly about the 19th century; and Running Through the Ages by Ed Sears. Both pretty good.

Thanks for the tip, it opened my eyes to "Running: A global history" The author is Norwegian, has anybody read it? it looks really good too
http://www.amazon.com/Running-Global-Hi ... gy_b_img_y
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Re: Is there a good book on the history of running?

Postby bambam » Sun Mar 31, 2013 5:09 am

Sprints_and_XC wrote:
bambam wrote:On older history - Runners and Walkers by John Cummings - mostly about the 19th century; and Running Through the Ages by Ed Sears. Both pretty good.

Thanks for the tip, it opened my eyes to "Running: A global history" The author is Norwegian, has anybody read it? it looks really good too
http://www.amazon.com/Running-Global-Hi ... gy_b_img_y


That one is new to me
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Re: Is there a good book on the history of running?

Postby Sprints_and_XC » Fri Apr 19, 2013 8:03 pm

aaronk wrote:Absolutely!!
Roberto Quercetani, long associated with T&FN, has TWO books which are EXACTLY what you're looking for!!

A World History of Long Distance Running: 1880-2002

and

Athletics: A History of Modern Track and Field Athletics: 1860-2000

Both books cover men AND women.
Both books have an EXTENSIVE appendix FILLED with all kinds of lists of marks.
Both books have LOADS of great historic photos.
Both books have DETAILED stories about key races and meets and athletes.
Both books are MUST HAVES!!!!

I believe used (or even new) copies are available through Amazon.

I've read every single word of both of them, and they are STILL referred to by me constantly!!

My Quercetani book just came in, I got his sprints one. You are definitely right, they are very well done, and have everything you could possibly hope for in a track and field history book.
Lots of pictures, stats, and a complete well written history going from antiquity to almost yesterday. There is also an excellent forward from Mr. Diack, the president of the IAAF. I would really recommend his series, which has grown to include every event except the multis.
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Re: Is there a good book on the history of running?

Postby Powell » Mon Apr 22, 2013 7:42 am

Sprints_and_XC wrote:I would really recommend his series, which has grown to include every event except the multis.


I've only got the most recent one, on the throwing events, and while it's very good in terms of contents, it's so full of typos (especially the yearly lists) that I find looking through it painful. I know Mr Quercetani is no spring chicken, and assuming he typed up the whole thing himself, it's understandable he makes mistakes, but why couldn't the publisher have someone proofread the darn thing :?
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Re: Is there a good book on the history of running?

Postby bambam » Mon Apr 22, 2013 2:09 pm

The publisher of Quercetani's books is an Italian publisher (Vallardi & Associati). They published one of my books. English is not their native language and I suspect that contributes to the typos.
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Re: Is there a good book on the history of running?

Postby Powell » Mon Apr 22, 2013 10:47 pm

bambam wrote:The publisher of Quercetani's books is an Italian publisher (Vallardi & Associati). They published one of my books. English is not their native language and I suspect that contributes to the typos.


I'm mostly talking about the world seasonal lists, so it's not a matter of language at all. The number of typos in both names and figures is staggering :? But as I say, I've only got one book of the series, so I can't say if that's typical of all of them, or it's just the author's age catching up with him...
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