With humor, passion, and a touch of folly, the amazing Zátopek reminds us of the pain and the glory behind every victory and the power of sports to bring people together and make history.” Martina Navratilova
A powerful look at one of the greatest Olympic champions of all time. When I met Zátopek at the New York Marathon, he was friendly, full of energy, and curiousjust as he comes across in these riveting pages. Learning more about his personal life and the unique challenges he faced during the Cold War as a Czech athlete, was fascinating. He had a great hearthe was not just an iconic athlete; he was a peacemaker.” Bill Rodgers, Olympic runner and four-time winner of the New York and Boston Marathons
"A wonderfully in-depth and often emotionally charged piece of writing." Athletics Weekly
"An astonishing achievement... There are few writers as adept at capturing so lyrically the utter and incomprehensible strangeness of distance running... A joy to read."
"Before Mo Farah and Paula Radcliffe, there was Emil Zátopek - a Czechoslovakian soldier turned long-distance runner turned Cold War victim. His four Olympic golds, 18 world records and Communist party career are all laid bare in this definitive account." Shortlist