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eBook Running with Fire: The True Story of Chariots of Fire Hero Harold Abrahams download ISBN: 1906779929
Author: Mark Ryan
Publisher: JR (May 1, 2011)
Language: English
Pages: 256
ePub: 1648 kb
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Rating: 4.6
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Category: Sports
Subcategory: Other Team Sports

This is an excellent book for anybody who loves Chariots of Fire, any runners (especially sprinters and long-jumpers), and anyone interested in Harold (or his wife Sybil Evers, or even his brothers or children) or the Olympics. It's a great read - warm and personal and intriguing while always sticking to the verifiable facts.

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Immortalised in the film Chariots of Fire, Harold Abrahams remains one of the all-time great British Olympians, but in many ways his true story is even more dramatic and moving than as portrayed on the big screen.

"Harold Abrahams book places question mark over Bannister's mile record". The Sports Bookshelf. Harold Abrahams (1899–1978) at Find A Grave. Ryan, pp. 188–197, 207–220, 234–235. 191–215, 234–235. "Area part of a legendary time". The Life and Career of Harold Abrahams," International Journal of the History of Sport (2012) 29 pp 868–886. Running with Fire: The True Story of Chariots of Fire Hero Harold Abrahams.

The stories of British runners Eric Liddell and Harold Abrahams are known to many through the 1981 Academy Award-winning film Chariots of Fire

The stories of British runners Eric Liddell and Harold Abrahams are known to many through the 1981 Academy Award-winning film Chariots of Fire. As the movie tells it, Liddell was boarding a boat to the 1924 Paris Olympics when he discovered that the qualifying heats for his event, the 100-metre sprint, were scheduled for a Sunday. A devout Christian, he refused to run on the Sabbath and was at the last minute switched to the 400 metres.

Immortalised in the film 'Chariots of Fire', Harold Abrahams remains one of the all-time-great British Olympians. But his true story, told for the first time in this official biography, is in many ways even more dramatic and moving than the distorted version previously seen on the big screen.

Mark Ryan sets out to tell the full story. May 13 2011, 12:35pm, The Sunday Times. Harold Abrahams wins the final of the men's 100 metres in the 1924 Paris Olympics (Popperfoto). It was unfortunate for Harold Abrahams that he died three years before the release in 1981 of Chariots of Fire, the film that restored his reputation as a great Olympian. It vexed him that the golden deeds of his youth had been largely forgotten and that no knighthood had been bestowed.

Abrahams is remembered now mainly through the 1981 film Chariots of Fire which, though largely accurate in its . Published in hardback by JR Books, £20.

Abrahams is remembered now mainly through the 1981 film Chariots of Fire which, though largely accurate in its portrayal of his 1924 Olympic exploits, altered a number of other aspects of his life, in line with Mark Twain's dictum: "It's no wonder that truth is stranger than fiction. Fiction has to make sense. His father was an illiterate and abusive Lithuanian Jew whose children turned out to be high achievers – two of Harold's brothers were knighted, and from an early age he showed startling athletic promise.

Running with Fire: The True Story of ‘Chariots of Fire’ Hero Harold Abrahams. Harold Maurice Abrahams (1899–1978) – the British-Jewish athlete made famous by the film Chariots of Fire – won gold for Britain in the 100 m sprint in the 1924 Paris Olympics

Running with Fire: The True Story of ‘Chariots of Fire’ Hero Harold Abrahams. Scotland's Greatest Athlete. The Eric Liddell Story. Harold Maurice Abrahams (1899–1978) – the British-Jewish athlete made famous by the film Chariots of Fire – won gold for Britain in the 100 m sprint in the 1924 Paris Olympics. Far from being the ‘outsider’ depicted in Chariots of Fire, however, Abrahams’ ‘Anglicisation’ was extensive and played an important role in his life before, during and after his athletics career. Abrahams’ integration went hand-in-hand with his sporting success – something which was celebrated by British Jewry.

Immortalised in the film 'Chariots of Fire', Harold Abrahams remains one of the all-time-great British Olympians. But his true story, told for the first time in this official biography, is in many ways even more dramatic and moving than the distorted version previously seen on the big screen. Although it is true that Abrahams overcame anti-Semitism to become Britain's first 100 metres Olympic champion in 1924, Mark Ryan's powerful book reveals just how much more Harold suffered - and had to sacrifice - on a personal level before he reached the top. His book reveals what Abrahams really thought of sprint-rival Eric Liddell, and later how disgracefully Harold was treated by his own side in the build-up to Hitler's Berlin Olympics of 1936. Two remarkable love stories provide the back-drop to Abrahams' struggle to reach these two historic Games, first as an athlete and then as a pioneering broadcaster. Both romances highlight the mental fragility usually masked by Harold's physical prowess and apparent confidence. As the story races on, the reader is able to share Abrahams' excitement as he realises that Roger Bannister has what it takes to break the four-minute-mile barrier, and befriends the runner who soon begins his assault on the "Everest of athletics." And finally, Ryan shows how Harold not only helped to shape the modern-day rules of the sport as an influential administrator, but also did more than any man to make athletics popular in this country. In the build-up to London 2012, there has never been a better time to celebrate Harold Abrahams' unique story.
Comments: (5)
Lestony
Mark Ryan's biography of Harold Abrahams is really the only biography book available on the man, so we're quite fortunate it is so good.

Extensively researched and written with circumspection yet wonderful insight and a warm and personal style, the very readable and enjoyable book gives a fair and well-rounded view of Harold -- idiosyncrasies and all. Fortunately, Harold was a well-meaning and honorable and generous person, with high ideals and concerned about his fellow man, so his mild warts are well matched by his innate goodness and frankness and charm.

Harold was a quite interesting person after all, and the book has an excellent developmental arc, and plentiful details on his athletics, persona, personal life and romances, and post-racing and extra-curricular careers. The book is laced with informative direct quotes from Harold and others, and also includes numerous photos. The book also fortunately dispels several myths that have arisen about Harold over the past 30 years.

This is an excellent book for anybody who loves Chariots of Fire, any runners (especially sprinters and long-jumpers), and anyone interested in Harold (or his wife Sybil Evers, or even his brothers or children) or the Olympics. It's a great read -- warm and personal and intriguing while always sticking to the verifiable facts.

Recommended.
Light out of Fildon
The books adds dimension to the movie.    it gives insight into a complex human being. A must read for all.
Cala
For those who enjoyed the movie this comes at the right time with the London Olympics 2012 next month. The movie was an inspired piece of original script, wonderful directing and excellent acting.

This biography will give greater insight into the life of Harold Abrahams one of the two main characters in the movie. The writing is brisk and very readable. Photos of Harold in his running days are included. Ryan has done his research well though it is a pity he did not cite endnotes and provide a bibliography in his book. I would also recommend The Flying Scotsman by Sally Magnusson which is on Eric Liddell the other character in the movie.
Malien
this is a fabulous read - incredibly researched with remarkable details related to the
1924 Paris Olympics . The format and style make it quite engaging and readable and Mark Ryan
the author is to be commended for his work - it is balanced, not biased as he is appropriately
critical of Abrahams and his running / personal exploits. This will move into my top 10
list of running biographies of which there are many that have been published.
wish I could obtain a hard back copy but it was incredibly $$$ - not sure why more where not
published. This is a MUST for the running bibliophile.
Llbery
Well-written, fascinating look into the evolution of men's running. Reveals the politics of running and organized sports. Great historical information.