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Staying the Course: A Runner's Toughest Race, authored by Dick Beardsley and Maureen Anderson
This inspirational autobiography recounts the stunning race in Boston that made Dick a celebrity and the difficult years that followed. It's a story of overcoming extreme obstacles and speaks to anyone who loves competition, who has survived catastrophe, or who has pursued a seemingly impossible goal. This book isn't about falling down, and getting back up again. It's about falling down, getting run over by a truck, and getting up back up again. Over and over.
Duel in the Sun: Alberto Salazar, Dick Beardsley, and America's Greatest Marathon, authored by John Brandt
The 1982 Boston Marathon was great theater: Two American runners, Alberto Salazar, a celebrated champion, and Dick Beardsley, a gutsy underdog, going at each other for just under 2 hours and 9 minutes. Neither man broke. The race merely came to a thrilling, shattering end, exacting such an enormous toll that neither man ever ran as well again. Beardsley, the most innocent of men, descended into felony drug addiction, and Salazar, the toughest of men, fell prey to depression. Exquisitely written and rich with human drama, Duel in the Sun brilliantly captures the mythic character of the most thrilling American marathon ever run--and the powerful forces of fate that drove these two athletes in the years afterward.