By Paul Kiell

Glenn Cunningham set the area checklist for the mile within the Thirties. yet as a boy, he have been extraordinarily burned in a schoolhouse fireplace, a hearth that took the lifetime of his older brother Floyd. and that's while Glenn’s existence quest started. He used to be bed-ridden for months. The medical professionals suggestion he could by no means stroll back. yet he recovered, slowly, agonizingly, with fierce determination—and inside of a yr used to be either strolling and working. large burn scars coated his legs.
In highschool, he was once a champion athlete, and set an international highschool list within the mile. He went directly to be considered one of America’s maximum runners, atmosphere documents and successful races with marvelous ease. His tale, even though, is now mostly forgotten—but it's an inspiring and undying one who bears telling in our smooth age. through the booklet there's a portrait of sportsmanship and decency not often obvious nowadays. and the way Glenn Cunningham spent his lifestyles after music is simply as inspiring as his accomplishments at the song. Paul Kiell has created an in depth, dramatic biography of this detailed American athlete.

“American Miler evokes whereas shooting the ability of the human spirit! Kiell’s prose and accompanying interval pictures vividly chronicle Cunningham’s heroic choice within the face of actual problem. an excellent American tale of forging power from hardship.”
—Trisha Meili, writer, i'm the crucial Park Jogger: a narrative of desire and Possibility

“Dr. Kiell has written the definitive biography of a big determine in American recreation who grew to become a necessary impact in lots of younger lives.”
—Robert J. Corrigan, writer, monitoring Heroes: thirteen tune & box Champions

“Glenn Cunningham refused to enable adversity maintain him from his ambitions. His existence is an idea to athletes in any activity, and to an individual with the need to reach the face of overwhelming odds. thanks, Dr. Kiell, for sharing his tale so beautifully.”
—Richard Traum, Ph.D., Founder and CEO, Achilles music Club

“Dr. Kiell’s complete portrayal of Glenn’s awesome athletic occupation and
personal lifestyles allows the reader to understand the exploits and personality of this nice American hero—Cunningham the athlete and Cunningham the man.”
—Howard Schmertz, Millrose video games Meet Director Emeritus

“American Miler has introduced my teammate again to existence: The race is on. i believe back the discomfort of muscle, the sear of lung, the edge of cinders as we stride. I pay attention, too, our cheering Jayhawks urging Glenn to yet one more checklist; and that i take into accout Cunningham as a pal, the noblest of the best.”
—Paul Borel, former classmate and teammate of Glenn Cunningham

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Paul Kiell, a psychiatrist dwelling in a ways Hills, New Jersey, has participated in marathon working and long-distance swimming, and has written broadly on both.

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