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Book Of Seconds: The Incredible Stories of the Ones that Didn't (Quite) Win

Mark Mason.
Item #: D12697
Format: Hardcover
Pages/Publication Date: 225 / 2018
Publisher: Weidenfeld & Nicolson
ISBN: 9781474608473
$6.98
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Did you know that the second man to swim the Channel drank 20 drops of champagne every hour? Or that the second crew to land on the Moon danced to a pop song in zero gravity? Or that the second person to run a sub-4-minute mile once stopped to check on a fallen rival—but still managed to win the race? You probably didn't, suggests Mark Mason, because seconds never get the attention they deserve. Arguing that "also-rans" can be intriguing and heroic, Mason profiles men and women who make second place look good, as well as the skyscrapers, deserts, and LPs that didn't quite make the grade.

 

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