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Going the Distance: One Man's Journey to the End of His Life Hardcover – January 1, 1996 by George Sheehan


In his posthumous memoir, one of the world's great master runners tells the honest and moving story of his battle against cancer and the final race of his life. A book for anyone touched by major illness or death, Going the Distance is an inspiring book by a man who wrote eloquently about the experience of living, of pushing to the limit as an athlete, and arriving at the finish line a changed person.


From Publishers Weekly

Although it was cancer that prompted this memoir by the cardiologist and runner who died in 1993, its message is less to those with terminal illness and more to older individuals. Sheehan (Running and Being) did not see aging as a period of decline, but rather of growth and opportunity, "a game of verve and imagination and excitement." He believed that the very young and the very old share two great yearnings: for love and for knowledge. Because distance running was the center of his life for 20 years after he left his medical practice, Sheehan has a cogent and coherent philosophy of exercise and play, which he considered as essential to well-being as an alert mind. A loner despite having 12 children, Sheehan felt that he had at last achieved intimacy with his family after 40 years of marriage, i.e., he finally became an adult. He approached death as "a self in evolution," and his book may inspire others to do likewise.Copyright 1996 Reed Business Information, Inc.


Going the Distance: One Man's Journey by George Sheehan, M.D.

SKU: 978-0679448433
  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ Villard; First Edition (January 1, 1996)

    Language ‏ : ‎ English

    Hardcover ‏ : ‎ 185 pages

    ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 0679448438

    ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-0679448433

    Item Weight ‏ : ‎ 13.6 ounces

    Dimensions ‏ : ‎ 5.75 x 1.25 x 8.5 inches

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