saw this book at my local bookstore.
Dead right,mate.The latter book you mention is a classic,a bloke ahead of his time.How privileged we were to have him and Lydiard emerge as master coaches at the same time.
Wow you found that at a bookstore! Snatch that up right away! I had to read it via interlibrary loan from the Library of Congress! It is a quite good read. It's more a biography of the man than a description of his coaching. For that, I'd recommend "Athletics: How to Become a Champion" by Percy Wells Cerutty himself. Incidentally, it is also a good read and is also hard to find.
No Bugles, No Drums by Garth Gilmour and Peter Snell is another good read about the same era.
running reader wrote:
absolutely - and would also consider
"Mr Controversial - story of Percy Wells Cerutty"
and not forgetting Herb Elliots bio "The Golden Mile"
to get some additional perspective on Cerutty and his
coaching methods during this era.
Do you have the Australian links?
If you buy the book, buy it on line via an Australian web site. I bought 2 new copies for about $20 each. Some USA sellers will try to sell them for over $100. It is a good read. Cerutty was a real character who inspired himself and others.
A women who is a neighbor of mine here in California was on Australia's team at the 1958 Commonwealth Games in Cardiff. She knew and worked with "Perce." She has told me he was a "real character," but speaks affectionately about him and has never said anything about him treating her or any of the other women poorly. But from today's politically correct viewpoint, do some of Cerutty's comments now sound a little chauvinist? Probably, but your talking about a man operating in the 1950s athletics world. Get a little perspective. George Washington and Thomas Jefferson had slaves. And "chauvinist" in its original and primary meaning, means "an exaggerated, bellicose patriotism and a blind belief in national superiority and glory," to which Cerruty would probably confess.
The book clearly demonstrates what a chauvinist pig Percy was. I couldn't finish it, because I was so put-off and disgusted by his attitudes.
I've never seen any hint of Cerutty feeling that way.
z runner wrote:
"chauvinist" in its original and primary meaning, means "an exaggerated, bellicose patriotism and a blind belief in national superiority and glory," to which Cerruty would probably confess.