Two Hours

The Quest to Run the Impossible Marathon

The first major work on marathon running, about elite runners striving to hit the two-hour barrier.

By Ed Caesar Read by Fajer Al-Kaisi Health, Mind & Body / Nonfiction / Sports English, Unabridged 7h 12m Sell Sheet Also available on
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							Two hours, to cover 26 miles and 385 yards. Its running's Everest, a feat once seen as impossible for the human body. Now we can glimpse the mountaintop. The sub-two hour marathon requires an exceptional feat of speed, mental strength, and endurance. The pioneer will have to endure more, live braver, plan better, and be luckier than any who has run before. Ed Caesar takes us into the world of elite runners: the greatest marathoners on earth. From big-money races in the United States to remote villages in Kenya, Two Hours is a book about a beautiful sport, that few people understand. It's about talent, heroism, and refusing to accept defeat. It's a book about running that is about much more than running... it's a human drama like no other.

Starred Review. "A wide-ranging and compelling account of marathons and the very fastest men who run them. … [Caesar’s] admiration for his subjects is palpable [and his] winning prose will keep even armchair readers turning pages, perhaps tuning in to watch the next marathon." - Kirkus Reviews

Best Books of 2015 - Financial Times

“[Two Hours] breaks new ground.” - The Economist

“Fascinating and timely...." - The Observer

“Caesar’s Two Hours explodes out of the blocks, continues at a terrific clip..." - Esquire UK

“You might think, at first, that you’re going for a very long morning run with a small African man through the streets of Berlin. ...running with a tailwind that only great narrative craftsmen like Ed Caesar can exhale." - Gary Smith

“A fascinating insight into the clockwork of what it means to be an elite athlete, always pushing at the edge of possibility." - Colum McCann, author of Transatlantic and Let the Great World Spin

"Ed Caesar's treatment of the near-mythical two-hour marathon is both implacably scientific and wonderfully reverential." - Sebastian Junger

"Ed Caesar chases one of the last - the two-hour marathon. As he writes, it is sport's Everest, an utterly impossible thing that, like the four-minute mile, the moon landing, and the flying car, people obsessively chase. Ed Caesar is a wonderful writer and he takes us on the brilliant chase and gets us thinking about what impossible even means." - Joe Posnanski, author of Paterno and The Secret of Golf

"A fabulously entertaining and thought-provoking ode to perseverance, Ed Caesar’s Two Hours will make you fall in love with elite marathoning even if you can barely jog a mile." - Brendan I. Koerner, author of The Skies Belong to Us

"Caesar proves himself an engaging storyteller with a book whose time has come.” - Publishers Weekly

[Ed Caesar] makes Two Hours feel like destiny.” - Chris Jones, author of Out of Orbi