Iron War by Matt Fitzgerald

Iron War

By Matt Fitzgerald

  • Release Date: 2011-09-25
  • Genre: Sports & Outdoors
Score: 4.5
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The 1989 Ironman World Championship was the greatest race ever in endurance sports. In a spectacular duel that became known as the Iron War, the world's two strongest athletes raced side by side at world-record pace for a grueling 139 miles.

Driven by one of the fiercest rivalries in triathlon, Dave Scott and Mark Allen raced shoulder to shoulder through Ironman's 2.4-mile swim, 112-mile bike race, and 26.2-mile marathon. After 8 punishing hours, both men would demolish the previous record--and cross the finish line a mere 58 seconds apart.

In his new book Iron War, sports journalist Matt Fitzgerald writes a riveting epic about how Allen and Scott drove themselves and each other through the most awe-inspiring race in sports history. Iron War goes beyond the pulse-pounding race story to offer a fascinating exploration of the lives of the world's two toughest men and their unquenchable desire to succeed.

Weaving an examination of mental resolve into a gripping tale of athletic adventure, Iron War is a soaring narrative of two champions and the paths that led to their stunning final showdown.


  • Timeless story

    This race will go down in history as one of the most remarkable examples of human endurance and completion. The will to compete at this level, year after year, is nothing short of amazing. As the book explains, the science of controlled entropy and pain training gives the non-pro level runner or triathlete special insight into what these men accomplished and the will to tolerate the suffering they endured. I've done marathons, but can't imagine completing this. A great book, and very inspiring.
  • Motivational

    By Psychman2008
    I'm not much of a reader, but this book really kept my interest. For any athlete who ever thought he/she was trying their best in a race...wasn't even close. This is the ultimate inspirational & motivational book.
  • Iron war

    By Age grouper @ 50
    In my opinion this was the best triathlon book written if you are a fan of the history of the young but wonderful sport of triathlon. I found artfully written insight to an epic moment of a foundational moment of triathlon's most coveted contest, Kona. At times i felt as though i was in the room or road side at the race. Also i appreciated the detail and insight to the personal lives of the key figures of Ironman during it's foundational development. Finally, this read provides some greatly needed perspective and context to a usually excessive and out of balance life style. The author provided the best analysis I've read of the significant difference of something being inspiring versus something causing you to be inspired to action. Big difference! Drama, conflict, will, heart, passion, talent and inspiration. I hope you will be inspired in a deeper way...I was.