In the Long Run by Jim Axelrod

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It's 2008. Jim Axelrod--once among the most watched correspondents on network news and the first television reporter to broadcast from Saddam International Airport in 2003--is covering the final stages of the race for the Democratic presidential nomination. He's forty-five years old and thirty pounds overweight. He's drinking too much, sleeping too little, and scarcely seeing his family. He's just figured out that the industry that pulled him up the corporate ladder is imploding as he's reaching for its final rungs. Then, out of the blue, Jim discovers his late father's decades-old New York Marathon finish times. At forty-six, Bob Axelrod ran a 3:29:58. With everything else going on in his life, Jim sets himself a defining challenge: "Can I beat him?"

So begins a deeply felt, often hilarious, quixotic effort to run the 2009 New York Marathon. Along the way, Jim confronts his listing marriage, a career upset by the seismic changes going on throughout the television news industry, excruciatingly painful shin splints, and the worst-timed kidney stone possible. Looming over it all is the shadow of a loving father, who repeatedly lost his way in life but still has a lesson to impart.

This is a book about a dead father's challenge to a son at a crossroads, but, more than that, it is about the personal costs paid when ambition and talent are not enough to ensure success. Most fundamentally, though, it is a book about learning what it takes to be happy in your own skin.


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Jim Axelrod, a national correspondent for CBS News, previously served as chief White House correspondent.
Published May 10, 2011 by Farrar, Straus and Giroux. 303 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Health, Fitness & Dieting, Sports & Outdoors. Non-fiction

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A CBS News national correspondent reassesses his priorities after 12 successful years in the ruthlessly competitive TV news business.

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In this well-written, honest memoir, Axelrod, a national correspondent for CBS News, describes the dramatic effect of receiving an e-mail with his deceased father's New York City marathon times, which

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