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The Track in the Forest


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Bob Burns served as sports editor of the Tahoe Daily Tribune and as a senior writer at the Sacramento Bee. He has also written for the Chicago Tribune, Golf Digest, and the San Francisco Examiner. Burns served as communications director for the 2000 US Olympic Track and Field Trials and spearheaded the designation of Echo Summit as a California State Historical Landmark.


"Capturing the tenor, the feel, of any year--never mind the tortured days of 1968--is usually a fool's mission. But by attacking the subject in miniature, via probing interviews and exhaustive research on the US Olympic track team as it barreled toward Mexico City, Bob Burns pulls it off. That so diverse a group vividly reflected the nation's tumult comes as no shock. What's stunning is how their days on that high, remote track, then and now, allowed so many a measure of peace." --S.L. Price, Sports Illustrated senior writer and author of Playing Through The Whistle: Steel, Football, and an American Town

"Who knew that the seeds for the now historic performances of US track and field athletes in the 1968 Mexico City Olympic Games, in the midst of tumultuous and tragic times in America, were sown in the unlikely setting of a California mountaintop? Bob Burns knew, and he now tells the tale with grace and insight in this compelling book." --Ira Berkow, Pulitzer Prize-winning columnist and sport journalist
"The Track in the Forest captures an unforgettable period in my life and the lives of all who experienced the majesty of Echo Summit. From the tumult of 1968 to the aroma of the magnificent ponderosa pines, Bob does the story justice." --Ralph Boston, gold medal-winning Olympic long jumper

"Burns does a masterful job weaving the narratives of the men training together, vying for coveted spots on the U.S. team in an idyllic setting, a stark contrast to the turbulent events shaking the country." --Booklist

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