This is a wonderful (rare) Blast-From-The-Past!... This volume will show lovers of amateur & professionals sports alike, all the insights of what Track and Field events were (Really) like back in the days, where pretty much it all began, in the 1920's & 1930's. When Charles Paddock (aka: "THE CALIFORNIA FLASH!") wrote this book, he brought ALL of his friends, peers and even rival competitors, to produce the perfect book, He gives (Exact) details on how each event is performed to its maximum, He gives person tips & ideas on how to improve in any kind of athletics...And since he won 2 Gold & 2 Silver Olympic medals, maybe he did something right back, that he (and the other World-Class athlete's) that helped compile this book!...This volume will show you everything from learning about Conditioning, Team Work, Diets, Foods, Training schedules, Menu, Endurance etc, etc,... ...This would make a great gift for a coach, student, trainers, history buffs, Olympic historians or maybe for someone that likes (true) stories about American & world history.