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Product Details

  • Paperback: 250 pages
  • Publisher: GreyCore Press; First Edition edition (October 1, 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0967185157
  • ISBN-13: 978-0967185156
  • Product Dimensions: 8.9 x 6 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #938,958 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Martin writes with brutal honesty and wicked humor in this heartwarming account. --Ian Adamson, Two-time Winner of the EcoChallenge

Martin's story is a testimony to the human spirit. Read this book and your own trials won't seem that bad. --Scott Tinley, Two-time Ironman Champion, Author, Lecturer

ONE MAN'S LEG is a remarkable story about a remarkable life. --Chris Carmichael, Conditioning Coach to Lance Armstrong

From the Publisher

ONE MAN'S LEG is the story of world champion triathlete and Paralympic cyclist Paul Martin's life to date--and what a life it has been. Alternately funny, heartbreaking and thought provoking, few readers will fail to be captivated by Paul Martin's adventures--and misadventures! To read ONE MAN'S LEG is to experience the life of an athlete vicariously, to redefine "disability" (or is it "this ability?"), to learn the true meaning of team spirit, and to come to love the finish line, as it applies to each of us and no matter how far off we fear it might be.

More About the Author

This particular Paul Martin--there are many men by that name and quite a number of authors also--was born in 1967 and raised primarily in Gardner, Massachusetts, a smallish blue-collar city in the North Central part of the state.

His high school English teacher told him after reading his first book, One Man's Leg, "I always told you you were a good writer."

"Then why'd you give me a D Junior year?" Paul asked.

"I never said you were a good student," she replied.

That poor grade came about the time Paul put himself in a foster home in search of a more peaceful existence. He found his groove soon after, earned an engineering degree from the University of Massachusetts at Lowell and lost his leg in a car accident six months later.

That's when he really took off. Paul saw not the loss of a leg but of an opportunity to pursue sports with a vigor he hadn't possessed since middle school. He has since completed 10 Ironman triathlons--setting the world record for leg amputees in the process, has won Paralympic cycling medals and spreads his message of optimism and work ethic whenever he's given the stage.

One Man's Leg was deemed "Irresistible" by the USAToday and his second book, Drinking From My Leg: Lessons from a Blistered Optimist--a celebration of physical abilities, psychological doggedness and spiritual clarity--reached #1 on Amazon in both Sports and Biographies.

He lives in Colorado with his wife, Dr Sharon Wetherall, and three sons, Jack, Luke, and Baby Jaguar...that last one is still in the womb as of this writing.

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on December 31, 2002
Format: Paperback
"One Man's Leg" is Paul Martin's story, and what a story he tells.
After what can best be described as a "challenging" childhood and adolescence, filled with too many excesses as well as a disproportionate share of family issues, Martin rights his ship enough to graduate from college with an Engineering degree and land a good job with a major manufacturing firm. However, while in his initial job training, he suffers a catastrophic car accident in which he eventually would be forced to lose the part of his leg just below the knee.
A decent hockey player in high school, Martin decides that this life-altering event was truly a message to him from above, and he decides to forego a business career to pursue a career in athletics. Martin, however, chooses the extra-ordinary challenges: marathons, triathlons, cycling and, for good measure, Olympic downhill skiing. And, as "fairy tales" go, he succeeds.
As any part-time, weekend warrior athlete would tell you, running an occasional 5k or the annual 10k is a pretty big accomplishment. Martin, however, not only runs the marathons and triathlons, but he wins them, beating many able-bodied athletes in the process... He also holds the American records in the half-marathon and the 5k.
Martin, who wrote the book without the assistance of a seasoned co-author (typical hard-headed athlete, as am I), writes with humor, sometimes brutal honesty and an easy conversational tone that makes the book a great read.
As an "athlete," One Man's Leg has motivated me and has me thinking of an attempt at triathlons; as a person, Martin's story makes me proud and inspires me... Our country and our world needs to hear more about the Paul Martin-type stories that exist. These stories are what the human spirit is all about.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Frank Christofferson on March 17, 2003
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One Man's Leg shows the strength of the human spirit, and the determination of one man in particular. But rather than bludgeon us with a tale of dark adversity and eventual triumph, this book delights in its accessibility and humanity. Paul leads us through his life and evolution with humility and honesty, and writes in a natural prose that inspires genuine identification with him as a person first, and an amputee secondarily.
I heartily recommend this book to anyone at any stage of life, for both a delightful read and a reminder that humans are capable of great things if we only rise to the occasion.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on January 28, 2003
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I usually don't get into books like this but I read a review on this one and had to check it out...and I was not disappointed. This is a great book for non-athletes and athletes alike. It really shows how someone can change their lives and become great in whatever they decide to focus their energies on regardless of the barriers in the way.
At times the book seems somewhat self-indulgent...but if it was my book I'd do the same...overall it's a great book and recommend it!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By "leftshoe" on January 13, 2003
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This book is a must-read for anyone that has gone through a tragic event, rough time, or is feeling sorry for themselves. It puts life into perspective and shows that there is always someone worse off than you, no matter how tough things get. It shows that you can laugh at yourself no matter what, and provides insight to the strength of the human spirit.
Paul sets the example that you can accomplish anything that you set your mind to.
Inspirational!!!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Eileen D Gabriel on March 19, 2003
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One of the most inspiring books I've ever read, Paul Martin takes us on a personal journey through his happiness and his heartaches.Through all of the successes and misfortunes, we are given an honest, and at times, very humorous look at one man's search for true joy and personal success. What does it take to be truly joyous and accomplished in life? It takes the will to try, and the willingness to take different roads until you find the one that belongs to you. It takes all that Paul Martin has to share in this wonderful book.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Phillip A. Newman on January 13, 2003
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I Loved this book. It was uplifting and inspirational. To over-come a tragedy and become a role model and world champion, is more then enough to get me out the door and motivated.
A must read for all who have or want to live a more active lifestyle.
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