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Spiritual Journey of Joseph L. Greenstein: The Mighty Atom Paperback – March 1, 1998


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 234 pages
  • Publisher: First Glance Books; Second Edition edition (March 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1885440308
  • ISBN-13: 978-1885440303
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 6 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #544,323 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I bought a boxfull of books that day, but out of them all this one is my favourite by far.
Galahan II
You follow the Mighty Atom through his childhood, learning valuable life lessons with him, that serve you both well.
claude whitacre
By training the mind and the body we can find consistency and develop new and amazing abilities.
Jake N. Betz

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20 of 20 people found the following review helpful By British Commentator on September 6, 2005
Format: Paperback
Ever heard of man bite through tempered iron with his teeth...or hang from an airplane by his hair? Just because you may not have heard of Joseph "Mighty Atom" Greenstein or his accomplishments it does not mean you should ignore this book, quite the opposite in fact. I got this book as a young child in the 1980's and have read it many times. A riveting and inspirational read. Anyone interested in sports, martial arts, nutrition, spirituality or just looking for a self help guide would be wise to read this. A fascinating life with lessons for all of us...not just philosophical but practical too. Joseph Greenstein was not only the strongest man in the world, he was a giant of a character...raising a large family and much money for charity, providing health lectures and products for thousands of poor Americans. If I had just ten books on a desert island this would be one of them.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on November 15, 2000
Format: Paperback
This is one of my favorite books of all time! I have read it several times over the years, and it's always a treasure.
This is a true and amazing story about a truly amazing man, Joe Greenstein aka "The Mighty Atom", a strongman of the highest caliber.
Very well-written and highly entertaining, this book details the amazing, miraculous accomplishments of the Mighty Atom (not least of which includes holding back an airplane with his HAIR alone!). But it goes far beyond just listing his strongman feats - it's a truly interesting, in-depth look at a fascinating man and his hardships and successes in life as a vaudeville showman, father to ten children, devoted husband, spiritual seeker, and friend of mankind.
I highly recommend this book for kids, adults, everyone! It's such a great, great book. Full of inspiration and wonder.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 10, 2000
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The Mighty Atom is an awesome yogi and an incredible inspiration for the human spirit. Anyone who needs a boost in life should read this book. You might not be able to accomplish what he did but it shows you that if you put your mind to it you CAN overcome a great deal in your life that you may have falsely believed to be a given. Read it! Thanks, Joe!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on August 23, 1998
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In a world and era when most "heroes" in books and films spend much of their time killing people, I find it refreshing to meet Joe Greenstein, a true-life hero who overcame odds just to survive illness and poverty to become not only a kind-hearted hero and modern day "superman," but an example of integrity, love, loyalty, and strength of spirit. When Kung Fu TV series creator Ed Spielman wrote Joe's story, he penned one of the most unique stories of this or any time. Greenstein, who became famous as "The Mighty Atom," demonstrates to us all the power of determination and mind over matter. Without any hesitation, I can recommend this story to any adult or child over 8 years old; I read it to my daughters when they were young, and I believe it opened their minds to what we can accomplish in life. I know it opened mine.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on September 4, 1998
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I got given the 1st edition of this book when I was 8 or 9 ( I am now 24) and have read it about 20 or 30 times since. I can say without a doubt it has changed who I am and my outlook on what is possible. The Atom lived a life that most of us could never dream off, and I would have given my right arm to talk face to face with him. I recommend this book to anyone. It details his entire life from start to finish, and shows that man has no limits if he places none on himself. Awesome.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Tony Wolf on April 21, 2000
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I've read the original (1979) edition many times. This book is notable not only for the Atom's extraordinary accomplishments and philosophy, but also for author Ed Speilman's consummate storytelling.
The Mighty Atom was the Harry Houdini of strongmanship.
Highly recommended for anyone with an interest in (meta)physical culture, martial arts, Vaudeville, the American Jewish experience, natural health and healing, etc., etc....
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on October 13, 2003
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I was fortunate to see The Atom at Zerns in Pennsylvania in '72 when I was 20. It was unforgettable - like meeting someone from the old testatment. I was thrilled to find the book, and Spielman has done a great job of telling his story.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By dandebkimd@aol.com on February 4, 1999
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To everyone's dream about reaching their potential spiritually, emotionally and physically, The "Mighty Atom", is an inspiration to the great potential within each of us.
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