- Paperback: 326 pages
- Publisher: Mill City Press, Inc. (November 22, 2011)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1937600467
- ISBN-13: 978-1937600464
- Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.7 x 8.5 inches
- Shipping Weight: 11.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 115 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #80,366 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Becoming the Iceman Paperback – November 22, 2011
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I initially gave the book a 1-star review, but I later upgraded my review to 3 stars to reflect the useful content in the book.
First, 3 suggestions to readers, then the specific criticisms of my review:
1. Compare other books on the subject. When I purchased this book, it was the only one available on the Wim Hof Method, and I found it lacking in readability. I can't comment on other books, as this is the only one I've read on Wim's methods. Info from online sources didn't come anywhere close to matching the depth of what I found in the book.
2. If you get the book and manuscript quality is important to you, keep in mind reviewers' criticisms of weak points. If I'd known those ahead of time, perhaps I wouldn't have gotten so frustrated from assuming the book would be of at least average editorial quality and then finding it came nowhere close to that. The book's terrible editing annoyed me so much that I tossed it in a donation box long before finishing it. Still interested in finding out more about Wim's methods before shelling out for the online course, though, I eventually retrieved and finished the book.
3. If you find the book difficult to get through, consider reading Wim's chapters first and then going back through Justin's. I found it much less frustrating when I switched to this method, because the information flowed more logically.
This book scores very low for readability and usability. It sorely lacks ease of referencing specific material due to the lack of both an index and table of contents. It also scores poorly in clarity of writing and logical sequencing of information. The book's useful background & technical information is buried in a morass of poor organization, utterly trivial and irrelevant detail (especially in author/editor Justin Rosales' sections), and frequent errors.
The book contains some excellent information. The authors come across as open-hearted, enthusiastic, conscientious, and deeply devoted to sharing their subject matter. If they ever spring for a real editor to clean up the manuscript and reissue it with an index and/or a table of contents at minimum, the book could be a fine showcase for Wim's methods and both authors.
This is not Chris McDougall's _Born to Run_: it isn't an extreme sport book written by a professional writer. That said, I am glad that the book is available, and am thoroughly enjoying using the exercises outlined. I've only been at it a week, and have already made significant progress. I have always had a lower than normal temperature and terrible cold tolerance. I told myself before I started the exercises that this was likely a crackpot health/paleo/biohacking fad and decided that if I didn't see results after a few weeks, I would stop. After a week of practice, I am immersing my extremities for 6 minutes (up from a mere 30 seconds). I am able to take cold showers without shivering. Admittedly, it would take years to know whether these efforts can decrease the symptoms of autoimmune disease. If you are at all curious and motivated to investigate these methods, you will have fun with this book.