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Born to Run: A Hidden Tribe, Superathletes, and the Greatest Race the World Has Never Seen Paperback – March 29, 2011
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"A tale so mind-blowing as to be the stuff of legend." —The Denver Post
"McDougall's book reminded me of why I love to run." —Bill Rodgers, San Francisco Chronicle
"Fascinating. . . . Thrilling. . . . An operatic ode to the joys of running." —The Washington Post
“It’s a great book. . . . A really gripping read. . . .Unbelievable story . . . a really phenomenal book.” —Jon Stewart on The Daily Show
"One of the most entertaining running books ever." —Amby Burfoot, Runnersworld.com
“Equal parts quest, physiology treatise, and running history. . . . [McDougall] seeks to learn the secrets of the Tarahumara the old-fashioned way: He tracks them down. . . . The climactic race reads like a sprint. . . . It simply makes you want to run.” —Outside Magazine
“McDougall recounts his quest to understand near superhuman ultra-runners with adrenaline pumped writing, humor and a distinct voice...he never lets go from his impassioned mantra that humans were born to run.” —NPR
“Born to Run is a fascinating and inspiring true adventure story, based on humans pushing themselves to the limits. It’s destined to become a classic.”–Sir Ranulph Fiennes, author of Mad, Bad and Dangerous To Know
“Equal parts hilarity, explanation and earnestness—whisks the reader along on a compelling dash to the end, and along the way captures the sheer joy that a brisk run brings.” —Science News
“Born to Run is funny, insightful, captivating, and a great and beautiful discovery.” —Lynne Cox, author of Swimming to Antarctica
“A page-turner, taking the reader on an epic journey in search of the world’s greatest distance runners in an effort to uncover the secrets of their endurance.” —The Durango Herald
“Driven by an intense yet subtle curiosity, Christopher McDougall gamely treads across the continent to pierce the soul and science of long-distance running.”—Hampton Sides, author of Blood and Thunder and Ghost Soldiers
About the Author
Christopher McDougall is the author of Born to Run: A Hidden Tribe, Super Athletes, and the Greatest Race the World Has Never Seen and Natural Born Heroes: Mastering the Lost Secrets of Strength and Endurance. He began his career as an overseas correspondent for the Associated Press, covering wars in Rwanda and Angola. He now lives and writes (and runs, swims, climbs, and bear-crawls) among the Amish farms around his home in rural Pennsylvania.
Christopher McDougall is available for select readings and lectures. To inquire about a possible appearance, please contact Random House Speakers Bureau at firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.rhspeakers.com.
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Distance running is the fountain of youth (if done correctly), and this book both inspires you to run and gives you tips on how to run without hurting your body.
5-stars -- A page-turner that may change your views on running and of life.
This book is a true story. This book is a fun adventure. This book is an education. This book is a journey. This book is a serendipity. This book may change your life.
There are four stories in the book. The author searches for a cure to the pain in his foot. Along the way, he meets a number of interesting characters whose life stories are each adventures in themselves. He ultimately gets an education in evidenced-based, experiential, and peer-reviewed research that turns mainstream theories of running bio-mechanics, extreme endurance and the evolution of man on their sides. And finally, as you relive the events of his story, you may write the final story comprised of your own realization and then your own personal quest for the joy of running and the joy of life.
One of the top reader reviews of this book highlights four chapters that cover, in the reviewer's opinion, the key information comprising the meat of the book, the "must-read" chapters (chapters, 15, 25, 27, 28). But the reviewer tires of the narrative rambling through the remainder of the 300 pages, and wishes that the author would simply get to the point, further suggesting that busy readers bypass the excess and skip right to these four chapters. May I propose that this reviewer may have missed the whole point of the book. Although enthusiastic about the material he highlights that encouraged him to try running again, the reviewer may not experience all the serendipitous moments of the story since he was not enamored with the journey of the book, a journey necessary in toto to lead the reader to the full joy of running.
You do not have to be an extreme endurance practitioner or enthusiast to realize and experience the thesis of the book, that man was born to run. What you learn here can still give you joy in running and in life even if taken in only modest amounts.
The only (very minor) critique I have is that no bibliography was provided so as to more easily examine the research and background stories referenced. Fortunately, Wikipedia and Google search make short work of that task as long as you don't reside in the Copper Canyons of Mexico (their internet coverage is not quite as ubiquitous as elsewhere).
(This review is only my preliminary draft of first-impressions. I intend to write a more detailed exposition focusing particularly on the research referenced throughout the book, but that will require a second reading, and no doubt a few more runs under my belt.)
Run to the nearest library or bookstore to read this book. Then read this book to run for your life.
For those of you still reading on to the review. The introduction starts off strong, and doesn't let up until towards the middle-of the book. The writer does a magnificent job of keeping you reeled in and has a way of writing about running, that doesn't make you yawn or make you wish you were done. I found my self in awe thinking that some of the content in the book sounded a lot like fantasy and myth, but was actually true.
Overall, this book is a must read for all runners and heck may even catch the interest of non runners. I feel as if though non-runners will benefit more from reading this book.For all of you who are long distance runners, I especially urge you to please give this book a shot. To all marathoners and non marathoners, God bless all of you and thank you for taking the time to read my review. I hope that it was helpful and if there's anything I could improve on, PLEASE let me know!
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Great, easy and fun read. Recommended.