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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

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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.
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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 (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,600,287 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"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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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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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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By A Customer 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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By Lois Field on February 23, 2013
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I enjoyed this book, I was disappointed in just how much of the book was dedicated to the actual sporting events, but I guess it wouldn't have been his story without them. I would recommend this to anyone who is facing a struggle in life to remind yourself no to give up.
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I started reading this book just after the London Olympics ended because I suddenly had an extra 10 hours a day on my hands and really wanted to read something that captured the spirit of the games. Yeah I love the Olympics, from opening to closing ceremonies, but I'm especially a fan of the marathon, triathlon and all the behind the event, human interest stories. ONE MAN'S LEG seemed to have just what I was looking for.

Paul Martin's story is truly inspirational but as much as this is a story about his leg it's also just the story of the rise of an athlete. Paul's easy and honest writing style plus the fact that he's led a super interesting life make this a real page turner. And as much as I enjoyed reading about his athletic accomplishments I found myself equally engrossed in the early chapters regarding his difficult childhood, time spent as an ironworker, the multitude of accidents he suffered before (and after) the loss of his leg -jeez this guy is accident prone- and the often challenging relationship he had with his father.

At the age of 25 (after his fifth serious vehicular related accident) Paul lost his left leg below the knee and started on his journey to becoming a world champion athlete. He admits that "without his fortuitous accident he probably wouldn't have walked the path of an athlete" adding "that if he could go back in time he wouldn't change a thing."

Personally I have a hard time considering a man who swims, bikes, runs marathons, plays hockey is an Olympic competitor and world champion athlete disabled at all. Through strength of spirit he is in my mind, super-abled.

Within a couple of years of his accident Paul's life has taken on new meaning.
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