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"A poet, storyteller, inventor, philosopher, and the world's strongest man, Doug Hepburn was a unique and genuine Canadian hero." -- Paul Bjarnason, Canadian Weightlifting Champion, 1966, 1970

About the Author

Tom Thurston was born in Creston, British Columbia and grew up on his parents’ fruit farm a few miles from town. Moving to Vancouver for a time, he studied urban land economics. He has a 4th-degree black belt in Teakwood-do and was part of the team that won gold at the 1978 World Championships in Oklahoma City. For many years he was a close friend of Doug Hepburn. In addition to completing the biography of Doug Hepburn, Thurston has written a number of screenplays. He makes his home in Scrapbook, British Columbia.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 295 pages
  • Publisher: Ronsdale Press; First edition (August 16, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1553800095
  • ISBN-13: 978-1553800095
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 6 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,438,378 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Tom Thurston has done a brilliant job of portraying Doug Hepburn's remarkable life. Hepburn seems to have wanted to be depicted "warts and all" and Thurston's rendering is unflinching.
Born with a club foot and badly crossed eyes, Doug Hepburn had the courage and strength of will to become arguably the strongest natural (i.e. trained without benefit of steroids or other performance enhancers) man in history.
Weight lifters and others who wish to train without risking their health--Hepburn retained his incredible strength into his later years--can use this book as a training manual. It ought to be required reading for young athletes.
But Thurston's book is much more than a training manual, or dry recitation of weights lifted and contests won (although the book has all of these statistics). The raw honesty of its narrative coupled with the astonishing achievments of its subject combine to make it make it a compelling read. It's a page turner as hard to put down as a best selling novel.
And yet it's all true, often painfully so. This is no mere homage or whitewashed "Biography Channel" version of Doug Hepburn's life. Thurston depicts those qualities of spirit which determined Doug Hepburn's greatness as an athlete, while at the same time letting us see those aspects of his life and character which were at odds with his natural gifts and self-determined destiny.
In short, a great read even if you don't care about weight-training, or other athletic achievment at the world-class level, and a must read if you do.
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Hello! I'm a 26 year old weightlifter, and had heard the name Doug Hepburn a few times in strength and bodybuilding magazines. However, I really didnt know much about the man until I purchased this book. I can honestly say, this man's story was inspiring and yet sad at times. It's one of the best reads I've had in a while, and those who are involved in weight training will want to pick up a copy of this book.
I really came away feeling inspired and grateful. With all the hogwash out there written by juiced-up "athletes," it's good to know people like Mr. Hepburn were truly the strongest of the strong naturally and that it IS possible to become strong without chemicals. Had I known of him years ago before his passing, he truly would have been someone I'd want to meet in person.
Also, many thanks to the book's author, Mr. Tom Thurston, who took the time to respond to my letter and answer my questions.
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STRONGMAN, THE DOUG HEPBURN STORY was a book I could not put down once I started reading it.

I was aware of world champion strongman Doug Hepburn and was excited upon noticing his name and freight-train physique upon the attractive book cover. What was fascinating about Hepburn was that while the world was aware of his physical strength, it was his mental strength and determination that was even more paramount. What could fuel such an obsession? A deformed leg was an insecurity he fought to overcome.

When Doug first traveled to New York City to display his power to the American strength community I found myself visualizing that I was riding in the train with him. In New York it was one thing to witness the poundage this massive man could lift, but even better watching the look of awe on the faces of the strength crowd watching as they realized this man had no match. This trip to New York City was a necessary confidence step in Hepburn's climb to winning the World Championship in Sweden in 1953.

The insecurities to succeed to the top of the weight-lifting world continued to enigma Hepburn as his life continued. I thank Doug for his illumination as he explained how his LSD therapy in the early sixties made him aware of how negatives from childhood stay embedded in a person's conscience and it is up to each of us to attempt to eliminate these adversities as best as possible.

I found STRONGMAN, THE DOUG HEPBURN STORY both entertaining and motivational, a great read.
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Pick it up and I doubt you'll put it down. This book is nothing more than an honest look back at a life lived to the fullest, through ups as well as downs, on and off the lifting platform.
Some nice information on Doug's simple yet effective training methods are included as well.
HAIL DOUG!!!
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Strongman - the Doug Hepburn Story

by Tom Thurston

Tom Thurston's aptly titled biography of Doug Hepburn, Strongman, is a telling tale of one man's aspirations to greatness, while struggling with the material world. For me, this book represents a very humanizing portrait of an inspiring boyhood hero from the fifties. Doug wrestled with the temptations of being exploited into the image of a larger than life, plastic fantastic, comic book like action figure. It is the story of one very human being. Combining insightful sensitivity with brutal reality, Tom delivers a penetrating study into Doug's indomitable spirit.

This book is a must read, from those casually interested in fitness to the competing athlete. This is the story about one man who actually did live by the creed: no tricks, not gear, not drugs.

Bill Owens

Comox, BC

Canada
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