Having experience the death of our 9 year old to kidney cancer I have read A LOT on the subject. This book is absolutely 5 stars, the author tackles a complicated subject, weaves the technical science, historical timeline and array orcharacters together is an very gettable and captivating manner. This book felt accurate, sincere and left me with a sense of informational empowerment!
I sounded like an rambling pseudo fact filled superficial rationale for a not very well justified political agenda. The author seems to believe that the process that is culpable of the problem will solve the problem. She seems to be in love with Obama. The books big ideas just feel shallow as she seems to try and impress with a litany of stories and unsubstantiated facts.
deeper, more thought out. less propaganda
I realize this is a grand topic and difficult to tackle....but what could have been a fantastic book falls flat tripping over itself.
At the very top.....there come along few books that keep you listening or riveted during work or the odd times listening.
the confirmation of what I already sensed (having experienced the death of a child at Seattle childrens from cancer) there was so much much more to the story ...the back story, as well as the details of names and dates. very compelling
made me want to get involved....scream .... or give up on this fucked up fake life we live!!
a must read.......
McDougall no. Sanders yes. I really dont go for fiction and I honestly had to check twice if it was non fiction. It reminded me of my drunk uncles fishing stories. Colorful, fun and creative and based on some real facts yet ginned up for dramatic sake I am a life long runner and was excited to to read a book about distance running. The story is melded with some science and history of running. Characters were well developed. The non linear writing style appeals to me. Much of the book seems to be promoting minimal running shoes and the copper canyon running event.
McDougall references science and running experts to promote his idea, and cites resume and accomplishments of individuals. Then he goes on about Nike being the evil of running and in particular founder / coach bill Bowerman. He denigrates Bowerman as sort of a greed motivated coach who knew little about running. This was very dishonest journalism regardless of whether or not you love or hate Nike or what you think of Bowerman. as for Bowerman coach at University of Oregon his accomplishments stand for themselves, he is a snippet of what McDugall conveniently omitted. "Over his career, he trained 31 Olympic athletes, 51 All-Americans, 12 American record-holders, 24 NCAA champions and 16 sub-4 minute milers"
I really liked much of the book, it gives a very limited perspective of Ultra running. And the use of Hyperbole is just too much for me to give this more than 3 stars.
Im sure it will want to go out and run and some valuable tools and knowledge can be gleaned from the book.
Reminds me of 3 cups of tea, kind of felt sad that the author couldnt write the story with Authenticity.
The story of Human Language
the south African guy following the tribe about doing research.
yep...of course. it would appeal to anyone who bought Shape up shoes. made for TV .
Ive tried them all....this one was a dud. It had moments but fizzled into uninteresting and uncompelling conjecture.
not at all.
Ive listened to them all. I suppose if this was your first Gladwell book it would be better. I got the sense he wrote this as a desperate attempt to fulfill a contract obligation.
Shallow in all aspects.
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