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Drop Dead Healthy: One Man's Humble Quest for Bodily Perfection | [A. J. Jacobs]

Drop Dead Healthy: One Man's Humble Quest for Bodily Perfection

A. J. Jacobs tackles his most challenging experiment yet: a yearlong mission to radically improve every element of his body and mind - from his brain to his fingertips to his abs. First, he had to tackle a complicated web of diet and exercise advice, most which is nonsensical, unproven, and contradictory. Second, he had to consult a team of medical advisers. And finally, he had to subject himself, over the course of two years, to a grueling regimen of exercises and a range of diets and nutritional plans.
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Publisher's Summary

New York Times best-selling author and king of "immersion journalism" A.J. Jacobs tackles his most challenging experiment yet: a yearlong mission to radically improve every element of his body and mind - from his brain to his fingertips to his abs.

Having lifted his spirit in The Year of Living Biblically and sharpened his mind in The Know-It-All, A. J. Jacobs had one feat left in the self-improvement trinity: to become the healthiest man in the world. He doesn't just want to lose a couple of pounds, or finish a triathlon, or lower his cholesterol.

First, he had to tackle a complicated web of diet and exercise advice, most which is nonsensical, unproven, and contradictory. Second, he had to consult a team of medical advisers. And finally, he had to subject himself, over the course of two years, to a grueling regimen of exercises, a range of diets and nutritional plans, and a brutal array of techniques and practices to improve everything from his hearing to his sleep - all the while testing the patience of his wife.

This latest work bursts with hilarity and warmth, all the while testing our culture's assumptions and obsessions with what makes good health and allowing the listener to reflect on his or her own health, body, and eventual mortality.

©2012 A. J. Jacobs (P)2012 Simon & Schuster, Inc.

What the Critics Say

“We can become healthier by learning from AJ's discomfort in this very funny book. He moves us from theory to practice by dragging his body through all the longevity practices. (Dr. Mehmet Oz)

"Can one man go from a 'python that ate agoat' physique to perfect specimen? From Roman soldier workouts to Areca palm plants, fromthe sublime to the absurd, AJ has tried it all. I laughed my ass off the wholeway and learned a ton ... including about my ass." (Timothy Ferriss, author of The 4-Hour Workweek)

"Who wouldn't want to be fitter, happier, more productive? In this riotous, madcap book, AJ Jacobs sets himself an ambitious goal: to become the person we all wish we could be. It's vintage AJ. Do your future self a favor and read this book." (Joshua Foer, author of Moonwalking with Einstein)

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    Brenda Wyss Orange County, CA 04-26-12
    Brenda Wyss Orange County, CA 04-26-12

    "The nature of this flower is to bloom." - A.W.

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    "AJ's Got His Groove Back"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    This is a "tell-a-friend" worthy listen. Informative, entertaining and quirky. Whats not to like?


    What other book might you compare Drop Dead Healthy to and why?

    Jacobs has several of these "reality memoir" type books. The first two, Know It All and Living Biblically, are great reads. Guinea Pig Diaries was not so engaging in audio format and the writer's performance left much to be desired. With Healthiest Man, AJ is back in form displaying his signature blend of charming personal anecdote and fascinatingly obscure factual details to the listener's delight.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    AJ's forays into the lesser known, more exotic forms of fringe exercise regiments will surely put a smile on your face.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    marcus indianapolis, indiana, United States 04-22-12
    marcus indianapolis, indiana, United States 04-22-12
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    "I have never enjoyed an audio book more"

    Woody Allen explores the health craze. That is how I am describing this book to my friends who I am encouraging to read this book. He combines common sense, a sense of adventure, and good humor in exploring the misconceptions, fads and good advice we are bombarded with in the media about good health. You will learn a lot, even if you read the nutrition and fitness press regularly.

    You know you have enjoyed an audio book when at the end you wish you could invite the author to lunch. I hated to see this book end.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Edward Antioch, IL, United States 04-24-12
    Edward Antioch, IL, United States 04-24-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Not what you think it is."
    Would you listen to another book narrated by A. J. Jacobs?

    No


    Any additional comments?

    Was told it was funny, it's not - thought it was a guide to getting healthily, it isn't. It is an uninformative and boring account of one man's middle age crises. Ship this one.

    2 of 5 people found this review helpful
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