The best-selling author of Born to Run now travels to the Mediterranean, where he discovers that the secrets of ancient Greek heroes are still alive and well on the island of Crete, and ready to be unleashed in the muscles and minds of casual athletes and aspiring heroes everywhere.
After running an ultramarathon through the Copper Canyons of Mexico, Christopher McDougall finds his next great adventure on the razor-sharp mountains of Crete, where a band of Resistance fighters in World War II plotted the daring abduction of a German general from the heart of the Nazi occupation. How did a penniless artist, a young shepherd, and a playboy poet believe they could carry out such a remarkable feat of strength and endurance, smuggling the general past thousands of Nazi pursuers, with little more than their own wits and courage to guide them?
McDougall makes his way to the island to find the answer and retrace their steps, experiencing firsthand the extreme physical challenges the Resistance fighters and their local allies faced. On Crete, the birthplace of the classical Greek heroism that spawned the likes of Herakles and Odysseus, McDougall discovers the tools of the hero - natural movement, extraordinary endurance, and efficient nutrition. All of these skills, McDougall learns, are still practiced in far-flung pockets throughout the world today.
More than a mystery of remarkable people and cunning schemes, Natural Born Heroes is a fascinating investigation into the lost art of the hero, taking us from the streets of London at midnight to the beaches of Brazil at dawn, from the mountains of Colorado to McDougall's own backyard in Pennsylvania, all places where modern-day athletes are honing ancient skills so they're ready for anything.
Just as Born to Run inspired readers to get off the treadmill, out of their shoes, and into the natural world, Natural Born Heroes will inspire them to leave the gym and take their fitness routine to nature - to climb, swim, skip, throw, and jump their way to their own heroic feats.
©2015 Christopher McDougall (P)2015 Random House Audio
Historians and health enthusiasts alike will both enjoy this book, though it takes a little while to get cooking. The story is engaging but the info about natural movement was the most compelling part. There's a little too much back and forth between the two and I never quite got the connection but I'd listen to it again and recommend it to all.
I am a big fan of Born to Run...so I gave this book a shot. It was slow to start, but it ended up drawing me in. I was a little disappointed at the end of the book...but only because it was over. I know I will end up listening to this book again.
If you liked Born to Run....you will like this story as well. It blends great information with even better stories to back it up.
I hope Chris McDougall is researching his next story right now....I am already looking forward to reading/listening to it!
This book is a first rate thriller in the McDougall style, centering on a remarkable guerrilla campaign against the Nazis on Crete. As in Born to Run, there are fascinating digressions for biographical sketches and discussions of Greek history, parkour, the power of "fascial snapping," the anthropology of unarmed combat, sports nutrition, and hydration. His discussion of hydration will definitely amaze you, as it runs counter to everything you have heard.
McDougall is a master story teller, and his breadth of knowledge is stunning. Just like Born to Run, this one is very tough to put down.
There was so much great information in this book. The story was told but everything seems a bit scattered. There are many sections and I'll revisit overtime and I hope there's a lot that stays with me. But you've got to be patient with it all the way to the end.
yup and i did!
!he phrase when in doubt walk!!!!!!
Accents and dialects
not really! it was good!!
An excellent sequel to Born to Run though the "natural movement" portion of this book wasn't as fully developed as the "natural running" side of McDougall's first book. As for the narrator, he reads it like he's telling a good story... but in an English accent?! It's an odd choice of reader, and his halfhearted attempts at the accents and languages of the various voices in the book were a shame. Despite this, I really enjoyed the book.
I have not read the print version but I'd imagine that the print version would be better. The author in this case gives a lot of insight and technical knowledge at times - I wanted to take notes, but since I listen while I drive taking notes is hard to do. I think I would like to buy the book and then highlight and bookmark parts I'd want to return to for reference.
This book actually has a very good story - three of them to be exact. 1 - the historical account of Crete during WW2. 2 - His modern day retracing of history. 3 - Maffetone's method and background. All 3 are very interesting its just that while I would pause to think about something he said the story would jump around and I would find myself at one moment listening to Cretan rebels fighting Nazis and then at the next moment somewhere in Arizona looking for a nutritionist/chiropractor.
His accent is cool and he really gets into the story.
I was not able to listen to this book in one sitting, nor did I want to. I had to take it in shifts. However since I have finished it I go back and relisten to it again.
Worth a credit.
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