One of the best-selling writer of Born to Run now travels to the Mediterranean, the place he discovers that the secrets and techniques of historic Greek heroes are nonetheless alive and properly on the island of Crete, and able to be unleashed within the muscle tissue and minds of informal athletes and aspiring heroes in every single place. After working an ultramarathon by means of the Copper Canyons of Mexico, Christopher McDougall finds his subsequent nice journey on the razor-sharp mountains of Crete, the place a band of Resistance fighters in World Conflict II plotted the daring abduction of a German normal from the center of the Nazi occupation. How did a penniless artist, a younger shepherd, and a playboy poet imagine they may perform such a outstanding feat of power and endurance, smuggling the final previous hundreds of Nazi pursuers, with little greater than their very own wits and braveness to information them? McDougall makes his method to the island to search out the reply and retrace their steps, experiencing firsthand the intense bodily challenges the Resistance fighters and their native allies confronted. On Crete, the birthplace of the classical Greek heroism that spawned the likes of Herakles and Odysseus, McDougall discovers the instruments of the hero – pure motion, extraordinary endurance, and environment friendly vitamin. All of those abilities, McDougall learns, are nonetheless practiced in far-flung pockets all through the world at the moment. Greater than a thriller of outstanding folks and crafty schemes, Pure Born Heroes is a captivating investigation into the misplaced artwork of the hero, taking us from the streets of London at midnight to the seashores of Brazil at daybreak, from the mountains of Colorado to McDougall’s personal yard in Pennsylvania, all locations the place modern-day athletes are honing historic abilities so that they’re prepared for something. Simply as Born to Run impressed readers to get off the treadmill, out of their sneakers, and into the pure world, Pure Born Heroes will encourage them to go away the health club and take their health routine to nature – to climb, swim, skip, throw, and bounce their method to their very own heroic feats.
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