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Where Men Win Glory: The Odyssey of Pat Tillman by Jon Krakauer
Where Men Win Glory: The Odyssey of Pat Tillman

lbmm, January 3, 2012

Krakauer is a master. His writing is beautiful, his prose intriguing and pulls you in. Tillman's story is told with sensitivity, depth and honesty, as a true American hero deserves. Krakauer not only reveals the truth behind the cover up of Tillman's death, but also touches in on the beauty of his life. Tillman is portrayed as a real person, flaws and all, which makes this book all the more touching.

Please keep writing Jon Krakauer and I promise to keep reading.
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Born to Run: A Hidden Tribe, Superathletes, and the Greatest Race the World Has Never Seen (Vintage) by Christopher McDougall
Born to Run: A Hidden Tribe, Superathletes, and the Greatest Race the World Has Never Seen (Vintage)

lbmm, January 3, 2012

While there has been some controversy over the authors portrayal of the Taroumra people, as over romanticized this book still does what it sets out to do. It is a book about the love of running and the people who do it. As a life long (short distance)runner I have flirted with the idea of expanding and this book was a catalyst that spurred me to begin my marathon training. I am two half marathons deep now with a full only a few months away.

While I can't say this book changed my life, or my desire to wear real shoes, it did open my eyes to the amazing athletes who practice the sport. And it inspired me and reminded me to push myself harder and farther. As far as a book designed to help people discover and cultivate the joy of running, I think this book succeeds marvelously.

McDougall does a great job of winding multiple story threads together, that makes for an entertaining read. The writing is simple and clean, and managed to make running 50 and 100 miles sound really exciting, instead of just painful. I recommend this book to runners, sports fans and people interested in learning how far you can push the human body.
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