Natural born heroes: how a daring band of misfits mastered the lost secrets of strength and endurance

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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.

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Full title natural born heroes how a daring band of misfits mastered the lost secrets of strength and endurance
Author mcdougall christopher
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display_description "Author of the phenomenal national best seller, Born to Run, Christopher McDougall 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 in the muscles and minds of fitness enthusiasts everywhere. While researching Born to Run, Chris McDougall encountered the story of Pheidippides, the legendary ancient Greek 'all-day runner.' Later, when McDougall met a dedicated amateur historian, he saw a connection to one of the most fascinating mysteries of World War II: How did a small band of Resistance fighters surrounded by German troops kidnap a top German general? What he discovered is that ancestral techniques for extraordinary endurance, natural movement, and nutrition allowed ancient Greek soldiers and Cretan shepherds to race across mountains on all-night missions. Inspired by their heroic acts, McDougall sets off to discover the lost art of the hero, both throughout history and across the world. Just as Born to Run inspired casual runners to get off the treadmill, out of their shoes, and into nature, Natural-Born Heroes will inspire casual athletes to leave the gym and take their fitness to nature doing cross-training, mud runs, parkour and free-running to bound--and climb, swim, skip, wade, and jump--their way to heroic feats"--
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subject_facet Athletics -- Philosophy, Audiobooks, Heroes -- Greece -- Crete -- History -- 20th century, Heroes -- History, Kreipe, Karl -- Kidnapping, 1944, Long-distance running -- Greece -- History, Physical fitness -- Greece -- History, Physical fitness -- Philosophy, Soldiers -- Greece -- Crete -- History -- 20th century, World War, 1939-1945 -- Underground movements -- Greece -- Crete
title_display Natural born heroes : how a daring band of misfits mastered the lost secrets of strength and endurance
title_full Natural Born Heroes How a Daring Band of Misfits Mastered the Lost Secrets of Strength and Endurance, Natural born heroes : how a daring band of misfits mastered the lost secrets of strength and endurance / Christopher McDougall ; map illustration by Robert Bull, Natural born heroes [sound recordings] : how a daring band of misfits mastered the lost secrets of strength and endurance / by Christopher McDougall
title_short Natural born heroes :
title_sub how a daring band of misfits mastered the lost secrets of strength and endurance
topic_facet Athletics, Audiobooks, Health & Fitness, Heroes, History, Kidnapping, 1944, Kreipe, Karl, Long-distance running, Nonfiction, Philosophy, Physical fitness, Soldiers, Travel, Underground movements, World War, 1939-1945