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1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER SOON TO BE A MAJOR MOTION PICTURE Hailed as the top nonfiction book of the year by Time magazine Winner of the Los Angeles Times Book Prize for biography and the Indies Choice Adult Nonfiction Book of the Year awardOn a May afternoon in 1943 an Army Air Forces bomber crashed into the Pacific Ocean and disappeared leaving only a spray of debris and a slick of oil gasoline and blood Then on the ocean surface a face appeared It was that of a young lieutenant the plane s bombardier who was struggling to a life raft and pulling himself aboard So began one of the most extraordinary odysseys of the Second World War The lieutenant s name was Louis Zamperini In boyhood he d been a cunning and incorrigible delinquent breaking into houses brawling and fleeing his home to ride the rails As a teenager he had channeled his defiance into running discovering a prodigious talent that had carried him to the Berlin Olympics and within sight of the four-minute mile But when war had come the athlete had become an airman embarking on a journey that led to his doomed flight a tiny raft and a drift into the unknown Ahead of Zamperini lay thousands of miles of open ocean leaping sharks a foundering raft thirst and starvation... enemy aircraft and beyond a trial even greater Driven to the limits of endurance Zamperini would answer desperation with ingenuity suffering with hope resolve and humor brutality with rebellion His fate whether triumph or tragedy would be suspended on the fraying wire of his will In her long-awaited new book Laura Hillenbrand writes with the same rich and vivid narrative voice she displayed in Seabiscuit Telling an unforgettable story of a man s journey into extremity Unbroken is a testament to the resilience of the human mind body and spirit Praise for Unbroken Extraordinarily moving a powerfully drawn survival epic The Wall Street Journal A one-in-a-billion story designed to wrench from self-respecting critics all the blurby adjectives we normally try to avoid It is amazing unforgettable gripping harrowing chilling and inspiring New York Staggering mesmerizing Hillenbrand s writing is so ferociously cinematic the events she describes so incredible you don t dare take your eyes off the page People A meticulous soaring and beautifully written account of an extraordinary life The Washington Post Ambitious and powerful a startling narrative and an inspirational book The New York Times Book Review Marvelous Unbroken is wonderful twice over for the tale it tells and for the way it s told It manages maximum velocity with no loss of subtlety Newsweek Moving and yes inspirational Laura Hillenbrand s unforgettable book deserve s pride of place alongside the best works of literature that chart the complications and the hard-won triumphs of so-called ordinary Americans and their extraordinary time Maureen Corrigan Fresh Air Hillenbrand tells this story with cool elegance but at a thrilling sprinter s pace Time Unbroken is too much book to hope for a hellride of a story in the grip of the one writer who can handle it Christopher McDougall author of Born to Runmore
The 1 New York Times bestselling story about American Olympic triumph in Nazi Germany For readers of Unbroken out of the depths of the Depression comes an irresistible story about beating the odds and finding hope in the most desperate of times the improbable intimate account of how nine working-class boys from the American West showed the world at the 1936 Olympics in Berlin what true grit really meant It was an unlikely quest from the start With a team composed of the sons of loggers shipyard workers and farmers the University of Washington s eight-oar crew team was never expected to defeat the elite teams of the East Coast and Great Britain yet they did going on to shock the world by defeating the German team rowing for Adolf Hitler The emotional heart of the tale lies with Joe Rantz a teenager without family or prospects who rows not only to regain his shattered self-regard but also to find a real place for himself in the world Drawing on the boys own journals and vivid memories of a once-in-a-lifetime shared dream Brown has created an unforgettable portrait of an era a celebration of a remarkable achievement and a chronicle of one extraordinary young man s personal quest
LEARN HOW TO HACK HUMAN MOVEMENTJoin the movement that has reached millions of athletes and coaches learn how to perform basic maintenance on your body unlock your human potential live pain free and become a Supple Leopard Improve your athletic performance extend your athletic career treat body stiffness and achy joints and rehabilitate injuries all without having to seek out a coach doctor chiropractor physical therapist or masseur In Becoming a Supple Leopard Kelly Starrett founder of MobilityWod com shares his revolutionary approach to mobility and maintenance of the human body and teaches you how to hack your own human movement allowing you to live a healthy happier more fulfilling life Performance is what drives the human animal but the human animal can be brought to an abrupt halt by dysfunctional movement patterns Oftentimes the factors that impede performance are invisible to not only the untrained eye but also the majority of athletes and coaches Becoming a Supple Leopard makes the invisible visible In this one of a kind training manual Starrett maps out a detailed system comprised of more than two hundred techniques and illuminates common movement errors that cause injury and rob you of speed power endurance and... strength Whether you are a professional athlete a weekend warrior or simply someone wanting to live healthy and free from restrictions Becoming a Supple Leopard will teach you how to maintain your body and harness your genetic potential Learn How to prevent and rehabilitate common athletic injuries overhaul your movement habits quickly identify diagnose and fix inefficient movement patterns problem solve for pain and dysfunction in austere environments with little equipment fix poor mechanics that rob power bleed force and dump torque unlock reservoirs of athletic capacity you didn t know you had identify and fix poor movement patterns in children reverse the aging process develop strategies that restore function to your joints and tissues accelerate recovery after training sessions and competition create personalized mobility prescriptions to improve movement efficiency improve your quality of life through regained work capacity run faster jump higher and throw farthermore
1 NATIONAL BESTSELLERSOON TO BE A MAJOR MOTION PICTUREAt twenty-two Cheryl Strayed thought she had lost everything In the wake of her mother s death her family scattered and her own marriage was soon destroyed Four years later with nothing more to lose she made the most impulsive decision of her life With no experience or training driven only by blind will she would hike more than a thousand miles of the Pacific Crest Trail from the Mojave Desert through California and Oregon to Washington State and she would do it alone Told with suspense and style sparkling with warmth and humor Wild powerfully captures the terrors and pleasures of one young woman forging ahead against all odds on a journey that maddened strengthened and ultimately healed her One of the Best Books of the Year NPR The Boston Globe Entertainment Weekly Vogue St Louis Dispatch
Everyone cares about physical performance and the fitness industry offers an infinite number of solutions to improve it But who has the best solution and how do we know if and how it will work for us After over 15 years of training as an elite gymnast and over a decade of coaching Coach Carl Paoli offers a fresh philosophy on training by connecting movement styles to fit your specific purpose while also giving you a simple framework for mastering the basics of any human movement Freestyle Maximize Your Sport and Life Performance with Four Basic Movements is an interactive way to learn how the body is designed to move through space and how to interact with our constantly changing surroundings Using this framework and four basic movements Paoli will help you maximize your efforts in sport and life regardless of specialty Despite Carl s experience as an elite gymnast and a renowned CrossFit coach this is not a book about gymnastics CrossFit or any specific fitness program Rather it is a unique take on how Carl studies and teaches human movement and how you can better understand how to move yourself Carl is not going to teach you the specifics of a movement or sport instead he gives you a template that you can use to develop any... specific movement For example instead of teaching you how to throw a baseball this book teaches you a universal foundation that will help you further develop your pitching skills Human movement is intuitive but not always perfect This book shows you how to Turn on and trust your intuition about movement Use tools that help optimize imperfect movement Tap into the universal movement patterns and progressions underlying all disciplines Use Carl Paoli s movement framework to create roadmaps for your physical success Learn what being strong really means Freestyle is a practical manual to develop human movement regardless of your discipline It is equally applicable to veteran athletes weekend warriors fitness enthusiasts people trying to pick up a new sport and people who are simply curious about improving their health By developing your awareness and learning to see across other disciplines you can tailor any training regimen to meet your unique goals more
Starting Strength has been called the best and most useful of fitness books The second edition Starting Strength Basic Barbell Training sold over 80 000 copies in a competitive global market for fitness education Along with Practical Programming for Strength Training 2nd Edition they form a simple logical and practical approach to strength training Now after six more years of testing and adjustment with thousands of athletes in seminars all over the country the updated third edition expands and improves on the previous teaching methods and biomechanical analysis No other book on barbell training ever written provides the detailed instruction on every aspect of the basic barbell exercises found in SS BBT3 And while the methods for implementing barbell training detailed in the book are primarily aimed at young athletes they have been successfully applied to everyone young and old male and female fit and flabby sick and healthy weak and already strong Many people all over the world have used the simple biological principle of stress recovery adaptation on which this method is based to improve their performance their appearance and their long-term health With over 150 000 copies in print in three editions Starting Strength is the... most important method available to learn the most effective way to train with barbells -- the most important way to improve your strength your health and your life -- Why barbells are the most effective tools for strength training -- The mechanical basis of barbell training concisely and logically explained -- All new photographs and improved illustrations of all the lifts and the biomechanics behind them -- Complete easy-to-follow instructions for performing the basic barbell exercises the squat press deadlift bench press power clean and the power snatch -- Revised instruction methods for all six lifts proven effective in four years of seminar military and group instruction -- How the human body adapts to stress through recovery and why this is the foundation of the development of strength and lifetime health -- How to program the basic exercises into the most effective program for long-term progress -- Completely indexed -- The most productive method in existence for anyone beginning a strength training program more
For Any Climate in Any Situation Newly updated to reflect the latest in survival knowledge and technology the internationally bestselling SAS Survival Handbook is the definitive resource for all campers hikers and outdoor adventurers From basic campcraft and navigation to fear management and strategies for coping with any type of disaster this complete course includes Being prepared Understanding basic survival needs and preparing essentials such as a pocket survival kit Making camp Finding the best location constructing the appropriate shelter organizing camp and creating tools Food What to eat what to avoid where to find it and how to prepare it First aid A comprehensive course in emergency wilderness medicine including how to maximize survival in any climate or when injured Disaster survival How to react in the face of increasingly frequent natural disasters and hostile situations and how to survive at home if all services and supplies are cut off
With the proper combination of motor control skills and ranges of motion clicking into place running will cease to be a joyless grinding mill for injuries that wreak havoc on your athletic life
From elite bodybuilding competitors to gymnasts from golfers to fitness gurus anyone who works out with weights must own this book -- a book that only Arnold Schwarzenegger could write a book that has earned its reputation as the bible of bodybuilding Inside Arnold covers the very latest advances in both weight training and bodybuilding competition with new sections on diet and nutrition sports psychology the treatment and prevention of injuries and methods of training each illustrated with detailed photos of some of bodybuilding s newest stars Plus all the features that have made this book a classic are here Arnold s tried-and-true tips for sculpting strengthening and defining each and every muscle to create the ultimate buff physique The most effective methods of strength training to stilt your needs whether you re an amateur athlete or a pro bodybuilder preparing for a competition Comprehensive information on health nutrition and dietary supplements to help you build muscle lose fat and maintain optimum energy Expert advice on the prevention and treatment of sports-related injuries Strategies and tactics for competitive bodybuilders from selecting poses to handling publicity The fascinating history and growth of bodybuilding... as a sport with a photographic Bodybuilding Hall of Fame And of course Arnold s individual brand of inspiration and motivation throughout Covering every level of expertise and experience The New Encyclopedia of Modern Bodybuilding will help you achieve your personal best With his unique perspective as a seven-time winner of the Mr Olympia title and all international film star Arnold shares his secrets to dedication training and commitment and shows you how to take control of your body and realize your own potential for greatness more
The greatest relief pitcher of all time shares his extraordinary story of survival love and baseball Mariano Rivera the man who intimidated thousands of batters merely by opening a bullpen door began his incredible journey as the son of a poor Panamanian fisherman When first scouted by the Yankees he didn t even own his own glove He thought he might make a good mechanic When discovered he had never flown in an airplane had never heard of Babe Ruth spoke no English and couldn t imagine Tampa the city where he was headed to begin a career that would become one of baseball s most iconic What he did know that he loved his family and his then girlfriend Clara that he could trust in the Lord to guide him and that he could throw a baseball exactly where he wanted to every time With astonishing candor Rivera tells the story of the championships the bosses including The Boss the rivalries and the struggles of being a Latino baseball player in the United States and of maintaining Christian values in professional athletics The thirteen-time All-Star discusses his drive to win the secrets behind his legendary composure the story of how he discovered his cut fastball the untold pitch-by-pitch account of the ninth inning of Game 7 in the 2001... World Series and why the lowest moment of his career became one of his greatest blessings In The Closer Rivera takes readers into the Yankee clubhouse where his teammates are his brothers But he also takes us on that jog from the bullpen to the mound where the game -- or the season -- rests squarely on his shoulders We come to understand the laserlike focus that is his hallmark and how his faith and his family kept his feet firmly on the pitching rubber Many of the tools he used so consistently and gracefully came from what was inside him for a very long time -- his deep passion for life his enduring commitment to Clara whom he met in kindergarten and his innate sense for getting out of a jam When Rivera retired the whole world watched -- and cheered In The Closer we come to an even greater appreciation of a legend built from the ground up more