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The 1 New York Times bestselling story about American Olympic triumph in Nazi Germany and now the inspiration for the forthcoming PBS documentary Boys of 36 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 more
In this candid and riveting memoir for the first time ever Nike founder and board chairman Phil Knight shares the inside story of the company s early days as an intrepid start-up and its evolution into one of the world s most iconic game-changing and profitable brands Young searching fresh out of business school Phil Knight borrowed fifty dollars from his father and launched a company with one simple mission import high-quality low-cost running shoes from Japan Selling the shoes from the trunk of his Plymouth Valiant Knight grossed eight thousand dollars that first year 1963 Today Nike s annual sales top 30 billion In this age of start-ups Knight s Nike is the gold standard and its swoosh is more than a logo A symbol of grace and greatness it s one of the few icons instantly recognized in every corner of the world But Knight the man behind the swoosh has always been a mystery Now in a memoir that s surprising humble unfiltered funny and beautifully crafted he tells his story at last It all begins with a classic crossroads moment Twenty-four years old backpacking through Asia and Europe and Africa wrestling with life s Great Questions Knight decides the unconventional path is the only one for him Rather than work for a big... corporation he will create something all his own something new dynamic different Knight details the many terrifying risks he encountered along the way the crushing setbacks the ruthless competitors the countless doubters and haters and hostile bankers as well as his many thrilling triumphs and narrow escapes Above all he recalls the foundational relationships that formed the heart and soul of Nike with his former track coach the irascible and charismatic Bill Bowerman and with his first employees a ragtag group of misfits and savants who quickly became a band of swoosh-crazed brothers Together harnessing the electrifying power of a bold vision and a shared belief in the redemptive transformative power of sports they created a brand and a culture that changed everything more
A TOP-TEN NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER AN INSTANT CLASSIC OF HUSTLE AND EXCESS Tough straight upsetting and strangely beautiful ONE OF THE BEST SPORTS AUTOBIOGRAPHIES I VE EVER READ It comes from the heart Stephen King THIS BOOK IS GOING TO BLOW YOUR MIND Obviously everyone has to buy it Howard SternEclipsing the traditional sports memoir House of Nails by former world champion multimillionaire entrepreneur and imprisoned felon Lenny Dykstra spins a tragicomic tale of Shakespearean proportions -- a relentlessly entertaining American epic that careens between the heights and the abyss Nicknamed Nails for his hustle and grit Lenny approached the game of baseball -- and life -- with mythic intensity During his decade in the majors as a center fielder for the legendary 1980s Mets and the 1990s Phillies he was named to three All-Star teams and played in two of the most memorable World Series of the modern era An overachiever known for his clutch hits high on-base percentage and aggressive defense Lenny was later identified by his former minor-league roommate Billy Beane as the prototypical Moneyball player in Michael Lewis s bestseller Tobacco-stained steroid-powered and booze-and-drug-fueled Nails also defined a notorious era of excess... in baseball Then came a second act no novelist could plausibly conjure After retiring Dykstra became a celebrated business mogul and investment guru Touted as one of the great ones by CNBC s Jim Cramer he became baseball s most improbable post-career success story The New Yorker purchasing a 17 5-million mansion and traveling the world by private jet But when the economy imploded in 2008 Lenny lost everything Then the feds moved in convicted of bankruptcy fraud unjustly he contends Lenny served two and a half harrowing years in prison where he was the victim of a savage beating by prison guards that knocked out his front teeth The Daily Show s Jon Stewart channeling the bewildered fascination of many observers declared that Lenny s outrageous rise and spectactular fall was the greatest story that I have ever seen in my lifetime Now for the first time Lenny tells all about his tumultuous career from battling through crippling pain to steroid use and drug addiction to a life of indulgence and excess then an epic plunge and the long road back to redemption Was Lenny s hard-charging risk-it-all nature responsible for his success in baseball and business and his precipitous fall from grace What lessons if any has he learned now that he has had time to think and reflect Hilarious unflinchingly honest and irresistibly readable House of Nails makes no apologies and leaves nothing left unsaid more
The ultimate resource for experiencing the backcountry Written by survivalist expert Dave Canterbury Bushcraft 101 gets you ready for your next backcountry trip with advice on making the most of your time outdoors Based on the 5Cs of Survivability--cutting tools covering combustion devices containers and cordages--this valuable guide offers only the most important survival skills to help you craft resources from your surroundings and truly experience the beauty and thrill of the wilderness Inside you ll also discover detailed information on Choosing the right items for your kit Manufacturing needed tools and supplies Collecting and cooking food Protecting yourself from the elements With Canterbury s guidance you ll not only prepare yourself for any climate and situation you ll also learn how to use the art of bushcraft to reconnect with nature in ways you ve never imagined
It s time to get off the beaten path Inspiring equal parts wonder and wanderlust Atlas Obscura celebrates over 700 of the strangest and most curious places in the world Talk about a bucket list here are natural wonders the dazzling glowworm caves in New Zealand or a baobob tree in South Africa that s so large it has a pub inside where 15 people can drink comfortably Architectural marvels including the M C Escher-like stepwells in India Mind-boggling events like the Baby Jumping Festival in Spain where men dressed as devils literally vault over rows of squirming infants Not to mention the Great Stalacpipe Organ in Virginia Turkmenistan s 40-year hole of fire called the Gates of Hell a graveyard for decommissioned ships on the coast of Bangladesh eccentric bone museums in Italy or a weather-forecasting invention that was powered by leeches still on display in Devon England Created by Joshua Foer Dylan Thuras and Ella Morton ATLAS OBSCURA revels in the weird the unexpected the overlooked the hidden and the mysterious Every page expands our sense of how strange and marvelous the world really is And with its compelling descriptions hundreds of photographs surprising charts maps for every region of the world it is a book to enter... anywhere and will be as appealing to the armchair traveler as the die-hard adventurer Anyone can be a tourist ATLAS OBSCURA is for the explorer more
Updated and expanded with more than 80 pages of new content Improve your athletic performance extend your athletic career treat stiffness and achy joints and prevent and rehabilitate injuries all without having to seek out a coach doctor chiropractor physical therapist or masseur In Becoming a Supple Leopard Dr 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 movement allowing you to live a healthier more fulfilling life This new edition of the New York Times and Wall Street Journal bestseller has been thoroughly revised to make it even easier to put to use Want to truly understand the principles that guide human movement Becoming a Supple Leopard lays out a blueprint for moving safely and effectively through life and sport Want to learn how to apply those principles to specific movements whether you are doing squats in the gym or picking up a bag of groceries Hundreds of step-by-step photos show you not only how to perform a host of exercise movements such the squat deadlift pushup kettlebell swing clean snatch and muscle-up but also how to correct the common faults associated with those movements Frustrated because you... can t perform a certain movement correctly due to range of motion restrictions Breaking the body down into 14 distinct areas Starrett demonstrates hundreds of mobilization techniques that will help you resolve restrictions and reclaim your mobility Unsure how to put it all together into a program that addresses your individual needs This updated edition lays out dozens of prescriptions that allow you to hone in on a specific limitation a nagging injury or an exercise fault that you just can t seem to get right It even offers a 14-day full-body mobility overhaul Performance is what drives us as human beings but dysfunctional movement patterns can bring the human body to an abrupt halt Often the factors that impede performance are invisible even to seasoned athletes and coaches Becoming a Supple Leopard makes the invisible visible Whether you are a professional athlete a weekend warrior or simply someone wanting to live healthy and free from physical restrictions this one-of-a-kind training manual will teach you how to harness your athletic potential and maintain your body Learn how to perform basic maintenance on your body unlock your athletic potential live pain-free and become a Supple Leopard This step-by-step guide to movement and mobility will show you how to Move safely and efficiently in all situations Organize your spine and joints in optimal stable positions Restore normal function to your joints and tissues Accelerate recovery after training sessions and competition Properly perform strength and conditioning movements like the squat bench press pushup deadlift clean and snatch Build efficient transferable movement patterns and skill progressions from simple to more advanced exercises Identify diagnose and correct inefficient movement patterns Treat and resolve common symptoms like low back pain carpal tunnel shoulder pain and tennis elbow Prevent and rehabilitate common athletic injuries Use mobilization techniques to address short and stiff muscles soft tissue and joint capsule restriction motor control problems and joint range of motion limitations Create personalized mobility prescriptions to improve movement efficiencymore
1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER NOW A MAJOR MOTION PICTURE Look for special features inside Join the Random House Reader s Circle for author chats and more In boyhood Louis Zamperini was an incorrigible delinquent As a teenager he channeled his defiance into running discovering a prodigious talent that had carried him to the Berlin Olympics But when World War II began the athlete became an airman embarking on a journey that led to a doomed flight on a May afternoon in 1943 When his Army Air Forces bomber crashed into the Pacific Ocean against all odds Zamperini survived adrift on a foundering life raft Ahead of Zamperini lay thousands of miles of open ocean leaping sharks 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 Appearing in paperback for the first time with twenty arresting new photos and an extensive Q A with the author Unbroken is an unforgettable testament to the resilience of the human mind body and spirit brought vividly to life by Seabiscuit author Laura Hillenbrand... 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 award 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 Magnificent incredible Hillenbrand has crafted another masterful blend of sports history and overcoming terrific odds this is biography taken to the nth degree a chronicle of a remarkable life lived through extraordinary times The Dallas Morning News An astonishing testament to the superhuman power of tenacity Entertainment Weekly A tale of triumph and redemption astonishingly detailed O The Oprah Magazine A masterfully told true story nothing less than a marvel Washingtonian Hillenbrand tells this story with cool elegance but at a thrilling sprinter s pace Time Hillenbrand is one of our best writers of narrative history You don t have to be a sports fan or a war-history buff to devour this book you just have to love great storytelling Rebecca Skloot author of The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacksmore
THE 1 BESTSELLING WOMEN S FITNESS BOOK WITH OVER 100 000 COPIES SOLD If you want to build muscle lose fat and look great as quickly as possible without crash dieting good genetics or wasting ridiculous amounts of time in the gym and money on pills and powders regardless of your age then you want to read this book Here s the deal Building muscle and losing fat isn t nearly as complicated as the female bodybuilding industry wants you to believe You don t need to starve yourself with extreme fat loss diets or give up all the foods you actually like to lose weight quick You don t need to spend hundreds of dollars per month on worthless fat loss supplements that female bodybuilders shill in advertisements You don t need to toil away in the gym for a couple of hours per day to lose fat build muscle and have the bikini body you really want You don t need to do special exercises to lose weight or constantly change up your workout routine to make startling progress in the mirror You don t need to grind out hours of boring cardio to lose belly fat and get rid of that fat stomach for good Those are just a few of the harmful myths that keep women like you from ever achieving the lean toned strong and healthy body you truly desire And in this... book you re going to learn something most people even women bodybuilders will never know The exact formula of exercise and eating that makes losing 10 to 15 pounds of fat while building lean sexy muscle a breeze and it only takes 8 to 12 weeks This book reveals things like Why most advice on what to eat to lose weight fails and how to build meal plans that help you lose weight fast without ever feeling starved deprived or like you re on a fat loss diet The simple science of how to burn belly fat fast and keep it off for the rest of your life The biggest female muscle building lies women are told about how to tone and shape their bodies and what you REALLY need to do to have sexy lean curves Hint Using the Barbie weights to tone your muscles is a waste of time How to master the inner game of fitness and develop the self-discipline and willpower it takes to build the body of your dreams and actually enjoy the process An all-in-one weight training program for women that will give you a toned upper body flat stomach sexy legs and killer butt in just 3 to 6 hours of exercise per week doing workouts that you actually enjoy A no-BS guide to women s bodybuilding supplements that will save you from wasting THOUSANDS of dollars each year on bunk science and marketing hype How to burn fat and build lean muscle while still indulging in the cheat foods that you love every week like pasta pizza and ice cream What to eat before and after your workouts to build muscle fast It s the little things like this that make female bodybuilding diet plans maximally effective And a whole lot more Imagine just 12 weeks from now being constantly complimented on how great you look and asked what the heck you re doing to transform your body Imagine enjoying the added benefits of high energy levels no aches and pains better spirits and knowing that you re getting healthier every day The bottom line is you CAN have that bikini body without having your life revolve around it SPECIAL BONUS FOR READERS With this weight lifting book for women you ll also get a free 98-page bonus report that contains a year s worth of Thinner Leaner Stronger female fitness workouts as well as Mike s personal product and supplement recommendations and more Scroll up click the Buy button now and begin your journey to a thinner leaner and stronger you more
THE 1 BESTSELLING NATURAL BODYBUILDING BOOK WITH OVER 200 000 COPIES SOLD If you want to build muscle lose fat and look great as quickly as possible without steroids good genetics or wasting ridiculous amounts of time in the gym and money on supplements then you want to read this book Here s the deal Building muscle and burning fat isn t nearly as complicated as the fitness industry wants you to believe You don t need to spend hundreds of dollars per month on the worthless workout supplements that steroid-fueled bodybuilders swear by You don t need to constantly change up your weightlifting exercises to build muscle mass Muscle building is much simpler than that You don t need to spend a couple of hours every day doing tons of weight training sets supersets drop sets etc In fact this is a great way to get nowhere You don t need to grind out hours of boring cardio to shed ugly belly fat and get a six-pack You probably don t have to do ANY cardio actually You don t need clean eating to get ripped and you don t need to avoid cheat foods Flexible dieting is the real secret of effective bodybuilding nutrition Those are just a few of the harmful myths that keep guys like you from ever achieving the ripped muscular strong and healthy... bodies you truly desire And in this book you re going to learn something most people will never know The exact muscle building nutrition and training methods that make putting on 10 to 15 pounds of quality lean mass a breeze and it only takes a few months This book reveals things like The 7 biggest muscle building mistakes that keep guys small weak and frustrated How to lose fat and build muscle eating all the foods you love without ever feeling starved deprived or like you re on a diet An all-in-one bodybuilding routine that will give you a big full chest a wide tapered back bulging arms and thick powerful legs in just 3 to 6 hours of exercise per week doing weight training workouts that you actually look forward to A no-BS guide to bodybuilding supplements that will save you from wasting THOUSANDS of dollars each year on bunk science and marketing hype How to master the inner game of fitness and develop the self-discipline you need to build the body of your dreams If you like bodybuilding motivation this is for you What to eat before and after your workouts to build muscle fast It s the little things like this that make bodybuilding diet plans maximally effective How to burn fat and build lean muscle while still indulging in the cheat foods that you love every week like pasta pizza and ice cream And a whole lot more Imagine just 12 weeks from now being constantly complimented on how great you look and asked how the heck you re doing it Imagine enjoying the added benefits of high energy levels no aches and pains better spirits and knowing that you re getting healthier every day The bottom line is you CAN achieve that Hollywood hunk body without having your life revolve around it SPECIAL BONUS FOR READERS With this fitness book you ll also get a free 98-page bonus report that contains a year s worth of Bigger Leaner Stronger bodybuilding workouts as well as Mike s personal product and supplement recommendations and more more
National Bestseller A bank of clouds was assembling on the not-so-distant horizon but journalist-mountaineer Jon Krakauer standing on the summit of Mt Everest saw nothing that suggested that a murderous storm was bearing down He was wrong The storm which claimed five lives and left countless more--including Krakauer s--in guilt-ridden disarray would also provide the impetus for Into Thin Air Krakauer s epic account of the May 1996 disaster By writing Into Thin Air Krakauer may have hoped to exorcise some of his own demons and lay to rest some of the painful questions that still surround the event He takes great pains to provide a balanced picture of the people and events he witnessed and gives due credit to the tireless and dedicated Sherpas He also avoids blasting easy targets such as Sandy Pittman the wealthy socialite who brought an espresso maker along on the expedition Krakauer s highly personal inquiry into the catastrophe provides a great deal of insight into what went wrong But for Krakauer himself further interviews and investigations only lead him to the conclusion that his perceived failures were directly responsible for a fellow climber s death Clearly Krakauer remains haunted by the disaster and although he relates a... number of incidents in which he acted selflessly and even heroically he seems unable to view those instances objectively In the end despite his evenhanded and even generous assessment of others actions he reserves a full measure of vitriol for himself This updated trade paperback edition of Into Thin Air includes an extensive new postscript that sheds fascinating light on the acrimonious debate that flared between Krakauer and Everest guide Anatoli Boukreev in the wake of the tragedy I have no doubt that Boukreev s intentions were good on summit day writes Krakauer in the postscript dated August 1999 What disturbs me though was Boukreev s refusal to acknowledge the possibility that he made even a single poor decision Never did he indicate that perhaps it wasn t the best choice to climb without gas or go down ahead of his clients As usual Krakauer supports his points with dogged research and a good dose of humility But rather than continue the heated discourse that has raged since Into Thin Air s denouncement of guide Boukreev Krakauer s tone is conciliatory he points most of his criticism at G Weston De Walt who coauthored The Climb Boukreev s version of events And in a touching conclusion Krakauer recounts his last conversation with the late Boukreev in which the two weathered climbers agreed to disagree about certain points Krakauer had great hopes to patch things up with Boukreev but the Russian later died in an avalanche on another Himalayan peak Annapurna I In 1999 Krakauer received an Academy Award in Literature from the American Academy of Arts and Letters--a prestigious prize intended to honor writers of exceptional accomplishment According to the Academy s citation Krakauer combines the tenacity and courage of the finest tradition of investigative journalism with the stylish subtlety and profound insight of the born writer His account of an ascent of Mount Everest has led to a general reevaluation of climbing and of the commercialization of what was once a romantic solitary sport while his account of the life and death of Christopher McCandless who died of starvation after challenging the Alaskan wilderness delves even more deeply and disturbingly into the fascination of nature and the devastating effects of its lure on a young and curious mind more
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