Born to Run by Christopher McDougall
A Hidden Tribe, Superathletes, and the Greatest Race the World Has Never Seen

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Whether you've run a mile recently or not, this is a fascinating and thought-provoking book.
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Synopsis

An epic adventure that began with one simple question: Why does my foot hurt?
 
Isolated by Mexico's deadly Copper Canyons, the blissful Tarahumara Indians have honed the ability to run hundreds of miles without rest or injury. In a riveting narrative, award-winning journalist and often-injured runner Christopher McDougall sets out to discover their secrets. In the process, he takes his readers from science labs at Harvard to the sun-baked valleys and freezing peaks across North America, where ever-growing numbers of ultra-runners are pushing their bodies to the limit, and, finally, to a climactic race in the Copper Canyons that pits America’s best ultra-runners against the tribe. McDougall’s incredible story will not only engage your mind but inspire your body when you realize that you, indeed all of us, were born to run.


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About Christopher McDougall

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Christopher McDougall is a former war correspondent for the Associated Press and is now a contributing editor for Men's Health. A three-time National Magazine Award finalist, he has written for Esquire, The New York Times Magazine, Outside, Men's Journal, and New York. He does his own running among the Amish farms around his home in rural Pennsylvania.
 
Published May 4, 2009 by Vintage. 306 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Health, Fitness & Dieting, Sports & Outdoors, Travel, Action & Adventure, Political & Social Sciences, Education & Reference. Non-fiction
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Reviewed by J.J.S. Boyce on Apr 10 2011

Whether you've run a mile recently or not, this is a fascinating and thought-provoking book.

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Reviewed by Lynne Butler on Jun 02 2010

McDougall could not have found a more colorful cast of characters for his story had he made them up.

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The Washington Post

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Reviewed by Dan Zak on Jun 21 2009

"Born to Run" is an examination of sport, an allegory of cross-cultural understanding and a catalogue of philosophies of living.

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The Independent

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Reviewed by SIMON REDFERN on Apr 25 2010

Part how-to manual, part scientific treatise but throughout a ripping yarn, this book will inspire everyone who reads it to think on their feet.

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Reviewed by Mark Miller on May 04 2009

...he shares the stories of his characters and the history of ultrarunning in such an entertaining and engaging fashion that at times you want to put the book down, kick off your shoes, head out the door, and just simply run.

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The Millions

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Reviewed by Edan Lepucki on Oct 11 2012

A well-written depiction of physical exertion is supremely satisfying; it’s like watching The Biggest Loser, bowl of ice cream in hand.

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The Gospel Coalition

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Reviewed by Tim Challies on Jan 10 2013

...an enjoyable read and one that offers plenty of good food for thought.

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Science News

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Reviewed by Laura Sanders on Oct 23 2009

McDougall’s writing style —equal parts hilarity, explanation and earnestness — whisks the reader along on a compelling dash to the end, and along the way captures the sheer joy that a brisk run brings.

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Elephant Journal

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Reviewed by Todd Mayville on May 30 2011

Easily readable, informative and inspirational, Born to Run is on my top reads of this year.

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The Miami Herald

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Reviewed by Connie Ogle on Jan 10 2013

...you don’t have to care about the great shoe debate to become enchanted with the bestselling and thoroughly entertaining Born to Run.

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Only A Game

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Reviewed by Karen Given on May 06 2010

...even those who plan to keep their high-tech running shoes firmly laced up seem to agree that this book is a great read.

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The Miami Herald

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Reviewed by Connie Ogle

...you don’t have to care about the great shoe debate to become enchanted with the bestselling and thoroughly entertaining Born to Run.

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Footprint Magazine

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Reviewed by James Jordan on Mar 26 2012

In the end, it’s a book full of useful information that you are welcome to embrace or regard with skepticism.

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A Trail Runner's Blog

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Reviewed by Scott Dunlap on Jun 09 2009

Chris is a total pro, and each chapter is packed full of facts, quotes, and antics that will get you laughing, thinking, and inspired to run.

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