Mud, Sweat, and Tears by Bear Grylls


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Do Bears bullshit in the woods?


“Bear Grylls is a veritable superhero….The former UK Special Forces paratrooper has braved the world’s harshest environments.”
—Hampton Sides, Outside Magazine

“Bear Grylls is one tough, crazy dude.”
Washington Post

Already a #1 London Sunday Times Bestseller, Mud, Sweat, and Tears is the adrenaline-fueled autobiography of the mega-popular star of the hit survival series Man Vs. Wild, adventurer Bear Grylls. A former British Special Forces commando, a man who has always sought the ultimate in dangerous challenges, Bear’s true story reads like an outdoors action and adventure novel. But Bear’s story is true—full of breathtaking escapes and remarkable exploits that would make any Jack London or H. Ryder Haggard hero proud.


About Bear Grylls

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Bear Grylls is the host of the Summer 2013 NBC reality series Get Out Alive. For seven seasons he starred in the Discovery Channel adventure series Man Vs. Wild (reaching an estimated 1.2 billion viewers in over 180 countries). He is a former member of the UK Special Forces (21 SAS) and was made an honorary Lieutenant Commander in the Royal Navy. He continues to lead record-breaking expeditions to the world's extremes, which have raised over £1.5 million for children's charities. He lives with his family on a Dutch barge in London and on a small remote island off the coast of Wales.
Published May 1, 2012 by William Morrow. 445 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Humor & Entertainment, Sports & Outdoors, Travel, Action & Adventure, Nature & Wildlife. Non-fiction
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Reviewed by John Crace on Jun 06 2011

Do Bears bullshit in the woods?

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Reviewed by Kirkus Reviews on May 07 2012

If Grylls can carry out his feats of derring-do with a little preparation, a little luck and a lot of determination, what might we ourselves be able to do? Grylls delivers that message of hope—loud and clear—and in a humble, unpretentious, easy-going way.

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Reviewed by Kevin McFarland on May 21 2012

Grylls is lucky to have a compelling family history, full of intriguing personalities, political figures, and tight-knit, loving relatives, but he doles out the stories in such a haphazard fashion that it renders any sort of narrative incomprehensible.

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Reviewed by Jen Chaney on Apr 26 2012

Although compelling in spots, the book may disappoint fans craving new details about every dangerous trek he has undertaken during six seasons of “Man vs. Wild.”

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Lonely Planet

Reviewed by David Gorvett on Aug 29 2012

Grylls is an adventurer, a motivational speaker and an inspiration to many, and despite writing not being among his fortes, the first-hand accounts of climbing Mount Everest...make this book worth a read for the perseverant.

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National Library of New Zealand

Reviewed by dylan on Sep 12 2012

Written in short bite sized chapters in a simple and easy to read recommended for young men (and women) who are fans of the TV series...

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Notes of Life

Reviewed by Nikki-ann on Aug 09 2011

This autobiography is inspiring and quite thrilling at times, but it’s also honest.

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Fresh Air Fix.

Reviewed by Juliette Dyke on Aug 01 2011

...Grylls has still led an extraordinary life and the book provides cracking read with plenty to get your teeth into. Just don’t expect anything too deep and meaningful, because that’s just not his style.

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