The Man Who Would Stop at Nothing by Melissa Holbrook Pierson
Long-Distance Motorcycling's Endless Road

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“Pierson is an even better writer than she is a rider.”—Boston Globe

“World’s Toughest Motorcycle Riders”—long-distance motorcycling is not a pastime but an obsession. In this candid, eloquent, sharply observed book, Melissa Holbrook Pierson introduces us to this strange endeavor and the men and women who live to ride impossibly long distances, eating up road, almost without cease. And who find it nothing but fun.

Perhaps the most determined of them is John Ryan, a magnetic, enigmatic man who loves nothing better than breaking records of amazing distance—at no small risk to himself and his health. But why? Pierson, who rediscovered the joys of motorcycling in the midst of a personal crisis, puts on her helmet and joins Ryan in his element in order to understand his singular desire and discipline, his passion and his obsession.

The Man Who Would Stop at Nothing offers an intimate glimpse of an unusually independent yet supportive community as well as a revealing, unforgettable portrait of its most daring member. In electric, pitch-perfect prose, Pierson gives us rare insights into not only a subculture but also the deeply human craving for something more that drives it.

About Melissa Holbrook Pierson

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Melissa Holbrook Pierson is the author of The Perfect Vehicle, The Place You Love Is Gone, Dark Horses and Black Beauties, and The Man Who Would Stop at Nothing. She lives in Shokan, New York.
Published October 3, 2011 by W. W. Norton & Company. 204 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Education & Reference, Sports & Outdoors, Travel, Professional & Technical. Non-fiction

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In an odd, misguided combination of marriage memoir and stunt journalism, motorcycle enthusiast Pierson (The Place You Love Is Gone: Progress Hits Home, 2006, etc.) follows two narrative threads—the road to and from her divorce and story of an obsessive long-distance-riding group called the Iron ...

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He acted as her "portable witness,” showing her the ropes, such as refueling in four-minutes tops and eating while "on the slab.” Pierson infiltrates this select, loyal group of long-distance riders, like those determined numbers who join the periodic Iron Butt Rally, the 11-day, 11,000-mile...

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Inspired by legendary rider John Ryan -- and the members of the "Iron Butt Association" -- Pierson heads out in search of the point where passion becomes mania, and blows past both to encounter a new understanding of self.

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