Born to Run: A Hidden Tribe, Superathletes, and the Greatest Race the World Has Never SeenChristopher McDougall
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"Compelling. . . . Entertaining. . . . [McDougall] uses an extended portrait of one of the world's least known cultures, the Tarahumara Indians of Mexico's Copper Canyons, to put modern American running under an exacting magnifying glass.“-”San Francisco Chronicle“ ”Equal parts quest, physiology treatise, and running history. . . . [McDougall] seeks to learn the secrets of the Tarahumara the old-fashioned way: He tracks them down. . . . The climactic race reads like a sprint. . . . It simply makes you want to run.“-”Outside Magazine“ ”Hugely entertaining. . . . One of the most joyful and engaging books about running to appear for many years."— “The Irish Times.” “An enthralling story. . . . McDougall's background as a magazine writer is readily apparent-his prose is light and airy, informative without being pretentious. Most passages are short and engaging with extra doses of drama and exclamatory phrases thrown in to great effect. McDougall wisely grounds the narrative in his own struggle to engage in the concluding race-he was frustrated with his tendency to get injured-and he offers insightful sidebars on a variety of topics, from the development of the modern running shoe to an evolutionary argument that humans are literally born to run. . . . A terrific ride, recommended for any athlete.”-“Kirkus,” starred review “A wildly fascinating story, perfectly told. ”Born to Run“ is an instant classic.” -Daniel Coyle, author of “The Talent Code”"“Born to Run” is hilariously funny, weird, and nonstop fun to read. Runners can sink their teeth into it.“-Bill Rodgers, Four time winner of the Boston Marathon ”Driven by an intense yet subtle curiosity, Christopher McDougall gamely treads across the continent to pierce the soul and science of long-distance running. McDougall's ambitious search leads him deep into the ragged folds of Mexico's Copper Canyon, where he somehow manages the impossible: He plumbs the mystic secrets of the f