Natural Born Heroes

Mastering the Lost Secrets of Strength and Endurance

Author: Christopher McDougall

Publisher: Vintage

ISBN: 0307962288

Category: Health & Fitness

Page: 352

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The best-selling author of Born to Run now travels to the Mediterranean, where he discovers that the secrets of ancient Greek heroes are still alive and well on the island of Crete, and ready to be unleashed in the muscles and minds of casual athletes and aspiring heroes everywhere. After running an ultramarathon through the Copper Canyons of Mexico, Christopher McDougall finds his next great adventure on the razor-sharp mountains of Crete, where a band of Resistance fighters in World War II plotted the daring abduction of a German general from the heart of the Nazi occupation. How did a penniless artist, a young shepherd, and a playboy poet believe they could carry out such a remarkable feat of strength and endurance, smuggling the general past thousands of Nazi pursuers, with little more than their own wits and courage to guide them? McDougall makes his way to the island to find the answer and retrace their steps, experiencing firsthand the extreme physical challenges the Resistance fighters and their local allies faced. On Crete, the birthplace of the classical Greek heroism that spawned the likes of Herakles and Odysseus, McDougall discovers the tools of the hero—natural movement, extraordinary endurance, and efficient nutrition. All of these skills, McDougall learns, are still practiced in far-flung pockets throughout the world today. More than a mystery of remarkable people and cunning schemes, Natural Born Heroes is a fascinating investigation into the lost art of the hero, taking us from the streets of London at midnight to the beaches of Brazil at dawn, from the mountains of Colorado to McDougall’s own backyard in Pennsylvania, all places where modern-day athletes are honing ancient skills so they’re ready for anything. Just as Born to Run inspired readers to get off the treadmill, out of their shoes, and into the natural world, Natural Born Heroes will inspire them to leave the gym and take their fitness routine to nature—to climb, swim, skip, throw, and jump their way to their own heroic feats. From the Hardcover edition.
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Born to Run

Author: Christopher McDougall

Publisher: Vintage

ISBN: 9780307271914

Category: Sports & Recreation

Page: 304

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The astonishing national bestseller and hugely entertaining story that completely changed the way we run. 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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Oedipus Tyrannus

Tragic Heroism and the Limits of Knowledge

Author: Charles Segal

Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA

ISBN: N.A

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 196

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Oedipus Tyrannus: Tragic Heroism and the Limits of Knowledge, 2/e, is an accessible yet in-depth literary study of Sophocles' Oedipus Tyrannus (Oedipus Rex)--the most famous Greek tragedy and one of the greatest masterpieces of world literature. This unique volume combines a close, scene-by-scene literary analysis of the text with an account of the play's historical, intellectual, social, and mythical background and also discusses the play's place in the development of the myth and its use of the theatrical conventions of Greek drama. Based on a fresh scrutiny of the Greek text, this book offers a contemporary literary interpretation of the play, including a readable, nontechnical discussion of its underlying moral and philosophical issues; the role of the gods; the interaction of character, fate, and chance; the problem of suffering and meaning; and Sophocles' conception of tragedy and tragic heroism. This lucid guide traces interpretations of the play from antiquity to modern times--from Aristotle to Hegel, Nietzsche, Freud, Lacan, Levi-Strauss, Girard, and Vernant--and shows its central role in shaping the European conception of tragedy and modern notions of the self. This second edition draws on new approaches to the study of Greek tragedy; discusses the most recent interpretative scholarship on the play; and contains an annotated up-to-date bibliography. Ideal for courses in classical literature in translation, Greek drama, classical civilization, theater, and literature and arts, Oedipus Tyrannus: Tragic Heroism and the Limits of Knowledge, 2/e, will also reward general readers interested in literature and especially tragedy."
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Secrets and Societies

Author: Dave Brohman,Joseph D. Carriker,Conrad Hubbard,Rhiannon Louve,William Timmins

Publisher: White Wolf Pub

ISBN: 9781588461834

Category: Fiction

Page: 95

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The Power Behind the Throne Cults, cabals, merchant prince families, leagues of assassins and many more vie for power in the Scarred Lands. In Secrets and Societies, you will find information on the history, organization, leadership and secrets of such diverse groups as the Cult of the Ancients -- the chosen assassins of the evil goddess Belsameth; the Exemplars -- Hedrada's stern and utterly incorruptible champions; the Legion of Crimson -- the most famous mercenaries on the continent; the Courtesans of ldra -- who gain power through pleasure, and more. Monks, wizards, warriors, thieves, merchants, knights... all have their secrets and now they're revealed. Compatible with 3rd Edition Rules Sword and Sorcery "TM" books are published under the Open Gaming License and are 100% compatible with 3rd Edition rules and the D20 System. This setting sourcebook for the Scarred Lands can also be dropped into any fantasy campaign.
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Nineteenth-century Literature Criticism

Author: Laurie Lanzen Harris

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: N.A

Category: Literature, Modern

Page: N.A

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Excerpts from criticism of the works of novelists, poets, playwrights, short story writers and other creative writers who lived between 1800 and 1900, from the first published critical appraisals to current evaluations.
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Rage Across the World

Author: Bill Bridges,Ron Spencer,Joshua Gabriel Timbrook

Publisher: White Wolf Pub

ISBN: 9781565043190

Category: Fiction

Page: 288

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Werewolf: The Apocalypse is about anger over the loss of what the shapeshifting Garou hold dearest: Gaia, the Earth itself. Corruption from without and within has caused the destruction not only of the Garou's environment, but also of their families, friends and culture, which extends in an unbroken line to the very dawn of life. No matter how righteously the Garou hold themselves, no matter how they prey on their destroyers, the corruption spreads. Now the time for reconciliation is past. This grave insult against Gaia can end in only one way: blood, betrayal... and rage. Combines Caerns: Places of Power and Rage Across Russia.
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Time Out Film Guide

Author: John Pym

Publisher: Time Out Guides

ISBN: 9780140289473

Category: Motion pictures

Page: 1520

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From "TimeOut" magazine comes this ninth edition of its film guide that features stills and information on the films covered in the pages of the magazine.
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