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Sam Sheridan
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25 Nov 2010
In his acclaimed national best seller, A Fighter's Heart, Sam Sheridan took readers with him as he stepped through the ropes into the dangerous world of professional fighting. From a muay Thai bout in Bangkok to Rio, where he trained with jiu-jitsu royalty, to Iowa, where he matched up against the toughest in MMA, Sheridan threw himself into a quest to understand how and why we fight. In The Fighter's Mind, Sheridan does for the brain what his first book did for the body. To uncover the secrets of mental strength and success, Sheridan interviewed dozens of the world's most fascinating and dangerous men, including celebrated trainers Freddie Roach and Greg Jackson; champion fighters Randy Couture, Frank Shamrock, and Marcelo Garcia; ultrarunner David Horton; legendary wrestler Dan Gable, and many more. What are their secrets? How do they stay committed through years of training, craft a game plan, and adjust to the realities of the ring? How do they project strength when weak, and remain mentally tough despite incredible physical pain? A fascinating book, bursting at the seams with incredible stories and insight, The Fighter's Mind answers these questions and many more.

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Product details

  • Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Grove Press / Atlantic Monthly Press (25 Nov 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0802145019
  • ISBN-13: 978-0802145017
  • Product Dimensions: 1.9 x 14 x 21 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 70,792 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Another must read... Sheridan never gets bogged down in psychology, rendering his book accessible even to non-fight fans. The lessons handed down from the book's subjects are fleshed out on their own and by Sheridan, painting a complete picture of the pain and joy it takes to get to the top, stay there, and eventually surrender the crown." --FIGHT! Magazine "Fantastic ... One of the best MMA books I've ever read, and I've certainly read my fair share." --Eric O'Brien, "Way of the Warrior," ESPN radio "You don't have to care about fighting, or even know that MMA stands for mixed martial arts, to find insights into human behavior in Sam Sheridan's The Fighter's Mind."--Bloomberg "In tasking himself with peeling back the layers of a complex and multifaceted activity, [Sheridan is] raising the bar for everyone else... If you want a better grip on a sport even some of its participants may not fully understand, his work is quickly becoming required reading." --Jake Rossen, "The Fighter's Mind is an entertaining and enlightening read and is a worthy addition to any MMA fan's bookshelf." --Dave Doyle, Yahoo! Sports "Sheridan wrote one of my favorite books of recent times, The Fighter's Heart, and is one of those writers who could write about getting the oil changed in his car and still make it riveting ... So it comes as no surprise that The Fighter's Mind is a terrific read."--Jeff Fox, MMA Manifesto "A must-read for fight fans." --Evan Holober, The Queensberry Rules "Tirelessly curious and game, deftly sidestepping pretentiousness and macho posturing and all the other usual traps that snare writers who delve into the form and meaning of fighting, Sam Sheridan seeks out fearsome teachers and comes away with a rare prize: a deep understanding of the mental aspect of the fighter's craft and what it can teach us about how--and how not--to live." --Carlo Rotella, author of Cut Time, An Education at the Fights "Having opened up professional fighting worldwide in the best-selling A Fighter's Heart, former Merchant Marine and Harvard grad Sheridan here plumbs the mental side of the sport. ... this should be a knockout with fight fans." --Library Journal "As accurate and perceptive an account of what makes top fighters tick as I have seen. Sam Sheridan is a great observer and with his profiles of some the top names in MMA, he cuts through the clutter and highlights what it is about these men's psychologies and thought processes that has made them so dominant. There is so much valuable information in this book that I read it once and then went back through it again with a highlighter. The chapter on legendary trainer Greg Jackson alone makes the book worth purchasing."--Donovan Craig, Editor In Chief, FIGHT! Magazine "Relevant for fighters and non-fighters alike, [The Fighter's Mind] creates new bridges between the fight community and the rest of the world." "In Sam Sheridan's The Fighter's Mind you are taken on a journey that starts in the mind of wrestling great Dan Gable and meanders through the inner psyche of today's fighters. Paradoxically, the knowledge illuminated from this fascinating journey remains timeless and true, reflecting the wisdom of the archetypal ancient warrior--truly a great contribution to the field of mental athletic peak performance." --Michael Lardon, M.D., sports psychologist and author of Finding Your Zone

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Sam Sheridan joined the U.S. Merchant Marines after high school and then attended Harvard College, from which he graduated in 1998. He has written for Men's Journal, Newsweek, and FIGHT! --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
Format:Kindle Edition
I originally purchased this in the hopes it would provide a silver bullet solution to my pre competition nerves in an upcoming Jujitsu comp. In some ways it did but that is not the purpose of this book.

This explores not only the motivations and thought process of fighters, but of all those who test themselves beyond the usual requirement of day to day living.

This includes the valulable insight of a Chess prodigy, an internationally respected art critic, an ultra-marathon runner plus various coaches and supportive figures in competative sports.

Thoughout the text the author gradually highlights the correlation between the various world-class individuals from their chosen activity and highlights what is required to excel in sport. Or any activity for that matter.

What surprised me most was the scientific research which was also referenced. Which was both compelling and reinforced the overall sentiments of the book, rather than some loose figures thrown in to add weight to the ideas outlined.

The final chapter ties the various ideas throughout the text into a solid conclusion which leaves the reader satisfied, but also with a real interest for futher reading. Luckily the author quotes various texts which the reader can investigate futher.

This book has a very wide potential appeal, only the title may put people off.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A great follow up to a fighters heart. 24 Mar 2010
The second book following a fighters heart which is an all time great read for any martial artist, fighter or lover of the sport. A fighters mind covers trainers such as Freddie Roach, different styles, martial arts, chess, and elite performance experts. The different chapters build up and ask the questions whilst letting you draw your own conclusions. The last few chapters bring this all together and draw conclusion on what makes fighters tick, motivation, the old question of why?

An excellent read I would highly recommend.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A very useful book for fighters 4 Jan 2012
You often hear people say that fighting is 50 percent mental and 50 percent physical. While there are plenty of books on techniques and conditioning there are very few books on the mental aspects of competing. Through interviews with top athletes you can gain insight into the mindsets of top athletes and model the strategies that they use.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Understanding 14 Mar 2014
By Delmus
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My Daughter is a Mai Thai Fighter. Good for her to read! She seams to like it! I have not read it myself yet.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Every fight fan should read this 16 Feb 2014
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Sam Sheridan is the man. This book gives a really cool insight into the consciousness of the modern day samurai. There is a really cool varity of personality in the book with guys as varied as Josh Waitzkin the chess master to Andre Wards coach. Great read
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I found this book hard to put down. Each individual studied gives the reader an insight into the mindset of not only fighters but trainers, chess players, wrestlers and some of the worlds best coaches.
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the book is realyl well written, it flows really well and you can 'see' the journey he has been on.
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5.0 out of 5 stars essential reading 19 Jun 2014
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Very good and inspirational book, actually bought it twice because I gave my first copy away and wanted to re-read it but its that good that I am quite happy to get it again.
Second hand quality was excellent might as well have been new.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Good read. Inspirational!!!
Published 1 month ago by Vim Genciana
5.0 out of 5 stars A great read for any fan or fighter!
A great read for any fan or fighter. What ever you relationship with martial arts, you will appreciate the characters and the story in this book. I'm loving it!
Published 12 months ago by Eamon Kerrins
4.0 out of 5 stars A decent follow up
So this is Sams 2nd book and is a decent follow up..he goes more into the mental side of things than the physical... Read more
Published 15 months ago by a.andersen
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant follow up and companion for A Fighter's Mind
This book's definitely worth reading along with Sam Sheridan's other book A Fighter's Heart. Each chapter here focuses on one particular individual in an interview-like format... Read more
Published 16 months ago by Adil Hussain
3.0 out of 5 stars No fighter's heart
I feel bad giving this book 3 stars. If I had not read 'a fighter's heart' it would have 4. However, the bar was set too high!
Published 17 months ago by Henry Gladwyn
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing book
For those who love this kind of sports, it's an amazing book. It get's into a mind, a soul of a fighter, it's like a trip in a world of dedication, passion for sports and love for... Read more
Published on 3 Aug 2012 by Dulce P
5.0 out of 5 stars Great for any fighter
Great book, although I did prefer the book Sam did previous. This book looks at the mental game involved in fighting and outlines (using various big name fighters) where they... Read more
Published on 22 Jan 2012 by Shaun
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