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Achieving The Impossible: A Fearless Hero. A Fragile Earth. Hardcover – 13 May 2010

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  • Hardcover: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster Ltd; 1st edition (13 May 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1847372481
  • ISBN-13: 978-1847372482
  • Product Dimensions: 15.3 x 2.4 x 23.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 169,983 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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'From the ice-choked Arctic Ocean to a glacial lake on Mount Everest, Lewis Gordon Pugh has tackled some of the world's coldest waters in a bid to raise awareness about climate change.' Feature, Lawrence Barretto, Sport Magazine 27/8

About the Author

A former SAS soldier, Lewis Gordon Pugh is the only person to have swum long distance in all 5 oceans of the world, his extraordinary efforts undertaken primarily to raise awareness of climate change. In August 2006 he became the first person to swim the length of the Thames from source to sea and, in February 2007, the first to swim at the North Pole. He lives in London and South Africa.

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I love to read books on people who push the boundaries of human endeavour. Having read Books such as Lance armstrong's "its not about the bike"; Dean Karnazes "Ultramarathon man" and Ranulph Fiennes "Beyond the limits" I had somewhat become de-sensitized from these books and have found it difficult to experience that "Cant put down, Gripping" feeling. However having seen Lewis Pugh on T.v last year and hearing of his achievements I pre ordered his book and waited patiently. - I was not disappointed!!

"Achieving the impossible" reveals the traits of a man who could achieve anything he put his mind to. Experiencing his success and set backs really portrayed the character of the man well. It does seem impossible to believe his achievement throughout his life. He has a C.V to rival any man!

This book is a must read! and what makes it stand out ahead of the others is that he is modest and thankful for all the support he has received throughout his life. The book also displays an intelligent, ulterior message of the need to protect the environment whilst not detracting from the novel of the human polar bear.

Don't hesitate to read this book.
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I saw Lewis when he was speaking at an event as a motivational speaker. Later, I was put through the mill when I became the CIO of a government authority - at a time when dealing with an inordinate amount of overhead on top of the day job. Reading this book gave a great deal of personal strength and helped me through what seemed "impossible times". I admire this man more than any other and follow him on social media.
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I got this book after hearing about his swim in the North Pole in - 1.7 C. I had been struggling to swim in 12 C in the sea, so I was interested to see how he could do it!
He has done some amazing swims all over the world, Norway, South Africa, Antarctica to name a few, each time pushing his body and mind to the limit.

I really enjoyed the book and was a bit sad when I got to the end! He is truly an inspiration.
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I was lucky enough to hear Lewis Pugh talk at an event recently - a truly inspirational man! This book is definitely worth a read if you are remotely interested in adventure and what motivates people. He has undertaken some incredible physical challenges to raise awareness of climate change and to make people sit up and listen.
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