Mud, Sweat and Tears Paperback – 26 Apr 2012
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"Men don't come much tougher than daredevil climber and adventurer, Bear Grylls" (Sun)
"World-famous 'extreme adventurer' Bear Grylls had so far avoided telling his life story - until now. Well told, personable, fast-paced, and undoubtedly a fascinating read" (Daily Telegraph)
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For people who have read the Everest book (link below) then it loses a star, or possibly two if you are harsh. I will expand on this below.
I've read both of his main adventure books, Facing Up: A Remarkable Journey to the Summit of Mount Everest and Facing the Frozen Ocean: One man's dream to lead a team across the treacherous North Atlantic and was inspired to read the rest of his story in this book. However I was left feeling a little cheated that only 20 pages or so detail his life after the Everest expedition - which was almost 15 years ago. It's clearly going to be a two part autobiography but it should say this on the foreward, in my opinion.
It's split roughly into a third SAS selection, a third Everest, a sixth on his childhood and a sixth on post Everest (Man vs Wild and so on). The SAS selection is an eye opener and shows just how dogged and determined the guy is - a real inspiration. He is religious but not set in religious ways, which I found was a nice change, describing his faith in a way I haven't heard before - but not ramming it down your throat. It's a really good heartwarming read, basically written, but puts you right in amongst the action.
Unfortunately, passages from his Everest book are literally (excuse the pun) ripped out and put into this book. That's a shame in my eyes.Read more ›
If you're a Bear Grylls fan and would like to know how he got to be the man he is today, or if you just appreciate a great success story of somebody who has worked really hard to achieve some amazing things, then I highly recommend this book.
Bear Grylls is a man who has always been different, while his passion for adventures started back in his early age when he left school and spent several months in India, hiking in the Himalayas. When he returned to UK, after the idea to join Indian army was left, he went to Special Air Service selection, successfully passed it and served there for three years.
During this period, due to free-fall parachuting accident he broke his back in three places and it was doubtful whether and when he will be able to stand on his own feet. He passed through long and difficult rehabilitation, especially motivated by his desire to climb Mount Everest, what has been his dream since childhood.
18 months after his parachuting accident Grylls entered the company of the world recorders when at the age of 23 he became the youngest British who succeeded to return alive after winning the world's highest peak. It was a new beginning of his adventure career that continued with numerous expeditions, adventures as well as TV shows in which he portrayed his ventures.
Grylls particularly became known due to his TV show "Man vs. Wild" on Discovery Channel, with general premise of each episode that Grylls and his crew are left alone in some region where is almost impossible to survive, finding their way back to civilized world.
"Mud, Sweat and Tears" is not work made in excellent literary style; if otherwise that would probably mean that he hired some ghost writers, so do not expect a masterpiece of literature.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Great book by Bear. Covers his Childhood, SAS training and his expedition to Everest. What an inspiration book and person!Published 17 days ago by Herpreet
I received this book as a present. With very little knowledge about Bear Grylls (other than from his shows on TV) I was dubious about reading his autobiography. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
I will admit, I am rather obsessed with Bear Grylls, he is a big inspiration in my life! But, this book really is amazing! Read more
A fantastic book, a great view into the life of Bear, his upbringing, challenges and victories in his life. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Jonathan