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True Grit by [Grylls, Bear]
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4.6 out of 5 stars 125 customer reviews

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The epic true stories of heroism and survival that have shaped my life

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Could you cross a desert with no food or water?

How would you cope if your ship sank in a storm?

What would you do if your plane crashed in the mountains?

Have you got True Grit?

Bear Grylls is one of the world's toughest adventurers - now he tells the incredible true stories of survival against the odds and death-defying bravery that have inspired him throughout his life.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 7526 KB
  • Print Length: 372 pages
  • Publisher: Transworld Digital (24 Oct. 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0552168785
  • ISBN-13: 978-0552168786
  • ASIN: B00DOVDVNK
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars 125 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #22,595 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Definately one of the best books I've read in the last 5 years. You'll find a range of short stories of human sacrifice, endurance and 'true grit' contained within. Some of these stories, you may well have read before, but I've found that more often than not, there's always something you didn't know - and this book doesn't disappoint. I usually only find time to read books to and from work, and as a result, it's taken me around a month to finally go from cover to cover. It could definately have contained a few more stories, as I believe if I had read it from start to finish I would probably have been done in just under a week.

Highly recommended, and if anyone else knows of any similar books on Amazon, give us your thoughts. I'm sure we could all do with some recommendations after finishing this gem.
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This is a book of 25 biographical sketches. In each of these Bear Grylls focuses on the signs of 'True Grit' shown by each of the individuals he has chosen. His subjects exhibited their grit in times of hardship, war and disaster. Aircraft accidents, perils of the seas, climbers, WW2 spies and heroes, and great explorers all feature. The stories he tells range from the beginning of the 19th century with the story of Captain James Riley, enslaved in the western Sahara when his ship foundered off its coast, to Aaron Ralston the American who became famous in 2003 for cutting off his own arm to set himself free when he was trapped alone by a boulder in a canyon in Utah.

Most of the individuals in this book though showed their grit in the 20th century. Many of the names are famous, they include the Victorian explorer, Sir Benjamin Franklin, and the great names of Antarctic exploration, Scott and Amundsen. I remember all of these from my schooldays when they were not quite so historical and overlooked as they are today. Others are not so well known by name. For example Nancy Wake, the White Mouse Spy or Chris Moon, blown up while working with Halo Trust to diffuse landmines.

The book begins with another unfamiliar name from a media sensation of the 1970s. 22 year old Uruguayan Nando Parrado a survivor of the Flight 172 which crashed in the Andes on 13 October 1972. The survivors who ate their deceased fellow travellers to preserve their own lives, perhaps the greatest taboo of 20th century living. Fittingly the book finishes with the story of Ernest Shackleton one of the most inspiring adventurers and explorers of the early 20th century. Perhaps, in this generation, we need more men of integrity and courage like Shackleton.
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I have never read anything by Bear Grylls before but having recently waded through a couple of heavy novels this book appealed for its bite-sized chapter-long stories of grit and courage. Not every subject in this compilation triumphs over their own, particular adversity but Bear takes care to build each story around the qualities that make such people focussed and totally and selflessly dedicated to their cause.
Though simply written these chapters are not an 'easy' read. I found myself drawing in a breath at the suffering described by battles with the elements, polar exploration, the conquest of Everest etc. Sadly and more excruciating are the accounts of human beings inflicting unimaginable horror on fellow human beings and I find myself shaking my head even as I write this.
The stories are all of adventure and heroism, in war, in exploration and in the aftermath of disaster but there are many parallels in everyday life that come to mind when tough times inspire ordinary people to give their energy and enthusiasm and sometimes what remains of their lives to help others and for the greater good.
A very thought-provoking and, at times, humbling read.
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Sometimes in life we get hit by things difficult to understand, and it is only by having courage and that resilience that we get through. The people in this book experienced horrors far worse then many of us will ever see, but their never say die attitude is something we can all learn from. To keep going, to keep hopeful, to never quit these are lessons in life that all of us need to hear.
For the budding adventurer to the entrepreneur by staring insurmountable odds in the face and walking away it will always leave us better humans. Each story is easy enough to read in a quick time and although some may leave a bad taste in your mouth (eating human flesh! drinking Camel urine!) the way these people kept going is inspiring. Here is to the spirit of living life in your own way!
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There's a lot of crossover between this book and Extreme Survivors: 60 of the World's Most Extreme Survival Stories Extreme Survivors (which Bear also did the foreword to). The other book is better, in my opinion, because it contains maps and photos.
Still, this is a good book, if a little heavy on the war stories (which seem to follow a similar, grisly pattern - lost behind enemy lines, captured, tortured, gruelling escape).
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Unbelievable, but true real stories of survival.
This book is eye poppingly breath taking, told well by Bear Grylls, hard to stomach the feats of endurance & hardship let alone the pain these people suffered.
You'll definitely be reading to the end. Some of the things they went through though makes you wonder why! when lots of them put themselves in the position they were in, I for one won't be going anywhere near the arctic/Antarctic, and all for what?
Well worth a read, the stories are all a nice length, which is good as you can come back to.
Recommended
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