Born to Run: A Hidden Tribe, Superathletes, and the Greatest Race the World Has Never Seen

Born to Run: A Hidden Tribe, Superathletes, and the Greatest Race the World Has Never Seen


By (author) Christopher McDougall

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  • Publisher: Three Rivers Press
  • Format: Hardback | 287 pages
  • Dimensions: 163mm x 234mm x 28mm | 590g
  • Publication date: 5 May 2009
  • Publication City/Country: New York
  • ISBN 10: 0307266303
  • ISBN 13: 9780307266309
  • Edition statement: New.
  • Sales rank: 15,623

Product description

Part adventure story, part extreme sports, Born to Run is a riveting story about one journalist's quest to discover the secrets of the world's greatest distance runners--a reclusive Indian tribe living deep in the Copper Canyon of northern Mexico.

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Author information

Christopher McDougall is a former war correspondent for the Associated Press and is now a contributing editor for "Men's Health." A three-time National Magazine Award finalist, he has written for "Esquire," "The New York Times Magazine," "Outside," "Men's Journal," and "New York." He does his own running among the Amish farms around his home in rural Pennsylvania.

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“Compelling. . . . Entertaining. . . . [McDougall] uses an extended portrait of one of the world's least known cultures, the Tarahumara Indians of Mexico's Copper Canyons, to put modern American running under an exacting magnifying glass.”–"San Francisco Chronicle" “Equal parts quest, physiology treatise, and running history. . . . [McDougall] seeks to learn the secrets of the Tarahumara the old-fashioned way: He tracks them down. . . . The climactic race reads like a sprint. . . . It simply makes you want to run.”–"Outside Magazine" “Hugely entertaining. . . . One of the most joyful and engaging books about running to appear for many years.”— "The Irish Times." “An enthralling story. . . . McDougall’s background as a magazine writer is readily apparent–his prose is light and airy, informative without being pretentious. Most passages are short and engaging with extra doses of drama and exclamator