“Bear Grylls is a veritable superhero….The former UK Special Forces paratrooper has braved the world’s harshest environments.” —Hampton Sides, Outside Magazine
“Bear Grylls is one tough, crazy dude.” —Washington Post
THE THRILLING #1-BESTSELLING MEMOIR BY THE ADVENTURE LEGEND AND STAR OF NBC'S RUNNING WILD WITH BEAR GRYLLS
Bear Grylls has always sought the ultimate in adventure. Growing up on a remote island off of Britain's windswept coast, he was taught by his father to sail and climb at an early age. Inevitably, it wasn't long before the young explorer was sneaking out to lead all-night climbing expeditions.
As a teenager at Eton College, Bear found his identity and purpose through both mountaineering and martial arts. These passions led him into the foothills of the mighty Himalayas and to a karate grandmaster's remote training camp in Japan, an experience that soon helped him earn a second-degree black belt. Returning home, he embarked upon the notoriously grueling selection course for the British Special Forces to join the elite Special Air Service unit 21 SAS—a journey that would push him to the very limits of physical and mental endurance.
Then, disaster. Bear broke his back in three places in a horrific free-fall parachuting accident in Africa. It was touch and go whether he would walk again, according to doctors. However, only eighteen months later, a twenty-three-year-old Bear became one of the youngest climbers to scale Mount Everest, the world's highest summit. But this was just the beginning of his many extraordinary adventures. . . .
Known and admired by millions as the star of Man vs. Wild, Bear Grylls has survived where few would dare to go. Now, for the first time, Bear tells the story of his action-packed life. Gripping, moving, and wildly exhilarating, Mud, Sweat, and Tears is a must-read for adrenaline junkies and armchair explorers alike.
Grylls has gained a huge audience of fans over seven seasons as star of the Discovery Channel's Man vs. Wild program, with each episode featuring Grylls living by his wits in dangerous situations in the wild. Already a bestseller in the U.K., this fascinating if irritatingly upbeat memoir of his pre-television life would have been expected to be a hit in the U.S. except that the show was canceled in March after Grylls was fired for reported contract differences. Nevertheless, his fans may still be interested in learning what made Grylls an adventurer: "the early, bigger missions that shaped me, and the even earlier, smaller moments that steered me." He begins with some childhood and teenage adventures that make him realize that he "simply loved adventure." But the bulk of the book describes in detail Grylls's two most formative experiences: training for and mastering the brutal selection process to join the elite Special Air Services (SAS) unit of the British Special Forces, and his attempts and eventual success in climbing Mt. Everest. Although Grylls's adventures are fascinating and carefully detailed, the problem with this memoir is that it is written in a basic, one-sentence-per-paragraph style, which may inspire younger readers ("I knew that nothing good in life ever came from quitting"), but which makes Grylls sound far more one-dimensional than he appears to be on his show.
Mud, Sweat, and Tears
As a big fan of Bear who has seen every one of his shows which have aired in the U.S., I naturally enjoyed his book very much. I do wish he had spent less time on his young years and more on the later ones. It would have been both fun and fascinating to learn more about the "behind the scenes" filming of Man vs. Wild and the trials and tribulations he faced which were not included in the show. I do feel I know and understand Bear even better for having read this book. It also increased my admiration of this very brave and talented man! Good job, Bear!
This book makes me want to drink my own pee!
I read the hard copy just last month. Amazing stories or triumph and defeat. Shows how an average kind of guy can tackle almost anything with the right mindset. I watched a few older episodes of Man vs. Wild recently only to recall several stories in the book to what he was describing from his past on the show!