Mud, Sweat, and Tears: The Autobiography

Mud, Sweat, and Tears: The Autobiography

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by Bear Grylls
     
 

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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

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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.

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Editorial Reviews

GENERAL CHARLES GUTHRIE
“I cannont think of anyone who has faced challenges and overcome them like Bear Grylls.”
BOOKLIST
Mud, Sweat, and Tears is required reading for fans of Man vs. Wild but also for anyone who revels in first-person stories of high adventure.”
DAILY TELEGRAPH
“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.”
Publishers Weekly
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. (June)
Booklist
Mud, Sweat, and Tears is required reading for fans of Man vs. Wild but also for anyone who revels in first-person stories of high adventure."
Daily Telegraph
"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."
General - Charles Guthrie
"I cannont think of anyone who has faced challenges and overcome them like Bear Grylls."
Kirkus Reviews
The fearless host of Man vs. Wild illustrates a highly spirited life. Born in Britain in 1974, Edward Michael Grylls (his sister nicknamed him "Bear," and it stuck) became heavily influenced by the strength and resilience of his great-grandfather, a British officer during World War I. His childhood memories include nervously anticipating school grades and thriving amid the tireless support (but limited attention) of two hardworking parents who urged him to "follow your dreams and to look after your friends and family along the way." With unflagging confidence, Grylls (To My Sons: Lessons for the Wild Adventure Called Life, 2012, etc.) satisfied his adventurous side as a youth with frequent harrowing adventures with his father, a Royal Marine, and developed physical stamina in karate class, which tempered bouts of mischief. Grylls' narrative is bolstered by its heavily anecdotal form. The author's finely detailed account of a grueling, physically challenging stint in the Special Air Services becomes surprisingly overshadowed by the book's centerpiece: the author's arduous, three-month group expedition at 23 to the crest of Mount Everest. Utilizing skills polished in the British Army, he became one of the youngest mountaineers to reach that summit, which begat lectures, a deodorant commercial, appointment as the youngest ever Chief Scout to the Scouting Association and eventual celebrity status as an influential personality on the Discovery Channel (Man vs. Wild receives only a few cursory, concluding chapters). Grylls' breezy account flows with the verve and uncomplicated language of an engaging novel and forms a satisfying life story brimming with excitement and adventuresome risk-taking. An inside look at the makings of an intrepid, insatiable explorer.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780062124135
Publisher:
HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date:
01/29/2013
Pages:
408
Sales rank:
93,134
Product dimensions:
5.76(w) x 8.52(h) x 1.14(d)

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Charles Guthrie
“I cannont think of anyone who has faced challenges and overcome them like Bear Grylls.”

Meet the Author

Bear Grylls has become known around the world as one of the most recognized faces of survival and outdoor adventure. His journey to this acclaim started in the UK, where his late father taught him to climb and sail. Trained from a young age in martial arts, Bear went on to spend three years as a soldier in the British Special Forces, serving with 21 SAS. It was here that he perfected many of the skills that his fans all over the world enjoy watching him pit against mother-nature.

His TV show Man Vs Wild and Born Survivor became one of the most watched programmes on the planet with an estimated audience of 1.2 billion. He also hosts the hit adventure show 'Running Wild' on NBC in America, as well as 'The Island with Bear Grylls' & 'Bear's Wild weekends' for Channel 4 in the UK.

He is currently the youngest ever Chief Scout to the UK Scout Association and is an honorary Lt-Colonel to the Royal Marines Commandos.

He has authored 14 books including the number one Bestseller: Mud, Sweat & Tears.

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Mud, Sweat and Tears 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 44 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
What's it really like being Bear Grylls? The only way to find out is to read this book! This book is not just about Bear....it's about life....and Bear seems to share his knowledge and wisdom about life throughout his book. A truly great read for fathers and sons alike.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great to see what motivates Bear...
Heart2Heart More than 1 year ago
"Life continues to be an adventure, and in many ways more so than ever. I have had to learn to prioritize clearly in my life: to be safe, get home fast, and keep it fun - the rest is detail." In Mud, Sweat and Tears: The Autobiography of Bear Grylls, I was inspired to pick this one up after reading a short article in Guideposts magazine about the life of the man we all know from his television show, Man vs. Wild on the Discovery Channel. Is all this staged? Where did his training come from? Why would anyone do this as a way to make a living? This is where you will find yourself as you experience what it was like growing up as Bear Grylls. Being a born adventurer as a child, he often joined his father in expeditions that involved mountain climbing, romps through the mud and most of all a lesson in unconditional love and perseverance modeled through his eyes by his own father. Bear struggled in school academically but was a huge lover of extreme sports, often found scaling the chapels on his school grounds at Eton College. He grew up and had a deep desire for adventure and soon found himself talking his best friend, Trucker into joining him at signing up for the Special Air Service or SAS, an elite group of what is known as the British Special Forces unit. The amount of challenges he would face there, would provide him with the additional support and love of adventure that would carry him through all of life's struggles. He would later be called to put that mental and emotional training into affect, when during a parachuting accident, he would break his back in three places. It was one of many wake up calls where Bear would put his faith in God to the ultimate test, to see if he would ever walk again. He was almost lost to severe depression but realized without any goals to push for, he wouldn't likely recover. His next dream, to climb Mt. Everest at 23 years old. He remembered that from small acorns grow big oaks. He would later on film almost six seasons of Man vs. Wild, Worst-Case Scenario, and a whole series on what it is like to go through basic training inside the French Foreign Legion; he would lead countless expeditions to Antarctica, the Himalayas, and the Arctic, raising more than 2.5 million dollars for children's charities around the world; he is considered the most admired person by the middle classes, second only to the Queen in the UK among many other things that have made him successful. There are also some great photos that are shared in this book of different aspects of his life up to this point. His words of advice after it's all said and done, "Every day is the most wonderful of blessings, and a gift that I never take for granted. Oh, and as for the scars, broken bones, aching limbs, and sore back? I consider them just gentle reminders that life is precious - and that maybe, just maybe, I am more fragile than I dare to admit" (pg 401). I received Mud, Sweat, and Tears: The Autobiography of Bear Grylls compliments of William Morrow, a division of Harper Collins Publishers for my honest review. The one them that remains a constant in this book is that through hard work and perseverance, you can achieve whatever you want in life. His goal in writing this was to show his roots: the early, bigger missions that shaped him, and the even earlier, smaller moments that steered him to become the man, husband and father, he is today. He wrote this book as a way of passing down the life lessons he has learned to his three younger sons, and there are so many great quotes and take aways from this book. I rate this one a 5 out of 5 stars and really admire the circumstances that he had to endure during his life that makes Bear Grylls, the man he is today.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I am a first star scout and alot of what i know is from bear. I highly review this book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Awesome book! Great read and interesting humble life. Must read!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great book! Nothing stops this guy, yet he remains humble, grounded and struggles with self-doubt like you and me. A really good read, I enjoyed the story from his childhood to the present. (And, I don't know how anyone could survie SAS training!)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Love Bear, and what a story of survival and life in general!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book was a very highly intersting book. It kept you intrigued all of the way from his childhood to the present. I highly reccomend it to readers who are adventerous and take risks. Overall fantastic book.
Redvett More than 1 year ago
I found this book thoroughly entertaining. The positive outlook and warmth of Bear's personality really shines through in this boook. I would recommend this book to anyone and everyone.
thematttodd More than 1 year ago
This book is just amazing its suck a great book to read if you have goals in life. It will help you see how hard people push to complete their goals in life and will help you. I will recomend this book to anyone
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Bear has the tool to everything. A god, a ex- special soldier, a dad ,and a hero. He has the key to survive in every part of this planet. I want to go to adventures with him in this planet. I want to learn how to survive in every part of this planet. Just like him. He is awesome ... lets go man vs wild.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Same here Julia
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I think he is a great man of God.
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Keg-Runner More than 1 year ago
Found this very interesting - learned a lot about climbing Everest. Also, gained a new appreciation for Bear Grylls not only as a survivor, but as a man of integrity and character.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is grate Bear gryls
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