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Bear Grylls is a man who has always sought the ultimate in adventure. Growing up on the Isle of Wight, he was taught by his father to sail and climb at an early age. As a teenager he found identity and purpose through both mountaineering and martial arts, which led the young adventurer to the foothills of the mighty Himalaya and a grandmaster's karate training camp in Japan. On returning home, he embarked upon the notoriously gruelling selection course for the British Special Forces to join 21 SAS - a journey that was to push him to the very limits of physical and mental endurance. Then, in a horrific free-fall parachuting accident, Bear broke his back in three places. It was touch and go whether he would ever walk again. However, only eighteen months later Bear became one of the youngest ever climbers to scale Everest, aged only twenty-three. But this was just the beginning of his many extraordinary adventures...Known and admired by millions, 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 adrenalin junkies and armchair adventurers alike.show more
After watching several of Man vs Wild episodes (which I may add are very entertaining), I will be honest in saying that I did not realise that there is so much more to Bear Grylls then the çrazy wilderness man'on the TV however upon reading this book, I am now aware of this. I started reading this book because I was waiting on a book order to arrive and had nothing else to read, am so glad that I did pick up this book as it was amazing. Bear Grylls is truly an inspiration !! The amount of things that he achieved in his years and is still working to achieve is just magnificent... He is an average man just like everyone else and portrays this so well in the book. It shows that everyone comes into brick walls within their life but the thing to remember is 'Do not give up !'and that is exactly what Bear has done with every obstacle he has faced. I finished this book with a new found respect for this man, highly recommend this book.