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Publisher's Summary

Featuring a foreword by Malcolm Gladwell

Writing from both the cutting edge of scientific discovery and the front-lines of elite athletic performance, National Magazine Award-winning science journalist Alex Hutchinson presents a revolutionary account of the dynamic and controversial new science of endurance.
The capacity to endure is perhaps the key trait that separates champions and determines great performance in any field - from a 100-meter sprint to a 100-mile ultramarathon, from summiting Everest to acing finals. But what if everything we've been taught about endurance was wrong? What if we all have more potential than we think to go farther, push harder, and achieve more?
Blending cutting-edge science and gripping storytelling in the vein of Malcolm Gladwell - who forewords the book - Hutchinson reveals that a wave of paradigm-altering research over the past decade suggests that the seemingly physical barriers you encounter are mediated as much by your brain as by your body. But it's not "all in your head." For each of the physical limits that Hutchinson explores - pain, muscle, oxygen, heat, thirst, fuel - he carefully disentangles the delicate interplay of mind and muscle by telling the riveting stories of men and women who've approached (and sometimes surpassed) their own ultimate limits.
As the longtime "Sweat Science" columnist for Outside and Runner's World as well as a frequent contributor to The New Yorker and New York Times, Hutchinson draws on his background as a former national-team long-distance runner and Cambridge-trained physicist. But the lessons he draws from traveling to labs around the world and trying out new endurance-boosting techniques like electric brain stimulation and brain endurance training are surprisingly universal. Endurance, he writes, is "the struggle to continue against a mounting desire to stop" - and we're always capable of pushing a little farther.
©2018 Alex Hutchinson (P)2018 HarperCollins Publishers Limited
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"If you want to gain insight into the mind of great athletes, adventurers, and peak performers then prepare to be enthralled by Alex Hutchinson's Endure." (Bear Grylls)
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5 out of 5 stars
By Riverside Fan on 03-01-18

Loved the content; narration frustrated me

The content is wonderful, and I learned a ton. Slade doesn’t seem to have a running background. Names and places are mispronounced and at one point he makes reference to a 2 minute and 5 second marathon, which I’m imagining was written as 2:05 in the original text. Maybe I’m picky, but these things bugged me. These little things aren’t a dealbreaker; it’s still certainly worth your time.

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4 out of 5 stars
By Jonathan Waldron on 04-01-18

Excellent book, but the performance contains egregious pronunciation errors

Alex Hutchinson is an outstanding writer, one of a very few who write well about science and sport. “Endure” is a deep exploration of the science of human endurance, told in a style that moves easily from compelling story to scientific story.

Unfortunately the narrator makes a number of unforgivable pronunciation mistakes with names and places. He badly mispronounces “Kipchoge” dozens of times, each instance like fingernails on a blackboard. In other places, he reads “2:08 Marathon” as “two-minute eight-second Marathon. It’s really annoying.

I’m going to buy the book and read it, rather than listen. I recommend others do the same.

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3 out of 5 stars
By David on 03-28-18

I lost interest 2 thirds in

Very interesting initially, however a lot of the anecdotes go on for too long. Ultimately it lost any sense of direction and I became less and less interested.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Anonymous User on 02-28-18

Endure is an absolute masterpiece

Loved every page. Alex Hutchinson has written the most thorough investigation of the limits of human performance. I cannot recommend Endure highly enough. Alex, thank you for writing this. You have the rare ability to provide insightful and easily digestible accounts of complicated scientific research with the eloquent prose of a literary master.

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