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Publisher's Summary

When Chris McDougall stumbled across the story of Churchill's 'dirty tricksters', a motley crew of English poets and academics who helped resist the Nazi invasion of Crete, he knew he was on the track of something special.
To beat the odds, the tricksters - starving, aging, outnumbered - tapped in to an ancient style of fitness: the lost art of heroism. They listened to their instincts, replaced calories with stored bodily fat, and used their fascia, the network of tissue which criss-crosses the body, to catapult themselves to superhuman strength and endurance.
Soon McDougall was in the middle of a modern fitness revolution taking place everywhere from Parisian parkour routes to state-of-the-art laboratories and based on the know-how of Shanghai street fighters and Wild West gunslingers.
Just as Born to Run got runners off the treadmill and into nature, Natural Born Heroes will inspire casual athletes to dump the gym memberships for cross-training, mud runs, and free-running.
©2015 Christopher McDougall (P)2015 Audible, Ltd
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5 out of 5 stars
By Kindle Customer on 08-24-17

outstanding

More than a war story of epic proportions, it is a blueprint for a healthy, vibrant and exciting life. were I able to ensure that the very best among my friends and military comrades read just one book - this would be it.

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2 out of 5 stars
By Chandan Chawla on 07-19-16

Confused !

What would have made Natural Born Heroes better?

I came from Born to Run to this and was as if in a maze . The author didnt know as if what he was writing about .

What was most disappointing about Christopher McDougall’s story?

it had no momentum

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5 out of 5 stars
By Gabrielle Dickinson on 08-25-15

Fabulous book

A truly magnificent story. Learned a lot, cried a bit and laughed out loud at the amazing relationships and adventures. Thank you for writing this.

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4 out of 5 stars
By M. E. Gideon on 09-01-15

Good as a story for inspiration but not for learning

Overall an enjoyable story with many interesting characters who could be inspiring. However, those looking to glean some more instructional information may be disappointed

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4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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2 out of 5 stars
By MR on 12-27-15

A great disappointment

What disappointed you about Natural Born Heroes?

Having read Born to Run several times, I came to this book with reasonable high expectations. Sure, those poor reviews Natural Born Heroes had received were only an accident, I thought. I was wrong. The book was a big disappointment. Natural Born Heroes is patchwork of narratives put together to make the underlying story - the kidnapping of German general - go the distance. Frequently, I found myself lost wondering when the central story would come back into play. Some of McDougall "discoveries" are only half interesting and way too drawn out, while those relating to nutrition have the factual inaccuracies and misrepresentations common in those who do not understand the science (the book should come with health hazard warning!).In sum, the book rarely excited and frequently annoyed. That's the sad truth.

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1 out of 5 stars
By Simon on 04-26-16

A dissapointing follow up

I loved born to run and was really looking forward to this. Hoping it would have some insightful and inspirational value. I gave born to run a 5/5 I think and from the blurb thought this one could give it a run for its money. Wrong. This is idealistic clap trap, trying to summarize how to be a "hero." I found myself either disagreeing or saying "well that's stating the obvious" far more often than thinking "that's true" or "well put." Listen if I was young naive and looking to conquer the world maybe I'd find this inspiring, but if you are older (I'm only 33) and wiser I'd give this a miss. it is by no means as good as born to run. Also the reader has an annoying dramatic voice that sounds like he should be narrating children's movies. On the positive side? Not much. Lot of old war stories if you are into that but they're being interrupted constantly by being told how they relate to the "hero" concept.

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