Natural Born Heroes

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Natural Born Heroes

Post by Protobuilder » Mon Apr 20, 2015 11:48 pm

It is what you hope you are going to get. Chris McDougall finds interesting stories to tell and tells them in a damn fine way. Cretans fighting Nazi invaders, parkour, knife throwing and high-fat diets. If you liked Born to Run you will like this book.
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Re: Natural Born Heroes

Post by TerryB » Wed Apr 22, 2015 2:23 pm

I didn't read Born to Run.
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Re: Natural Born Heroes

Post by Boris » Tue Aug 04, 2015 3:42 am

I couldn't get into this one even though I really wanted to... He lost me at the fascia-is-the-key-to-superhuman-strength thing...

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Re: Natural Born Heroes

Post by Protobuilder » Tue Aug 04, 2015 9:03 am

I haven't finished it - have perhaps 25% of the book remaining. On the other hand, I flew through and then went back and did it again after I picked myself up.
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Re: Natural Born Heroes

Post by Boris » Tue Aug 04, 2015 12:12 pm

I loved Born To Run and read a lot of books about WW2, but yeah, not this one.

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Re: Natural Born Heroes

Post by Shafpocalypse Now » Thu Aug 06, 2015 9:24 pm

So much of this book was just flat out stupid.

However, some of it was pretty entertaining.

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Re: Natural Born Heroes

Post by Protobuilder » Fri Aug 07, 2015 1:10 am

It may finish strong. I liked the first 1/3 a lot!
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Re: Natural Born Heroes

Post by Shafpocalypse Now » Mon Aug 10, 2015 12:07 am

So I'm finishing it up and it gets more and more ridiculous the further I go. Greek shepherds parkour across the mountains, some mythical Greek for sure lifted a 1058 lb rock etc. I like how he inserts the current low carb groupthink into it too

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Re: Natural Born Heroes

Post by Shafpocalypse Now » Wed Aug 12, 2015 3:47 pm

So, overall, this book isn't bad. McDougall is an engaging writer, and a lot of this was pretty entertaining

The low carb agenda a la Taubes is pursued pretty heartily
The Erwin Lecorr natural movement stuff is discussed and pushed

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Re: Natural Born Heroes

Post by The Ginger Beard Man » Thu Aug 13, 2015 3:46 am

So Proto was right, it finished strong?
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Re: Natural Born Heroes

Post by Shafpocalypse Now » Thu Aug 13, 2015 11:48 pm

It finished pretty well. Maffetone, Taubes, Lecorre, parkour, magic heroes

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Re: Natural Born Heroes

Post by buckethead » Fri Aug 14, 2015 4:44 pm

Shafpocalypse Now wrote: The Erwin Lecorr natural movement stuff is discussed and pushed
I find his better half entertaining in IG

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Re: Natural Born Heroes

Post by Protobuilder » Thu Aug 27, 2015 4:08 am

Shafpocalypse Now wrote:It finished pretty well. Maffetone, Taubes, Lecorre, parkour, magic heroes
Indeed. I need to recant my previous post in which I recanted my initial post.

Finish was good. McDougall is trying for the same kind of formula he used in his previous book (i.e. wrap sidebars around an engaging story) though I liked the sidebars more than the actual story and wished they would have been longer. However, he is still a damn good storyteller and I would read whatever he publishes.
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Re: Natural Born Heroes

Post by Dux » Fri Sep 04, 2015 3:48 pm

Shafpocalypse Now wrote:So I'm finishing it up and it gets more and more ridiculous the further I go. Greek shepherds parkour across the mountains, some mythical Greek for sure lifted a 1058 lb rock etc. I like how he inserts the current low carb groupthink into it too
Greeks are the chosen people infidel!! And Have you been eating the rice crispy treats I sent you you would also be able to parkour on the Everest along with Seahill and me.
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