Mud, Sweat, and Tears
By Bear Grylls
(William Morrow, Hardcover, 9780062124197, 416pp.)
Publication Date: May 2012
Other Editions of This Title: Paperback
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 these were 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.
Bear Grylls's prime-time TV adventure series Man vs. Wild is one of the most watched shows on the planet, reaching an estimated 1.2 billion viewers in more than 180 countries. A former member of the UK Special Forces unit 21 SAS, he was made an honorary lieutenant commander in the Royal Navy. Bear is the youngest-ever Chief Scout of the Scouting Association and its 28 million Scouts around the globe. Bear continues to lead record-breaking expeditions to the world's extremes, and these missions have raised more than $2.3 million for children's charities. He lives with his wife, Shara, and their three sons, Jesse, Marmaduke, and Huckleberry, on a Dutch barge in London and on a small remote island off the coast of Wales.
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.”
“I cannont think of anyone who has faced challenges and overcome them like Bear Grylls.”
-GENERAL CHARLES GUTHRIE, Colonel Commandant of the SAS
“Mud, Sweat, and Tears flows with the verve 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. ”
“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.”