Reader Profile: Ed T.
Non-fiction, particularly books about people who have challenged themselves to stretch their potential. Also likes his books chunky with info--no blab.
Two favorite titles:
• The Man Who Skied Down Everest by Yuichiro Miura
• The New Best Recipe: All-New Edition with 1,000 Recipes by the editors of Cook's Illustrated Magazine (for the scientific tests and explanations that back up methods and ingredient choices).
What' do you recommend?
• Radical Evolution by Joel Jarreau (Doubleday, 2005; Broadway Books, 2006). Tells amazing true stories about scientific developments aimed at giving humans superpowers.
• Shackleton by Roland Huntford (De Capo, 1998). 800 pages, the full story, well-told.
• Shackleton's Way: Leadership Lessons from the Great Antarctic Explorer by Margot Morrel (Topeka, 2002).
• A Voyage for Madmen by Peter Nichols (Harper Perennial, 2002). Shows varieties of men—mystical, mad, romantic, etc.—who engaged in extreme effort to sail around the globe.
• A Long Way Gone: Memoirs of a Boy Soldier by Ishmael Beah (FS&G, 2008). A young man’s own account of prevailing over circumstances—refugee and soldier during Civil War in Sierra Leone at 13; international spokesperson at age 27.
• The Green King by Paul-Loup Sulitzer (HarperCollins, 1985). The fantasy treatment: the hero realizes his potential, coming from the lowest of lows (pulling himself from a pile of corpses in a Nazi concentration camp) to an extreme high (applying to the U.N. to establish his own nation).
This is a start of the list on: Human Potential. See accumulating list