True Grit

Friday - - Leisure -

TV ad­ven­turer and Chief Scout Bear Grylls is bound to re­turn to the best-seller lists with True Grit.

The fol­low-up to Mud, Sweat and Tears is an an­thol­ogy of true sto­ries and un­be­liev­able tales of peo­ple who sur­vived un­think­able ac­ci­dents or came through ex­treme ad­ver­si­ties. What all th­ese sto­ries have in com­mon is a thread of hero­ism, driv­ing them to suc­ceed and live where oth­ers would surely have cer­tainly per­ished.

From the ex­pe­ri­ences of Uruguayan rugby player Nando Par­rado, whose plane crash-landed in the ice-bound An­des, to the well-known mis­ad­ven­tures of Cap­tain Scott and Aron Ral­ston (Ral­ston am­pu­tated his own hand to free him­self from the Utah canyon), Grylls nar­rates the sto­ries of lead­ing sports per­son­al­i­ties, ex­plor­ers and sol­diers whose de­ter­mi­na­tion in the most try­ing sit­u­a­tions has in­spired him through­out his life.

Some tales make for un­com­fort­able read­ing but all are of brav­ery, death-de­fy­ing re­silience and ex­tra­or­di­nary men­tal tough­ness by men and women who have one thing in com­mon – true grit. Grylls has cap­tured the in­tense courage that made th­ese in­di­vid­u­als so spe­cial when the pres­sure was at it’s high­est.

by Bear Grylls (Ban­tam Press), at www. ama­

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