One Man's Humble Quest for Bodily Perfection
Simon & Schuster
On Sale: April 10, 2012
Hardcover / e-Book
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From the bestselling author of The Year of Living
Biblically and The Know-It-All comes the true and
truly hilarious story of one person’s quest to become the
healthiest man in the world.
Hospitalized with a
freak case of tropical pneumonia, goaded by his wife telling
him, “I don’t want to be a widow at forty-five,” and ashamed
of a middle-aged body best described as “a python that
swallowed a goat,” A.J. Jacobs felt compelled to change his
ways and get healthy. And he didn’t want only to lose
weight, or finish a triathlon, or lower his cholesterol. His
ambitions were far greater: maximal health from head to toe.
The task was epic. He consulted an army of experts—
sleep consultants and sex clinicians, nutritionists and
dermatologists. He subjected himself to dozens of different
workouts—from Strollercize classes to Finger Fitness
sessions, from bouldering with cavemen to a treadmill desk.
And he took in a cartload of diets: raw foods, veganism,
high protein, calorie restriction, extreme chewing, and
dozens more. He bought gadgets and helmets, earphones and
juicers. He poked and he pinched. He counted and he
The story of his transformation is not only
brilliantly entertaining, but it just may be the healthiest
book ever written. It will make you laugh until your sides
split and endorphins flood your bloodstream. It will alter
the contours of your brain, imprinting you with better
habits of hygiene and diet. It will move you emotionally and
get you moving physically in surprising ways. And it will
give you occasion to reflect on the body’s many mysteries
and the ultimate pursuit of health: a well-lived life.
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