Mud, Sweat, And Tears

By: Bear Grylls, Review By: Jackson Cooter


Mud, Sweat, and Tears is the autobiography of the famous survivalist Bear Grylls. Bear Grylls's adventures begin at his home on the Isle of Wight where he learned to sail and climb alongside his father. As a teenager he was able to got to Eton College where Bear found his identity through both mountaineering and martial arts. Although his schooling did show him his true identity, he also faced abuse from bullies as well as many threats from the headmaster of being kicked out after illegally scaling school buildings. He survived as always and his survival encouraged him to move on to the foothills of the Himalayas looking up at the peak of Everest and to a karate remote training camp in Japan. After returning home, he moved on to the selection course for the British Special Forces to join the SAS. Bear went through missions and extreme training for 10 years of his young adult life that he was awarded many medals for.

Then disaster struck when Bear broke his back in three places during a parachuting accident in Africa. It was unsure whether he would walk again, according to his doctors. However, only eighteen months later twenty-three-year-old Bear became one of the youngest climbers to scale Mount Everest. Bear Grylls's stories of survival and perseverance through his life is what convinced him to write his autobiography as well as becoming a boy scout headmaster and was a major factor in convincing him to share his survival knowledge with the world.

Bear Grylls

Born in the Isle of Wight, Bear Grylls began his adventures from a very young age. Bear contributes his love for adventure and the outdoors to his father Micheal Grylls who began rocking climbing with Bear when he was only 8 years old. Later on in life Bear still shared that love with his father even after Micheal's death only a few years before Bear reached the summit of his ultimate goal, climbing Mt. Everest. Today Bear is known for being one of the youngest men to every reach the summit of Everest as well as being the star of many TV shows such as Escape to the Legion, Man Vs Wild ,and Born Survivor.
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Who is this book for?

I would suggest this boo to kids between the ages of a middle schooler to a high schooler. This suggestion mainly comes from the fact that Bear went through some difficult times that he describes as the attributes that shaped his identity to make him the man is today.
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