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Just in time for 'New Year, New You', an illuminating, inspiring history of exercise from an accl... Read More

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Just in time for 'New Year, New You', an illuminating, inspiring history of exercise from an acclaimed author, that will delight fans of left-field, off-the-wall human history like Neil Macgregor's A History of the World in 100 Objects, Bill Bryson's The Body and Daniel Lieberman's ExercisedInsomniac City, Hayes's memoir of his life with Oliver Sacks, was a critical and commercial success, and a film version starring Ian McKellen is in the worksDescribed by the New York Times as 'part science writer, part memoirist, part culture explainer', Bill Hayes is the recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship for non-fictionThe recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship in nonfiction, Bill Hayes is a frequent contributor to the New York Times and the author of five books. His writing has appeared in the Wall Street Journal, the New York Review of Books, and the Guardian. Hayes is also a photographer, with credits including the New Yorker, Vanity Fair, and the New York Times. He has published two collections of photography, How New York Breaks Your Heart and, in 2020, How We Live Now: Scenes from the Pandemic. In addition, he has served as co-editor of his late partner Oliver Sacks's posthumous books. billhayes.com'I was riveted by Sweat and its extraordinary tale of the ups and downs of exercise over millennia' Jane Fonda 'Does what all good history books should do: take the past and make it vastly more human' The Times _________________________ From the author of Insomniac City 'who can tackle just about any subject in book form, and make you glad he did' (San Francisco Chronicle): a cultural, scientific, literary, and personal history of exercise Exercise is our modern obsession, and we have the fancy workout gear and fads to prove it. Exercise - a form of physical activity distinct from sports, play, or athletics - was an ancient obsession, too, but as a chapter in human history, it's been largely overlooked. In Sweat, Bill Hayes runs, jogs, swims, spins, walks, bikes, boxes, lifts, sweats, and downward-dogs his way through the origins of different forms of exercise, chronicling how they have evolved over time, and dissecting the dynamics of human movement. Hippocrates, Plato, Galen, Susan B. Anthony, Jack LaLanne, and Jane Fonda, among many others, make appearances in Sweat, but chief among the historical figures is Girolamo Mercuriale, a Renaissance-era Italian physician who aimed singlehandedly to revive the ancient Greek "art of exercising" through his 1569 book De arte gymnastica. In the pages of Sweat, Mercuriale and his illustrated treatise are vividly brought back to life. asHayes ties his own personal experience to the cultural and scientific history of exercise, from ancient times to the present day, he gives us a new way to understand its place in our lives in the 21st century.From the author of Insomniac City 'who can tackle just about any subject in book form, and make you glad he did' (San Francisco Chronicle): a cultural, scientific, literary, and personal history of exerciseI was riveted by Sweat and its extraordinary tale of the ups and downs of exercise over millennia. Who knew?Perhaps because exercise is such a universal - and universally humbling - part of our lives, Sweat does, seemingly effortlessly, what all good history books should do: take the past and make it vastly more humanThere's a skip to Hayes' step throughout, and the book will certainly ground any January health kick in a grander contextAs a storyteller, Hayes is like Joe Frazier . I would have liked this book to go on longer. Erudite, ludic, eccentric, energetic and historically transporting, it's like falling through a gym and landing in a joustBill Hayes' peripatetic inquiry into the history of exercise is a delight ... You're in for a treat. Hayes weaves his riveting findings in the archives with a revelatory memoir of physical exertion that begins to answer that most human of questions: what does the body mean?Charming and idiosyncratic ... A distinctive, often moving blend of historical and memoirist writing ... Hayes's exuberant book tells us what awaits if we can only make it so One of a number of titles that promise to take a serious look at exerciseCharming and compelling . Among the pleasures of Sweat, Bill Hayes's idiosyncratic and delightful history of exercise, is learning about the sweat lives of the great and goodHayes fascinatingly traces exercise's gradual evolution into the multibillion-pound industry it is now - by way of some genuine scientific breakthroughs and several passing crazesA lovely weave of memory and science, great characters and compassionate humor. You will love it for its wisdom and wonderful writingLike the most rewarding kind of travel writer, Bill Hayes is both informative and personal as he takes us through the borderlands ... I'm grateful for the way this intimate, reflective, and factual guidebook captures the feeling of that terrainPlayful and powerful ... profoundly moving ... Hayes writes with so much panache that reading this book is thrillingBill Hayes has an unusual set of skills ... He is part science writer, part memoirist, part culture explainerA beguiling brew of fascinating scientific facts and illuminating, poignant anecdotes ... vital and pulsing with energy.Exquisitely wrought, heartrending and joyousLike Patti Smith's haunting M Train, Hayes' book weaves seemingly disparate threads of memory into a kind of sanctuary - a secret place where one can shake off the treasured relics of past lives and prepare to be reborn anewHayes's work is resoundingly about life - about being wide awake to possibility, to the beauty of every fleeting momentTaking us through the different forms of exercise and their origins, Hayes gives a cultural, scientific and personal history of human movementAll laud and honor to HayesHe is, in his photos and writings, the great poet of the everydayA sweeping inquiry into the sometimes converging, sometimes colliding worlds of psychology, medicine, mythology, aging, and mental healthMemoir, history, and science come together and apart again in a book that reads very much like a dream, switching genre and subject with a beautiful logic of its own, illuminated now and then with flashes of gorgeous insight ... Read this one and savour itIf there is one person in the modern world who can reinvigorate Mercuriale's enormous unfinished labor and bridge the physical, the philosophical, and the poetic - bridge Whitman and Warhol, Plato and Peloton, Kafka and Curie, Tennessee Williams and Serena Williams; bridge the "immediate bodily now" of exercise with "the wisdom of the past that had faded from living memory" - it is Bill Hayes. And so he does, in Sweat: A History of Exercise - an expedition, both existential and historical, spanning two thousand years and three continents

Product Details

Title: Sweat
Author: Bill Hayes
SKU: BK0443132
EAN: 9781526638397
Language: English

About Author

Bill Hayes is the author of Insomniac City and How New York Breaks Your Heart, a collection of his street photography, among other books. He is a recipient of the New York City Book Award for How We Live Now, and a Guggenheim Fellowship in nonfiction. Hayes has completed the screenplay for a film adaptation of Insomniac City, currently in the works from Brouhaha Entertainment, and he is also a co-editor of Oliver Sacks's posthumous books. He lives in New York. Visit his website at billhayes.com

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