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Many of you have been watching Olympic gymnastics and diving this week so you’re familiar with the concept of “degree of difficulty” when trying to execute a move on the high bar or pommel horse or whatever. When it comes to books, some stories have a higher degree of difficulty than others. Gladwell’s new book, The Bomber Mafia, is like an author attempting a quadruple, double twist thing in a pike position that the announcer says is “incredibly hard”.
These are the elements that Gladwell expertly weaves together in his new book: pyromaniac Harvard chemists, a Dutch genius with a computer he built himself, a madman from Great Britain, dudes from Alabama, the Air Force, the Navy, meteorology, and more…all against the backdrop of World War II and a decision to try the unthinkable to prevent the disastrous.
It’s a fast, casual read, written in Gladwell’s great storytelling style, which is perfect because it offsets the incredibly difficult moral dilemma the decision-makers faced and the horrible stakes at hand. An interesting, smart summer read.
I rewatched a good part of Predator the other night and it reminded me that I put this wonderful home workout together inspired by Arnold and Carl and the boys. Unless the CIA’s got you pushing too many pencils, give this a try one morning:
10 Minute Warm-Up Jog
50 Jumping Jacks
50 Bear Crawls (Walk with just hands and toes on the ground –
5 steps forward and then 5 steps back up to 50)
50 Mountain Climbers
50 Thrusters (holding a heavy hardcover book in each hand)
25 Standing High Jumps
25 Paper Towel Hops Sideway (Hop over a roll of paper towels at your side – over and back equals 1)
25 Paper Towel Hops Front-to-Back (Hop over a roll of paper towels in front of you, then back behind you – over and back equals 1)
25 Bicycle Kick Crunches (elbows touch opposite knee)
25 Swimming Kicks (leg lifts alternating knee)
REPEAT THIS 2 TIMES
ALL-TIME MOVIE QUOTE OF THE WEEK
“I ain’t got time to bleed.” - Sgt. Blain (Jesse Ventura)
Your dog loves sticks. My dog loves sticks. When she REALLY likes a stick she brings it onto the couch outside and places it on a pillow. I grabbed this picture of her sitting there, all proud of herself for finding a high quality stick.
In case you missed it, Reebok is releasing a set of Jurassic Park-themed shoes and they’re cool on their own, but somebody in marketing and design deserves a raise because they created a shoebox to look like Dennis Nedry’s famous Barbasol can. Look at this it’s incredible.
And unless you live under a rock, you know that The Rock has a new Jungle Cruise movie coming out this week. Me and my buddies over on Meathead Twitter tried to figure out how, exactly, Rock could stay all jacked up living on a crappy boat in the middle of the jungle. An enjoyable twitter thread ensued.
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