John Maclean is an extraordinary achiever. This book is a wonderful life story that happens to feature sport, not a sports book.In 1988 the gifted natural athlete was near to achieving his dream of becoming a professional sportsman when, out training, he was hit by a truck. He awoke from a coma paraplegic. His reaction: He was lucky; he could still use his arms. Still in hospital he started training again, eventually deciding he would tackle physical challenges no other wheelchair athlete had successfully taken on. Cut to 1995: John becomes the first such athlete to finish to gruelling Hawaiian Ironman Triathlon?with a 3.8km ocean swim, a 180km cycle leg and a 42.2km running course, it is un...
Relates the events of the 2006 Esperanza Fire in southern California, the tragic deaths of a five-man Forest Service engine crew, and the high-profile murder trial of the person convicted for setting the fire.
An inspirational memoir by a man who became an elite wheelchair athlete after suffering a catastrophic spinal injury and who finally walked again 25 years after his accident. After two years of intense physical therapy following his crippling accident, John Maclean set a new course for himself when his father encouraged him to embrace his new reality and asked: "How far can you go?" Inspired, Maclean became the first paraplegic to complete the Ironman World Championship and swim the English Channel before going on to win a silver medal for rowing at the 2008 Paralympic Games--yet these achievements did not come easy or on his first try. But with fierce tenacity, determination, and the love of family and friends Maclean was able to see each dream realized. Yet he longed for one more victory: to walk on the beach with his family, holding his wife's hand. Through a radical therapy, he retrained his mind and challenged conventional thinking to walk again after 25 years in a wheelchair. HOW FAR CAN YOU GO? is his amazing story.
A history of American wildfires recounts the most significant fires, sharing front-line stories, past and present firefighting strategies, and the apparent increase in fire occurrence and intensity in recent years.
"I am not here, then, as the accused; I am here as the accuser of capitalism dripping with blood from head to foot."--John Maclean, Speech from the Dock, 1918 Feared by the government, adored by workers, celebrated by Lenin and Trotsky. The head of British Military Intelligence called John Maclean (1879-1923) "the most dangerous man in Britain." This new biography explores the events that shaped the life of a momentous man--from the Great War and the Great Unrest to the Rent Strike and the Russian Revolution. It examines his work as an organizer and educator, his imprisonment and hunger strike, and his rise to the position of Britain's most famous revolutionary. At a moment when radical politics is drawing renewed attention and support, Maclean's example of activism and commitment is as timely as ever.