A New York Times Bestseller

A dramatic, inspiring memoir by legendary rock climber Tommy Caldwell, the first person to free climb the Dawn Wall of Yosemite’s El Capitan   

“The rarest of adventure reads:  it thrills with colorful details of courage and perseverance but it enriches readers with an absolutely captivating glimpse into how a simple yet unwavering resolve can turn adversity into reward.” —The Denver Post

A finalist for the Boardman Tasker Award for Mountain Literature

On January 14, 2015, Tommy Caldwell, along with his partner, Kevin Jorgeson, summited what is widely regarded as the hardest climb in history—Yosemite’s nearly vertical 3,000-foot Dawn Wall, after nineteen days on the route. Caldwell’s odds-defying feat—the subject of the documentary film The Dawn Wall to be released nationwide in September—was the culmination of an entire lifetime of pushing himself to his limits as an athlete.

This engrossing memoir chronicles the journey of a boy with a fanatical mountain-guide father who was determined to instill toughness in his son to a teen whose obsessive nature drove him to the top of the sport-climbing circuit. Caldwell’s affinity for adventure then led him to the vertigo-inducing and little understood world of big wall free climbing. But his evolution as a climber was not without challenges; in his early twenties, he was held hostage by militants in a harrowing ordeal in the mountains of Kyrgyzstan. Soon after, he lost his left index finger in an accident. Later his wife, and main climbing partner, left him. Caldwell emerged from these hardships with a renewed sense of purpose and determination. He set his sights on free climbing El Capitan’s biggest, steepest, blankest face—the Dawn Wall. This epic assault took more than seven years, during which time Caldwell redefined the sport, found love again, and became a father.

The Push is an arresting story of focus, drive, motivation, endurance, and transformation, a book that will appeal to anyone seeking to overcome fear and doubt, cultivate perseverance, turn failure into growth, and find connection with family and with the natural world.
L’incroyable histoire de Tommy Caldwell qui, avant de devenir l’un des meilleurs grimpeurs du monde, a dû faire un jour ce choix : mourir ou tuer.

C’est l’histoire d’un enfant de trois ans qui découvre l’escalade avec son père et décide de ne plus jamais s’arrêter.

C’est l’histoire de quatre jeunes grimpeurs partis découvrir les falaises du Kirghizistan. Pris en otage par des rebelles armés, le groupe doit son salut au courage de Tommy Caldwell qui pousse un de leurs ravisseurs du haut d'une falaise... Mourir ou tuer, il a fallu choisir.

C’est l’histoire d’un homme qui se bat pour sauver une histoire d’amour à bout de souffle.

C’est l’histoire d’un grimpeur exceptionnel qui, alors qu’il a perdu accidentellement un doigt, réussit l’ascension de la grande voie la plus extrême du monde après sept années de tentatives infructueuses : le Dawn Wall, dans le Yosemite, près de 1 000 mètres d’un granit raide et lisse. Tommy Caldwell et son comparse Kevin Jogerson livrent un combat titanesque de 19 jours sous les jumelles et téléobjectifs des médias du monde entier. Leur exploit, raconté sous la forme d’un feuilleton en une du New York Times, passionne les Américains au point de détrôner le Super Bowl.

Presque un roman, plus qu’un livre d’aventure, Push ! La vie au bout des mains est une ode à la persévérance.

Extrait :

Je me tourne vers Beth et murmure : « Je vais devoir le faire. Ça ne peut être que moi. »
Elle se met à trembler. Une ombre traverse son visage. Sa bouche s’entrouvre sans qu’aucun son en sorte. Pendant quelques instants, nous nous regardons droit dans les yeux. Elle baisse la tête.
Je sais.
Mon énergie grandissante a donné vie à un monstre que je ne reconnais pas, une bête surgissant de nulle part et de partout à la fois. Dans l’obscurité, je passe furtivement d’une prise de pied à une autre avec la vitesse d’un chamois. Cinq, trois, deux mètres, Su ne me voit toujours pas venir. Le canon de sa mitraillette brille sous les étoiles. Je vois son grain de beauté grotesque se dessiner sur sa lèvre. Mon pied fait tomber un bloc de pierre.
Il se tourne vivement vers moi. Nous nous dévisageons. Soudain, je me jette sur la bandoulière de son fusil. Je tire de toutes mes forces tout en poussant son épaule. Sa silhouette cambrée se découpe sur la lune puis s’enfonce dans l’obscurité. Il lâche un cri de surprise et de peur mêlées. Son corps atterrit sur une vire en un claquement terrible avant de rouler et de sombrer dans l’oubli.

A New York Times Bestseller

A dramatic, inspiring memoir by legendary rock climber Tommy Caldwell, the first person to free climb the Dawn Wall of Yosemite’s El Capitan   

“The rarest of adventure reads:  it thrills with colorful details of courage and perseverance but it enriches readers with an absolutely captivating glimpse into how a simple yet unwavering resolve can turn adversity into reward.” —The Denver Post

A finalist for the Boardman Tasker Award for Mountain Literature

On January 14, 2015, Tommy Caldwell, along with his partner, Kevin Jorgeson, summited what is widely regarded as the hardest climb in history—Yosemite’s nearly vertical 3,000-foot Dawn Wall, after nineteen days on the route. Caldwell’s odds-defying feat—the subject of the documentary film The Dawn Wall to be released nationwide in September—was the culmination of an entire lifetime of pushing himself to his limits as an athlete.

This engrossing memoir chronicles the journey of a boy with a fanatical mountain-guide father who was determined to instill toughness in his son to a teen whose obsessive nature drove him to the top of the sport-climbing circuit. Caldwell’s affinity for adventure then led him to the vertigo-inducing and little understood world of big wall free climbing. But his evolution as a climber was not without challenges; in his early twenties, he was held hostage by militants in a harrowing ordeal in the mountains of Kyrgyzstan. Soon after, he lost his left index finger in an accident. Later his wife, and main climbing partner, left him. Caldwell emerged from these hardships with a renewed sense of purpose and determination. He set his sights on free climbing El Capitan’s biggest, steepest, blankest face—the Dawn Wall. This epic assault took more than seven years, during which time Caldwell redefined the sport, found love again, and became a father.

The Push is an arresting story of focus, drive, motivation, endurance, and transformation, a book that will appeal to anyone seeking to overcome fear and doubt, cultivate perseverance, turn failure into growth, and find connection with family and with the natural world.
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