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  • Blind to failure

    Scaling Everest requires the enthusiasm and boosterism of a physical-education teacher combined with the survival instinct of a Green Beret. You have to want that summit. Erik Weihenmayer, 33, wasn’t just another…

  • I must at least try

    In June 1985, two British mountaineers Joe Simpson and Simon Yates made the first-ever climb of the West Face of the 21,000 foot snow-covered Siula Grande mountain in Peru. It was an…

  • How to change the world

    The ninth week of (US Navy) SEAL training is referred to as Hell Week. It is six days of no sleep, constant physical and mental harassment and one special day at the…

  • D-Day

    After giving the final order for the D-Day Invasion to begin on June 6, 1944 — after his commanders had rushed out to carry out the order, after the press had been…

  • Unexploded bomb squads

    In Churchill’s Memoirs of The Second World War, he tells the story of the unexploded bomb squads, or U.X.B squads. During the bombardment of England, the Nazis dropped large numbers of delayed-action bombs.…

  • Friendship

    Horror gripped the heart of the World War I soldier as he saw his lifelong friend fall in battle. Caught in a trench with continuous gunfire whizzing over his head, the soldier…

  • Dashrath Manjhi, The Mountain Man

    An extraordinary common man from Gaya, Bihar, single-handedly bored through a mountain for over two decades to make a commutable path that would take his village closer to the outside world.   For…

  • Never say die

    We rarely find examples of insistent persistence for success, like those of Abraham Lincoln. Born in poverty, brought up in a log cabin, he had to face defeat throughout his life. He…