Photo: Deana Levine
Living With A SEAL: 31 Days Training With The Toughest Man On The Planet is a book about rapper-turned-entrepreneur Jesse Itzler, the founder of Marquis Jet and the husband of Spanx founder Sara Blakely.
Itzler is an interesting character with a colorful background. In his younger days, he brazenly pretended to be an established hip-hop artist to secure a meeting with a studio head — and it led to a record deal. Later, he convinced a bunch of successful business executives to invest in an unprecedented business plan — and it turned into Marquis Jet.
But his most impressive feat was offering to run a 100-mile race in Spanx to get the attention of the beautiful founder of the company, Sara Blakely, who he later ended up marrying. His life is about being bold and risky. And it’s brought him plenty of rewards.
So when he felt himself drifting on autopilot, he hired an accomplished Navy SEAL to move in with him and his wife in their $30 million apartment on Central Park West for a month and train him like a Navy SEAL. I’m talking 1,000 pushups a day, 8-mile runs in blizzard conditions, and other unfathomables that most mortals would balk at.
Photo: Jesse Itzler
What started as a blog to document his journey turned into the book we see here today, and it’s an amazing read, one that I literally couldn’t put down. I read it on back-to-back flights, and once I finished it, I had a new outlook on life, and I was determined to make some changes.
LeBron James said “It’s hilarious”, and I wholeheartedly agree with him. It’s like a buddy movie if it starred the Fresh Prince of Bel-Air … and Rambo. Jesse is about as easy-going as you can get. SEAL is … not. He even shows up at Jesse’s apartment with an inflatable raft just in case the Itzler family ever has to escape the city by crossing the Hudson River. You just can’t make this stuff up!
I highly recommend picking up this book. It’s like nothing you’ve read before, and you won’t be disappointed!
Enter To Win ‘The Bourne Initiative’ And A Fitbit Flex
Jason Bourne is one of the most popular and compelling characters in contemporary fiction, captivating fans since The Bourne Identity’s release back in 1980. Originally created by bestselling author Robert Ludlum, the Jason Bourne books became international hits and spawned a thrilling […]
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Jason Bourne is one of the most popular and compelling characters in contemporary fiction, captivating fans since The Bourne Identity‘s release back in 1980. Originally created by bestselling author Robert Ludlum, the Jason Bourne books became international hits and spawned a thrilling film franchise starring Matt Damon.
Now, New York Times bestselling writer Eric Van Lustbader carries on Jason Bourne’s story with a new novel about the rogue secret agent who has lost his memory…
The Bourne Initiative hits shelves next week, and it sounds like another adrenaline-fueled thriller:
Gen. Boris Karpov, head of the feared Russian FSB, is dead. But Karpov has reached out from the grave with an unstoppable cyber operation he conceived in the months before his murder, aimed at the heart of the United States—a way to steal the president’s nuclear launch codes. Who has taken over the operation? Karpov trusted only one man: Jason Bourne. But can Bourne be working against his own country? Gen. Arthur MacQuerrie, chief of the Dreadnaught Section of NSA and Morgana Broussard, head of the mysterious Meme, LLC, are convinced of Bourne’s treasonous act, and will do everything in their power to kill him.
Flushed from cover, hunted by the best assassins in the business, wounded and nearly killed, Bourne’s only hope is to join forces with his bitterest enemy, a Somali magus named Keyre, whose terrorist forces Bourne once decimated. Now Keyre is more powerful than ever, with a burgeoning international network—a man who can help Bourne, but to what end? Lying in wait is the young woman Bourne saved from Keyre’s torture, who now calls herself the Angelmaker. Both seductive and deadly, the Angelmaker loves Bourne, watches over him, but from whom does she take her orders? Is she ally or adversary?
These are questions Bourne must answer before he can unravel the mystery of Boris Karpov’s last legacy, a weaponized code that may very well bring about the unthinkable: a violent end to America.
In celebration of The Bourne Initiative‘s release on June 13th, we’ve partnered with Grand Central Publishing for an exciting giveaway, where one lucky winner will receive a hardcover copy of The Bourne Initiative, along with a Fitbit Flex (because your heart will be racing as you read this latest Jason Bourne thriller).
To enter, simply leave us a comment below telling us what your favorite Jason Bourne book (or movie) is and why. We’ll pick a winner at random on June 16th at 5pm EST. Contest only open to US residents.
Looking Back At 50 Years Of Lamborghini Supercars
If you’re a Lamborghini lover, you likely know the story of how the storied supercar company came to be. But for those of you who don’t, here’s a brief trip down memory lane.
Ferruccio Lamborghini started his career back in 1947 as an entrepreneur producing low-cost tractors, using components from Italian military vehicles left after the World War II. By 1960, Lamborghini had become an important Italian entrepreneur, one who could now afford the kinds of cars he dreamed of as a boy. Among them, a slew of Ferraris, including a 250GT coupe, 250GT Berlinetta, and 250GT 2+2. And while he clearly loved these cars, the one thing they all had in common was clutch problems.
As the story goes, during a visit to Maranello for yet another clutch rebuild, he waited to talk to Enzo Ferrari. He told him, “Ferrari, your cars are rubbish!” To which Enzo replied, “Lamborghini, you may be able to drive a tractor but you will never be able to handle a Ferrari properly.” And that was the point when Ferruccio finally decided to build a perfect car.
It’s crazy to think about, but had Enzo not been such a dick to Ferruccio, the iconic Lamborghini brand that we all know and love might never have come to be. Just let that sink in for a moment..
Lamborghini Supercars 50 Years: From the Groundbreaking Miura to Today’s Hypercar is a 224-page hardcover tribute to Lamborghini’s mid-engine flagships, taking you through the amazing history of the sports car brand, from the groundbreaking Miura (the first mid-engined sports car in the world) all the way through the Huracan. If you think you know everything there is about Lamborghini, think again.
Author Stuart Codling does a phenomenal job of bringing the history of the brand to life in a way that is easy to read, accompanied by stunning photography from James Mann of some of the most desirable Lambos of all time. All in all, a fantastic coffee table book that is a must-have for any true Lamborghini fanatic!
Enter To Win A Brad Meltzer Prize Pack
Following The Inner Circle and The Fifth Assassin, #1 best-selling author Brad Meltzer is back with his latest novel The President’s Shadow, the third installment in his thrilling Culper Ring series.
To most, it looks like Beecher White has an ordinary job. A young staffer with the National Archives in Washington, D.C., he’s responsible for safekeeping the government’s most important documents . . . and, sometimes, its most closely held secrets.
But there are a powerful few who know his other role. Beecher is a member of the Culper Ring, a 200-year-old secret society founded by George Washington and charged with protecting the Presidency.
Now the current occupant of the White House needs the Culper Ring’s help. The alarming discovery of the buried arm has the President’s team in a rightful panic. Who buried the arm? How did they get past White House security? And most important: What’s the message hidden in the arm’s closed fist? Indeed, the puzzle inside has a clear intended recipient, and it isn’t the President. It’s Beecher, himself.
Sounds pretty sweet, right? I absolutely loved The Inner Circle and The Fifth Assassin, and I can’t wait to dive into this one as well when it’s released on June 16th.
In support of Brad Meltzer’s new book, we’re giving away a Scour The Clues With Brad Meltzer Prize Pack that includes a $50 Visa gift card, along with copies of all three books in the Culper Ring series: The Inner Circle, The Fifth Assassin, and The President’s Shadow.
To enter, simply e-mail us and tell us what your favorite Brad Meltzer book is. We’ll pick a winner at random next Friday. Giveaway open to US addresses only. Prizing & samples provided by Grand Central Publishing.