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Whatever has happened to you, it is not who you are.
The world may know Chris Duffin as “The Mad Scientist of Strength,” but you wouldn’t have ever guessed that if you saw the scrawny kid skinning rattlesnakes and chasing dragonflies in the early ‘80s. The story of his unconventional life will take you from gripping tales of murder, trauma, heartbreak, and survival deep in the Pacific Northwest wilderness all the way to an idealization of the self-made man—still flawed, but never broken.
In The Eagle and the Dragon, you’ll follow one man’s journey into the darkness of his own heart and witness the transformation of alcoholism, pain, and defeat into vision, character, and victory. Through Chris’s powerful self-realization, you’ll see how the human spirit can be either shackled by circumstance or freed from it.
Strength and Reinvention: the Eagle and the Dragon. Are you ready to walk through the fire and make your vision a reality?
This book will show you how.
"If Conan, Cinderella, Clash of the Titans, and The Jungle Book had a baby, maybe, just maybe you'd create the incredible story contained within The Eagle and The Dragon."
--Dr. Kelly Starrett, 2x NYT bestselling author and cofounder of Mobility|WOD
"There's fighting for competition and there's fighting for survival. Chris Duffin overcame homelessness and numerous insurmountable obstacles in this compelling story of his journey to become a world champion and pioneer in his field."
--Chael Sonnen, UFC professional fighter, promoter, analyst
"When Helen Keller was asked 'What would be worse than being born blind?' she replied, 'The only thing worse than being blind is to have sight without vision.' Read this book if you want to find a vision for your life."
--Mike O'Hearn, 4x Mr. Universe, hall of famer, actor, TV personality
"Chris is living proof that circumstance is no match for the power of will."
--Dave Tate, author, writer, founder of EliteFTS, Inc.
"This inspirational biography is unique. It has enormous validity. Author Chris Duffin built himself into a strength athlete able to do things that no other man has, using science and an iron will. And he can write! The book had me cheering him on, page by page. And in the end he gives the reader a gift - he asks some tough questions that he has earned the right to ask. How you answer will provide a calibration of your own life."
--Dr. Stuart McGill, leading spine biomechanist, professor, researcher
Chris Duffin is the cofounder and chief engineer at Kabuki Strength, an organization devoted to optimizing human performance and making the world a better place through strength. He previously worked as a corporate executive and has turned around automotive, aerospace, heavy equipment, and high-tech manufacturing industries.
Chris was previously ranked number one in the world in various powerlifting disciplines and has held numerous world records. Now retired, he is known for his industry-changing innovations and education in the strength and clinical worlds. He's a leading speaker on topics related to strength and human movement, and performs insane feats of strength to help charities and organizations whose work he believes in.