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Author: James Nestor Narrator: James Nestor Publisher: Penguin Audio Audio Length: Release Date: May 2020 Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download ISBN: 9780593211519

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AN INSTANT NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER No matter what you eat, how much you exercise, how skinny or young or wise you are, none of it matters if you’re not breathing properly. There is nothing more essential to our health and well-being than breathing: take air in, let it out, repeat 25,000 times a day. Yet, as a species, humans have lost the ability to breathe correctly, with grave consequences. Journalist James Nestor travels the world to figure out what went wrong and how to fix it. The answers aren’t found in pulmonology labs, as we might expect, but in the muddy digs of ancient burial sites, secret Soviet facilities, New Jersey choir schools, and the smoggy streets of São Paulo. Nestor tracks down men and women exploring the hidden science behind ancient breathing practices like Pranayama, Sudarshan Kriya, and Tummo and teams up with pulmonary tinkerers to scientifically test long-held beliefs about how we breathe. Modern research is showing us that making even slight adjustments to the way we inhale and exhale can jump-start athletic performance; rejuvenate internal organs; halt snoring, asthma, and autoimmune disease; and even straighten scoliotic spines. None of this should be possible, and yet it is. Drawing on thousands of years of medical texts and recent cutting-edge studies in pulmonology, psychology, biochemistry, and human physiology, Breath turns the conventional wisdom of what we thought we knew about our most basic biological function on its head. You will never breathe the same again.

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  • “A transformative book that changes how you think about your body and mind.”

    - Joshua Foer, New York Times bestselling author
  • “Breath is an utterly fascinating journey into the ways we are wired. No matter who you are, you’ll want to read this.”

    - Po Bronson, New York Times bestselling author
  • “Reveals the importance of our breath and promises us a changed life if only we’ll take a moment to stop, slow down and breathe.”

    - BookPage (starred review)
  • "A welcome, invigorating user’s manual for the respiratory system.

    - Kirkus Reviews
  • An eye-opening, epic journey of human devolution that explains why so many of us are sick and tired. A must-read book that exposes what our health care system doesn’t see.

    - Dr. Steven Y. Park, Albert Einstein College of Medicine, author of Sleep, Interrupted 
  • Breath shows us just how extraordinary the act of breathing is and why so much depends on how we do it. An enthralling, surprising, and often funny adventure into our most overlooked and undervalued function.

    - Bonnie Tsui, author of Why We Swim and American Chinatown
  • “Although we all breathe, there is an art and science to breathing correctly . . . Full of fascinating information an compelling arguments, this eye-opening (or more aptly a mouth-closing and nostril-opening) work is highly recommended.

    - Library Journal


  • New York Times bestseller
  • A #1 bestseller
  • A BookPage Top Pick of the Month
  • An iBooks bestseller in Audiobooks
  • A New York Times Bestseller in Audio

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    " Wow! Just wow! This book was amazing and fascinating. The author, James Nestor, also does the narration, which I absolutely loved. His journey to find answers about the healthiest form of breathing filled me with interest, and I have worked to apply his suggestions in my life. I recommend this book often to friends. I will listen to it again, I am sure. Read it! You will be fascinated! "

    - CM, 11/23/2021

About the Author

James Nestor is the author of the New York Times bestseller and bestseller Breath: The New Science of a Lost Art. His book, Deep: Freediving, Renegade Science, and What the Ocean Tells Us about Ourselves, was a finalist for the PEN/American Center Best Sports Book of the Year and a BBC Radio 4 Book of the Week. He has written for Scientific American, Outside magazine, Men’s Journal, National Public Radio, the New York Times, and more, and he has appeared on dozens of national radio and television shows, including ABC’s Nightline, the CBS Morning News, and NPR. More at