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Dan Buettner has crossed the globe, from Costa Rica to Italy to Japan and beyond, talking to people who live longest. In the societies he visits, it's no coincidence that the way people interact with each other, shed stress, nourish their bodies, and view their world yields more good years of life.


You'll meet a 94-year-old farmer and self-confessed "ladies man" in Costa Rica, an 102-year-old grandmother in Okinawa, a 102-year-old Sardinian who hikes at least six miles a day, and others. By observing their lifestyles, Buettner's teams have identified critical everyday choices that correspond with the cutting edge of longevity research—and distilled them into a few simple but powerful habits that anyone can embrace.


  • Softcover
  • 304 pages, 20 black-and-white illustrations
  • 6" x 9"
  • © 2009

Dan Buettner is a writer and the founder of Quest Network, Inc. His 2005 cover story for National Geographic magazine, "Secrets of Living Longer," was a finalist for the National Magazine Award.


He has appeared on CNN, David Letterman, Good Morning America, Primetime Live, and the Today Show to discuss his Blue Zone research and has delivered more than 500 keynote speeches over the last 10 years.


"The Blue Zones is one of the most important and engaging stories you will ever read! With Dan Buettner as your intrepid narrator, you will visit locations where people are living the longest, healthiest lives anywhere on the planet. More importantly, you will learn how to immediately incorporate those lessons from faraway places into your very own life. When I hosted the documentary Chasing Life, Dan Buettner was the man we looked to for advice. Now, you have all of it at your fingertips. Inside: the secret to a long life."—Sanjay Gupta, M.D.


"Eat less. Make family a priority. Banish stress. I figured it should be no problem to follow most of the common-sense tips that Dan Buettner outlines in The Blue Zones"New York Times


"A must-read if you want to stay young! Buettner teaches us the secrets of the world's longest-lived cultures and how they can turn back your biological clock."—Mehmet C. Oz, M.D.


"This book gives you practical tips for living long and well—the essential components of lifestyles in those areas of the world where healthy aging is the rule. I recommend it."—Andrew Weil, M.D.


"Dan Buettner takes us on a journey to explore the secrets of longevity and in so doing introduces us to a world of joy in aging...at 91, this is very good news!"—Walter Cronkite.


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