The Men on Magic Carpets: Searching for the Superhuman Sports Star
'An absolute gem. Funny, incredible and brilliantlyreported, in Ed Hawkins the sports world has its own JonRonson.' - Will StorrThe bizarre true story about the cosmic side ofsportsEver wondered if the mind tricks used by Luke Skywalker or hisStar Wars brethren were real? Ed Hawkins did. AJedi-wannabe and sports nut, he pondered: what if a coach orathlete had tried to harness such mysterious powers? They would beunstoppable.This set Ed off on an extraordinary adventure across the WestCoast of America in search of a superhuman sports star. Hediscovers cosmic thinkers who, back in their 1960s heyday, believedthat through the power of thought alone a superhuman could becreated. One that could see into the future, slow down time andcontrol minds. So successful were their tactics that they attractedthe attention of the US government. Meanwhile in Russia theirSoviet counterparts were employing equally bewildering brain power.Their goal? To win the Cold War.And so from the 1970s and into the Eighties the undergroundfree-thinking movement became a fully-funded state secret in an'inner space race' between the US and the Soviet Union. Both sidesattempting to create the perfect human killing machine. It worked.Sort of. Instead of building a super soldier, the mystics from bothsides came together to preach peace and love to their politicalpaymasters.After the thaw, the search for the superhuman sports star beganagain and continues to this day. In The Men on MagicCarpets Ed goes deep into a secret network of supernaturalsages and is told about a mysterious American football coach whomade it to the top by teaching his players The Force. But can he befound? Will he admit to what he truly believes? And how does ourintrepid author cope with his own brush with the Dark Side as theshadowy military once again attempt to use the mystical powers forill?