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    DescriptionWhy have all the sprinters who have run the 100 meters in under ten seconds been black?What's one thing Mozart, Venus Williams, and Michelangelo have in common?Is it good to praise a child's intelligence?Why are baseball players so superstitious? Few things in life are more satisfying than beating a rival. We love to win and hate to lose, whether it's on the playing field or at the ballot box, in the office or in the classroom. In this bold new look at human behavior, award-winning journalist and Olympian Matthew Syed explores the truth about our competitive nature--why we win, why we don't, and how we really play the game of life. Bounce reveals how competition--the most vivid, primal, and dramatic of human pursuits--provides vital insight into many of the most controversial issues of our time, from biology and economics, to psychology and culture, to genetics and race, to sports and politics. Backed by cutting-edge scientific research and case studies, Syed shatters long-held myths about meritocracy, talent, performance, and the mind. He explains why some people thrive under pressure and others choke, and weighs the value of innate ability against that of practice, hard work, and will. From sex to math, from the motivation of children to the culture of big business, Bounce shows how competition provides a master key with which to unlock the mysteries of the world.

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    Mozart, Federer, Picasso, Beckham, and the Science of Success
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Matthew Syed
    Physical properties
    Format: Paperback
    Number of pages: 399
    Width: 167 mm
    Height: 227 mm
    Thickness: 25 mm
    Weight: 435 g
    ISBN 13: 9780061946240
    ISBN 10: 0061946249

    B&T Book Type: NF
    DC21: 650.1
    B&T Modifier: Region of Publication: 01
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    B&T Modifier: Academic Level: 05
    B&T Modifier: Subject Development: 10
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    B&T General Subject: 180
    BISAC V2.8: SOC022000, SPO000000
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    DC22: 650.1
    Libri: I-HE
    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 27800
    B&T Merchandise Category: LP
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    B&T Approval Code: A31225000, A45143200
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    BISAC V2.8: BUS021000, BUS000000, SPO068000
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    LC classification: BF637.S8 S867 2010B
    1, Large type / large print
    Edition statement
    large type edition
    Illustrations note
    black & white illustrations
    Imprint name
    Publication date
    04 May 2010
    Publication City/Country
    New York, NY
    Review quote
    "A cutting edge dissection--and ultimate destruction--of the myth of innate talent in the pursuit of excellence. Syed synthesizes his evidence with the precision of an academic, writes with the fluidity of a journalist, and persuades with the drive of a sportsman. Read this book."--Mark Thomas, Professor of Evolutionary Genetics, University College London