The Sports Gene: Talent, Practice and the Truth About Success

The Sports Gene: Talent, Practice and the Truth About Success

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By (author) David Epstein

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  • Publisher: YELLOW JERSEY PRESS
  • Format: Paperback | 352 pages
  • Dimensions: 129mm x 198mm x 22mm | 248g
  • Publication date: 2 January 2014
  • Publication City/Country: London
  • ISBN 10: 022409162X
  • ISBN 13: 9780224091626
  • Sales rank: 15,381

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In this ground-breaking and entertaining exploration of athletic success, award-winning writer David Epstein gets to the heart of the great nature vs. nurture debate, and explodes myths about how and why humans excel. Along the way, Epstein exposes the flaws in the so-called 10,000-hour rule that states that rigorous practice from a young age is the only route to success. He shows why some skills that we imagine are innate are not - like the bullet-fast reactions of a baseball player - and why other characteristics that we assume are entirely voluntary, like the motivation to practice, might in fact have important genetic components. Throughout, The Sports Gene forces us to rethink the very nature of success.

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David Epstein is an award-winning senior writer for Sports Illustrated, where he covers sports science, medicine, and Olympic sports. His investigative pieces are among Sports Illustrated's most high-profile stories. An avid runner himself, he earned All-East honours on Columbia University's varsity track squad. This is his first book.

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"A wonderful book. Thoughtful... fascinating." -- Malcolm Gladwell, author of Outliers "Provides a powerful and convincing analysis of how genes influence all our lives, especially the careers of elite sportsmen" The Times "A fascinating, thought-provoking look at the leading edge of sports performance, written by a guy who knows the territory. David, besides being a senior writer for Sports Illustrated, was a collegiate runner for Columbia University. More to the point, he's a terrific researcher and a fine, thoughtful writer" -- Dan Coyle, author of The Talent Code "Full credit to David Epstein, a Sports Illustrated journalist with a serious and deep knowledge of genetics and sports science, for his terrific and unblinking new book, The Sports Gene, a timely corrective to the talent-denial industry" -- Ed Smith New Statesman "Endlessly fascinating" -- John Harding Daily Mail