I can t remember a book that has fascinated, educated and provoked me as much as "The Sports Gene." Epstein has changed forever the way we measure elite athletes and their achievements.
Clear, vivid, and thought-provoking writing that cuts through science anxiety for rank-and-file sports fans.
Bonnie Ford, Senior Writer, ESPN
Many researchers and writers are reluctant to tackle genetic issues because they fear the quicksand of racial and ethnic stereotyping. To his credit, Epstein does not flinch.
"The Washington Post"
Epstein s rigour in seeking answers and insights is as impressive as the air miles he must have accumulated . . . his book is dazzling and illuminating.
Few will put down this deliciously contrarian exploration of great athletic feats.
"Kirkus Reviews"(Starred Review)
The narrative follows Mr. Epstein s search for the roots of elite sport performance as he encounters characters and stories so engrossing that readers may not realize they re receiving an advanced course in genetics, physiology, and sports medicine.
Christie Aschwanden, "The New York Times"
An important book . . ."The Sports Gene"is bound to put the cat among the pigeons in the blank-slate crowd who think that we can all be equal as long as we equalize environmental inputs such as practice.
Michael Shermer, "The Wall Street Journal"
This is the book I ve been waiting for since the early 1960s. I can t imagine that anyone interested in sports particularly the fascinating question, How do the best athletes become the best? will be any less enthralled than I.
Amby Burfoot, (1968 Boston Marathon Champion), "Runner's World"
A must-read for athletes, parents, coaches, and anyone who wants toknow what it takes to be great.
George Dohrmann, author of"Play Their Hearts Out"