Top Dog: The Science of Winning and Losing

Top Dog: The Science of Winning and Losing

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By (author) Po Bronson, By (author) Ashley Merryman

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  • Publisher: Ebury Press
  • Format: Paperback | 352 pages
  • Dimensions: 152mm x 230mm x 28mm | 460g
  • Publication date: 2 July 2013
  • Publication City/Country: London
  • ISBN 10: 0091951550
  • ISBN 13: 9780091951559
  • Edition statement: Trade Paperback.
  • Sales rank: 393,515

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For a decade, it's been a constant drumbeat, from our nation to corporations to employees to our youngest students: we must all be more competitive. But no one's really given us an understanding of how to compete. Finally-that's about to change. As President Dwight Eisenhower said, It's not the size of the dog in the fight; it's the size of the fight in the dog. And in Top Dog, Po Bronson and Ashley Merryman reveal the size of the fight in all of us. Top Dog exposes the hidden factors behind every sort of win and loss-from bringing home a Gold in Olympic swimming to bombing the SAT. Exploring the psychology of rankings, the neuroscience of mistakes, and the DNA of fearlessness, Top Dog's filled with cutting-edge science told through stories of pilot flight training, NASCAR brawls, political try-outs, ballroom dancing, CIA spies, Wall Street, and so much more. You'll discover the forces that compel each one of us to compete.

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Po Bronson and Ashley Merryman have won nine national awards for their reporting on the science of human development, including the PEN USA Award for Literary Journalism and the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) Award for Outstanding Journalism. Their work has been cited as scientific authority in nearly 30 peer-reviewed journals. Prior to collaborating, Bronson authored five books, including the #1 New York Times bestseller "What Should I Do With My Life?" Merryman's journalism has appeared in "The Washington Post," "Newsweek," and numerous other venues. Bronson lives in San Francisco, with his wife and two children. Merryman lives in Los Angeles.

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"Fascinating ... Bronson and Merryman, the award-winning authors of the 2011 bestseller NurtureShock, clearly and cogently explain why, physiologically, some of us are at our best when it counts while others choke." San Francisco Chronicle "Terrific" -- Daniel Coyle, author of Talent Code "Intriguing" Booklist "Illuminating and entertaining" Kirkus Review "Bronson and Merryman's investigation will have folks rethinking the impulse to win at work and play" Publisher's Weekly