Top Dog

Top Dog : The Science of Winning and Losing

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Are you a carrot or a stick person? Do you Play to Win or Play Not to Lose? What is more motivating, catastrophe or success?

Would we all be carrying iPhones if Apple, not so long ago, hadn't been afraid Microsoft would destroy them? And was Microsoft too comfortable to ever invent such a game-changing device?

The drive to be the fittest has always been at the core of how we understand ourselves from Sun Tzu and Machiavelli to Adam Smith and Darwin, but what do we really know about it from our own everyday lives? Studying competitive arenas from the workplace, the stock market, sport to politics, the military and schools and using the latest findings in genetics, neuroscience and behavioural psychology, Po Bronson and Ashley Merryman unveil the astounding, often counter-intuitive truths about how we compete and the crucial ingredients that sometimes stand between winning and losing.

Why are men typically prepared to gamble on long or even stupid odds and women aren't?

Why do some less talented students consistently outperform their smarter class mates in crucial exams?

Why do higher levels of testosterone actually make you less selfish and more cooperative and cognitively astute?

Why do so many market-leading companies cede their top position because they become risk averse at the wrong times?

Why do sports teams where the pay differential between players is greatest win more?

The answer to all this and more is in New York Times no.1 bestselling author Po Bronson's new book Top Dog - The Science of Winning and Losing
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Product details

  • Paperback | 352 pages
  • 152 x 230 x 28mm | 459.99g
  • Ebury Publishing
  • Ebury Press
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • Trade Paperback.
  • 0091951550
  • 9780091951559
  • 607,959

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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 *
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About Ashley Merryman

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 number one 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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