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

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Yellow Jersey Press, 2014 - Science - 338 pages

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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User Review  - JeffV - LibraryThing

What makes a professional athlete? Does practice really make perfect -- can anyone do it? David Epstein sets out to answer this question, and the result is, well, maybe. Epstein looks at a variety of ... Read full review

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User Review  - caimanjosh - LibraryThing

Outstanding book. Chock-full of fascinating, cutting-edge research on the great nature vs. nurture debate. Even if you're not really into sports, there's information here that relates to vision ... Read full review

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About the author (2014)

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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