The Sports Gene Talent Practice and the Truth About Success

Author(s): David Epstein


Offers an exploration of athletic success, and explodes myths about how and why humans excel. This book 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.


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An entertaining and thought-provoking examination of the truth behind talent and success.

Shortlisted for William Hill Sports Book of the Year 2013.

"A wonderful book. Thoughtful... fascinating." -- Malcolm Gladwell, author of Outliers "Dazzling and illuminating" Guardian "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 "Captivating...fascinating...His answer to the questions "Nature or nurture?" is both. If that sounds like a hedge, it isn't: instead, it's a testament to the author's close attention to nuance." New York Times "An important book on the relative roles of genes and environment-nature and nurture-in the building of a professional athlete ... bound to put the cat among the pigeons" Wall Street Journal

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.

General Fields

  • : 9780224091626
  • : Penguin Random House
  • : Jonathan Cape
  • : 0.245
  • : January 2014
  • : 198mm X 129mm
  • : United Kingdom
  • : March 2014
  • : books

Special Fields

  • : David Epstein
  • : Paperback
  • : 1
  • : English
  • : 611.0181663
  • : 352