This is the book that got everybody all excited a few years ago. The Harvard Business Review published a paper by K. Anders Ericsson "Making of an Expert". The biggest fans wrote their own books based on Ericsson's paper including; Geoff Covin's Talent Is Overrated: What Really Separates World-Class Performers from Everybody Else, Malcom Gadwell's Outliers: The Story of Success, Daniel Coyle's The Talent Code: Greatness Isn't Born. It's Grown. Here's How. and a few other books. These other books are more commercially consumable products rather than research results and clinical explanations of talent development.
The The Cambridge Handbook of Expertise and Expert Performance (Cambridge Handbooks in Psychology) is not light reading and one has to be prepared to put in the time, but make no mistake it is the quintessential book on Expertise and Expert Performance. I refer to this book fairly often in my own work and find it indispensable. Some of the subjects I continue to revisit in this book are:
Historical Accounts of Experts
Breaking Down the Structure of Expertise
Examining the Domains of Expertise
Arts, Sports and Motor Skills
Games and Memory
Mechanisms of Mediating Expertise
If you're a teacher, coach, trainer, mentor, parent or desire passionately to become an expert in any field this is an investment well worth making. I also recommend this book to anyone who is familiar with Dr. Carol Dweck's work on Mindset: The New Psychology of Success, or [ [ASIN:1841690244 Self-theories: Their Role in Motivation, Personality, and Development (Essays in Social Psychology)]] . The Cambridge Handbook dovetails nicely with her work.