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  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: The Free Press; Reprint edition (18 July 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0743277465
  • ISBN-13: 978-0743277464
  • Product Dimensions: 14 x 1.8 x 21.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (31 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 16,729 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"We all remember the portrayal of Josh Waitzkin in "Searching for Bobby Fischer." He was a very impressive child who continues to impress with "The Art of Learning." Through a unique set of experiences, Waitzkin has formed an original and outstanding perspective. From chess to Tai Chi, he provides tools that allow all of us to improve ourselves every day." -- Cal Ripken, Jr., 2007 Baseball Hall of Fame Inductee

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Josh Waitzkin, an 8-time National Chess Champion in his youth, was the subject of the book and movie, Searching for Bobby Fischer. At 18, he published his first book, Josh Waitzkin's Attacking Chess. Since the age of 20, he has developed and been spokesperson for Chessmaster, the largest computer chess program in the world, currently in its 10th edition. Now a martial arts champion, he holds a combined 21 National Championship

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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful By M. D. Beaney on 20 Jun. 2008
Format: Paperback
I should start off by saying that I quite liked this book, but that it's probably not one I'd return to again and again.

Firstly, the good: the book is very well written; Waitzkin comes across as a likable character, and quite humble for someone who has so obviously been a high achiever in his chosen field. He does offer some good insights, in terms of being aware of the individual's underlying nature when learning and not trying to force onself down a path that contradicts that. Plus, the stories used to illustrate his points are largely engaging.

Where I think the book was disappointing, for me at least, was that a great deal of the observations about what makes a top performer (learning from mistakes, concentrating on gaining a deep understanding etc.) are, if not self-evident, then at least variations on things that have been written about elsewhere.

nevertheless, definitely worth a look.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Ekowi on 21 Mar. 2010
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This my first review ever on Amazon after probably almost a decade as a customer and dozens of books. I saw this recommended to be read by beginners to financial trading. I couldnt see the connection but it appeared to be an interesting book and I had a 16 hour return flight coming up.

I'm not going to wax lyrical about the content because other reviews have done that already. Suffice to say that if there is a discipline, job, or art that you are really keen to excel in and are truly drawn to - you will begin to see a clear road to achieving your goal and start to be much more aware of your innate powerful abilities. And be wonderfully entertained while your subconscious is being reprogrammed!

I plan to re-read it several times.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Rolf Dobelli TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 1 Sept. 2009
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Author Josh Waitzkin has mastered two complex, esoteric disciplines: chess and tai chi, a martial art. He won national chess titles as a youth, and national and world championships in "push hands," or partner tai chi. In this book he presents his theories about learning and high level performance, using as a case study his own rise to excellence in highly competitive sports. Even without the theoretical speculation his story is engaging - but his theories make the book useful to anyone trying to learn a new skill. getAbstract recommends it to those who wish to raise their level of performance, find out about mind-body connections or enjoy a good story.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Jet Lagged TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 2 July 2014
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An excellent book on the subject of excellence and peak performance, viewed through the prism of Waitzkin's own experiences and achievements.

Josh Waitzkin achieved fame when his father's book "Searching for Bobby Fischer" was made into a film.

In addition to his chess achievements, Josh went on to become a highly proficient martial arts expert. This is a guy who has walked his talk - par excellence. What can I say except "RESPECT!"

This book here under review also features his interesting take on the chess training methods of Mark Dvoretsky. It is the first time in print I have seen these methods intelligently questioned. ( Dvoretsky was at one stage a guest of the Waitzkins in New York).
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Joshua Waitzkin was national chess champion in the U.S. 8 times, inspiring the movie "Searching for Bobby Fischer," and more recently has earned two world champion titles in Pushing Hands, the martial arts version of Tai Chi. It's fair to say that he knows something about learning.

Waitzkin introduces a few vague lists of principles, but in essence argues the key to excellence is the gradual mastery of fundamental principles, over time interlinked into complexity and integrated into our subconscious. The key to such learning is to take the small things you learn and `chunk' them into larger ideas in your memory, ensuring efficient storage and retrieval. As a result, an expert martial artist and a beginner actually perceive different things. A complicated strike may be made up of six parts, but an expert perceives it as one moderately fast attack. The beginner, on the other hand, sees six different moves, all blindingly fast. Mastery of the fundamentals can actually change not just how you perform an event but also how you perceive an event.

Once you've achieved this chunking of basic concepts into complicated ones, he argues, you start achieving the deeper mastery critical for progress, and the correct decision can even seem intuitive. Studies of chess grandmasters, for example, have shown they do not see many moves farther ahead than weaker players. Instead, they have an intuition on which moves may be best, and so though they study the same number of possible moves, they study better quality ones.

Given Waitzkin's success, the book is certainly inspirational, and mixed in with the story of his life are a few seeds of wisdom. The book won't rock your world, or at least it didn't rock mine, but it is an easy read and at times insightful.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Wizzle on 16 July 2013
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Others have criticised this book as being more of a biography than a book which tells you how to learn. Although the book is presented in the narrative of the authors life, I think anyone who has attempted to learn a particular game or skill can very much relate to what the author is saying, its very easy to draw parallels between what is described in the book and your attempts to get good at something.
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