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  • Hardcover: 234 pages
  • Publisher: New Harvest; 1 edition (4 Mar 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1477800832
  • ISBN-13: 978-1477800836
  • Product Dimensions: 2.5 x 16.5 x 24.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 341,977 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Steven Kotler is a New York Times bestselling author, an award-winning journalist and the director of research fro the Flow Genome Project. His books include the non-fiction works: The Rise of Superman, Abundance, A Small, Furry Prayer, West of Jesus, and the novel, The Angle Quickest For Flight. His articles have appeared in over 70 publications, including the New York Times Magazine, Atlantic Monthly, Wired and Forbes. He also writes "Far Frontiers," a blog about innovation and entrepreneurship for Forbes.com, and "The Playing Field," a blog about the science of sport and culture for PsychologyToday.com. He lives in New Mexico, with his wife and too many dogs.

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**Wall Street Journal Bestseller

**New York Times Bestseller

“A thrill ride of a book, empowering in its implications of what any individual can achieve.”- Kirkus Reviews

“A fascinating primer on how athletes of extreme sports use flow to accomplish what seem like impossible goals, such as skiing down cliffs or surfing 100-foot waves. But a close reading of the book also provides great insights into how everyday athletes can use flow in their workouts and the rest of their lives.” - Financial Times

“Kotler takes on the latest research on flow through the lens of action and adventure athletics…. [writing] primarily about flow in high-stakes sports like surfing — where focus and concentration can be the difference between a tubular ride and a watery death — but the concept could also have big implications for the business world.” - Fortune

“In this high-octane study, Steven Kotler explores ‘flow’, a neurochemically rich state in which cognitive and physiological processes mesh. The stupendous physical feats of the late ski-base jumper Shane McConkey and others are riveting. Equally surprising is what we know of flow science, such as how the brain’s superior frontal gyrus deactivates to speed decision-making- Nature

“The Rise of Superman is full of scientific explanations about why flow helps athletes perform at their peak, why this is on the upswing in recent decades, and how almost anybody can better tap their ultimate potential.”- Surfer Magazine

“Kotler focuses on extreme sports for good reason. These athletes face a constant choice, “flow or die,” and his book contains some compelling characters…Flow is rooted in the brain, and Kotler does a good job of explaining that science.”- The Washington Post

“In Kotler’s riveting and beautifully written book, he explains the neuroscience behind the mystery of the flow state, and provides the key to unlock innovation, creativity and ultimate achievement for leaders, entrepreneurs and anyone interested in the big and bold.” - Peter Diamandis, New York Times bestselling author, founder of the X Prize, co-founder of Singularity University.

The Rise of Superman is an electrifying book about a potent state of mind. If you aren’t inspired to brainhack your way up to the next level, start again at page one.”- David Eagleman, Neuroscientist, New York Times bestselling author of Incognito.

The Rise of Superman is a page-turning, game-changing account of the secrets of ultimate human performance—a must read for anyone interested in seriously raising the level of their game.- Ray Kurzweil , Director of Engineering at Google, author of How to Create a Mind and The Singularity is Near

”In THE RISE OF SUPERMAN, Steven Kotler breaks down the elusive and ecstatic ‘flow state’ that so many high performance athletes, musicians, and artists refer to as indispensable to their creativity and virtuosity – and in doing so, offers us a map to achieve massive upgrades in our capacities and potential.”- Jason Silva, futurist, host of National Geographic’s Brain Games

THE RISE OF SUPERMAN is a tour de force. Rare the book that is learned, clever, fascinating, and useful. This book is all four. Inspiring, impeccably researched, and supremely practical, Kotler’s book is a must-read for everyone who wants in on the secrets on how to surpass their personal best. - Ned Hallowell, New York Times best-selling author and Harvard Medical School psychiatrist

From the Back Cover

In this groundbreaking book, New York Times bestselling author Steven Kotler decodes the mystery of ultimate human performance. Drawing on over a decade of research and first-hand reporting with dozens of top action and adventure sports athletes like big wave legend Laird Hamilton, big mountain snowboarder Jeremy Jones, and skateboarding pioneer Danny Way, Kotler explores the frontier science of 'flow', an optimal state of consciousness in which we perform and feel our best. Building a bridge between the extreme and the mainstream, The Rise of Superman explains how these athletes are using flow to do the impossible, and how we can use this information to radically accelerate performance in our own lives. At its core, this is a book about profound possibility; about what our species is capable of; about where - if anywhere - our limits lie.

--This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Late-Night Reader on 30 May 2014
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First if you are a passionate extreme sports enthusiast, this is THE book for you and it is a 5-star recommended read.

I heard Kotler on the Asprey podcast and have for many years been interested in our ability to achieve focussed and creative brain states (alpha and theta) or "Flow" as it is called in this book. I was hoping to be updated on the latest science behind this huge driver of human performance in every field. There were small snippets of science here and there, but not much of substance. The book is primariliy a series of profiles of US action sports heros across all sorts of sports - surfing, skateboarding, canoeing, rock climbing etc. Some of these were quite interesting to me as a non-participant. I found the story of the guys who jumped off Chicago skyscrapers with just flying suits gripping and had to Youtube them to watch videos. But the endless procession of such stories eventually got boring for me.

So a perfect read for a specifc audience, but for me it needed more science and a lot more read through to daily life to keep me engaged.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Jamie McLaughlin on 11 Oct 2014
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Very frustrating read.

The writer makes some great points about the peaks of human performance and how being 'in the zone' is the future of human performance, yet fails to provide any sort of guidance on how to achieve such a state apart from "try and almost kill yourself".

It would be great if he'd actually decoded it as the title suggests. Now I'm off to try and finish some reports quicker by ski-jumping off a skyscraper into a volcano wearing no protective equipment.
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Absolutely fascinating book!

Tremendous insights; great studies covered, but best of all - the "story" way of each element being told really delivers and enhances the messages within the book.

It's incredible how much is being uncovered these days when it comes to the mind, our encoding, our physiology, and just what is capable.

Very inspiring!
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The stories of what extreme sports stars have achieved and the potential frontiers that flow can take us to is really inspiring. I am also looking forward to tap into the steps to achieve flow and see if I can learn faster and achieve more personally.
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Much more than it says on the cover: It's the science behind the why creativity matters, the meaning of life, and the way humans develop & how to do it more and faster, and critically, it's about the only effective way we're going to change the world...
It just happens to be wrapped up as a book about Flow in extreme sports, because it's the most accessible way to bring across his story.
Every human should read it. Now.
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