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The Sports Gene: Inside the Science of Extraordinary Athletic Performance Hardcover – 1 Aug 2013

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  • Hardcover: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Current (1 Aug. 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1591845114
  • ISBN-13: 978-1591845119
  • Product Dimensions: 16.3 x 2.8 x 23.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars 47 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 413,256 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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""There has been nothing like this: a strong yet accessible review of the science and genetics of sports wrapped in personal stories. It will cause readers of all stripes to question their assumptions about just what it takes to become an elite athlete." "
"--STEPHEN M. ROTH, exercise physiologist and director of the Functional Genomics Lab, University of Maryland"
""Truly a groundbreaking work, contemporary sports journalism at its best. After reading Epstein's superb book--by turns a travelogue, highly readable primer on sports science, and string of ""who knew? ""anecdotes--you will never watch sports the same way again." "
"--L. JON WERTHEIM, coauthor of "Scorecasting
""In "The Sports Gene "David Epstein blows up the notion that 10,000 hours is all that is required for dominance in a sport and reveals the true complexity behind excellence." "
"--DARYL MOREY, Houston Rockets general manager; cofounder of the MIT Sloan Sports Analytics Conference"
""Step by surprising step, David Epstein takes our hand, grips our mind, and leads us deeper and deeper into the fascinating jungle of sports and genetics . . . until we finally begin to ""see ""the miracle we've been watching in our stadiums and on our TV screens all our lives." "
"--GARY SMITH, "Sports Illustrated "writer" "and four-time National Magazine Award winner"
""David Epstein offers the definitive account of what does and does not make an athlete elite. By myth-busting conventional thinking and offering new insights, Epstein has created a must-read for athletes, parents, coaches, and anyone who wants to know what it takes to be great." --GEORGE DOHRMANN, Pulitzer Prize winner and author of "Play Their Hearts Out
""Few will put down this deliciously contrarian exploration of great athletic feats." - Kirkus"
"""The Sports Gene," written for top athletes and just plain weekend duffers (one of whom tests the bounds of all things human to try to become a pro go

""In "The Sports Gene "David Epstein blows up the notion that 10,000 hours is all that is required for dominance in a sport and reveals the true complexity behind excellence." "
"--DARYL MOREY, Houston Rockets general manager; cofounder of the MIT Sloan Sports Analytics Conference"
""There has been nothing like this: a strong yet accessible review of the science and genetics of sports wrapped in personal stories. It will cause readers of all stripes to question their assumptions about just what it takes to become an elite athlete." "
"--STEPHEN M. ROTH, exercise physiologist and director of the Functional Genomics Lab, University of Maryland"
""Truly a groundbreaking work, contemporary sports journalism at its best. After reading Epstein's superb book--by turns a travelogue, highly readable primer on sports science, and string of ""who knew? ""anecdotes--you will never watch sports the same way again." "
"--L. JON WERTHEIM, coauthor of "Scorecasting
""Step by surprising step, David Epstein takes our hand, grips our mind, and leads us deeper and deeper into the fascinating jungle of sports and genetics . . . until we finally begin to ""see ""the miracle we've been watching in our stadiums and on our TV screens all our lives." "
"--GARY SMITH, "Sports Illustrated "writer" "and four-time National Magazine Award winner"
""David Epstein offers the definitive account of what does and does not make an athlete elite. By myth-busting conventional thinking and offering new insights, Epstein has created a must-read for athletes, parents, coaches, and anyone who wants to know what it takes to be great." --GEORGE DOHRMANN, Pulitzer Prize winner and author of "Play Their Hearts Out
""Few will put down this deliciously contrarian exploration of great athletic feats." - Kirkus"
"""The Sports Gene," written for top athletes and just plain weekend duffers (one of whom tests the bounds of all things human to try to become a pro gol

""If you have any interest in being at the forefront of change in the sports industry you have to read this book. "The Sports Gene" goes far beyond cliche and digs into the science that every professional sports team will have to incorporate into their thinking. It is a must read.""
-- MARK CUBAN, owner, Dallas Mavericks; chairman, AXS TV; author of "How to Win at The Sport of Business

""In "The Sports Gene "David Epstein blows up the notion that 10,000 hours is all that is required for dominance in a sport and reveals the true complexity behind excellence." "
"--DARYL MOREY, Houston Rockets general manager; cofounder of the MIT Sloan Sports Analytics Conference"
""There has been nothing like this: a strong yet accessible review of the science and genetics of sports wrapped in personal stories. It will cause readers of all stripes to question their assumptions about just what it takes to become an elite athlete." "
"--STEPHEN M. ROTH, exercise physiologist and director of the Functional Genomics Lab, University of Maryland"
""Truly a groundbreaking work, contemporary sports journalism at its best. After reading Epstein's superb book--by turns a travelogue, highly readable primer on sports science, and string of ""who knew? ""anecdotes--you will never watch sports the same way again." "
"--L. JON WERTHEIM, coauthor of "Scorecasting
""Step by surprising step, David Epstein takes our hand, grips our mind, and leads us deeper and deeper into the fascinating jungle of sports and genetics . . . until we finally begin to ""see ""the miracle we've been watching in our stadiums and on our TV screens all our lives." "
"--GARY SMITH, "Sports Illustrated "writer" "and four-time National Magazine Award winner"
""David Epstein offers the definitive account of what does and does not make an athlete elite. By myth-busting conventional thinking and offering new insights, Epstein has created a must-read for athletes, parents,

I can t remember a book that has fascinated, educated and provoked me as much as The Sports Gene. Epstein has changed forever the way we measure elite athletes and their achievements.
Malcom Gladwell
Clear, vivid, and thought-provoking writing that cuts through science anxiety for rank-and-file sports fans.
Bonnie Ford, Senior Writer, ESPN
Many researchers and writers are reluctant to tackle genetic issues because they fear the quicksand of racial and ethnic stereotyping. To his credit, Epstein does not flinch.
The Washington Post
Epstein s rigour in seeking answers and insights is as impressive as the air miles he must have accumulated . . . his book is dazzling and illuminating.
The Guardian
Few will put down this deliciously contrarian exploration of great athletic feats.
Kirkus Reviews(Starred Review)
The narrative follows Mr. Epstein s search for the roots of elite sport performance as he encounters characters and stories so engrossing that readers may not realize they re receiving an advanced course in genetics, physiology, and sports medicine.
Christie Aschwanden, The New York Times
An important book . . .The Sports Geneis bound to put the cat among the pigeons in the blank-slate crowd who think that we can all be equal as long as we equalize environmental inputs such as practice.
Michael Shermer, The Wall Street Journal
This is the book I ve been waiting for since the early 1960s. I can t imagine that anyone interested in sports particularly the fascinating question, How do the best athletes become the best? will be any less enthralled than I.
Amby Burfoot, (1968 Boston Marathon Champion), Runner's World
A must-read for athletes, parents, coaches, and anyone who wants toknow what it takes to be great.
George Dohrmann, author ofPlay Their Hearts Out
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"I can't remember a book that has fascinated, educated--and provoked--me as much as The Sports Gene. Epstein has changed forever the way we measure elite athletes and their achievements."
--Malcom Gladwell

"Clear, vivid, and thought-provoking writing that cuts through science anxiety for rank-and-file sports fans."
--Bonnie Ford, Senior Writer, ESPN

"Many researchers and writers are reluctant to tackle genetic issues because they fear the quicksand of racial and ethnic stereotyping. To his credit, Epstein does not flinch."
--The Washington Post

"Epstein's rigour in seeking answers and insights is as impressive as the air miles he must have accumulated . . . his book is dazzling and illuminating."
--The Guardian

"Few will put down this deliciously contrarian exploration of great athletic feats."
--Kirkus Reviews (Starred Review)

"The narrative follows Mr. Epstein's search for the roots of elite sport performance as he encounters characters and stories so engrossing that readers may not realize they're receiving an advanced course in genetics, physiology, and sports medicine."
--Christie Aschwanden, The New York Times

"An important book . . . The Sports Gene is bound to put the cat among the pigeons in the blank-slate crowd who think that we can all be equal as long as we equalize environmental inputs such as practice."
--Michael Shermer, The Wall Street Journal

"This is the book I've been waiting for since the early 1960s. I can't imagine that anyone interested in sports--particularly the fascinating question, 'How do the best athletes become the best?'--will be any less enthralled than I."
--Amby Burfoot, (1968 Boston Marathon Champion), Runner's World

"A must-read for athletes, parents, coaches, and anyone who wants to know what it takes to be great."
--George Dohrmann, author of Play Their Hearts Out

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An entertaining and thought-provoking examination of the truth behind talent and success. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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