The Sports Gene: Talent, Practice and The Truth About Success - David EpsteinLondon: Yellow Jersey Press, 2013, Hardback in Dust Wrapper.
Condition: Very Good+ — in Very Good+ Dust Wrapper.
From the cover: “In this groundbreaking and entertaining exploration of athletic success, award-winning writer David Epstein gets to the heart of the great nature vs. nurture debate, and explodes myths about why top athletes excel.
Along the way Epstein 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. He shows why some skills that we imagine are innate are not — like the bullet-fast reactions of a baseball player — and why other characteristics that we assume are entirely voluntary, like an athlete’s will to train, might in fact have important genetic components.
Through on-the-ground reports at locations ranging from below the equator to above the Arctic Circle, revealing conversations with leading scientists and Olympic champions, and interviews with athletes who have rare genetic mutations or physical traits, Epstein forces us to rethink the very nature of sport.”
Size: 8¾" x 5¾". Blue boards with Black titling to the Spine. [IXV] 338 pages.