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Range: How Generalists Triumph in a Specialized World
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David Epstein
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Range: How Generalists Triumph in a Specialized World

David Epstein


9781509843503

Macmillan


Psychology;
Social, group or collective psychology;
Learning;
Advice on careers & achieving success;
Popular psychology;
Sports psychology


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352 pages

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David Epstein manages to make me thoroughly enjoy the experience of being told that everything I thought about something was wrong. I loved Range. Malcolm Gladwell, bestselling author of Outliers.

Range is the ground-breaking and exhilarating exploration into how to be successful in the 21st Century, from David Epstein the acclaimed author of The Sports Gene.

What if everything you have been taught about how to succeed in life was wrong?

From the '10,000 hours rule' to the power of Tiger parenting, we have been taught that success in any field requires early specialization and many hours of deliberate practice. And, worse, that if you dabble or delay, you'll never catch up with those who got a head start.

This is completely wrong.

In this landmark book, David Epstein shows that the way to excel is by sampling widely, gaining a breadth of experiences, taking detours, experimenting relentlessly, juggling many interests - in other words, by developing range.

Studying the world's most successful athletes, artists, musicians, inventors, and scientists Epstein discovered that in most fields - especially those that are complex and unpredictable - generalists, not specialists, are primed to excel. They are also more creative, more agile, and able to make connections their more specialized peers can't see. Range proves that by spreading your knowledge across multiple domains is the key to success rather than deepening their knowledge in a single area.

Provocative, rigorous, and engrossing, Range explains how to maintain the benefits of breadth, diverse experience and interdisciplinary thinking in a world that increasingly demands, hyper-specialization.

PRAISE FOR RANGE I want to give Range to any kid who is being forced to take violin lessons-but really wants to learn the drums; to any programmer who secretly dreams of becoming a psychologist; to everyone who wants humans to thrive in an age of robots. Range is full of surprises and hope, a 21st century survival guide. Amanda Ripley, author of The Smartest Kids in the World.

An assiduously researched and accessible argument for being a jack of all trades. O Magazine, Best Nonfiction Books Coming in 2019 Brilliant, timely, and utterly impossible to put down. If you care about improving skill, innovation, and performance, you need to read this book. Daniel Coyle, author of The Culture Code and The Talent Code A fresh, brisk look at creativity, learning, and the meaning of achievement. Kirkus Reviews It's a joy to spend hours in the company of a writer as gifted as David Epstein. And the joy is all the greater when that writer shares so much crucial and revelatory information about performance, success, and education. Susan Cain, author of Quiet

By:   David Epstein
Imprint:   Macmillan
Country of Publication:   United Kingdom
Dimensions:   Height: 234mm,  Width: 154mm,  Spine: 29mm
Weight:   464g
ISBN:   9781509843503
ISBN 10:   1509843507
Pages:   352
Publication Date:   May 2019
Recommended Age:   From 18 years
Audience:   General/trade ,  ELT Advanced
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active

Introduction - i: Roger vs. Tiger Chapter - 1: The Cult of the Head Start Chapter - 2: How the Wicked World Was Made Chapter - 3: When Less of the Same Is More Chapter - 4: Learning, Fast and Slow Chapter - 5: Thinking Outside Experience Chapter - 6: Finding Your Match Chapter - 7: Flirting with Your Possible Selves Chapter - 8: The Outsider Advantage Chapter - 9: Lateral Thinking with Withered Technology Chapter - 10: Fooled by Experience Chapter - 11: Learning to Drop Your Familiar Tools Chapter - 12: Deliberate Amateurs Section - ii: Conclusion: Expanding Your Range Acknowledgements - iii: Acknowledgements Section - iv: Notes Index - v: Index

David Epstein is the author of the New York Times bestseller The Sports Gene. He has master's degrees in environmental science and journalism and has worked as an investigative reporter for ProPublica and a senior writer for Sports Illustrated. He lives in Washington, D.C.


One of the most thought-provoking and enlightening books I've read -- Maria Konnikova, poker player and author of <i>The Confidence Game</i> Range elevates Epstein to one of the very best science writers at work today. The scope of the book-and the implications-are breathtaking -- Sebastian Junger, filmmaker and author of <i>The Perfect Storm</i> A captivating read that will leave you questioning the next steps in your career-and the way you raise your children -- Adam Grant, author of <i>Originals</i> and co-author of <i>Option B</i> An urgent and important book, an essential read for bosses, parents, coaches, and anyone who cares about improving performance -- Daniel H. Pink, bestselling author of <i>Drive </i>and <i>To Sell is Human</i> David Epstein manages to make me thoroughly enjoy the experience of being told that everything I thought about something was wrong. I loved Range * Malcolm Gladwell, bestselling author of Outliers *

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