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3.00201207243461 out of 53.00201207243461 out of 53.00201207243461 out of 53.00201207243461 out of 53.00201207243461 out of 5 3.00 (994 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Matthew Syed Narrator: James Clamp Publisher: HarperCollins Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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Why have all the sprinters who have run the 100 meters in under ten seconds been black?

What's one thing Mozart, Venus Williams, and Michelangelo have in common?

Is it good to praise a child's intelligence?

Why are baseball players so superstitious?

Few things in life are more satisfying than beating a rival. We love to win and hate to lose, whether it's on the playing field or at the ballot box, in the office or in the classroom. In this bold new look at human behavior, award-winning journalist and Olympian Matthew Syed explores the truth about our competitive nature—why we win, why we don't, and how we really play the game of life. Bounce reveals how competition—the most vivid, primal, and dramatic of human pursuits—provides vital insight into many of the most controversial issues of our time, from biology and economics, to psychology and culture, to genetics and race, to sports and politics.

Backed by cutting-edge scientific research and case studies, Syed shatters long-held myths about meritocracy, talent, performance, and the mind. He explains why some people thrive under pressure and others choke, and weighs the value of innate ability against that of practice, hard work, and will. From sex to math, from the motivation of children to the culture of big business, Bounce shows how competition provides a master key with which to unlock the mysteries of the world.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Sport is often used as an analogy for business, education, and personal relationships. In this insightful and entertaining book, Matthew Syed takes us a step deeper into the world of sports, showing us how much we can learn about our own behavior.”

    Dan Ariely, New York Times bestselling author of Predictably Irrational

  • “A cutting edge dissection—and ultimate destruction—of the myth of innate talent in the pursuit of excellence. Syed synthesizes his evidence with the precision of an academic, writes with the fluidity of a journalist, and persuades with the drive of a sportsman. Read this book.”

    Mark Thomas, professor of evolutionary genetics, University College, London

  • “Intellectually stimulating and hugely enjoyable at a stroke… Challenged some of my most cherished beliefs about life and success.”

    Jonathan Edwards, Olympic gold medal winner 

  • “Compelling and, at times, exhilarating—Bounce explains high achievement in sport, business, and beyond.”

    Michael Sherwood, chief executive, Goldman Sachs International

Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Adil | 1/18/2014

    " Absolutely brilliant read by one of the most intelligent and insightful writers on sport, and a former Olympic ping pong champion. Didn't want this one to end. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Joan | 1/15/2014

    " I loved the first section- especially the chapter on why it's important to praise hard work instead of smarts/talent, but it lost a lot of interest at the end. A great read for anyone involved in sports. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Brad | 1/2/2014

    " Well written and the first two thirds of the book are insightful, but the last third - while interesting - was slightly off topic. Lacked a conclusion, too. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Megan | 12/22/2013

    " Talent is overrated. This book helps define how people succeed in their respected fields. Why do you think the Williams' sisters are ranked among the best in tennis? They worked hard to get there with hours upon hours of practice. "

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