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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (99 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Ashley Merryman, Po Bronson Narrator: Po Bronson Publisher: Hachette Book Group Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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Some people just seem to have a knack for success. Great athletes, successful politicians, Fortune 500 CEO's and other prominent individuals may not seem to have much in common, but they all share a remarkable capacity for identifying and achieving their goals. In the audiobook Top Dog: The Science of Winning and Losing, Po Bronson and Ashley Merriman take an original look at the minute differences between a successful and unsuccessful performance, and reveal the hidden facts behind the nature of competition.

Combining knowledge from fields ranging from athletics to finance, Bronson and Merryman examine the factors separating the triumphant from the disappointed using cutting edge scientific methods. By elucidating the complex factors behind competition, they allow the reader to discover his or her own competitive nature and use this to gain an edge in whatever field they themselves are involved in.

Bronson and Merryman's research delves into historical events and scientific analysis in order to comprehend the many factors of a successful competitor of any kind. Research of home field advantage and its pertinence to business and diplomacy as well as sports, examination of why younger siblings tend to be more competitive, and even the correlation between a CEO's hands and business plan are woven together in a riveting narrative that concludes with the reader gaining a significant competitive advantage.

An experienced and widely read business author, Po Bronson has published many books on what it takes to be successful in the world of business, or anywhere. He has published six books, two co-written with Ashley Merriman, and his book What Should I do with My Life was a New York Times #1 best seller. His articles in New York magazine, co-written with Ashley Merriman, have received the journalism award from the American Association for the Advancement of Science, along with Mensa and Clarion awards. Ashley Merriman served as a researcher for the Clinton Administration, and worked as a speechwriter for former Vice President Al Gore. She has published several articles on the science of parenting, and has written a play called Metanoia.

It’s a dog-eat-dog world. Don’t be on the menu.

What are the differences between a winning and losing performance? Why are we able to rise to the challenge one day, but wilt from it the next? Can we in fact become better competitors? In Top Dog, Po Bronson and Ashley Merryman use cutting-edge science to tease out the hidden factors at the core of every great triumph—and every tragic failure. By enabling you to identify your own competitive style, Top Dog will help you tip the odds of success in your favor.

Integrating wisdom from politics, finance, genetics, neuroscience, psychology, military training, sports, economics, education, and more, Top Dog offers counterintuitive, game-changing insights into the nature of competition, such as: 

– Why the home field advantage in sports is just as relevant in diplomacy and deal-making
– That women are better at judging risk, while men are better at ignoring it—and how this plays out on K Street and Wall Street
– Why younger siblings are more competitive than first-borns, and how early-childhood influences shape competitive styles forever
– That the shape of entrepreneurs’ hands can be just as revealing as their business plans 
– How a single biochemical can predict a winner before an event has even begun  
– Why discord can be better than harmony, and why stars on a team do deserve special treatment.  

As President Dwight Eisenhower said, “What counts is not necessarily the size of the dog in the fight—it’s the size of the fight in the dog.” In Top Dog, Po Bronson and Ashley Merryman reveal the size of the fight in all of us.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Accessible for fans of pop science, yet substantial enough to have practical applications, Bronson and Merryman’s investigation will have folks rethinking the impulse to win at work and play.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “Illuminating and entertaining, with some surprising insights from current research in neuroscience and endocrinology.” 

    Kirkus Reviews

  • A Barnes & Noble Best Book of February2013

Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Tori | 1/16/2014

    " I don't have a lot to say about this one. It was an interesting and quick read in the same vein as, but not on the same level as, Freakonomics, Outliers, NurtureShock, etc. Informative and interesting but not in a paradigm-shifting kind of way. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Ann Rothschild | 1/8/2014

    " I liked this book and recommend it for elementary and secondary educators and parents of young children. It's not hard science, although the studies are interesting. It clarifies competitive behavior and 'cut-throat' behavior. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Phil | 9/23/2013

    " was hoping for more information that would HELP me win.....but it pretty much told me why I suck hahaah "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Aubrey | 8/24/2013

    " Informative, yet not as convincing as Nurture Shock. "

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