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Range
Why Generalists Triumph in a Specialized World
By (author): David Epstein
9780735214484 Hardcover English General Trade PSYCHOLOGY / Developmental / General May 28, 2019
$37.00 CAD
Active 6.14 x 9.27 x 1.17 in 352 pages Riverhead Riverhead Books
What’s the most effective path to success in any domain? It’s not what you think.

Plenty of experts argue that anyone who wants to develop a skill, play an instrument, or lead their field should start early, focus intensely, and rack up as many hours of deliberate practice as possible. If you dabble or delay, you’ll never catch up to the people who got a head start. But a closer look at research on the world’s top performers, from professional athletes to Nobel laureates, shows that early specialization is the exception, not the rule.

David Epstein examined the world’s most successful athletes, artists, musicians, inventors, forecasters and scientists. He discovered that in most fields—especially those that are complex and unpredictable—generalists, not specialists, are primed to excel. Generalists often find their path late, and they juggle many interests rather than focusing on one. They’re also more creative, more agile, and able to make connections their more specialized peers can’t see.

Provocative, rigorous, and engrossing, Range makes a compelling case for actively cultivating inefficiency. Failing a test is the best way to learn. Frequent quitters end up with the most fulfilling careers. The most impactful inventors cross domains rather than deepening their knowledge in a single area. As experts silo themselves further while computers master more of the skills once reserved for highly focused humans, people who think broadly and embrace diverse experiences and perspectives will increasingly thrive.

HIGHLY CONNECTED AUTHOR: We can count on enthusiastic support from authors and celebrities like Malcolm Gladwell, Adam Grant, Dan Pink, Sebastian Junger, and Steve Nash.

EXCELLENT SPEAKING PLATFORM: Epstein is an in-demand speaker with business, sports, and military groups. His TED Talk on athletic performance has over 4 million views.

SUCCESSFUL TRACK: His bestselling Sports Gene established Epstein as a go-to expert on sports and performance science.

BROAD APPEAL: The surprising insights and actionable takeaways of Range will appeal to the sports-oriented audience of The Sports Gene while drawing in a larger audience of business and general readers.

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, DC.

Author Residence: Washington, D.C.

Praise for Range:

“For too long, we’ve believed in a single path to excellence. Start early, specialize soon, narrow your focus, aim for efficiency. But in this groundbreaking book, David Epstein shows that in most domains, the way to excel is something altogether different. Sample widely, gain a breadth of experiences, take detours, and experiment relentlessly. Epstein is a deft writer, equally nimble at telling a great story and unpacking complicated science. And Range is an urgent and important book, an essential read for bosses, parents, coaches, and anyone who cares about improving performance.”

—Daniel H. Pink, author of When, Drive, and A Whole New Mind

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