Peak

Secrets from the New Science of Expertise

by Anders Ericsson,

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  • 9780544456235
  • 9780544456259
“This book is a breakthrough, a lyrical, powerful, science-based narrative that actually shows us how to get better (much better) at the things we care about.”—Seth Godin, author of Linchpin

“Anyone who wants to get better at anything should read [Peak]. Rest assured that the book is not mere theory. Ericsson’s research focuses on the real world, and he explains in detail, with examples, how all of us can apply the principles of great performance in our work or in any other part of our lives.”—Fortune

Anders Ericsson has made a career studying chess champions, violin virtuosos, star athletes, and memory mavens. Peak distills three decades of myth-shattering research into a powerful learning strategy that is fundamentally different from the way people traditionally think about acquiring new abilities. Whether you want to stand out at work, improve your athletic or musical performance, or help your child achieve academic goals, Ericsson’s revolutionary methods will show you how to improve at almost any skill that matters to you.
 
“The science of excellence can be divided into two eras: before Ericsson and after Ericsson. His groundbreaking work, captured in this brilliantly useful book, provides us with a blueprint for achieving the most important and life-changing work possible: to become a little bit better each day.”—Dan Coyle, author of The Talent Code
 
“Ericsson’s research has revolutionized how we think about human achievement. If everyone would take the lessons of this book to heart, it could truly change the world.”—Joshua Foer, author of Moonwalking with Einstein
  • HMH Books; April 2016
  • ISBN: 9780544456259
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  • Title: Peak
  • Author: Anders Ericsson; Robert Pool
  • Imprint: Eamon Dolan/Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
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In The Press

"This is an empowering, encouraging work that will challenge readers to reach for excellence." –Publishers Weekly

“[Ericsson] makes a strong case that success in today's world requires a focus on practical performance, not just the accumulation of information. Especially informative for parents and educators in preparing children for the challenges ahead.”  –Kirkus Reviews

"This is an empowering, encouraging work that will challenge readers to reach for excellence." –Publishers Weekly

“[Ericsson] makes a strong case that success in today's world requires a focus on practical performance, not just the accumulation of information. Especially informative for parents and educators in preparing children for the challenges ahead.”  –Kirkus Reviews

"This book is a breakthrough, a lyrical, powerful, science-based narrative that actually shows us how to get better (much better) at the things we care about." –Seth Godin, author of LINCHPIN

“Most “important” books aren’t much fun to read. Most fun books aren’t very important. But with Peak, Anders Ericsson (with great work from Robert Pool) has hit the daily double. After all, who among us doesn’t want to learn how to get better at life? A remarkable distillation of a remarkable lifetime of work.”  –Stephen J. Dubner, co-author of FREAKONOMICS and SUPERFREAKONOMICS
 
"Ericsson’s research has revolutionized how we think about human achievement. He has found that what separates the best of us from the rest is not innate talent but simply the right kind of training and practice. If everyone would take the lessons of this book to heart, it could truly change the world." –Joshua Foer, author of MOONWALKING WITH EINSTEIN

"The science of excellence can be divided into two eras: before Ericsson and after Ericsson. His groundbreaking work, captured in this brilliantly useful book, provides us with a blueprint for achieving the most important and life-changing work possible: to become a little bit better each day." –Dan Coyle, author of THE TALENT CODE

“Wonderful. I can’t think of a better book for a popular audience written on any topic in psychology.”  -- Daniel Willigham, professor of Psychology at University of Virginia and author of WHY DON'T STUDENTS LIKE SCHOOL

About The Author

ANDERS ERICSSON, Ph.D., is a Conradi Eminent Scholar and professor of psychology at Florida State University. His work has been cited in bestsellers from Moonwalking with Einstein to Outliers to How Children Succeed. 
 
ROBERT POOL has worked at Science and Nature, and has been published in Discover and Technology Review, among others. His books include Eve’s Rib: Searching for the Biological Roots of Sex Differences and Beyond Engineering: How Society Shapes Technology.    

They live in Florida.

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  • 9780544456235
  • 9780544456259