Epstein does a spectacular job reviewing the nature vs. nuture debate in athletic performance with an unbiased, critical eye. He covers the breadth of the current research, tells engaging stories about the athletes and scientists behind the statistics and breakthroughs, and paints a dynamic picture of the role genetics play in producing elite athletes, including the many shades of grey inherent in scientific research findings. I especially appreciated that he didn''t shy away from the question of race. I believe Epstein's review is the first thorough explanation of what we currently know about racial/ethnic differences in athletic performance. Worth reading purely for those chapters, if you ask me.
I loved the descriptions of all the scientists the author interviewed and visited in this book.
I haven't listened to any of his previous books, but his performance was really fantastic. He approximated the accents and voices of the characters quite well.
I would love to see this made into a documentary, but I'm not sure there is a better tag line than Inside The Science of Extraordinary Athletic Performance
Required reading for coaches and trainers!
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