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Luck: What It Means and Why It Matters | [Ed Smith]

Luck: What It Means and Why It Matters

For aspiring cricketer Ed Smith, luck was for other people. Like his childhood hero, Geoff Boycott, the tough, flinty Yorkshire man, the young Ed knew that the successful cricketer made his own luck by an application of will power, elimination of error, and the relentless pursuit of excellence. But when a freak accident prematurely ended Ed Smith's international cricketing career, it changed everything - and prompted him to look anew at his own life through the prism of luck.
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For aspiring cricketer Ed Smith, luck was for other people. Like his childhood hero, Geoff Boycott, the tough, flinty Yorkshire man, the young Ed knew that the successful cricketer made his own luck by an application of will power, elimination of error, and the relentless pursuit of excellence. But when a freak accident prematurely ended Ed Smith's international cricketing career, it changed everything - and prompted him to look anew at his own life through the prism of luck.

Tracing the history of the concepts of luck and fortune, destiny and fate, from the ancient Greeks to the present day - in religion, in banking, in politics - Ed Smith argues that the question of luck versus skill is as pertinent today as it ever has been.

©2012 Ed Smith (P)2012 Audible Ltd

What the Critics Say

"An elegant book: like one of Smith's well-crafted innings in his playing career, it leaves you wanting more." (Dominic Lawson, The Sunday Times)

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    Adriana La Crosse, WI, United States 04-22-12
    Adriana La Crosse, WI, United States 04-22-12 Member Since 2009
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    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    This is a good light book on luck but not in the category of Against the Gods or Fooled by Ranndomness. This is just a nice light read.


    Would you recommend Luck to your friends? Why or why not?

    Maybe--if they are novices. There are better books.


    Any additional comments?

    It could have been great if he could have incorporated more information. Also while it was nice to know about the game of cricket --- his autobiographical accounts were a little much.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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