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  • The Immortal Game: A History of Chess | David Shenk

    The Immortal Game: A History of Chess

    • ABRIDGED (6 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By David Shenk
    • Narrated By Rick Adamson
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    (55)
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    Why has one game, alone among the thousands of games invented and played throughout human history, not only survived but thrived within every culture it has touched? What is it about its 32 figurative pieces, moving about its 64 black and white squares according to very simple rules, that has captivated people for nearly 1,500 years? Why has it driven some of its greatest players into paranoia and madness, and yet is hailed as a remarkably powerful intellectual tool?

    Patrick Marks says: "Wonderful!"
  • The Genius in All of Us: Why Everything You've Been Told about Genetics, Talent and IQ is Wrong | David Shenk

    The Genius in All of Us: Why Everything You've Been Told about Genetics, Talent and IQ is Wrong

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By David Shenk
    • Narrated By Mark Deakins
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    (75)
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    With irresistibly persuasive vigor, David Shenk debunks the long-standing notion of genetic giftedness, and presents dazzling new scientific research showing how greatness is in the reach of every individual. DNA does not make us who we are. Forget everything you think you know about genes, talent, and intelligence, he writes. In recent years, a mountain of scientific evidence has emerged suggesting a completely new paradigm: not talent scarcity, but latent talent abundance.

    Laura says: "A New View on Genius"
  • The Immortal Game | David Shenk

    The Immortal Game

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By David Shenk
    • Narrated By John H. Mayer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
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    (98)
    Performance
    (51)
    Story
    (50)

    Why has one game, alone among the thousands of games invented and played throughout human history, not only survived but thrived within every culture it has touched? What is it about its 32 figurative pieces, moving about its 64 black and white squares according to very simple rules, that has captivated people for nearly 1,500 years? Why has it driven some of its greatest players into paranoia and madness, and yet is hailed as a remarkably powerful intellectual tool?

    Ivy Reisner says: "Buy in print"
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