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Publisher's Summary

A New York Times best-selling author explores cutting-edge brain science to learn where talent comes from, how it grows, and how we can make ourselves smarter.

How does a penniless Russian tennis club with one indoor court create more top 20 women players than the entire United States? How did a small town in rural Italy produce the dozens of painters and sculptors who ignited the Italian Renaissance? Why are so many great soccer players from Brazil?

Where does talent come from, and how does it grow?

New research has revealed that myelin, once considered an inert form of insulation for brain cells, may be the holy grail of acquiring skill. Journalist Daniel Coyle spent years investigating talent hotbeds, interviewing world-class practitioners (top soccer players, violinists, fighter, pilots, artists, and bank robbers) and neuroscientists. In clear, accessible language, he presents a solid strategy for skill acquisition - in athletics, fine arts, languages, science or math - that can be successfully applied through a person's entire lifespan.

©2009 Daniel Coyle; (P)2009 HighBridge Company

Critic Reviews

"I only wish I'd never before used the words 'breakthrough' or 'breathtaking' or 'magisterial' or 'stunning achievement' or 'your world will never be the same after you read this book.' Then I could be using them for the first and only time as I describe my reaction to Daniel Coyle's The Talent Code." (Tom Peters)

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Every parent needs to hear this.

This book should be required reading / hearing for every coach in every sport. Not only coaches but parent as well. Outstanding.

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Good information on the how it works

I found the combination of stories and application useful. The brain is a wonderful thing/tool now to get full use of it!

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Fascinating and enjoyable!

This book is succinct well written, well researched and fascinating. I learned so much and it confirmed many things to me, both personally for my own practice as an artist and in my job as an educator. Many thanks.

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Great book for coaches and sales trainers

very interesting book. it captures your attention for the entire book. It will help you develop coaching and teaching tools to make your team develop at the level they truly can perform

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Mind expanding!!!

This book is phenomenal. I'd recommend it to anyone interested in achieving something worthwhile, or helping others do so. It has changed the way I think about talent, abilities, practice and learning. Very thought provoking.

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Excellent Narrator!

I prefer radio theater for audio stories, but for this type of book the narrator's voice was excellent! I loved the tone and speed at which he read.

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Great info; light on application

This book is inspiring in its message of acquiring talent by breaking skills down into chunks. It provides examples of people or groups who do so, but I was hoping for a little more direction on how to get into "deep practice." For example, there's a vivid picture painted of a clarinet player practicing, but there's no breakdown of the significance of each thing she does.

Don't look for a how-to guide here, but there's still valuable information on how learning works. I'd especially recommend it for people in teaching/coaching/parenting roles.

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excellent book. listed to it twice.

excellent book. listened to it twice. the material falls in line with my coach beliefs.

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Excellent book for coaches of all kinds

I really found the book fascinating and I am definitely going to share some of its wisdoms with my students and I know it's going to improve the performance of my own learning.

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Very good!!

This book is for people who want to be become better at anything! It is especially for those that are willing to work hard at becoming better at anything.