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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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Good Info, Narrator Needs Changing!

The information was interesting, but it was really hard to hold my attention with the narrator. He didn't make it sound exciting enough. Give it Pazzaze! Had trouble staying awake in certain areas. Especially early on.

Not bad stories though.

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Very assessable and practical.

Well written. Held my attention. Practical applications. Good we'll explain, explored and well illustrated and applied. Appropriate for parents teachers coaches.

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Good book

need to listen agsin. It has improved my training thoughts but also confirmed what I already do.

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Amazing

This book you should listen to multiple time . The breakdown and examples that are giving really help understanding the point .

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Uplifting and very Inspiring!

Will be a great graduation gift for my kids as they enter life's next phases!

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Wish I'd read this when my kids were younger!

Great information! Stuff you know, but just may not have put it together. Must read!

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Couldn't handle listening to this narrator. Brutal

It was like being lectured by an arrogant old man. Had to turn it off after 5 min. I'll be reading this book on kindle instead.

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Worth a second listen

"Use it and grow more"

So many great stories and examples of what we should be doing in life to further our mastery of what we deem important.

Is my two daughters grow older I'll be making sure to listen to this book at least once a year.

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the scientific backing as to why I'm so amazing

the scientific backing as to why I am so amazing. anyone working towards anything or coaching anything should read this

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love it 💘

Automatically I am already in (principles learned) application modes. Very glad this book was written.