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David Epstein manages to make me thoroughly enjoy the experience of being told that everything I thought about something was wrong. I loved Range -- Malcolm Gladwell, author of Outliers

Fabulous . . .If you are interested in champions' journeys, this is for you -- Judy Murray on Twitter

a joy to spend hours in the company of a writer as gifted as David Epstein. And the joy is all the greater when that writer shares so much crucial and revelatory information about performance, success, and education -- Susan Cain, author of Quiet

An urgent and important book,
an essential read for bosses, parents, coaches, and anyone who cares about improving performance -- Daniel H. Pink, author of Drive and To Sell is Human

A captivating read that will leave you questioning the next steps in your career―and the way you raise your children -- Adam Grant, author of Originals and co-author of Option B


A goldmine of surprising insights.
Makes you smarter with every page -- James Clear, New York Times bestselling author of Atomic Habits

Brilliant, timely, and utterly impossible to put down. If you care about improving skill, innovation, and performance, you need to read this book -- Daniel Coyle, author of The Talent Code

I want to give
Range to . . . everyone who wants humans to thrive in an age of robots. Range is full of surprises and hope, a 21st century survival guide -- Amanda Ripley, author of The Smartest Kids in the World.

The storytelling is so dramatic, the wielding of data so deft and the lessons so strikingly framed …[it’s]
a pleasure to read . . . Range offers such a wealth of thought-provoking materialNew York Times Books Review

Range elevates Epstein to one of the very best science writers at work today. The scope of the book―and the implications―are breathtaking -- Sebastian Junger, filmmaker and author of The Perfect Storm

One of the most
thought-provoking and enlightening books I’ve read -- Maria Konnikova, poker player and author of The Confidence Game

fresh, brisk look at creativity, learning, and the meaning of achievement ― Kirkus Reviews

assiduously researched and accessible argument for being a jack of all trades -- O Magazine, Best Nonfiction Books Coming in 2019

Range is a convincing, engaging survey of research and anecdotes that confirm a thoughtful, collaborative world is also a better and more innovative one --

As David Epstein shows us,
cultivating range prepares us for the wickedly unanticipated . . . a well-supported and smoothly written case on behalf of breadth and late starts ― Wall Street Journal

A clear and unfussy writer . . . this book is likely to resonate strongly with most teachers --

Anyone contemplating a change of career late in life will find
Range immensely reassuring. If you calculate that you don't have 10,000 hours left in which you can reasonably practice, you can use your range to connect ideas and use your varied experience. ― Daniel Finkelstein, The Times

Masterful.Perfect holiday reading -- Dr Adam Rutherford

The most important business – and parenting –
book of the yearForbes

important book -- Ed Smith's Book of the Year, New Statesman

From the Back Cover

What if everything you have been taught about how to succeed in life was wrong?

From the ‘10,000-hours rule’ to the power of Tiger parenting, we have been taught that success in any field requires early specialization and many hours of deliberate practice. And, worse, that if you dabble or delay, you’ll never catch up with those who got a head start.

This is completely wrong.

‘For too long, we’ve believed in a single path to excellence. Start early, specialize soon, narrow your focus, aim for efficiency. But in this groundbreaking book, David Epstein shows that in most domains, the way to excel is something altogether different. Sample widely, gain a breadth of experiences, take detours, and experiment relentlessly.
Range is an urgent and important book, an essential read for bosses, parents, coaches, and anyone who cares about improving performance’
Daniel H. Pink, bestselling author of

Product details

  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ Macmillan (30 May 2019)
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • Paperback ‏ : ‎ 352 pages
  • ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 1509843507
  • ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-1509843503
  • Reading age ‏ : ‎ 18 years and up
  • Item Weight ‏ : ‎ 439 g
  • Dimensions ‏ : ‎ 15.3 x 2.9 x 23.4 cm
  • Net Quantity ‏ : ‎ 1.00 count
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David Epstein is the author of the #1 New York Times best seller Range: Why Generalists Triumph in a Specialized World , and of the New York Times best seller The Sports Gene, which has been translated in 18 languages. (To his surprise, it was purchased not only by his sister but also by President Barack Obama and former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice.)

He was previously a science and investigative reporter at ProPublica, and prior to that a senior writer at Sports Illustrated, where he co-authored the story that revealed Yankees third baseman Alex Rodriguez had used steroids. His writing has been honored by an array of organizations, from the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine, to the Society of Professional Journalists and the National Center on Disability and Journalism, and has been included in the Best American Science and Nature Writing anthology. His story “Following the Trail of Broken Hearts,” on sudden cardiac death in athletes, was chosen as one of the top 100 stories of the last 100 years by Columbia Journalism alumni.

David has given talks about performance science and the uses (and misuses) of data on five continents; his TED Talk has been viewed 8.5 million times, and was shared by Bill Gates. Three of his stories have been optioned for films: a Sports Illustrated story on the only living Olympian to have survived a concentration camp; an Atlantic/ProPublica piece detailing the DEA’s fraught pursuit of Chapo Guzman’s rivals; and a 2016 “This American Life” episode he wrote and narrated about a woman with two rare diseases who shares a mutant gene with an Olympic medalist.

David has master’s degrees in environmental science and journalism, and is reasonably sure he’s the only person to have co-authored a paper in the journal of Arctic, Antarctic, and Alpine Research while a writer at Sports Illustrated. (Like many of the characters in Range, he has benefitted from a winding career.) He has worked as an ecology researcher in the Arctic, studied geology and astronomy while residing in the Sonoran Desert, and blithely signed up to work on the D-deck of a seismic research vessel shortly after it had been attacked by pirates.

David enjoys volunteering with the Pat Tillman Foundation and Classroom Champions. An avid runner, he was a Columbia University record holder and twice NCAA All-East as an 800-meter runner.

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