The New York Times bestseller with a new
afterword about early specialization in youth
The debate is as old as physical competition. Are stars like
Usain Bolt, Michael Phelps, and Serena Williams genetic freaks put
on Earth to dominate their respective sports? Or are they simply
normal people who overcame their biological limits through sheer
force of will and obsessive training?
In this controversial and engaging exploration of athletic success
and the so-called 10,000-hour rule, David Epstein tackles the great
nature vs. nurture debate and traces how far science has come in
solving it. Through on-the-ground reporting from below the equator
and above the Arctic Circle, revealing conversations with leading
scientists and Olympic champions, and interviews with athletes who
have rare genetic mutations or physical traits, Epstein forces us
to rethink the very nature of athleticism.