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Posted July 18, 2011
Genius for the Rest of Us
This was a book I really wanted to sink my teeth into. Getting it as a Goodreads Giveaway was a plus. The book started out well. On page 10, David Shenk said, "In recent years, a mountain of scientific evidence has emerged that overwhelmingly suggests a completely different paradigm: not talent scarcity, but latent talent abundance." What a statement! Of course, I was excited to explore the book. However, not much further in, Mr. Shenk stooped to quoting the "F" bomb from a fictional parent. I expected more from someone who "has contributed to National Geographic, Slate, The New York Times, Gourmet, Harper's, The New Yorker, NPR, and PBS." I was obviously mistaken. Because I felt that particular word had nothing to do with the topic at hand, I was turned off. However, there is a lot of good information in the book. If you're fascinated with the process of how genius is made, this is an excellent resource.
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