The Reading List – September 2012

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I don’t read as much as I should and I go through spates of frantically devouring books every week to never seeing a printed word for a few months! Either way I’m generally happiest when I’m consuming some sort of educational or thought provoking material. The one thing I don’t read is fiction.

The current read:

‘Bounce: The Myth of Talent and the Power of Practice’ by Matthew Syed

“What are the real secrets of sporting success, and what lessons do they offer about life? Why doesn’t Tiger Woods “choke”? Why are the best figure skaters those that have fallen over the most and why has one small street in Reading produced more top table tennis players than the rest of the country put together.
Two-time Olympian and sports writer and broadcaster Matthew Syed draws on the latest in neuroscience and psychology to uncover the secrets of our top athletes and introduces us to an extraordinary cast of characters, including the East German athlete who became a man, and her husband – and the three Hungarian sisters who are all chess grandmasters. Bounce is crammed with fascinating stories and statistics.
Looking at controversial questions such as whether talent is more important than practice, drugs in sport (and life) and whether black people really are faster runners, the mind-bending Bounce is a must-read for the hardened sports nut or brand new convert.”

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The next book:

’59 Seconds: Think a little, change a lot’ by Professor Richard Wiseman

“Finally, a self-help book that does away with the soul-searching. No wonder then, that Richard Wiseman’s collection of scientifically supported quick fixes promising long-term change has soared up the Amazon charts… This book addresses what you’re thinking right now. Cognitive-behavourial ideas that can rapidly change the way you think.”

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Added to the list for later:

‘The Ascent of Money: A Financial History of the World’ by Niall Ferguson

“Bread, cash, dosh, dough, loot. Call it what you like, it matters now more than ever. In The Ascent of Money, Niall Ferguson shows that finance is the foundation of all human progress and the lifeblood of history.
From the cash injection that funded the Italian Renaissance to the stock market bubble that sparked the French Revolution, from the bonds that fuelled Britain’s war effort to the Wall Street Crash and today’s meltdown, this is the story of boom and bust as it’s never been told before.
Whether you’re scraping by or rolling in it, there’s no better time to understand the ascent of money.”

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