What can Roger Federer teach us about the secret of longevity? What do the All Blacks have in common with improvised jazz musicians? What can cognitive neuroscientists tell us about what happens to the brains of sportspeople when they perform? And why did Johan Cruyff believe that beauty was more important than winning?
Matthew Syed, the Sports Journalist of the Year 2016, answers these questions and more in a fascinating, wide-ranging and provocative book about the mental game of sport. How do we become the best that we can be as individuals, teams and organisations? Sport, with its innate sense of drama, its competitive edge, its psychological pressures, its sense of morality and its elusive quest for perfection, provides the answers.
©2017 Matthew Syed (P)2017 Hodder & Stoughton
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2 out of 5 stars
By Anonymous User on 08-03-18

Disappointed,the book doesn't really go anywhere.

For me, this book disappointed. I was very excited by the title and the opening part was engaging. However, it never then kicked off. It was just a series of anecdotal stories from various sports at a top level which never really hung together. I was expecting each story to link into an overall story of how the greatest become the greatest. Maybe it did, but this didn't come across to me in an engaging or clear way.
There were a few interesting nuggets from the stories, but nothing that wowed me.
The reader of this book also kept putting on a weird American accent to quote various sportsman which I actually found very irritating. The summery of my comments above meant I ended up listening to the final third of this book in 1.6x speed just to get through it. I very nearly just gave in which I never do...

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1 out of 5 stars
By PT Meehan on 25-02-18

A collection of previously-written articles

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Having not read any previous of Matthew Syed's work, I was disappointed to discover that rather than a book, it was a collection of articles that Syed had previously written all on the same theme.

He leaned heavily on his experience as a world-class table tennis youth, perhaps a bit too much, as it seemed like he was desperate for people to know that as a youngster, he was one of the best in the world.

The articles were very time-specific to World Cups, Six Nations, Wimbledon tournaments and didn't really stand up like other sporting books that I've read.

Overall I was very disappointed by this book and only listened to a couple of hours of the audiobook.

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2 out of 5 stars
By Adnan Maddix on 05-11-17

Repetitive, and very long winded.

I have read his other book, black box thinking and i felt this book was just repeating many of the facts.

If you haven't listened to his other books you might like this. But it just goes over the same topics and doesn't really offer anything new.

Ive returned the book.

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