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The Greatest: The Quest for Sporting Perfection

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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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    spencerhudson 16/10/2017
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    "Fantastic look and reflection on sporting personalities and events what makes them great"

    I don't follow football or could be considered a sports person, but I wholeheartedly agree sport and competition is important to us all. It's visceral we can't help ourself's and this book explores that aspect of human nature and how we strive for perfection of something arguably so trivial.

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    Mas 01/10/2017
    Mas 01/10/2017 Member Since 2017
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    "Really good book. excellent narration."

    i have become a fan of MS by now. he has provided an insight into greatness of some of the most successful sports people of recent past. love his way of thinking, clear and non judgmental. excellent book in every way...

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    T. Hamilton-james Bristol UK 31/08/2017
    T. Hamilton-james Bristol UK 31/08/2017 Member Since 2016
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    "Not very informative"
    Would you try another book written by Matthew Syed or narrated by Simon Slater?

    I gave up this rather tiresome, slightly boring (not much new in it) book, at chapter 17 after the absurd bit about Saint Beckham. Syed suggests that David Beckham has done more for the population of the UK than anyone in his generation! Yes, he's certainly played some extremely good football (and got very well paid) and he's done great favours to the tattoo artists as thousands of young people have now covered themselves in tattoos (a questionable merit). What it leaves out is the huge contribution he has made to people's desire to be famous - just famous and live a rather greedy, self promoting lifestyle which he shares with his family and which is not environmentally helpful. We don't need people to promote greed and excess and self, self, self; we need people to be happycontent with what they /we have and do things in the service of others rather than striving to attain huge wealth and fame.


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    Amazon Customer 17/08/2017 Member Since 2014
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    "disappointing"

    very disappointed. No insight. unnecessary drama. just annoying, actually gave up with 5 hours left.

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    Colin Barrett 23/05/2017
    Colin Barrett 23/05/2017 Member Since 2016
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    "Amazing book"

    Very accessible, an easy listen
    Performance gets an 8/10, the accents are jarring and inconsistently used they detract from the cadence of Syed's narrative

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    Mr S. 18/05/2017
    Mr S. 18/05/2017 Member Since 2017
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    "Money for old Rope"

    If you read bounce and/or black box thinking this may not be for you.

    This is different in as much that this is based on articles Matthew Syed has written and had published. Insightful and poetic as they are alot of the time there is alot of repition across from the other books and indeed within this one too.

    I still enjoyed it none the less as Simon Slater is a good narrator and his very safe accents are amusing.

    Worth a read but not a must.

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    peter Thorpe 29/04/2017
    peter Thorpe 29/04/2017 Member Since 2016
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    "great book on sport"

    Some really interesting stories on amazing people and interesting viewpoints on sport.

    a sports geeks read for sure!

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    Amazon Customer 30/03/2017 Member Since 2016
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    "An enjoyable listen"

    I am fascinated on what it takes to become great and have always had a particular interest in sporting greatest. This book walks us through the attributes, and lives, of many sporting icons. Overall a very enjoyable listen and you'll definitely have a deeper appreciation of your heroes, and villains.

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    BEHNAZ 13/03/2017
    BEHNAZ 13/03/2017 Member Since 2017
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    "repetition and nothing"

    I am disappointed, I listened to two other books of the author and was expecting more! but most of the stories are repeated from the old books and there is no clear message and full of contradictory stories!

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    CraigB Abergavenny, Monmouthshire 08/03/2017
    CraigB Abergavenny, Monmouthshire 08/03/2017 Member Since 2014
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    "Not as impressive as previous books but still very enjoyable"

    This is an easy listen and while not as detailed as his previous books in terms of in depth analyses etc - it is still a very enjoyable book. A lot of this is based on articles from his work at the Times. If you love sport and Matthew's approach to analysing what makes people successful then you will enjoy this.

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