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In the Zone: Transcendent Experience in Sports (Arkana) Paperback – June 1, 1995


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Product Details

  • Series: Arkana
  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin Books (June 1, 1995)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0140194924
  • ISBN-13: 978-0140194920
  • Product Dimensions: 5 x 0.6 x 7.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #185,642 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This work is an updated edition of the authors' The Psychic Side of Sports (1978) and purports to define the frontiers of human potential. Murphy reports the experience of mystical sensations and altered sensory perceptions by athletes during extraordinary physical achievements. Countless subjective oral accounts are quoted with little skepticism; all seem to be taken at face value. The last section of the book contains White's well-executed 1500-item bibliography updated from the 1978 edition. The breadth of athletic achievement surveyed in both text and bibliography is extremely wide, ranging from Charles Lindbergh to Michael Jordan to Tibetan lung-gom-pa runners. Even Carlos Casteneda, Barbra Streisand, fire-walking, and sword-swallowing somehow make it into the text. Although this study is a bit too subjective and offers too many pat answers, it will likely find an audience in large sports collections.
John Maxymuk, Rutgers Univ. Lib., Camden, N.J.
Copyright 1995 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Rich Poley on May 4, 2007
Format: Paperback
This is a terrific resource for anyone interested in the transcendent experience of sports, that place in athleticism where time slows and everything becomes effortless. If you have the slightest interest in transcendence through action, buy this book now!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Karin Norgard on November 17, 2012
Format: Kindle Edition
The purpose of this book is not to provide practical how-to advice on getting into the zone in your sports endeavor, so if that's what you are looking for you will be disappointed. (See Flow in Sports: The keys to optimal experiences and performances for this.) The purpose of this book is to catalog the varieties of "flow" that numerous athletes have experienced, and at this it succeeds marvelously. I am fascinated with the phenomenon, and this book features tons of quotes, excellent grouping of the documented experiences by characteristic, and solid organization and writing to tie it all together. I had already done quite a bit of research on the concepts of flow and play before coming across this book, and I found it an excellent supplement due to the inclusion of so many first-person accounts as well as the documentation of so many other qualities of the experience that I had never considered before. As a bonus, it provides an extensive bibliography for those who are researching the topic, which I am. Really, there is no other book that puts such an extensive collection together; for more analysis and interpretation you will of course want to look elsewhere, but this is certainly the best place to get a strong sense of how (and how diverse!) the experience feels to its participants.

A brief thank you for the authors for what seems like painstaking work in collecting and organizing all of these experiences. Excellent job!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Chuck Heinrich on June 21, 2012
Format: Kindle Edition
I purchased "In The Zone ..." seeking practical and applicable information
to help me understand *how* to achieve zone athletic performance. I found
this book disappointing and found little, if any, practical application.

Zone coaching or application is overwhelmed by endless annotated footnotes
documenting scientific papers and athletes' personal testimony attesting to
the Zone's existence.

While this may be a useful research compendium, it is not - in my view - a
worthwhile read for those seeking their own path to Zone performance.
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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Matt Jensen on April 9, 2010
Format: Paperback
The book is almost entirely made up of quotes from elite athletes. Also, more than 140 of the 320 pages consist of the bibliography and index. Typical Murphy.
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