The list author says: "Particularly good books about human intellectual exceptionality, intelligence, and genius. I don't have any books here that specifically focus on creativity, and the omission is deliberate because I think that is an important and somewhat different way to look at thinking. I also don't focus very much here on the literature of expertise, because the focus of this list is the things that make people different rather than the common mechanisms for how they become better at things. The list starts with the historical baseline that is important to know about because it is all too often abused and misunderstood. That is, the literature of intelligence measurement and IQ. The list then gives more comprehensive accounts and alternate perspectives on how exceptional ability is developed and manifested."
"This seems to be the single best review of the primary research literature on psychometric testing for intelligence currently available. Very clear presentation. This would probably be your best starting place to learn in depth about what IQ really means and how it is measured."
"Part of a very good series on capsule summaries of complex topics. If you don't have time to devote to the larger and more technical books, this would be a good alternative to get a general overview of the important topics."
"A detailed review of expert opinion compared with media portrayals of ideas regarding intelligence and intelligence testing. Shows very clearly that journalists have consistently not represented the opinions of experts accurately regarding intelligence research because of political bias."
"A very good summary of the different dimensions of ability, divided into experience-based, neural/structural, and strategic/metacognitive dimensions, with a useful literature review and background of each. I especially like Perkins' original approach to distinguishing and related these dimensions and his expansion of the concept of expertise to a navigational model."
"1993 book that remarkably foreshadows the importance of social knowledge as well as the critical importance of metacognition, impressionistic knowledge, and reinvestment of cognitive surplus that have become increasingly important topics to human intellectual ability."