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This review is from: The Genius in All of Us: Why Everything You've Been Told About Genetics, Talent, and IQ Is Wrong (Hardcover)
Elegantly written and accessible, The Genius in All of Us explodes our collective understanding of the biological basis of innate talent and achievement. This book covers territory similar to Malcolm Gladwell's book Outliers, but where that book focused on the sociology of achievement, Genius looks deeply into the most current notions about the interaction between our inherited biology and our personal choices.
As a music teacher, I want to hand this book to every student - and to their parents. By turning views about "giftedness" upside down, this new look at achievement could lead teachers like me into bigger, better practices by looking directly at the cultural myths about talent.
The most exciting chapter in the book is the last, and, alas, the shortest. It's a teaser about genetic expression, the next frontier of our understanding about the interaction between individual biology and the mind. It's exciting to think about a next book by David Shenk, because of the clarity and precision of his research and language, and I hope he follows that trail.