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Publisher Description

“This book is a breakthrough, a lyrical, powerful, science-based narrative that actually shows us how to get better (much better) at the things we care about.”—Seth Godin, author of Linchpin

“Anyone who wants to get better at anything should read [Peak]. Rest assured that the book is not mere theory. Ericsson’s research focuses on the real world, and he explains in detail, with examples, how all of us can apply the principles of great performance in our work or in any other part of our lives.”—Fortune

Anders Ericsson has made a career studying chess champions, violin virtuosos, star athletes, and memory mavens. Peak distills three decades of myth-shattering research into a powerful learning strategy that is fundamentally different from the way people traditionally think about acquiring new abilities. Whether you want to stand out at work, improve your athletic or musical performance, or help your child achieve academic goals, Ericsson’s revolutionary methods will show you how to improve at almost any skill that matters to you.
“The science of excellence can be divided into two eras: before Ericsson and after Ericsson. His groundbreaking work, captured in this brilliantly useful book, provides us with a blueprint for achieving the most important and life-changing work possible: to become a little bit better each day.”—Dan Coyle, author of The Talent Code
“Ericsson’s research has revolutionized how we think about human achievement. If everyone would take the lessons of this book to heart, it could truly change the world.”—Joshua Foer, author of Moonwalking with Einstein

Health, Mind & Body
April 5
HMH Books
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company

Customer Reviews

LukeSkypiper ,


This book is an excellent read. Highly motivating and eye opening to the possibilities and potential that one can achieve through practice. This book breaks down what practice is and how to get better at practicing!

Shadron Calisti ,

Well Done!

Ericsson and Pool have combined their talents to write an incredible book. The writing is crsip and lucid. They take what is lofty and make it very accessible. The science of expertise is a field of study that will advance the world in extraordinary ways.

Dr. Wilde ,

Impossible is nothing

This book opens up the world of possibility like no other. When Walt Disney said doing the impossible is kind of fun I guess he meant through deliberate practice. If there was ever anything you wants to do or thought you couldn't do, stop and read this book. My life is about to change for the better both professionally and personally. The journey of the homo exercens is about to begin. Thank you both for the blueprint to infinite possibilities.

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