In Top Dog, Po Bronson and co-author Ashley Merryman use cutting-edge science to tease out the hidden factors at the core of great triumphs - and tragic failures. Integrating wisdom from politics, finance, genetics, neuroscience, psychology, military training, sports, economics, education and more, Bronson offers counterintuitive, game-changing insights into the nature of competition.
Po Bronson gained renown as a wickedly trenchant chronicler of the 1990s dotcom frenzy. A former bond salesman, he covered Silicon Valley as a features writer for WIRED and parlayed his experiences into the comic novel The First $20 Million Is Always the Hardest (1997)—later made into a movie—and the nonfiction best seller The Nudist on the Late Shift (1999). His next book, What Should I Do With My Life? (2003), hit number one on the New York Times best seller list. In 2006, Bronson began collaborating with Ashley Merryman on a series of award-winning magazine articles, reporting on recent science that overturned conventional ideas on parenting and education. Their subsequent book, NurtureShock: New Thinking About Children (2009), was on the Times best seller list for six months. Their new book, Top Dog: The Science of Winning and Losing (2013), examines the role of competition in our lives.
Po Bronson, co-author of "Top Dog: The Science of Winning and Losing," offers a slight addendum to Malcolm Gladwell's well-known definition of "expertise" as 10,000 hours of practice - Gladwell's assertion it leaves out the impact of a competitive drive. Bronson discusses research on a "warrior/worrier gene" that may substantially impact performance regardless of knowledge or experience.