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PO BRONSON / TOP DOG: The Science of Winning and Losing
Hillside Club, Berkeley
Berkeley, CA
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What are the differences between a winning and losing performance? Why are we able to rise to the challenge one day, but wilt from it the next? Can we in fact become better competitors? In Top Dog Po Bronson and Ashley Merryman tackle a subject we all face every dayin the office, in school, on the playing field, at homerevealing how to tip the odds of success in your favor. By looking at competition through a multidisciplinary lens that integrates wisdom with politics, finance, genetics, neuroscience, military psychology, sports, gender studies, economics, education, and more, they reveal the hidden factors that fuel our determination, passion, and drive to compete and explore how we can harness the forces of competition to succeed.

Based on cutting edge science and told through stories of pilot flight training, NASCAR brawls, political tryouts, ballroom dancing, CIA spies, Wall Street, and much more, Top Dog offers counterintuitive, game-changing insights into the nature of competition and explores the hidden factors at the core of every great triumphand every tragic failure.

Upending much of the conventional wisdom, Top Dog explains the forces that compel each of us to compete, and explores why Wall Street promotes male analysts, even though women do a better job; how a single biochemical can predict a winner before an event has even begun' why the home field advantage is just as relevant in diplomacy and deal-making as it is in sports; what nuclear engineers can learn from professional tennis players; why younger siblings are more competitive than first-borns, and how early-childhood influences shape competitive styles for the rest of our lives; how the shape of entrepreneurs' hands can be just as revealing as their business plans; why the best symphony orchestras have the most miserable musicians; what Italy's domination of the packaging business has in common with the Harvard-Yale football rivalry; why focusing on what didn't happen can be more valuable than focusing on what actually did; why discord can be better than harmony, and why stars on a team do deserve special treatment; how to identify your own competitive style and help you tip the odds of success in your favor.

Po Bronson and Ashley Merryman are the authors of the New York Times bestseller NurtureShock: New Thinking about Children. Additionally, they've written for Newsweek, New York, the Guardian, and numerous other publications. For their reporting, Bronson and Merryman have won nine national awards, including PEN Center USA Literary Award for Journalism; the American Association for the Advancement for Science (AAAS) Award for Science Journalism; an "Audie" from the Audio Publishers Association; and two Clarion Awards.

Prior to collaborating with Merryman, Bronson authored five books, including the bestseller What Should I Do with My Life? Bronson lives in San Francisco with his wife and their two children; he is a founder of the San Francisco Writers' Grotto and serves as volunteer president of the San Francisco Vikings Youth Soccer League.

Berkeley Arts & Letters at the Hillside Club (2286 Cedar Street, Berkeley)

Tickets $12 ($7 students, including OLLI, & Hillside members) in advance only (advance sales end at 4:30 PM on 3/7), online at Brown Paper Tickets or 800-838-3006; $15 at the door
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Hillside Club, Berkeley (View)
2286 Cedar Street
Berkeley, CA 94709
United States

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Arts > Literary

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Dog Friendly: No
Non-Smoking: Yes!
Wheelchair Accessible: Yes!


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