I recently finished reading David Epstein's The Sports Gene—an early birthday present from my wife—which, for an exercise scientist like me, was very, very interesting.
But I think it would be interesting to anyone who likes sports, genetics, science, and decent writing—especially about sports, genetics, or science.
I wish there were more books that took complex subjects like genetics and made them both interesting to specialists and accessible to the public. If I were currently teaching in an exercise science department, The Sports Gene would be required reading.
Today, National Geographic posted a brief article by Epstein, adapted from the book, that'll surely whet your appetite for more.
Ultimately, The Sports Gene confirms what we might have suspected all along: that genetics matter, and environment matters, and training matters.
But don't let that truism keep you from reading it.