Wednesday, May 4, 2011


Author: Taylor Clark
Hardcover: 320 pages
Publisher: Little, Brown and Company
(March 6, 2011)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0316042897

Book Description:

Nerves make us bomb job interviews, first dates, and SATs. With a presentation looming at work, fear robs us of sleep for days. It paralyzes seasoned concert musicians and freezes rookie cops in tight situations. And yet not everyone cracks. Soldiers keep their heads in combat; firemen rush into burning buildings; unflappable trauma doctors juggle patient after patient. It's not that these people feel no fear; often, in fact, they're riddled with it.

In Nerve, Taylor Clark draws upon cutting-edge science and painstaking reporting to explore the very heart of panic and poise. Using a wide range of case studies, Clark overturns the popular myths about anxiety and fear to explain why some people thrive under pressure, while others falter-and how we can go forward with steadier nerves and increased confidence.

My Thoughts:

Although fear and anxiety can be appreciated by every human and is a part of our nature, I thought the book would be a bit boring. But the author has written this with skill and humor, giving mere mortals the tools and insight to navigate life with confidence and success. It is well-written, bringing understandable science to the layman's table. Finding serenity in a world of stress can bring joy into our lives--this book helps find a way to achieve that state of being.

(Thank you to Hachette Book Group for my review copy.)

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