A review of


Why Generalists Triumph in a Specialized World

Embrace the General

by David Meyer

This New York Times number one bestseller explains how specialization limits understanding and why the world needs generalists.

Range author David Epstein also wrote the New York Times bestseller The Sports Gene. His realm is sports, but as befits a winner of awards from the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine, Epstein credibly addresses more complex realms. To his credit, he opens this Times number one bestseller with examples from the world of sports and then abandons that world entirely for more revealing examples and analogies, including scientific inquiry. This speaks to Epstein’s wide-ranging curiosity and passionate research.

Knowledge increasingly needs not merely to be durable, but also flexible – both sticky and capable of broad application.David Epstein

Bill Gates said of Epstein’s insights, “Fascinating…If you’re a generalist who has ever felt overshadowed by your specialist colleagues, this book is for you.” Forbes called this, “The most important business – and parenting – book of the year.” And Range made the shortlist for The Financial Times/McKinsey Business Book of the Year Award. 

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