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Wednesday, January 1, 2014

A Book Giveaway to Begin the Year

Here's some great news: Maria Konnikova's spectacular book Mastermind: How to Think Like Sherlock Holmes is now available in paperback.

In an earlier review of the book and interview with the author on this blog, I wrote:

With all the attention that has surrounded Sherlock Holmes because of film and TV adaptations in the past few years, it would be understandable if you assumed that Mastermind: How to Think Like Sherlock Holmes was a quickie book designed to exploit a fad.

 But you would be wrong. Author Maria Konnikova, a doctoral student in psychology at Columbia University, grew up hearing the Conan read to her by her father. She is thoroughly familiar with the Canon, and quotes with equal ease from Arthur Conan Doyle and dozens of psychologists and researchers.

The result is an amazing book: insightful, entertaining, practical, solidly grounded in research, and well-written.Ms. Konnikova teaches us teaches us how to switch from what she calls System Watson to System Holmes by employing:
  • mindfulness,
  • motivation,
  • observation,
  • imagination,
  • deduction
  • continuous education
  • self-knowledge.
Yes, this book should be on your shelves if it isn't already. How would you like a free copy of the new paperback edition? Just write to me at contact@danandriacco.com. The first two will each get a copy of the book.

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