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REVIEW: Nerve by Taylor Clark

Product 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.

About the Author

Taylor Clark is a writer based in Portland, Oregon. A graduate of Dartmouth College and a Pacific Northwest native, he has written for GQ, Slate, and Psychology Today, among other publications.


  • Hardcover: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Little, Brown and Company; 1 edition (March 6, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0316042897
  • ISBN-13: 978-0316042895


I am drawn to books like this, something that provides a wealth of knowledge written in a fun and snarky way.  Nerve didn't disappoint in the snarky department.  There is a wide range of studies about how your nerves work, why some people get panic attacks while others attack the issues with grace and never break a sweat. I am one of those that can't speak in public to save my life, but my son thrives on it.  The book explains that we are all wired differently to react to situations that occur daily.  There are also a series of steps that help those with anxiety riddled lives to help control the problem.  If you enjoy Mary Roach, you will love this one!

1 comment:

  1. Fascinating --- I really want to read this one.


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