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The Captain Class


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Sam Walker is deputy editor for enterprise at the Wall Street Journal. He was previously the global sports editor, having founded the sports desk in 2009, where he headed up a team that handled every sporting event there is. Under him, the desk won more than a dozen journalism prizes and received two Pulitzer Prize nominations. Sam is also the author of Fantasyland (2006) which was turned into a documentary. He lives in New York with his wife and two children.


"A remarkable book, one that articulates much of what you feel about great teams but have perhaps been afraid to express..." -- David Walsh * The Sunday Times *
"One of THE sports books that I think will soon be in every manager's office." -- Matt Williams * Simon Mayo Show, BBC Radio 2 *
"A fascinating new body of research about greatness in a sports team." -- Jeremy Wilson * Daily Telegraph *
"In The Captain Class, Sam Walker gives us important and original insights into the mysterious ingredients of transformative leadership. A stunning mix of research and narrative." -- Susan Cain, No.1 New York Times bestselling author of Quiet
"Wonderfully strange and absorbing... Informative, persuasive and great fun for anyone not only with a passing interest in sport but in mankind." -- Keith Duggan * Irish Times *
"Over the years, many books have promised to reveal the secret of building successful teams. But now Sam Walker has actually gone and done it. An idea-driven, myth-busting gem of a book." -- Dan Coyle, New York Times bestselling author of The Talent Code and The Secret Race
"Sam Walker has unlocked one of sports' greatest mysteries. The Captain Class is one of the most surprising, best-written-and fun-sports books published in recent years." -- Don Van Natta Jr, Pulitzer Prize winner and New York Times bestselling author
"The Captain Class is a brilliant hybrid: one part detective story and one part leadership book, dedicated to a fascinating mystery: What sets apart the greatest teams of all time? I couldn't put it down." -- Dan Heath, co-author of the New York Times bestseller Made to Stick
"Well-researched, wildly entertaining, and thought-provoking. In The Captain Class, Sam Walker presents compelling narratives about the secret ingredient to the greatest teams of all time - and quickly has the reader reexamining long-held beliefs about leadership and the glue that binds winning teams together." -- Theo Epstein, president of baseball operations for the Chicago Cubs
"The examples in Walker's book are striking. There's a temptation for captains to conform to the accepted stereotype of what a heroic leader should be. Walker's book utterly-and rightly in my view-dispels that notion. The leaders he analyses were the opposite of what you might imagine a leader to be." -- Mike Atherton, former captain, England cricket team
"The most fabulous book on freakish sporting success and leadership traits commonly shared across the greatest teams of all time. I thoroughly recommend it." -- Rich Buchanan, Performance Director, Swansea City FC

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