Inspired: Understanding Creativity


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Matt Richtel is a reporter at the New York Times. He received the Pulitzer Prize for national reporting for a series of articles about distracted driving that he expanded into his first nonfiction book, A Deadly Wandering, a New York Times bestseller. His second nonfiction book, An Elegant Defense, on the human immune system, was a national bestseller and chosen by Bill Gates for his annual Summer Reading List. Richtel has appeared on NPR's Fresh Air, CBS This Morning, PBS NewsHour, and other major media outlets. He lives in San Francisco, California.


"Engaging and lively. ... Crisp, conversational and at times darned funny. ... What distinguishes Inspired is its expansive range and conversational tone, as well as Richtel's ability to synthesize a lot of complex research, simplifying without oversimplifying." -- Washington Post"Argues that creativity 'is as natural as reproduction itself' while exploring its evolutionary origins, examining its science and providing insight from notable creative types." -- New York Times Book Review "Remarkable. ... At once conversational and intellectual, Richtel's lucid writing and intensive research showcase the many facets and manifestations of creativity. This profound and at times whimsical volume informs and inspires." -- Publishers Weekly (Starred Review)"Inspired makes the convincing case that true creativity spans industries, movements, and endeavors." -- Scientific American"The Pulitzer-winning author unpacks the myths and mysteries of the creative process, and shows the research that proves why it's not just the 'Big C' geniuses who can tap into it." -- Salon"Illuminating. ... Entertaining. ... Inspiring. ... An enthusiastic examination of the creative process." -- Kirkus Reviews"Allowed freedom, Inspired reminds us that a curious mind is an unstoppable force and cause for celebration." -- 48 Hills

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