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  1. Powers of Two: How Relationships Drive Creativity
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  2. Powers of Two: How Relationships Drive Creativity

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“This is a book about magic, about the Beatles, about the chemistry between people, about neuroscience, and about the buddy system; it examines love and hate, harmony and dissonance, and everything in between. The result is wise, funny, surprising, and completely engrossing.” — Susan Orlean
 
Lennon and McCartney, Steve Jobs and Steve Wozniak, Pierre and Marie Curie. Throughout history, partners have buoyed each other to better work — though often one member is little known to the general public. (See Warren Buffett and Charlie Munger, or Vincent and Theo van Gogh.) In Powers of Two, Joshua Wolf Shenk draws on neuroscience, social psychology, and cultural history to present the social foundations of creativity, with the pair as its primary embodiment. Revealing the six essential stages through which creative intimacy unfolds, Shenk shows how pairs begin to talk, think, and even look like each other; how the most successful ones thrive on conflict; and why some cease to work together while others carry on. At once intuitive and deeply surprising, Powers of Two will reshape the way you view individuals, relationships, and society itself.
 
“Sterling . . . a rare glimpse into the private realms of duos . . . Shenk is a natural storyteller.” — Sarah Lewis, New York Times
 
“In this surprising, compelling, deeply felt book, Joshua Wolf Shenk banishes the idea of solitary genius by demonstrating that our richest art and science come from collaboration: we need one another not only for love, but also for thinking and imagining and growing and being.” — Andrew Solomon

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Specifications

Country
USA
Author
Joshua Wolf Shenk
Binding
Paperback
Brand
Eamon Dolan Mariner Books
EAN
9780544334465
Edition
Reprint
Feature
Eamon Dolan Mariner Books
ISBN
0544334469
Label
Eamon Dolan/Mariner Books
Manufacturer
Eamon Dolan/Mariner Books
NumberOfItems
1
NumberOfPages
368
PublicationDate
2015-04-07
Publisher
Eamon Dolan/Mariner Books
ReleaseDate
2015-04-07
Studio
Eamon Dolan/Mariner Books
Most Helpful Customer Reviews

I have always known that no greatness stands alone. This holds true regardless of the activity. For me when I used to run, it was always partnerships that brought out the best in me. The same is true with my photography and writing. There is always another person cooperating in some way. It can be positive or negative cooperation, creative partnerships, inventor and facilitator or anyone of numerous other combinations. This book discusses all the styles and types of partnerships which bring out the greatness in the gifted. I found it insightful and comforting in that I am not alone in my view of partnerships and how they function.
This book is fantastic and has completely changed my perspective on the creativity of human beings. It challenges the myth of the "lone genius" which is how Western society often thinks about creative achievement and success. This book shows that more often than not there is a pair working together at the foundation of great achievements in art, music, science, literature, etc. In my opinion this book pairs well with the works of Malcolm Gladwell, specifically Outliers.
The message is interesting but is dragged through repeating stories of fame and fortune. The author is obviously enamored with fame since the research seems only focused on hugely famous people. I would have appreciated some research into a wider scope of successful partnerships; the lesser known stories. At the end of this book the author reveals his own of lack leveraging partnership - simply confirming that he really just wants to figure out how to be famous.

This would have been a great book if Malcom Gladwell had done the research and writing. Gladwell is a master of scope. He finds the little stories which balances out the fame and fortune, giving a more fully normal and human take on the subject.

I think partnership is a subject worthy of further investigation. I feel we are too focused on the hero who saves us. We need to better understand the role of groups. Crowd sourcing is likely more powerful and partnership in the big picture.
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