The Rise of Superman

The Rise of Superman

Decoding the Science of Ultimate Human Performance

By Steven Kotler

New Harvest, Hardcover, 9781477800836, 234pp.

Publication Date: March 4, 2014

An exploration of how extreme athletes break the limits of ultimate human performance and what we can learn from their mastery of the state of consciousness known as flow

In this groundbreaking book, "New York Times" bestselling author Steven Kotler decodes the mystery of ultimate human performance. Drawing on over a decade of research and first-hand interviews with dozens of top action and adventure sports athletes such as big wave legend Laird Hamilton, big mountain snowboarder Jeremy Jones, and skateboarding pioneer Danny Way, Kotler explores the frontier science of flow, an optimal state of consciousness where we perform and feel our best.

Building a bridge between the extreme and the mainstream, "The Rise of Superman" explains how these athletes are using flow to do the impossible and how we can use this information to radically accelerate our performance in our own lives.

At its core, this is a book about profound possibility, what is actually possible for our species, and where if anywhere our limits lie.

About the Author
Steven Kotler is a New York Times bestselling author and an award-winning journalist. His books include the nonfiction works Abundance, A Small Furry Prayer, and West of Jesus, and the novel The Angle Quickest for Flight. His articles have appeared in more than sixty publications, including the New York Times Magazine, the Atlantic Monthly, Wired, Forbes, and GQ. He writes Far Frontiers, a blog about innovation and technology, for and The Playing Field, a blog about the science of sport and culture, for Kotler is also the cofounder and director of research at the Flow Genome Project, an international organization devoted to decoding the peak performance state of flow, and the cofounder of the New Mexico based Rancho de Chihuahua dog sanctuary. He has a BA in English and creative writing from the University of Wisconsin, Madison, and an MA in creative writing from Johns Hopkins University.