Books : reviews

Kayt Sukel.
The Art of Risk: the new science of courage, caution and chance.
National Geographic Society. 2016

Are risk takers born or made?

Why are some people so much more willing to go out on a limb than others? How do we evaluate opportunities, large or small, that may take us in new, even scary, directions—and turn chances into changes that influence our lives forever, and for the better?

These are just a few of the questions that author Kayt Sukel tackles in The Art of Risk.

Applying the latest research in neuroscience and psychology, Sukel offers an in-depth look at risk-taking and its role at different stages of life. With interviews and anecdotes from real-life risk-takers—a firefighter, a brain surgeon, and a professional poker player, among others—her interpretations of scientific findings on risk, courage, and decision-making will surely resonate with readers on a personal level.

Smart, progressive, and truly enlightening, Sukel’s study of the interplay of human behavior and biology is made accessible by her deft hand and playful approach to science. For everyone from the supercautious to the adrenaline junkie, The Art of Risk offers unique insights to help you maximize personal and professional success.