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Full Title of Book: Deep Work: Rules for Focused Success in a Distracted World
Short Title of Book: Deep Work
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Author: Cal Newport
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Publisher: Grand Central Publishing (Hachette Book Group)
Publication Date: January 5, 2016

Overview of the Book:

In Deep Work, author and professor Cal Newport flips the narrative on impact in a connected age. Instead of arguing distraction is bad, he celebrates the power of its opposite: the ability to focus intensely on cognitively demanding tasks; a skill he calls “deep work.” Dividing this book into two parts, he first makes the case that in almost any profession, cultivating a deep work ethic will produce massive benefits. He then presents a rigorous training regimen, presented as a series of four “rules,” for transforming your mind and habits to support this skill.

Biographical Information:

Name: Cal Newport

Past Publications:  So Good They Can’t Ignore You (Grand Central, 2012), How to Be a High School Superstar (Random House, 2010), How to Become a Straight-A Student (Random House, 2006), and How to Win at College (Random House, 2005)

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Short Bio: Cal Newport is an Associate Professor of Computer Science at Georgetown University. In addition to studying the theoretical foundations of our digital age, Newport also writes about the impact of these technologies on the world of work.  His most recent book, Deep Work, argues that focus is the new I.Q. in the modern workplace and that the ability to concentrate without distraction is becoming increasingly valuable. He previously wrote So Good They Can’t Ignore You, a book which debunks the long-held belief that “follow your passion” is good advice, and three popular books of unconventional advice for students.

Awards / Honors: Deep Work was a Wall Street Journal Business Bestseller, an Amazon Best Business Book selection for January 2016, and 800-CEO-READ’s Best Business Book of the Week. Since publication, it received praise in the New York Times Book ReviewThe Wall Street JournalThe Economist, and The Guardian.

So Good They Can’t Ignore You was listed as one of the business books of 2012 by Inc. Magazine, The Globe and Mail, and 800-CEO-Read

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