Intangibles: Unlocking the Science and Soul of Team Chemistry

Little, Brown. Apr. 2020. 272p. ISBN 9780316434935. $28. SPORTS
In sports, each team enters the season with one goal in mind: to win a championship. For the teams that ultimately win the championship, there are many factors that lead to winning, one of which is undoubtedly team chemistry. Ryan, author of the best-selling sports book Little Girls in Pretty Boxes, explores the science behind team chemistry and how that factors into a team’s success. Ryan spent almost ten years researching this book, which is evident from the in-depth scientific interviews and evidence and examples she provides. The two teams she focuses on are the San Francisco Giants team that won multiple World Series titles and the 1996 Olympic Women’s Basketball team coached by Tara VanDerveer. Fans of these teams in particular will find this book particularly interesting. At times, the amount of psychological research incorporated may overwhelm casual sports fans. However, this is a beneficial book in the sports landscape as few titles explore the science behind team chemistry.
VERDICT Recommended for readers interested in sports psychology, as well fan of the San Francisco Giants and the women’s basketball.

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