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True Grit: Classic Tales of Perseverance

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What’s the secret to success, and could that secret be the same for both a U.S. president and a Nobel Prize-winning scientist? A champion boxer and a celebrated children’s author? A famous inventor and a trailblazing maker of films? Does the secret lie more with talent, IQ, and education or with that special life-changing mix of passion and perseverance popularly known as grit? This book provides the answer.

How did the great men and women who changed the world actually do it? Were they simply smarter and more talented than the rest of us? What was their secret?

The accomplishments of the great are widely known, but their many battles with adversity, frequent setbacks and defeats, and the personal and professional hardships they endured along the way and ultimately drew strength from—this is the dark underside of achievement that is seldom illuminated.

This book examines ten historic figures—from the world of sports and popular culture to literature, business, science, statecraft, and social outreach—and highlights how they left their legendary mark on the world. Their recipes for success were many and varied, but all had one key ingredient in common: that life-changing mix of passion and perseverance popularly known as grit.

About the author

Theodore Pappas is Executive Editor and Chief Development Officer at Encyclopedia Britannica in Chicago. His writings have appeared in a variety of American and British publications, including The American Scholar, The Spectator, Lapham’s Quarterly, The Wilson Quarterly, and the New York Post, among others. His work has been taught, anthologized, as well as discussed in publications such as the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, The New Yorker, and Vanity Fair. His broadcast experience includes the NBC Today Show, CBS Evening News, Fox News radio and television, NPR’s All Things Considered, and BBC Radio. He also recently edited the Encyclopedia Britannica Anniversary Edition: 250 Years of Excellence (1768-2018).

Praise for True Grit

“Kudos to Theodore Pappas for his inspiring tales of ten of the most accomplished pioneers and leaders in history. True Grit is a testament to what people can achieve, despite the adversity they face, when they persevere, believe passionately in their life’s mission, and refuse to give up.”  - Linda Kaplan Thaler, best-selling coauthor of The Power of Nice, The Power of Small, and Grit to Great: How Perseverance, Passion, and Pluck Take You from Ordinary to Extraordinary

“History has shown that true innovation rarely happens overnight. It’s a process of trial and error that begins with small ideas and requires both perseverance and the willingness to iterate. Again and again. In True Grit, Theodore Pappas masterfully highlights some of the most notable and accomplished contributors to our culture, humanity, and the world around us.” – Bahram Akradi, founder, chairman, and CEO of Life Time—Healthy Way of Life

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