I'm a best-selling author and a senior fellow with the Center for American Progress. I just finished up a book that looks at the new science of learning. Titled "Learn Better," the book takes a broad look at how people can gain skills more effectively.
The book is deeply researched, and as part of my reporting, I took basketball lessons from a former Harlem Globetrotter, spent time with the nation's foremost ER room doctor, and profiled the man who used some of the recent learning research to dominate the game show Jeopardy.
I'm fortunate to have received some excellent early reviews. Publisher's Weekly called the book "engaging" and "thought-provoking," while author Walter Isaacson said the book was "alternately humorous, surprising, and profound.”
Before the Center, I was a contributing editor for U.S. News & World Report. My work has appeared in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, and The Washington Post. In February 2009, HarperCollins published my book The Gardner Heist, which examines the 1990 theft of a dozen masterpieces from Boston’s Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum.