'Cox intertwines behavioural science, psychological theory, and academic studies with compelling storytelling and descriptive case studies.'
– Financial Times
'The good news...is that we can make deadlines work for us instead of the other way around. Mr Cox has a wry touch . . . and a good eye for detail.'
– Wall Street Journal
'Fascinating... Cox’s profiles are full of insight and the observational flare of excellent magazine writing... This entertaining guide to the art of getting things done gets it done with style.'
– Publishers Weekly
'The Deadline Effect is filled with case studies that are smart, fun to read, and filled with drama. And most important, there are real lessons here: about how to work more creatively and efficiently, and how the ticking clock of a deadline often pushes us to do our best work.'
– Charles Duhigg, bestselling author of The Power Of Habit and Smarter Faster Better
'Cox is a zealous proselytiser of "the deadline effect" - the transformative work that happens at the eleventh hour... It's only by mentally manipulating ourselves to act early and often that we can ever do spectacular things... Though Cox may have learned his tricks as a deadline enforcer, he knows better than to preach without practice.'
– Rachel Syme, New Yorker
'Christopher Cox is highly lucid and a quick learner, who also happens to be skilled at explaining big ideas through stories. The examples are wildly various and creative, and each features high stakes: will the Easter lilies be ready to ship on time? Will the new restaurant open on schedule? Will the box store be prepared for the crush of Black Friday? A wry and literate how-to, a counterphobic look at the deadlines we fear yet couldn’t live without.'
– Ted Conover, Professor and Director, Arthur L. Carter Journalism Institute of NYU
'In the eternal battle between human beings and the clock, Christopher Cox’s The Deadline Effect offers a compulsively readable truce. In these seven vivid profiles of organisations under extreme stress, The Deadline Effect addresses a common conundrum with unusual insight. They say if you want something done, give it to the busiest person in the office but if you want to know how it gets done, give it to Christopher Cox.'
– Sloane Crosley, author of Look Alive Out There
'In The Deadline Effect, writer and magazine editor Christopher Cox has set out to better understand the way we respond to deadlines, how they can at once be stressful and clarifying experiences, and if there’s a way to trick ourselves into the latter without any of the former.'
– LitHub, 'Nonfiction Books You Should Read This Summer'