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Publisher Description

“Brilliant. . . . Lewis has given us a spectacular account of two great men who faced up to uncertainty and the limits of human reason.” —William Easterly, Wall Street Journal

Forty years ago, Israeli psychologists Daniel Kahneman and Amos Tversky wrote a series of breathtakingly original papers that invented the field of behavioral economics. One of the greatest partnerships in the history of science, Kahneman and Tversky’s extraordinary friendship incited a revolution in Big Data studies, advanced evidence-based medicine, led to a new approach to government regulation, and made much of Michael Lewis’s own work possible. In The Undoing Project, Lewis shows how their Nobel Prize–winning theory of the mind altered our perception of reality.

Science & Nature
December 6
W. W. Norton & Company
W.W. Norton & Company, Inc.

Customer Reviews

Samnite100 ,

Best offering by the Best writer of Our times!

While opening the recesses of our mind to the hows and whys of our decisions, we are also treated to history details that will inspire and reward our efforts! Bravo Michael!

superbellsam ,

Excellent , Mind Warping Experience

I've read almost every book written by Michael Lewis and all have been thought provoking but this is the first that is "thought destroying". I deal with questions of judgement and decision making in uncertain conditions every day and have seen (and fallen prey) to many of the mistakes (or inaccuracies) in our thinking, expectations and "undoings". I would highly recommend this book to anyone that: wishes to understand themselves and their thinking more deeply, make better decisions, or perhaps have a competitive advantage in a business venture. One thing it will probably NOT help is building better relationships - most people will struggle with these concepts and some (like my wife) may see it as some type of indirect or Machiavellian approach to getting your way ("our human brain is flawed - let's try a better approach" does not go over very well). Still, I would rank this as Lewis' best, perhaps most meaningful, topic to date and that is the highest praise I can bestow.

Dean130130 ,

Who proofread this?

This book is a disappointment. I’ve heard the author is very good, however, if this book is the example, I certainly can’t recommend him. I found several logic flaws in the book, for example, regarding the study on the names of famous people and your ability to recall lists of names made up of predominantly men or women; seems nobody proofread that section (if you buy the book, and actually pay attention while reading, you should easily be able to pick out this discrepancy). Several other examples of these discrepancies exist (which I will not fully describe for brevity). Also, the book seemed to ramble, for chapters it talked about the subjects’ history and unremarkable relationships, then it would switch to psychology and the research that was being done. In sum, if you are looking for accurate writing that won’t frustrate a detailed reader don’t read this book.

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