The Undoing Project

The Undoing Project

A Friendship That Changed Our Minds

Audiobook CD - 2016
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Forty years ago, Israeli psychologists Daniel Kahneman and Amos Tversky wrote a series of breathtakingly original studies undoing assumptions about the decision-making process. Their papers showed the ways in which the human mind erred, systematically, when forced to make judgments about uncertain situations. Their work created the field of behavioral economics, revolutionized 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.
Publisher: New York : Simon & Schuster Audio, 2016.
Edition: Unabridged.
ISBN: 9781508229117
1508229112
Branch Call Number: CDAUDIO 612.8233 Lewis 12/2016
Characteristics: 9 audio discs (approximately 10 hr.) :,digital ;,4 3/4 in.
Additional Contributors: Boutsikaris, Dennis

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TootinMoose
Aug 17, 2017

Listened to this while running. It reminds me of men's pants with zip-off legs They are not very good pants and not very good shorts, but the combination sounds like a winner. I am not sure I would've selected a book on behavioral economics. I am not sure I would've selected a book about the friendship of two Israeli intellectuals. However, when the economics lessons are explained through the story of the unique friendship it seems like a winning combination. Just as the friendship was undoing, fate intervened to nudge Dani and Amos together one last time, although I felt the book was rushed at the end. Still, it did prompt me to order Thinking, Fast and Slow.

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danielestes
Jul 05, 2017

This is possibly the smartest and the most boring book by Michael Lewis I've ever read.

The story of the friendship/partnership of Amos Tversky and Daniel Kahneman is one that forever changed history. In one sense, it's about the intersecting lives of the two men and what they contributed to the fields of psychology and economics over the course of decades, not to mention a few others by virtue of the reach of their work, but The Undoing Project is also the story of two eccentric and egotistical personalities jostling for relevance. It's this latter angle that more or less overshadows the former throughout the entire book. Whether that contributed to it being better or suffering because of it, you be the judge.

Side note: Previously, I read a book called Thinking Fast and Slow and found it utterly tedious and dry even though the information it presented was interesting. The book received rave reviews and widespread popularity at the time and I didn't understand why. Now I know. It was written by the famed academic Daniel Kahneman.

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seaxfamx
Mar 21, 2017

Michael Lewis is a masterful storyteller and if you're interested in stories about friendships or in the development of the field of behavioral economics, this is a book you'll probably enjoy. I liked it so much that after listening to it, I bought a copy of the book to "hear" it again.

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