The Undoing Project: A Friendship That Changed Our Minds - Michael Lewis

The Undoing Project: A Friendship That Changed Our Minds

By Michael Lewis

  • Release Date: 2016-12-06
  • Genre: Science & Nature
4.5 Score: 4.5 (From 315 Ratings)

Book Synopsis

“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.

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Latest Impressions

  • How the two became one

    By BdavisGriggs
    A great look at the birth of behavioural economics and a history of two iconic features in the study of the way we make decisions.
  • 25% through and no clue where it's going

    By TornMoon
    I love psychology but this book was just a bunch of draw out stories about Jewish guys with no real substance. Stopped reading.
  • Fascinating story

    By Beto de Bernal
    Think fast and slow is a great book, a wonder. This book tells the story of two of the brightest minds of the world, spending a lifetime on writing a book. Easy to read, great narrative of one of the most prominent scientific pair in history
  • Disappointing

    By ajoffe
    I eagerly await all of Michael Lewis's new books as I have read them all. This book unfortunately was not his best. The subject while interesting just droned on and on.
  • 10 stars

    By ericccs_lau
    My favorit author write about another favorit authors. Will give 10 stars if I can 😁👍
  • Best offering by the Best writer of Our times!

    By Samnite100
    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!
  • Goes nowhere, slowly

    By Bigal 788
    I've loved every other book this man has written. This is not one of those books. It starts off in a rather interesting manner with an interesting premise, and then takes you on this journey that goes on and on and on and never develops. I couldn't make it past chapter 5.
  • Read Kahneman's book instead

    By Pnoahw
    The book was well written. Found the history of the Israeli State early years to be interesting. Agree with others, too many chapters on the friendship of Tversky and Kahneman. I wanted more about the science. I am not convinced that their work was ground breaking. If the goal of this book was to show the how their work was ground breaking - Lewis failed. I am reading Kahneman's book : Thinking Fast and Slow. It is a more practical "read". His chapter on 'the implications in Medicine' was a teaser with no real meat. In fact this book could summed up in the following: 1. Biographical, not science. 2. No real lessons to be learned. 3. Failed to convince the audience. 4. I wish I could understand WHY people thought Tversky was so brilliant. It is not enough to say people were impressed, show the reader his brilliance. This book is beneficial if it leads the reader to check out Kahneman's book.
  • Too much discourse on the friendship

    By Robertminidriver
    Too much discourse on the friendship rather than the actual science.
  • Excellent , Mind Warping Experience

    By superbellsam
    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.