Put this book on double speed playback. It's long. It's very dry and somewhat repetitive at points. It's clearly the bias opinion of one person who has been criticized for his role in world affairs. Nonetheless, the historical perspective on China and the specific insights into the Chinese/American dynamic should not be foregone by anyone interested in political policy or business relationships with China. I came away with a more empathetic understanding of China than I had before, and while I do not think I am qualified to set American policy on China just from reading one book, I no longer view the issue of Taiwan or the Communist party in the same way. America must learn to engage China in a positive way, and informed American voters should read this book.
The notion of libertarian paternalism is interesting, even if impossible to actually implement. Nonetheless, the revelation that decisions can be so widely influenced puts a great deal of responsibility on choice architects - even reluctant ones. You will never look at another salad bar line quite the same.
More anecdote, rather than details on scientific studies, to bring it all to life. The story comes across as rather sterile and clinical.
Perhaps it was the material, but I found him to be painfully slow, even at 2x playback speed.
Never. Perhaps a documentary, but this book is advocacy, not fiction. The authors develop a position for the role of government and even corporations in society. The case studies are generally more scientific than anecdotal in nature.
In business, people do not consider well enough the heuristics and biases that affect decision making. Whether it's picking stocks or making business decisions, controlling for these cognitive variables when comparing choices can really give you an edge. Kahneman makes his academic work accessible to the average reader, bringing it to life with anecdotes from his own life and research. One of the better books I have read on cognitive psychology for the layman, and I've read a few.
As a business person, I particularly enjoyed the tips and practices suggested for recognizing and controlling for heuristics and biases. The author applies them both to general real world contexts and to business situations in particular.
I have been a fan of Michael Lewis's writing since Liar's Poker, which I re-read during the peak (or should I say nadir) of the financial crisis and general panic. It was fascinating to see how he presaged what would come of the securitization of mortgages - back in the 80's and 90's! Boomerang is a fantastic follow up to Lewis's equally enthralling account of the mortgage bust in The Big Short. I finished this book while traveling in Ireland on business, and it really brought the urban landscape to life there for me. Excellent author, scarily interesting topic, I highly recommend listening to this book.
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