The narration is great, but the content is insulting rubbish. The most glaring problem with this book is the author's concept of "libertarian paternalism" which is akin to deeming an object to be a black-ish shade of white. The author has a worldview that puts his views of what's best for another individual ahead of what the individual believes is best for him/herself. He believes that individuals are fundamentally stupid and must therefore rely on an enlightened government bureaucrat to make better choices on behalf of said individual. The entire book is about manipulating an individual's environment so that s/he will make choices that the author deems "better" but "better" only from his point of view. For example, the author deems it unacceptable that a default choice for a healthcare plan would be NOT to auto-renew at the end of the term. Instead he suggests that the "libertarian paternalist" should make the default option automatic re-enrollment with the previous year's configuration. This, however, breaks the fundamental rule that each individual is responsible for his own well being and knows best how to sustain his own well being.There are a few bright spots such as the author's view on gay marriage. That is the only chapter I can recommend. The entire rest of the book is just a handbook on how a totalitarian bureaucrat can manipulate the sheeple.If you believe that the one person who can best make decisions for the individual is the individual him/herself, you will find this book appalling. When you realize that this guy currently influences the decision-making process of the president of the United States, it will start to make some news headlines make a little more sense.
Most, if not all of these concepts can be better understood by reading The 5 Love Languages which is a MUCH better read, much more practically applicable to life, and way less boring.
I don't completely agree with the author's conclusion that outliers are solely the product of their environment, but this book was fascinating and a very engaging read. I highly recommend this book as it contains many interesting anecdotes and factoids as well as interesting ways of looking at the world around us.
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