Daniel Kahneman and Amos Tversky met in war-torn 1960s Israel. Both were gifted young psychology professors: Kahneman a rootless son of Holocaust survivors who saw the world as a problem to be solved, Tversky a voluble, instinctual blur of energy.
In this breathtaking new audiobook, Michael Lewis tells the extraordinary story of a relationship that became a shared mind: one which created the field of behavioural economics, revolutionising everything from Big Data to medicine, from how we are governed to how we spend, from high finance to football.
Kahneman and Tversky, shows Michael Lewis, helped shape the world in which we now live - and may well have changed, for good, humankind's view of its own mind.
©2016 Michael Lewis (P)2016 Penguin AudioBooks
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"Total joy from start to finish."
I love Michael Lewis and I love Danny Kahneman.
This is the book I most wanted to read in the world and I hadn't realised it until it existed. Cannot recommend it enough. Serves as a perfect companion to Thinking fast and slow.
"Great writer finds a great topic"
If you loved Daniel Kahneman's 'Thinking Fast and Slow', you will enjoy this biography + elaboration from Michael Lewis. If you haven't read the Kahneman yet, you definitely should and then read this, assuming the 400+ pages of Kahneman left you wanting more (which is the normal reaction, I believe.)
No point in me repeating that ML is a great writer and story teller, but it probably is worth saying that the narration by Dennis Boutsikaris is of that 6-star quality that leaves you feeling sorry for people who read the hard copy version to themselves. He adds to your understanding. Leaves you waiting for the film version...
By the way, I've recently downloaded and audioed 'Winter is Coming' by Gary Kasparov and 'The Euro' by Jospeh Stiglizt from Audible.fr - the French website. I can't review them on the UK site, but I thought I would flag up that there is a different selection of Audio-books in the 'Paris Store', so you might want to check that out. So much for the single market!
"Vintage Michael Lewis"
I loved the rounded portrayal of these academics and the wider influence of their work. The narration is very engaging and made for great listening experience.
"Definitely worth a read"
I went to University to study Economics & Finance in the early 90's and then my Masters in the late 90's some of these ideas were coming through even then, although most models still relied on "rational economic man". I suspect this is partly not just a mindset, but it makes the mathematical models simpler. I really enjoyed how Kahneman & Tversky worked together and the way they came up with questions that no one else was asking. The end of there relationship is incredibly sad, but the work these two men did is utterly compelling and I hope as time goes by more widely known and not just by psychology students. I studied some basic statistics at undergraduate level, so I am aware of a small number of the pitfalls, it doesn't mean that like everyone else I don't make them. Fascinating and highly recommended
"A must read for anyone with a human brain"
Beautiful story which explores the lives of two greats of our time, whilst also exploring the science discoveries behind it
"michael lewis at his best"
I listen to pretty much everything from Michael Lewis I can get my hands on. his books are detailed interesting and always tell a great story along with the subject matter. this is no different and, although this is a subject I have no real interest in I found it really interesting and engaging. now I want to know more
"Waste of money"
This is not his usual style or content you wait for him to get past how great a country Israel is how brave the IDF are how human / friendly / intelligent its people are but he doesn't. The official point of the book escapes me except maybe psychologists are a waste of space.
"great story about a complicated relationship"
I have read many Michael Lewis books and have read Thinking Fast Thinking Slow so interesting to know the story of this incredible but complicated relationship between two lifelong friends whose work impacted a number of fields not just economics
I was expecting more, but maybe there wasn't anymore to get out of the story. If you've already read TFAS then you'll know most of it.
Not as good as M.Lewis's previous books.
It gives you more details about the relationship between the two characters than Thinking Fast and Slow does, so if you're interested in that then buy it.
"A must read for anyone interested in anything"
Truly engaging and enlightening telling of the way all areas of life have been affected by the work of two amazing characters. I can see myself listening to this over and over.
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