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  • The Confidence Game

  • Why We Fall for It...Every Time
  • By: Maria Konnikova
  • Narrated by: Maria Konnikova
  • Length: 12 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 568
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 518
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 517

While cheats and swindlers may be a dime a dozen, true conmen - the Bernie Madoffs, the Jim Bakkers, the Lance Armstrongs - are elegant, outsized personalities, artists of persuasion, and exploiters of trust. How do they do it? Why are they successful? And what keeps us falling for it over and over again? These are the questions that journalist and psychologist Maria Konnikova tackles in her mesmerizing new book.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • The Confidence Game = major disappointment

  • By Nicole Kiess on 02-16-16

Great!

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4 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 12-24-18

If you like psychology mixed with true crime, you'll like this book. Definitely worth buying.

  • Phishing for Phools

  • The Economics of Manipulation and Deception
  • By: George A. Akerlof, Robert J. Shiller
  • Narrated by: Bronson Pinchot
  • Length: 7 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 252
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    4 out of 5 stars 221
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 220

Ever since Adam Smith, the central teaching of economics has been that free markets provide us with material well-being, as if by an invisible hand. In Phishing for Phools, Nobel Prize-winning economists George Akerlof and Robert Shiller deliver a fundamental challenge to this insight, arguing that markets harm as well as help us. As long as there is profit to be made, sellers will systematically exploit our psychological weaknesses and our ignorance through manipulation and deception.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Good examples and reasoning.

  • By Ivan on 04-06-16

Great book.

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 12-02-18

It was a nice mix of finance and behavioral economics. Definitely worth buying. Five stars.

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  • Smartcuts

  • How Hackers, Innovators, and Icons Accelerate Success
  • By: Shane Snow
  • Narrated by: Shane Snow, Erik Bergmann
  • Length: 5 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 996
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 832
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 836

How do some startups go from zero to billions in mere months? How did Alexander the Great, YouTube tycoon Michelle Phan, and Tonight Show host Jimmy Fallon climb to the top in less time than it takes most of us to get a promotion? What do high-growth businesses, world-class heart surgeons, and underdog marketers do in common to beat the norm? One way or another, they do it like computer hackers. They employ what psychologists call "lateral thinking: rethinking convention and breaking "rules" that aren't rules.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Smartcuts Delivers The Goods!

  • By TRENDS on 09-22-14

Just ok

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3 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars
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3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-16-15

The book seemed to have a too many references to products, and websites. I also thoght that the book did not clearly define each "smarrcut" abd how it could be used in everyday life.

5 of 6 people found this review helpful