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  • The Irresistible Pull of Irrational Behavior
  • By: Rom Brafman, Ori Brafman
  • Narrated by: John Apicella
  • Length: 4 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 622
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 379
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 377

A Harvard Business School student pays over $200 for a $20 bill. Washington, D.C., commuters ignore a free subway concert by a violin prodigy. A veteran airline pilot attempts to take off without control-tower clearance and collides with another plane on the runway. Why do we do the wildly irrational things we sometimes do?

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Disappointing book

  • By Martin Proulx on 12-10-08

Derivative of Better Previous Books

Overall
2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-09-08

This book copies/steals the general format and concepts of past books on the same subject (e.g., Black Swan). The problem is the authors just aren't at the same intellectual caliber as the others. Many of the long stories, aren't that interesting and come from the "Academy for Proving the Incredibly Obvious." Other interpretations of contrived class-room games are just plain bizarre (e.g., bids on $20 bill above $20 come from poorly designed game where people don't just cut their losses--author ties this in a tendentious way to U.S. in Iraq).

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