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The Undoing Project Audiobook

The Undoing Project: A Friendship That Changed Our Minds

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Editors Select, December 2016 - My team knows that I have some very obvious "author crushes" - as in, whenever I hear that one of said authors is coming out with a new release, I jump on the opportunity to listen to their book as soon as possible. Michael Lewis is one of these people. He's known for his accessible and incredibly interesting "backstage pass looks" into the inner workings of a particular industry - in my current favorites, Flash Boys and Liars' Poker, it's the world of finance - and in The Undoing Project (which is gunning for a top spot on my Michael Lewis list) it's behavioral economics...partially. It's about a friendship that completely revolutionized what is known as "Big Data" and increased the use and reliability of algorithms. Dennis Boutsikaris, with his clear and knowing voice, does an incredible job of highlighting the conversational tone Michael Lewis is known for. —Laura, Audible Editor

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Best-selling author Michael Lewis examines how a Nobel Prize-winning theory of the mind altered our perception of reality.

Forty years ago Israeli psychologists Daniel Kahneman and Amos Tversky wrote a series of breathtakingly original studies undoing our assumptions about the decision-making process. Their papers showed the ways in which the human mind erred systematically when forced to make judgments about uncertain situations. Their work created the field of behavioral economics, revolutionized Big Data studies, advanced evidence-based medicine, led to a new approach to government regulation, and made much of Michael Lewis' own work possible. Kahneman and Tversky are more responsible than anybody for the powerful trend to mistrust human intuition and defer to algorithms.

The Undoing Project is about the fascinating collaboration between two men who have the dimensions of great literary figures. They became heroes in the university and on the battlefield - both had important careers in the Israeli military - and their research was deeply linked to their extraordinary life experiences. In the process they may well have changed for good mankind's view of its own mind.

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©2016 Michael Lewis (P)2016 Simon & Schuster

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    "Pressures of everyday psychology"

    I loved this book. The linkages between the chapters made the complexity of the relationship between Kahneman and Tversky understandable. This book showed me that ego has a powerful presence in everyone. Even though these two men formed an unbreakable partnership and genius collaboration, the friction from the world around them broke them over time. One lesson from the book, is find the value in every relationship and treasure it for as long as you can.

    13 of 16 people found this review helpful
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    S. Yates 12-08-16
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    4.5 stars. Absolutely wonderful. Michael Lewis successfully blends two biographies, an intellectual love story (there really is no other way to describe the Kahneman/Tversky partnership), astute sketches of the work they did (in heuristics and biases), and how the partnership had ripple effects in a myriad of areas (from economics to psychology, from medicine to the military, and beyond). The book moves at a brisk pace, never dull, and fleshes out the men behind the scientific work. This vantage point into where Kahneman and Tversky came from, the events that shaped them, their intellectual make-ups, and the alchemy of their partnership is a real treat. This added depth to the scientists only makes me appreciate their work all the more. Highly recommended for anyone, but especially those who have read Thinking Fast, And Slow, any book on behavioral economics, or students of how human cognition leads us astray. A fantastic book that I couldn't put down.

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    Michael United States 12-13-16
    Michael United States 12-13-16 Member Since 2016
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    I think that what most people love about Michael Lewis is his attention to detail.

    This book goes into the deep thoughts between two Israeli doctors as they discover psychology of the "irrational"consumer.

    My comments to Michael Lewis will be, great job on the research and the writing! You're an artist the way that you put things together.

    I expected more details about their research and the data which was collected. There were just a couple of times where I was not clear about what their research was trying to represent. I feel like I need to go back and listen to the book again.

    Overall I loved the story of the meaningful purpose between these two men as i have read other books which often quote their work. It is interesting to know about the sweat and tears behind their success.

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    Charles S. 12-25-16
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    "Fascinating"

    have to let my historian friend listen. he is always so sure of himself. I'm an engineer and we always need to understand that nothing is 100%. now I know why I always thought that people that were so sure were generally full of it.

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    Timothy College Station, TX, United States 04-13-17
    Timothy College Station, TX, United States 04-13-17 Member Since 2016
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    "Great book about Kahneman and Tversky"

    First, let me say that I'm a big fan of Kahneman's book "Thinking Fast and Slow". I've read it several times and always feel like I've learned something new and become a better person as a result. It's one of the few books that I feel should be must-reading for every human being.

    This book is basically half biography of these two people (Kahneman and Tversky) and half analysis of their life and work. It's very interesting, but I will have to say that it's not as good as his other book, "Moneyball".

    If you've never read anything by Michael Lewis, read "Moneyball" first. If you've never read "Thinking Fast and Slow", read it first. However, if you've already read and enjoyed both of those, you'll like this as well.

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    Tristan 02-27-17
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    "Total delight. Totally informative. A little sad."

    Wow, Lewis is a great writer.

    Many books have now explained the ideas of Kahneman and Tversky, but by focusing on the story of their friendship, Lewis does a better job drawing out the drama of discovery. Even though I've read a number of those books—such as "Nudge" and Kahneman's own "Thinking Fast and Slow"—I gleaned new insight thanks to how Lewis highlighted the key concepts that matter most.

    Read it for the great story. Read it for the history. Read it for the insight on the trouble with being human. You really can't go wrong with this title.

    I just wish he had left a little bit more good news for the end. The book is like a movie that ends right at the second act when everyone gets angry at each other and everything is going wrong. Bit of a bummer, but I guess that's what happens when it's "non-fiction."

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    Raleigh greensboro, NC, United States 12-16-16
    Raleigh greensboro, NC, United States 12-16-16 Member Since 2009
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    "backstory to a 2002 nobel prize"

    ? are you interested in the origins of behavioral economics
    ? have you heard the names amos tversky and daniel kahneman
    ? would it intrigue you to know more about their backstory

    the well known author, michael lewis, has written a great book for you
    he skillfully chronicles the lives and achievements of these two bold men
    in it, we learn about the real cost and method of generating world changing ideas

    tversky and kahneman came of age in the early days of the nation of israel
    military service was mandatory, for able men, and israel's survival was uncertain
    hebrew university (HU) was a magnet for diligent and intelligent young israeli minds

    tversky and kahneman met at HU and brought its' psychology department into being
    they were daring, brilliant and together formed a perfect academic yin-and-yang
    as a pair, they brought out, in each other, their best and most original thoughts

    sadly ego, divorce and separate appointments at US universities took their toll
    what began as a productive and ideal marriage of 2 great minds slowly unravelled
    tversky's diagnosis, at 59, of metastatic melanoma prompted a reconciliation

    kahneman's 2002 nobel prize in economics, came 6 years after tversky's death
    lewis's understated style makes these 2 brilliant men more sympathetic and human
    i will now re-read kahneman's " thinking fast and slow " with a new appreciation







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    "An eye opener project"

    An interesting review of friendship, exceptional knowledge and world changing academic partnership. Michael Lewis once again exposed two great minds and their contributions to all aspects of personal, social, and organizational reasoning.


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    "What a cool story"

    Excellent narration to a really great book. Essentially the story you never knew of two guys who that laid the foundation for all behavioral economics, big data and decision sciences.

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    Jane Chicago, IL, United States 04-11-17
    Jane Chicago, IL, United States 04-11-17 Member Since 2015
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    "I loved learning about two very smart men."

    This is biographical about two men Daniel Kahneman (DK) and Amos Tversky (AT). There is a little about their backgrounds. Most of this is about their work, discoveries, and interaction as adults. They had a close partnership for about ten years. That slowed down after they moved to the U.S. and lived in different places.

    There were many fascinating ideas in this book. I previously read the book Thinking, Fast and Slow by Daniel Kahneman. Some of those ideas were also mentioned in this book.

    The biggest idea from these two men was that human intuition, opinions, and judgement is faulty, not reliable, not predictable. Most economists were reluctant to accept this. It ruined their supply/demand/market ideas. But eventually they accepted it. Thus the Nobel prize in Economics was given to DK in 2002. Since the Nobel prize is only given to living people AT was not named, but everyone knew he was part of it.

    One example is doctors. They interviewed doctors asking what they looked for when deciding if something was stomach cancer (or it may have been ulcers, I forget). They came up with a list which they put into a computer. Then they did a study giving test cases to doctors. The computer consistently beat the doctors. And, doctors even disagreed with themselves - when given the same case twice sometimes the doctors would give different answers.

    AUDIOBOOK NARRATOR:
    Dennis Boutsikaris was excellent. Good job removing his breathing noises.

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    Narrative mode: 3rd person. Story length: 10 hrs and 18 mins. Swearing language: s*** used once or twice. Book copyright: 2016. Genre: biography.

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