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Publisher's Summary

The guru to the gurus at last shares his knowledge with the rest of us. Nobel laureate Daniel Kahneman's seminal studies in behavioral psychology, behavioral economics, and happiness studies have influenced numerous other authors, including Steven Pinker and Malcolm Gladwell. In Thinking, Fast and Slow, Kahneman at last offers his own, first book for the general public. It is a lucid and enlightening summary of his life's work. It will change the way you think about thinking.

Two systems drive the way we think and make choices, Kahneman explains: System One is fast, intuitive, and emotional; System Two is slower, more deliberative, and more logical. Examining how both systems function within the mind, Kahneman exposes the extraordinary capabilities as well as the biases of fast thinking and the pervasive influence of intuitive impressions on our thoughts and our choices. Engaging the reader in a lively conversation about how we think, he shows where we can trust our intuitions and how we can tap into the benefits of slow thinking, contrasting the two-system view of the mind with the standard model of the rational economic agent.

Kahneman's singularly influential work has transformed cognitive psychology and launched the new fields of behavioral economics and happiness studies. In this path-breaking book, Kahneman shows how the mind works, and offers practical and enlightening insights into how choices are made in both our business and personal lives - and how we can guard against the mental glitches that often get us into trouble.

PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying reference material will be available in your My Library section along with the audio.

©2011 Daniel Kahneman (P)2011 Random House Audio

Critic Reviews

“A tour de force. . . Kahneman’s book is a must read for anyone interested in either human behavior or investing. He clearly shows that while we like to think of ourselves as rational in our decision making, the truth is we are subject to many biases. At least being aware of them will give you a better chance of avoiding them, or at least making fewer of them.” (Larry Swedroe, CBS News)
“A major intellectual event . . . The work of Kahneman and Tversky was a crucial pivot point in the way we see ourselves.” (David Brooks, The New York Times)
“[ Thinking, Fast and Slow] is wonderful, of course. To anyone with the slightest interest in the workings of his own mind, it is so rich and fascinating that any summary would seem absurd.” (Michael Lewis, Vanity Fair)

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Best book ever

Must read book for everyone. How people really think and what drives their thoughts. How to better understand oneself

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Interesting research, written well, horrible narration

Kahneman's meticulous rigor and intriguing results were devalued by Egan's elevated emphasis on intellectual delivery.

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This changed the way my system 2 thinks.

I loved this book. I would put it in my top 5 books I've ever read. The last chapter made it completely evident that I have changed the way my system 2 thinks forever.

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Social and cognitive science meets economics. Told in a conversational narrative. Great reading, but spoken version makes quantitative examples and statistics sometimes difficult to follow. Glad to see this on the USAF Chief of Staff's reading list.

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i read t h i s b o o k a n d a m v e r y i mm u ss ed.

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Fascinating and enlightening!!!

Yet another Audible book you will not want to "put down". Extremely well written and perfectly read.

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Slightly difficult listen for audio version

there is a lot to think about and calculate to get the full experience of this book, with out reading the text version, I will recommend it over this version, as I found myself wanting to stop and think and take notes too much for an audio book. However the production of this book is very professional.

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Quite possibly the most important book I’ve ever read

Remember those chips in The Matrix that Neo could insert, to immediately upgrade himself? This book is one of those.

The principles and insights presented are universally applicable, and every single chapter is a gold nugget. I especially appreciate the format of closing each chapter with a “Speaking of — …” string of summarizing examples, that perfectly tie up everything you’ve just heard.

This is a classic in every sense of the word.

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It was overly academic, dated, and excessively long. A lot of the topics were interesting and had value, but it badly needs to be much shorter and focused.

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Interesting subject, but very dragged out

The book covers a very interesting subject and gets going right to the point, but then losses you im endless research and talk about how the author and his fellow colleagues progressed their careers and developed different types of questions to research their theories. Too academic for an everyday book.