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Wait: The Art and Science of Delay

byFrank Partnoy

Hardcover | August 27, 2014

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What do these scenarios have in common: a professional tennis player returning a serve, a woman evaluating a first date across the table, a naval officer assessing a threat to his ship, and a comedian about to reveal a punch line?

In this counterintuitive and insightful work, author Frank Partnoy weaves together findings from hundreds of scientific studies and interviews with wide-ranging experts to craft a picture of effective decision-making that runs counter to our brutally fast-paced world. Even as technology exerts new pressures to speed up our lives, it turns out that the choices we make––unconsciously and consciously, in time frames varying from milliseconds to years––benefit profoundly from delay. As this winning and provocative book reveals, taking control of time and slowing down our responses yields better results in almost every arena of life … even when time seems to be of the essence.

The procrastinator in all of us will delight in Partnoy’s accounts of celebrity “delay specialists,” from Warren Buffett to Chris Evert to Steve Kroft, underscoring the myriad ways in which delaying our reactions to everyday choices––large and small––can improve the quality of our lives.

Frank Partnoy is the author of F.I.A.S.C.O., Infectious Greed, and The Match King. Formerly an investment banker at Morgan Stanley and a practicing corporate lawyer, he is one of the world’s leading experts on market regulation and is a frequent commentator for the Financial Times, the New York Times, NPR, and CBS’s 60 Minutes. Partnoy...
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Title:Wait: The Art and Science of DelayFormat:HardcoverDimensions:304 pages, 9.25 × 6.13 × 0.98 inPublished:August 27, 2014Publisher:PublicaffairsLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:1610390040

ISBN - 13:9781610390040

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“Gladwell-esque the book uses case studies of ‘delay specialists' in realms as varied as stand-up comedy and warfare, extending the implications of postponing responses in order to improve outcomes in every part of our business and personal lives. Procrastinators everywhere will rejoice.” Washington Post Express"Citing fascinating studies in tennis serves and first dates, [Partnoy] deftly makes a case for exercising something we could all use more of: patience. Plus, you gotta love a guy who dedicates his book to his golden retriever.”Jack Covert,800-CEO-READS“Well-written. Chapter Three is particularly fascinating in its implications for how we make decisions and manage the world.”Margaret Heffernan, CBS Money Watch“Marvelous Wait is an impassioned and thought-provoking book."Christopher Chabris,