The Undoing Project: A Friendship That Changed Our Minds by Michael LewisThe Undoing Project: A Friendship That Changed Our Minds by Michael Lewis

The Undoing Project: A Friendship That Changed Our Minds

byMichael Lewis

Hardcover | May 30, 2019

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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 in 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’s 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 a compelling 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. Amos Tversky was a brilliant, self-confident warrior and extrovert, the center of rapt attention in any room; Kahneman, a fugitive from the Nazis in his childhood, was an introvert whose questing self-doubt was the seedbed of his ideas. They became one of the greatest partnerships in the history of science, working together so closely that they couldn’t remember whose brain originated which ideas, or who should claim credit. They flipped a coin to decide the lead authorship on the first paper they wrote, and simply alternated thereafter.

This story about the workings of the human mind is explored through the personalities of two fascinating individuals so fundamentally different from each other that they seem unlikely friends or colleagues. In the process they may well have changed, for good, mankind’s view of its own mind.

Michael Lewis is the best-selling author of Liar’s Poker, Moneyball, The Blind Side, The Big Short, and The Undoing Project. He lives in Berkeley, California, with his wife and three children.
Title:The Undoing Project: A Friendship That Changed Our MindsFormat:HardcoverProduct dimensions:9.52 × 6.42 × 1.21 inShipping dimensions:9.52 × 6.42 × 1.21 inPublished:May 30, 2019Publisher:NortonLanguage:English

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Rated 2 out of 5 by from not what i expected from michael lewis i was very excited when this first came out and bought it on the first day, but it disappointed and stopped half way
Date published: 2017-12-04
Rated 3 out of 5 by from more theory than friendship The Undoing Project is the story of a fascinating friendship between two men who developed groundbreaking theories about how people make judgements (and, crucially, how people make incorrect judgements). For me, the book focused too much on describing the theories, pushing the friendship into the background. It was interesting, and obviously well researched, but not a gripping read.
Date published: 2017-11-02
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Enjoyable Quick and easy read, really makes you think.
Date published: 2017-10-20
Rated 4 out of 5 by from great read thinking fast and slow for the straight goods!! interesting men and backstories tho wow
Date published: 2017-09-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from lovely Such a simple yet inspirational little book...
Date published: 2017-09-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A good insight into the work of two amazing psychologists. Having recently read Daniel Kahneman’s ‘Thinking Fast and Slow’, I was looking forward to reading Michael Lewis’ latest work, ‘The Undoing Project’ to gain some insight into why Kahneman and Tversky would have ever taken on such an unusual line of research as decision theory must have been back then. Michael Lewis did not disappoint. As always, he brings alive the story behind the remarkable work that these two men produced, as well as the work Kahneman created with others (Richard Thaler, Don Redelmeier). He shines a light on their accomplishments, as well as presenting a few real world applications of their findings that ‘Thinking Fast and Slow’ didn’t explore. And, of course, Lewis’ inimitable style is always entertaining and exciting to read.
Date published: 2017-08-23
Rated 2 out of 5 by from meh not as good as i thought itd be
Date published: 2017-07-24
Rated 3 out of 5 by from so so I found it dry after I finished reading the first chapter, not very impressive.
Date published: 2017-07-05
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Not impressed expected more from this book
Date published: 2017-06-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from really good engaging and very informative, would recommend!
Date published: 2017-06-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A wonderful book with balance between theory and story This was a great book. Interesting to have Michael Lewis discuss the history between two colleagues. He does a great job of sharing the theory behind their work in an easy to comprehend way, against the backdrop of their personal history. Really wonderful to read.
Date published: 2017-05-24
Rated 4 out of 5 by from What a story! An excellent addition to any library.
Date published: 2017-04-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Wow Amazing thoughts put into amazing writing.
Date published: 2017-04-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Wow Really interesting. Complex and intriguing. Highly recommend reaidng.
Date published: 2017-04-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Really good A great book to read. Highly recommend it.
Date published: 2017-03-20
Rated 4 out of 5 by from good good book to read though it is not cheap but worth to have this book
Date published: 2017-03-13
Rated 4 out of 5 by from good to read good to give this book as a gift
Date published: 2017-03-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fascinating I love this book. It's a wonderfully written story of the long and loving relationship between two very different men, both psychologists. They probably wouldn't even have been friends were it not for the fact that each had utterly brilliant and original minds. Their collaboration was so wonderfully fertile that their ideas gave birth to entirely new fields - behavourial economics, for example. To have ideas about things that nobody else had ever considered in quite the same way blows my mind. And, for me, these ideas explain almost everything we do.
Date published: 2017-02-26
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Meh Great book with great anecdotes about how their research has really changed how some organizations (or entire fields) operate, but it wasn't the page turner other of Lewis' books can be.
Date published: 2017-02-21
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Interestiing Pretty vague. Minds are not alike
Date published: 2017-02-19
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Inspiring Very Inspiring and great book to read
Date published: 2017-02-17
Rated 3 out of 5 by from thumbs way up i am in love with this book
Date published: 2017-02-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great read! Highly recommended. If you're interested in psychology, how the mind works with everyday decisions, you'd like this book!
Date published: 2017-02-07
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Informative Learned so much about decion making and the many influences on it'll tseky and kannemahn relationship was equally entertaining. Good read.
Date published: 2017-01-31
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great! Michael lewis always has great insights from his studies!
Date published: 2017-01-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing story!! Highly recommend!! A must have
Date published: 2017-01-23
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Wonderful read. Loved this book -- 100% would reccomend.
Date published: 2017-01-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from loved this this has been the best book ever that I have bought
Date published: 2017-01-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from waiting to read my dad is currently reading this... can't wait til he's done
Date published: 2017-01-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Easy but fulfilling read As with most Michael Lewis books, this is an easy read. It's well structured and gives significant insight into one of the most influential collaboration - and relationship - of the 20th century. Kahneman and Tversky changed the way we think about human thinking and their influence has been felt through various disciplines. Lewis has been able to bring a profound new perspective into a non-sexual romance.
Date published: 2017-01-13
Rated 4 out of 5 by from i loved this i bought this one week ago and i really enjoy reading this.
Date published: 2017-01-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Good read This is a good book. You need to read!
Date published: 2017-01-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from loved it couldnt put the book down. I finished it in a day and half. Great read!
Date published: 2017-01-06
Rated 4 out of 5 by from OK read Enjoyable just not amazing.
Date published: 2017-01-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Enjoyable It's a good read, I really enjoyed it
Date published: 2017-01-03
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Interesting read Lewis’s story details friendship and the explosive break-up and people go through, detailing psychology and behviour as well.The story speaks to events and circumstances that can be forgiven and others that cannot.
Date published: 2016-12-21
Date published: 2016-12-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I loved this book! I bought this book a week ago, and I'm so glad I did!
Date published: 2016-12-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Book! This book was a greadread!
Date published: 2016-12-07

Editorial Reviews

Lewis has written one hell of a love story.—Jennifer Senior, New York TimesLewis is the ideal teller of [Tversky and Kahneman’s] story… You see his protagonists in three dimensions—deeply likable, but also flawed, just like most of your friends and family.—David Leonhardt, New York Times Book ReviewFascinating stories about intriguing people.—Cass Sunstein and Richard Thaler, The New YorkerBrilliant… Lewis has given us a spectacular account of two great men who faced up to uncertainty and the limits of human reason.—William Easterly, Wall Street JournalCompelling… The Undoing Project is a history of the birth of behavioral economics, but it’s also Lewis’s testament to the power of collaboration.—Peter Coy, Bloomberg BusinessweekIntellectually mesmerizing and inspiring.—Harper's BazaarMind-blowing… [The Undoing Project] will raise doubts about how you personally perceive reality.—Don Oldenburg, USA TodayMichael Lewis has a genius for finding stories about people who view reality from an unusual angle and telling these stories in a compulsively readable way.—Geoffrey Kabat, ForbesA fantastic read.—Jesse Singal, New York MagazineLewis [is a] master of the character-driven narrative.—Charlie Gofen, The National Book ReviewTantalizing and tender… Lewis is an irresistible storyteller and a master at illuminating complicated and fascinating subjects.—Booklist, starred review