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The Undoing Project - Michael Lewis
« on: December 07, 2016, 12:28:49 PM »
The Undoing Project: A Friendship That Changed Our Minds

The Undoing Project is a new book by Michael Lewis that I have recently really enjoyed.  He provides a great history of the relationship between Kahneman and Tversky. 

I would highly recommend the book. 


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Re: The Undoing Project - Michael Lewis
« Reply #1 on: December 16, 2016, 10:50:08 AM »
Good review of it by Rational Walk:

http://www.rationalwalk.com/?p=15450

Also a podcast interview with Michael Lewis about it (mostly anecdotes about Kahneman and Tversky, but some good ones):

http://knowledge.wharton.upenn.edu/article/161212a-kwr-lewis/
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Re: The Undoing Project - Michael Lewis
« Reply #2 on: December 20, 2016, 07:58:12 AM »
I liked the book, sole comment is that I would have appreciated more focus on the story than on the principles they discovered/wrote about. I am saying that because I already read their work and books and was treating this as a bedtime book which proved difficult at some times.
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Re: The Undoing Project - Michael Lewis
« Reply #3 on: July 22, 2017, 06:47:42 PM »
I'm surprised this book hasn't received more accolades on the board.  I just finished listening to the audio version.  The ideas are enormously powerful for the purposes of decision making in virtually all areas of life.  I bought the actual book and intend on going through it again.  If you are interested in building mental models or checklists to improve your decision making, this book is a necessity.

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Re: The Undoing Project - Michael Lewis
« Reply #4 on: July 22, 2017, 07:48:28 PM »
I'm surprised this book hasn't received more accolades on the board.  I just finished listening to the audio version.  The ideas are enormously powerful for the purposes of decision making in virtually all areas of life.  I bought the actual book and intend on going through it again.  If you are interested in building mental models or checklists to improve your decision making, this book is a necessity.

I'd be interested in whether there was more to offer in that area of mental models  as opposed to "thinking. Fast and slow"   which is a very good book

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Re: The Undoing Project - Michael Lewis
« Reply #5 on: July 23, 2017, 04:13:02 PM »
I'm going to sound like a real jerk here, but oh well.  Personally, I thought the book was crap.  It was a total rip off of 'thinking, fast and slow.'  Some citations were verbatim from Kahnemann's studies.  Lewis' book certainly is easy but lacks the depth. Was previously a M Lewis fan.  Lost faith.

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Re: The Undoing Project - Michael Lewis
« Reply #6 on: July 23, 2017, 06:56:30 PM »
I'm going to sound like a real jerk here, but oh well.  Personally, I thought the book was crap.  It was a total rip off of 'thinking, fast and slow.'  Some citations were verbatim from Kahnemann's studies.  Lewis' book certainly is easy but lacks the depth. Was previously a M Lewis fan.  Lost faith.

Nah, you're on point. I would also add that this book was very dry. Not nearly as readable as his other stuff. It's like he didn't bother to make sure the stories were engaging before putting them in the book.

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Re: The Undoing Project - Michael Lewis
« Reply #7 on: July 24, 2017, 03:10:29 AM »
I'm going to sound like a real jerk here, but oh well.  Personally, I thought the book was crap.  It was a total rip off of 'thinking, fast and slow.'  Some citations were verbatim from Kahnemann's studies.  Lewis' book certainly is easy but lacks the depth. Was previously a M Lewis fan.  Lost faith.

Nah, you're on point. I would also add that this book was very dry. Not nearly as readable as his other stuff. It's like he didn't bother to make sure the stories were engaging before putting them in the book.

I remember reading something a while back about popular writers (books and movies). They write a really successful book and the publisher signs a contract outlining more at regular intervals. So all of a sudden the person who wrote a great book on his or her terms has to write on a schedule. But in the case of people like Michael Lewis, Malcolm Gladwell etc., they may need to find something to actually write about since they may have put everything they had into those one or two really good books.
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Re: The Undoing Project - Michael Lewis
« Reply #8 on: July 24, 2017, 04:03:04 AM »
I think it depends on what you're looking for.  I have Kahnemann's book.  I've only made it through the first few chapters.  No surprise, it is much more intellectual.  If that is what you prefer, no doubt Kahnemann's book is for you.  If you learn well through stories, or like biographies, you'd probably be better off with Lewis' book. 

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Re: The Undoing Project - Michael Lewis
« Reply #9 on: July 24, 2017, 07:50:52 AM »
I'm going to sound like a real jerk here, but oh well.  Personally, I thought the book was crap.  It was a total rip off of 'thinking, fast and slow.'  Some citations were verbatim from Kahnemann's studies.  Lewis' book certainly is easy but lacks the depth. Was previously a M Lewis fan.  Lost faith.

I think you are way off. The psychological content was taken from Tversky and Kahnemann. Of course. They invented the field. But that isn't the story in this book. It is really the biography of Tversky and Kahnemann. And their relationship.

That story is very interesting. But I agree that the book was less engaging than previous Lewis books. Perhaps because Kahnemann is so private and Tversky is dead, Lewis struggled to get more interesting anecdotes.