The Undoing Project

The Undoing Project

A Friendship That Changed Our Minds

Downloadable Audiobook - 2016
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Bestselling 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'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 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.
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio


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Jan 10, 2020

An excellent narrator I'll look for more. The book - thoughtful insights to how our minds perceive concepts. The last chapters got me thinking about past (decades past) events & actions that had a silent impact on my life that I'd never worked through or realized.

JCLChrisK Apr 18, 2018

This is an engaging, entertaining biography of a partnership; it's not so much about the full lives of psychologists Daniel Kahneman and Amos Tversky as it is the story of their relationship--one which has had far-reaching influence on many thinkers and practitioners today. Lewis describes who they were, their ideas, and their interpersonal dynamics. Anyone interested in learning more about how the human mind works will find it fascinating.

Aug 17, 2017

Listened to this while running. It reminds me of men's pants with zip-off legs They are not very good pants and not very good shorts, but the combination sounds like a winner. I am not sure I would've selected a book on behavioral economics. I am not sure I would've selected a book about the friendship of two Israeli intellectuals. However, when the economics lessons are explained through the story of the unique friendship it seems like a winning combination. Just as the friendship was undoing, fate intervened to nudge Dani and Amos together one last time, although I felt the book was rushed at the end. Still, it did prompt me to order Thinking, Fast and Slow.

Jul 05, 2017

This is possibly the smartest and the most boring book by Michael Lewis I've ever read.

The story of the friendship/partnership of Amos Tversky and Daniel Kahneman is one that forever changed history. In one sense, it's about the intersecting lives of the two men and what they contributed to the fields of psychology and economics over the course of decades, not to mention a few others by virtue of the reach of their work, but The Undoing Project is also the story of two eccentric and egotistical personalities jostling for relevance. It's this latter angle that more or less overshadows the former throughout the entire book. Whether that contributed to it being better or suffering because of it, you be the judge.

Side note: Previously, I read a book called Thinking Fast and Slow and found it utterly tedious and dry even though the information it presented was interesting. The book received rave reviews and widespread popularity at the time and I didn't understand why. Now I know. It was written by the famed academic Daniel Kahneman.

Mar 21, 2017

Michael Lewis is a masterful storyteller and if you're interested in stories about friendships or in the development of the field of behavioral economics, this is a book you'll probably enjoy. I liked it so much that after listening to it, I bought a copy of the book to "hear" it again.

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