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Daniel Kahneman and Amos Tversky met in war-torn 1960s Israel. Both were gifted young psychology professors: Kahneman a rootless son of Holocaust survivors who saw the world as a problem to be solved, Tversky a voluble, instinctual blur of energy.

In this breathtaking new audiobook, Michael Lewis tells the extraordinary story of a relationship that became a shared mind: one which created the field of behavioural economics, revolutionising everything from Big Data to medicine, from how we are governed to how we spend, from high finance to football.

Kahneman and Tversky, shows Michael Lewis, helped shape the world in which we now live - and may well have changed, for good, humankind's view of its own mind.

©2016 Michael Lewis (P)2016 Penguin AudioBooks

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insightful

I listened to Kahneman books and a few others on the subject in the last three years. but knowing about how such revolutionary ideas were birth was very insightful, I was able to understand nuances that were hidden from a non psychology literate, like me.

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Nonsense

I’m a big fan of Michael Lewis books / audiobooks (and his narration). I get them all. This 1 was terrible: storyline and point. I should have returned but kept hoping the next chapter would be better. Don’t waste your $.

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Resurrection

Let's hope Hollywood offers a deserving and just resurrection of Amos Tversky when it picks up yet another superb work from Michael Lewis.

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Fascinating

With every junction a story that unpeels just a smige, but enough to understand how a particular finding came to be. Packed full of stories and people that I now feel compelled to research further and follow.

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A great story behind great men.

A fantastic story behind men that defined a new era in behavioral economics. Don;t expect many life lessons though, the books is a historic account, but delivered very well.

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beautifully written

The world changing psychological discovery and the friendship of Amos and Danny are both breathtaking.

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Moderately interesting

I have enjoyed Michael Lewis’s other books, but this one not so much. While the other books had popular main stream topics like professional sports and Investment banking, this one seeks to create the same engagement in the rarefied world of academia, and TBQH its a tougher sell. I felt like there was a punchline that never came. The characters only mildly interesting. Similar social science books in this genre have touched on these types of economic / physiological phenomena, notably Malcolm Gladwell. It’s a tolerable 2 out of 5 for me..

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Helps us think about thinking very differently

Thank you Michael Lewis for making the eternal wisdom of this partnership extremely accessible, memorable and enjoyable to experience.

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  • Judy Corstjens
  • 12-24-16

Great writer finds a great topic

If you loved Daniel Kahneman's 'Thinking Fast and Slow', you will enjoy this biography + elaboration from Michael Lewis. If you haven't read the Kahneman yet, you definitely should and then read this, assuming the 400+ pages of Kahneman left you wanting more (which is the normal reaction, I believe.)

No point in me repeating that ML is a great writer and story teller, but it probably is worth saying that the narration by Dennis Boutsikaris is of that 6-star quality that leaves you feeling sorry for people who read the hard copy version to themselves. He adds to your understanding. Leaves you waiting for the film version...

By the way, I've recently downloaded and audioed 'Winter is Coming' by Gary Kasparov and 'The Euro' by Jospeh Stiglizt from Audible.fr - the French website. I can't review them on the UK site, but I thought I would flag up that there is a different selection of Audio-books in the 'Paris Store', so you might want to check that out. So much for the single market!

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  • Wras
  • 02-03-18

The science of decision making


This is the story of two friends, a new country and the behaviour theories that have influenced how we present information and how we choose de information that allows us to make decisions that are better informed or that are less influenced by our preconceptions or emotions.
On the historical side is a reminder of why Israel came to be and how it is changing the world of science through the pure unforgiving need of surviving every war or losing it all in one.
How two persons can bring out the best in each other. and how they came to influence not just a country but the world with ideas and the presentation those ideas.
A brilliant book that humanizes a difficult subject and gives us perspective on how challenging it is to study humanities behaviour and its secrets.

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  • Tom Scott
  • 03-06-17

michael lewis at his best

I listen to pretty much everything from Michael Lewis I can get my hands on. his books are detailed interesting and always tell a great story along with the subject matter. this is no different and, although this is a subject I have no real interest in I found it really interesting and engaging. now I want to know more

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  • Tony Dunn
  • 12-28-16

Total joy from start to finish.

I love Michael Lewis and I love Danny Kahneman.

This is the book I most wanted to read in the world and I hadn't realised it until it existed. Cannot recommend it enough. Serves as a perfect companion to Thinking fast and slow.

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  • Jonathan89
  • 02-09-17

A must read for anyone with a human brain

Beautiful story which explores the lives of two greats of our time, whilst also exploring the science discoveries behind it

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  • Bill
  • 09-15-17

A powerful and evocative story of twinned minds

Where does The Undoing Project rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

The best philosophical biography i have ever read/ listened to

What was one of the most memorable moments of The Undoing Project?

How Danny Kahneman and Amos Tversky's experiences of the Holocaust (and War in Israel's military) fundamentally shaped who they were; was it these experinces that fostered characters destined to be collaborators together as much as it created people that would inevitably tear apart from one another?!

Which character – as performed by Dennis Boutsikaris – was your favourite?

Amos was the most compelling and intriguiung character as you don't feel you get to understand or see all of his emotional levels.

Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

Yes, it opened my mind to collaboration between scholars as being completely equal. The whole is greater than sum of the parts is as true in Academia as it is anywhere else in life.

Any additional comments?

The story of two trailblazers who will leave/ have left the world a better place as a result of their work.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 01-12-17

A sparkling and moving account of genius

This is a truly outstanding account of the story of two geniuses. The background is impeccably researched and the story is made all the more poignant as it unfolds. Thoroughly recommended.

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  • Gareth
  • 01-06-17

Perfect ...

Fascinating and important material, superbly written and beautifully narrated.

A real treat of an audio book.

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  • Mr L J S
  • 12-26-16

Vintage Michael Lewis

I loved the rounded portrayal of these academics and the wider influence of their work. The narration is very engaging and made for great listening experience.

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  • Samantha Pearce
  • 02-18-17

Definitely worth a read

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

I went to University to study Economics & Finance in the early 90's and then my Masters in the late 90's some of these ideas were coming through even then, although most models still relied on "rational economic man". I suspect this is partly not just a mindset, but it makes the mathematical models simpler. I really enjoyed how Kahneman & Tversky worked together and the way they came up with questions that no one else was asking. The end of there relationship is incredibly sad, but the work these two men did is utterly compelling and I hope as time goes by more widely known and not just by psychology students. I studied some basic statistics at undergraduate level, so I am aware of a small number of the pitfalls, it doesn't mean that like everyone else I don't make them. Fascinating and highly recommended

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  • wideeyedgirl
  • 04-28-17

Tragic and overwhelmingly beautiful

The story of Danny and Amos sneaks up on you. Michael Lewis writes with their pragmatism which guards you as you listen to stories so unimaginable in their horror... until the last sentence where you fracture. Amazing - this book and these men have affected me in a way no other book has.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 05-27-21

Average

It’s a light read
It’s not a biography neither a non fiction
I guess it’s in between
I like fact books and I hate biographies.
I learned few new things from this book which is great i suppose.
If you’re like me you may not enjoy it very much
If you like biographies you may enjoy it.
It’s good time as I could finish it easily and the material is not too heavy so you can retain a lot of the info just by listening
Overall it’s a good book. Definitely read more enjoyable books but this one isn’t bad at all
Performance is excellent!

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  • djn63
  • 03-19-20

Good but ....

Enjoyable but somehow left a little hollow. Would rather slightly less waffle and more examples of how their theories are used in practice today Maybe that’s a follow up book ...

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  • Yaniv
  • 03-25-17

Fantastic book

Great story mixed in with some really exciting discoveries in the field of psychology and economics. Dense with information and very thought provoking.

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  • flexter
  • 05-24-22

its interesting but some parts a bit long winded

great story. but some chapters could be shorter and dragged on a bit. great narrating though

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  • Sydney 55
  • 09-19-21

A story of friendship and brilliance

I thoroughly enjoyed this book. Amos and Danny’s friendship and psychological discoveries were intriguing. Beautifully written and read.

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  • Michelle W.
  • 06-24-21

Prelude to Thinking Fast and Slow

Found some of this book a bit tedious and difficult to keep listening to in parts. But it was worth it for the history of behavioural economics.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 05-20-20

interesting story

Not something i was previously interested in, but this was an interesting story. probably considered dry material, but very well written.

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  • Enrico Massi
  • 08-23-19

After listening to this book, I must now listen to

Thinking Fast and Slow. have struggled getting into that book, both listening and reading but this context was great. Typical and excellent Michael Lewis.

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  • Lachie
  • 08-18-19

Answers the Why

Great book - that starts to explain why people are not as smart as they think they are!