Michael Lewis is a famous author that I have mentioned before with Flash Boys, but he is also famous for other books such as The Blind Side and Moneyball. One of Lewis’ other books is The Undoing Project, which is a story about the relationship of Daniel Kahneman and Amos Tversky.
Kahneman and Tversky are two of the most influential psychologists/economists of all time, and their working relationship changed both fields forever. They are most famous for creating the field of behavioral economics, which has taken off in the years after their research.
The Undoing Project talks about some of the most important findings that Kahneman and Tversky made, as well as the lives of both men. It is interesting to learn that even though they collaborated so much, the way they operated and thought were almost polar opposites. Many people who were interviewed throughout the book were surprised that Kahneman and Tversky could even work together, as from the outside their two personalities were seen as very incompatible (in the end the relationship did end up fizzling out, but only after they achieved incredible successes together).
In addition to learning more about the two men, The Undoing Project does a great job of introducing both of their work. I was already somewhat familiar with their research and experiments, but reading The Undoing Project gave me an even better understanding.
The Undoing Project Recommendation Rating: 4
This post has now been updated to reflect a new ratings system that I have implemented, which is scored as follows:
1: Something worth checking out if you have time
2: Something that is a hit for some people, but not a must for everyone
3: Something worth prioritizing if interested
4: Something worth making time to check out
5: An absolute home run, worth going out of your way for
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