The Undoing Project by Michael Lewis

The Undoing Project

Forty years ago, Israeli psychologists Daniel Kahneman and Amos Tversky wrote a series of breathtakingly original papers that invented the field of behavioral economics. One of the greatest partnerships in the history of science, Kahneman and Tversky’s extraordinary friendship incited a revolution in Big Data studies, advanced evidence-based medicine, led to a new approach to government regulation, and made much of Michael Lewis’s own work po...

Details The Undoing Project

TitleThe Undoing Project
Release DateOct 31st, 2017
PublisherW. W. Norton Company
GenreNonfiction, Psychology, Science, Biography, Economics, History

Reviews The Undoing Project

  • Trish
    This nonfiction is unlike others Michael Lewis has offered us. In this he tries the trick of explaining confusion by demonstrating confusion, but near the end of this work we appreciate again Lewis’ distinctive clarity and well-developed sense of irony as he addresses a very consequential collaboration in the history of ideas. Lewis did something else he’d not done before as well. By the end of this book I was bawling aloud, in total sync wit...
  • Jan Rice
    Originally reviewed in January, 2017After reading about this book, I pre-ordered it, six months before its release date. It's about the work of the psychologist Daniel Kahneman, who published Thinking, Fast and Slow in 2011 and his late collaborator, Amos Tversky. Thinking, Fast and Slow had a big impact on me. Moreover, The Undoing Project's author is Michael Lewis, of Moneyball and The Big Short fame. That's about all I knew of him. Around the ...
  • David
    This is a great story about two genius psychologists, Daniel Kahneman and Amos Tversky. They did groundbreaking research that led to improved understanding of how we make decisions. Although their personalities were total opposites, they found themselves enthralled with one another, and collaborated closely for fifteen years. Kahneman grew up in France just before and during World War II. His father helped his family narrowly escape from the grip...
  • Andrew Smith
    Amos Tversky and David Kahneman are psychologists who met in Israel in the 1960’s. Though very different in personality, they became very close friends and went on to collaborate in producing a number of papers concerning what came to be known as behavioural economics – or in layman’s terms, the psychology of judgement and decision making. In essence, they argued that departures in human rational thought can be predicted and its impacts cal...
  • David Rush
    I will be bold, and confidently tell you what this book is all about...Humans making decisions are inherently handicapped by systematic biases that make them think they are being logical, but often, or possibly usually, are not. And Mankind longs for certainty but we live in an inherently uncertain word.Man is a deterministic device thrown into a probabilistic Universe (Kindle Locations 2619-2620).There, no need to read any more or my review.BUT...
  • Diane
    It is a testament to Michael Lewis' writing that chunks of the psychological research featured in this book were beyond my comprehension, and yet I still enjoyed reading it.
  • Christy
    To start with the mundane and annoying: for a book with this much technical content, terms, and names an index almost seems a necessity, yet none was provided. More foot/endnotes and perhaps a fuller bibliography would be helpful, too. We must support the popularization of scholarly topics, and I’ve read that it takes, on average, at least 20 years for new ideas, analyses, and discoveries to move out of the academic curriculum of higher educati...
  • John
    First of all, I feel somewhat guilty about the rating. Some parts of the book I liked very much. Michael Lewis writes well but I believe he has fallen short here. Lewis is best at setting up an underdog who beats the system (in sports, the financial markets, etc.). He has attempted the same here about Tversky and Kahneman. But reading about academics who challenge conventional wisdom in the field of psychology is ... less interesting than financi...
  • Darwin8u
    “He suggested a new definition of the nerd: a person who knows his own mind well enough to mistrust it.” ― Michael Lewis, The Undoing Project: A Friendship that Changed Our MindsTversky Intelligence Test: "The faster you realized Tversky was smarter than you, the smarter you were."I love Michael Lewis. His ability for finding an idea that is centered on a person and then telling that person's story is phenomenal. He isn't the only one that ...
  • Michael Perkins
    This book is a major departure from Lewis's other books, of which I have read many. He usually has a single narrative arc from beginning to end, which has served him well, but is missing in this book. I was quite interested in the topic given I have read "Thinking, Fast and Slow" three times, which is chock full of insight and practical wisdom based on sophisticated research. I found the Lewis book to be disorganized and rather a mess, unfortunat...
  • L.A. Starks
    If Kahneman and Tversky were giving talks today, they'd be YouTube/TED talk stars. While I first became acquainted with their work during business school, Lewis more comprehensively outlines how their take on psychology has so profoundly affected the discipline of economically-rational (or not so rational) man. Anything published in the last fifteen years on the subject of decision-making owes a debt to these two remarkable researchers.Tversky pa...
  • Brandon Forsyth
    I think my friend Andrew put this best: only Michael Lewis could make this story exciting. The only thing I can add to this is that I am now genuinely excited to read Daniel Kahneman's THINKING FAST AND SLOW, a book that it feels like a hundred people have tried to sell me on over the years and that I had, up until this moment, resisted. Lewis is a master storyteller, and the way he plays with the tension of both this ideological partnership and ...
  • Nelson Zagalo
    O novo livro de Michael Lewis, autor do enorme sucesso “Moneyball” (2003) passado a filme homónimo em 2011 com Brad Pitt, é uma montanha russa de emoções. Usando como tema de fundo a amizade entre dois cientistas que revolucionaram a psicologia, Lewis leva-nos a conhecer o duo, dando conta de toda a sua genialidade sem descurar todas as fragilidades humanas. As páginas viram-se por si porque Lewis conta como poucos sabem contar uma boa h...
  • Jake
    “In the end, peace can be achieved only by hegemony or by balance of power.” ~ Henry KissengerMichael Lewis clearly has a reverence for this friendship. So do I. They are two men who brought me to thinking more probabilistically and why I chose my own academic focus. Who wouldn’t want to read about the platonic and professional love Daniel Kahneman and Amos Tversky shared, so strong that their wives were intensely jealous. These two men wou...
  • Miechele
    I enjoy a book or article that uses statistics and/or facts to cause me to ponder things from a different perspective.
  • Kressel Housman
    I’m a big fan of Michael Lewis, so when his new book was announced, I put myself on the waiting list for it at my public library. I probably would have read anything he published, even another sports business book (I haven’t read any of those yet), but since it was about a pair of Israeli psychologists, I was especially intrigued. Of course, I’d heard of Daniel Kahneman’s work before, but I’d never read his famous Thinking, Fast and Slo...
  • Maryam
    I think I need to read Kahenman's "thinking,fast and slow" to understand this book.I enjoyed some parts but overall the cause was lost for me!
  • Don Gorman
    (1 1/2) Double expresso....check. Red Bull....check. Adderall....check. Make sure you have all these ingredients close by when you take on this book. It will require all your concentration to not zone out as you are reading it. Yes, there is some interesting stuff in here, but you have to fight for it. Most of Lewis's other books have had popular themes or stories that kept you going and engaged the entire time. This one does not. It is a tricky ...
  • Scott Rhee
    Michael Lewis, the author of “Moneyball” and “The Big Short” has an amazing ability to write fascinating books about subject matters that I normally find mind-numbingly boring: sports and the economy. His talent lies in the ability to find people---the outliers, the rebels, the freaks---who have a unique perspective and new ways at looking at old problems. Oftentimes, these people don’t even know they have a new perspective on something...
  • Jane Stewart
    I loved learning about two very smart men.This is biographical about two men Daniel Kahneman (DK) and Amos Tversky (AT). There is a little about their backgrounds. Most of this is about their work, discoveries, and interaction as adults. They had a close partnership for about ten years. That slowed down after they moved to the U.S. and lived in different places.There were many fascinating ideas in this book. I previously read the book Thinking, F...
  • Nancy Regan
    When Psychology strapped on its parachute and dropped into the Kingdom of Economists, most of the natives rushed off to defend Rational Man from the attack of Emotionalists. Then a curious thing happened. When they considered emotions, the Economists found Rational Man more human, more likely to behave as people actually behaved. Probabilities, utilities and even regret mattered less than did potential change from the status quo to these actors. ...
  • Andrew
    Only Michael Lewis could make the story of an academic partnership and psychology exciting. Tracking the work of maverick Amos Tversky and dreamer Danny Kahneman; reporting their service in Israel's early wars; explaining their mind-changing insights. Lewis brings together these stories into a grand narrative that has its own urgency and compels the reader onwards.Read on. And change your mind.
  • Joy H.
    Added 2/7/17. (Published December 6th 2016 )This book is fascinating! I couldn't stop listening! It's about the decision-making process and how it was analyzed by two psychologists working together. The two psychologists were Daniel Kahneman and Amos Tversky. This book not only tells about their work but also about their lives, their personalities, and how they worked.Daniel Kahneman won the 2002 Nobel Prize in Economics.For an excellent and thor...
  • Dr. Lloyd E. Campbell
    As an expert on human relationships you'd think I would have seen all kinds. I haven't and this book illustrates a precious relationship I suspect all of us would love. Amos Tversky and Danny Kahneman had a one in a billion relationship. Amos may have been in the top one percent in intelligence of everyone who has yet lived and Danny wasn't far behind. Daniel Kahneman is the only psychologist ever to have won the Nobel Prize (in economics, no les...
  • Daniel Chaikin
    22. The Undoing Project : A Friendship That Changed Our Minds (Audio) by Michael Lewisreader: Dennis Boutsikarispublished: 2016format: Overdrive digital audio, 10.21acquired: Libraryread: May 1-10rating: 3Lewis does a lot of interesting and fun things with this book. He has a fascinating chapter on the long time Houston Rockets general manager Daryl Morey and his mixed record in the NBA draft. And then he takes us to the foundation of Israel and ...
  • Hallgrimur Oddsson
    The Undoing Project er allt öðruvísi bók en fyrri bækur eftir Lewis, sem ég hef flestar lesið og dáð. Þegar ég var búinn með um 80% af bókinni hugsaði ég: „Ekki einu sinni Michael Lewis tekst að gera persónulegt samband tveggja háskólaprófessora spennandi". En honum tekst þó að binda það allt saman í lokin. Nokkrir punktar um bókina:-Afrek þeirra Tversky og Kahneman eru akademísk. Það eitt gerir viðfangsefnið e...
  • Chase DuBois
    I’ve been captivated by other Michael Lewis books. This one was a disappointment and a waste of my time.Lewis’s books are all about the same kind of subject: a set of men who are outsiders in some way have an insight, do things differently, and enjoy success (scrupulous or otherwise) in their fields.Kahneman and Tversky match this description, and they are definitely worthy subjects. Their original research papers are far and away the most ac...
  • Karen Chung
    I'm a big fan of Kahneman's Thinking, Fast and Slow, and cite it often in my work, so I did know something about the Kahneman-Tversky collaboration - but had no idea their friendship was this fraught. I have ended up an even bigger fan of Kahneman, but of Tversky...not so much. Sounds like he was a competitive, controlling, know-it-all smart aleck and attention hog - the kind of person I tend to avoid when I can. I don't necessarily agree with al...
  • Steve
    Not my favorite Michael Lewis effort - indeed - not even in my top three Lewis efforts - but well worth reading. The broad topic - how the mind works (or fails to work) - should interest most readers, particularly if they think they think rationally. Potential spoiler alert (but not really): you don't think or behave as rationally as you think, and, as a group, humans surely don't behave as rationally as economists claim they should or do....Stil...