Five years ago Michael Lewis (The Blind Side, The Big Short) profiled psychologist Daniel Kahneman in Vanity Fair. Kahneman had just written a book, which he was sure few would read. That book, Thinking Fast and Slow, has now spent most of the past five years on bestseller lists. Lewis's new book is part joint biography of Kahneman (who won the Nobel prize in Economics) and his major collaborator Tversky (a "Genius Grant" winner). It's a moving look at friendship enduring in the academic marketplace. But Lewis also takes great care exploring their major contributions to decision-making science. His stories and examples, some drawn from sports, medicine, and the Israeli military, contribute to making this a book most will think about for a long time.
“Brilliant. . . . Lewis has given us a spectacular account of two great men who faced up to uncertainty and the limits of human reason.” —William Easterly, Wall Street Journal
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 possible. In The Undoing Project, Lewis shows how their Nobel Prize–winning theory of the mind altered our perception of reality.
About the Author
Michael Lewis is the best-selling author of Liar’s Poker, Moneyball, The Blind Side, The Big Short, and The Undoing Project. He lives in Berkeley, California, with his wife and three children.
Lewis has written one hell of a love story. — Jennifer Senior
Hugely important. — Samantha Power
A must-read. — Greg McKenna
Fascinating stories about intriguing people. — Cass Sunstein and Richard Thaler
Brilliant… Lewis has given us a spectacular account of two great men who faced up to uncertainty and the limits of human reason. — William Easterly
Compelling… The Undoing Project is a history of the birth of behavioral economics, but it’s also Lewis’s testament to the power of collaboration.
— Peter Coy
Whatever subject strikes his fancy, Lewis
renders it clear and understandable while showcasing its human drama. In the
realm of exalted journalistic wizardry, he is surely kin to Tracy Kidder and
Malcolm Gladwell. — Dan Cryer
Intellectually mesmerizing and inspiring.
Mind-blowing… [The Undoing Project] will raise doubts about how you personally perceive reality. — Don Oldenburg
Michael Lewis has a genius for finding stories about people who view reality from an unusual angle and telling these stories in a compulsively readable way. — Geoffrey Kabat
A fantastic read. — Jesse Singal
Lewis [is a] master of the character-driven narrative. — Charlie Gofen
Tantalizing and tender… Lewis is an irresistible storyteller and a master at illuminating complicated and fascinating subjects.