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The Hot Hand: The Mystery and Science of Streaks

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For decades, statisticians, social scientists, psychologists, and economists (among them Nobel Prize winners) have spent massive amounts of precious time thinking about whether streaks actually exist. After all, a substantial number of decisions that we make in our everyday lives are quietly rooted in this one question: If something happened before, will it happen again? ...more
Kindle Edition, 304 pages
Published March 10th 2020 by Custom House
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Amanda
Jan 30, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Maybe it's my fault for overestimating how interested I was in finding out if the hot hand is real. I don't understand why so much time and money was spent trying to determine if the hot hand existed or not. I don't understand why the book's timeline had to be so scattered, or why some of the stories were included. The writing was fine, besides that, and maybe to someone who is into the hot hand more than me, would enjoy it more.
Lee Woodruff
Mar 24, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Is there truth or science behind a running streak of good luck, talent, winning or creativity? I love the genre that tackles issues or questions combining human psychology, data, trends and storytelling. Cohens WSJ reporter background means he takes a compelling detectives journey using disparate case studies. The books chapters range from a Russian prison to Steph Curry on the Warriors basketball court, Wall Street and the Amazon jungle, to name just a few. The outcome? Streaks, formerly ...more
Nav S
Mar 11, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I was excited to read this book because I'm a huge basketball fan and also because I've experienced "the hot hand" phenomenon couple of times myself while playing basketball, even though I'm not a pro by any means.

The book started off great, but it kind of went off the rails the further it went along. The author presented some interesting ideas and examples, but I feel that there were many times where the author was "reaching" with his examples to prove his point, especially his example
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Roosevelt
Mar 26, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: psychology
Fascinating anecdotes interweave into a great read.

I was initially intrigued in this book because I thought this streak-concept hasnt been well explored in literature. I appreciated the expansive amount of research the author put together in order to present his case. Gathering such a wide range amount of categories such as stories from sport, literature, cinema, world history, and even war histories, takes an immense level dedication to this subject and I had to applaud that fact.

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Sharon
Interesting journalistic take on hot streaks.

this was a goodreads giveaway
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Ben Cohen is a sports reporter for The Wall Street Journal. He writes about the NBA, the Olympics and other topics that don't involve extraordinarily athletic people. He lives in New York with his wife and their cat. The Hot Hand is his first book.

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