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Thinking, Fast and Slow by Daniel Kahneman
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did not like it

After having read all the positive reviews I was excited about this book. However, I found the book very verbose. Sometimes I had the impression I was reading the biography of someone who is in love with his own achievements. I guess there is a lot of historical value to this book. But I do not understand the context, so that might be one reason why I failed to appreciate it.

This book seems to address readers who are looking for simple models of how people make decisions. The author presents simple models, and explains why other simple models are too simple.

An example I found very verbose was the whole part about not wanting to lose. For example, I was not surprised that many people would decline the following deals:

1. A stranger asks for $100 and says there is a 50% chance you will receive $210 in return (and 50% chance you will not receive anything).

2. Or that someone who has concert tickets to his favorite band is not willing to sell them for slightly more than they were willing to pay for them.

In fact, the author admits that his grandmother would not be surprised by any of those findings, yet that doesn't stop him from filling many pages on the topic.

I'd recommend reading the following books instead:
* Drive The Surprising Truth About What Motivates Us
* Predictably Irrational The Hidden Forces That Shape Our Decisions
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Reading Progress

July 27, 2013 – Started Reading
July 27, 2013 – Shelved
February 10, 2014 – Finished Reading

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