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The Undoing Project by Michael Lewis

“The difference between being very smart and very foolish is often very small” - Amos Tversky

Like most students in college, I changed my major a few times while I tried to discover my calling and by accident, I received a minor in psychology. I found psychology somewhat interesting but I never considered it as a course of study. I only ended up with a minor because I needed two more classes for credit and by taking two extra psychology courses I received the minor.

However, I do not recall learning about of Amos Tversky and Daniel Kahneman during my undergraduate studies. Perhaps their work had not caught on at my university or their work is a bit too advanced for feeble undergraduate minds. Or I did not pay attention, that is a very valid possibility.

I first learned about Tversky and Kahneman reading other books in social sciences, behavioral economics, and the what not. Every time their names emerged, I found their work incredibly interesting. I finally got the courage to read the comprehensive Thinking, Fast and Slow by Kahneman. I was dumbfounded. I felt smart and stupid at the same time.

The Undoing Project is not a simple book to describe. It is a book about the great works of Tversky and Kahneman and how their work changed not only psychology but business, sports, military operations, government, etc. But the book is also about the great relationship between these two men. They start as perfect strangers, turn into unlikely friends, and develop into a close working relationship.

Micheal Lewis’s writing is riveting. The book feels almost like you are reading a mystery novel. You have no clue where the story is headed but you are very excited to turn the page.

This is a great book and easily one of my favorite books this year.