The Undoing Project

This is the extraordinary story – The Undoing Project: A Friendship that Changed the World, published by W.W. Norton & Company – of the two men whose ideas changed the world. Daniel Kahneman and Amos Tversky met in war-torn 1960s Israel. Both were gifted young psychology professors: Kahneman a rootless son of holocaust survivors who saw the world as a problem to be solved; Tversky a voluble, instinctual blur of energy. In this breathtaking new book, Michael Lewis tells the extraordinary story of a relationship that became a shared mind: one which created the field of behavioural economics, revolutionising everything from Big Data to medicine, from how we are governed to how we spend, from high finance to football. Kahneman and Tversky, shows Michael Lewis, helped shape the world in which we now live – and may well have changed, for good, humankind’s view of its own mind.

“Michael Lewis is a brilliant writer… The Undoing Project is a masterclass in narrative non-fiction” — Steven Poole Spectator

“A new book by Michael Lewis promises an absorbing story, dazzling ideas, journalistic flair and originality. He achieves this with extraordinary consistency. In The Undoing Project he has achieved it again.”  — Danny Finkelstein, The Times.

“Kahneman and Tversky’s deep friendship and intellectual collaboration has arguably done as much to define our world as, say, the intertwining between Francis Crick and James Watson… Michael Lewis, with his great gift for humanising complex and abstract ideas, is exactly the storyteller Tversky and Kahneman deserve.” — Tim Adams, Observer.

“It’s good to be reminded every now and again what genius looks like” — Malcolm Gladwell.

“I normally write two or three pages of notes when reviewing a book. On this occasion I scribbled six, often in high excitement. Lewis has a strong journalist’s sense of a good story and the book is dotted with hundreds. He also has a feeling for pace and intensity. Although this is an easy read, nothing is wasted and everything seems to be in the right place. And what a story it is!” — Bryan Appleyard, Sunday Times.

“Michael Lewis is perhaps my favourite writer full stop. At his best, Lewis engages both heart and brain like no author, and he tells the story of Tversky and Kahneman beautifully… the final sections will have you weeping” — Robert Colvile Daily Telegraph.

“Probably the best current writer in America. — Tom Wolfe.

“The kind of writer who creates his own weather system John Lanchester Michael Lewis specializes in narratives about quirky individuals who zig when everyone else zags”, The New York Times.