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A New York Times Bestseller

A 2011 New York Times Best Book for Nonfiction

A USA Today Bestseller

A 2011 Wall Street Journal Best Book for Nonfiction

A Los Angeles Times Bestseller

Winner of the 2011 Los Angeles Times Book Prize

A 2011 New York Times Book Review Notable Book

Winner of the 2011 ALA Notable Book for Nonfiction

A Washington Post Bestseller

A 2011 Economist Best Book

An NPR Bestseller

A San Francisco Chronicle Bestseller

An iTunes Top Seller

A 2011 Barnes & Noble Best Book for Nonfiction

A #1 Library Journal Bestseller

A Publishers Weekly Bestseller

The guru to the gurus at last shares his knowledge with the rest of us. Nobel laureate Daniel Kahneman's seminal studies in behavioral psychology, behavioral economics, and happiness studies have influenced numerous other authors, including Steven Pinker and Malcolm Gladwell. In Thinking, Fast and Slow, Kahneman at last offers his own, first book for the general public. It is a lucid and enlightening summary of his life's work. It will change the way you think about thinking.

Two systems drive the way we think and make choices, Kahneman explains: System One is fast, intuitive, and emotional; System Two is slower, more deliberative, and more logical. Examining how both systems function within the mind, Kahneman exposes the extraordinary capabilities as well as the biases of fast thinking and the pervasive influence of intuitive impressions on our thoughts and our choices. Engaging the reader in a lively conversation about how we think, he shows where we can trust our intuitions and how we can tap into the benefits of slow thinking, contrasting the two-system view of the mind with the standard model of the rational economic agent.

Kahneman's singularly influential work has transformed cognitive psychology and launched the new fields of behavioral economics and happiness studies. In this path-breaking book, Kahneman shows how the mind works, and offers practical and enlightening insights into how choices are made in both our business and personal lives--and how we can guard against the mental glitches that often get us into trouble.


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Editorial Reviews

“Brilliant…It is impossible to exaggerate the importance of Daniel Kahneman’s contribution to the understanding of the way we think and choose. He stands among the giants, a weaver of the threads of Charles Darwin, Adam Smith, and Sigmund Freud. Arguably the most important psychologist in history, Kahneman has reshaped cognitive psychology, the analysis of rationality and reason, the understanding of risk, and the study of happiness and well-being…A magisterial work, stunning in its ambition, infused with knowledge, laced with wisdom, informed by modesty, and deeply humane. If you can read only one book this year, read this one.”

Globe and Mail  (Toronto)

“A sweeping, compelling tale of just how easily our brains are bamboozled, bringing in both his own research and that of numerous psychologists, economists, and other experts…Kahneman has a remarkable ability to take decades worth of research and distill from it what would be important and interesting for a lay audience…Thinking, Fast and Slow is an immensely important book. Many science books are uneven, with a useful or interesting chapter too often followed by a dull one. Not so here. With rare exceptions, the entire span of this weighty book is fascinating and applicable to day-to-day life. Everyone should read Thinking, Fast and Slow.”

Boston Globe

“[Kahneman’s] disarmingly simple experiments have profoundly changed the way that we think about thinking…We like to see ourselves as a Promethean species, uniquely endowed with the gift of reason. But Mr. Kahneman’s simple experiments reveal a very different mind, stuffed full of habits that, in most situations, lead us astray.”

Wall Street Journal

“An outstanding book, distinguished by beauty and clarity of detail, precision of presentation, and gentleness of manner. Its truths are open to all those whose System 2 is not completely defunct. I have hardly touched on its richness.”

Guardian (London)

“We must be grateful to Kahneman for giving us in this book a joyful understanding of the practical side of our personalities.”

New York Times Book Review

“Daniel Kahneman demonstrates forcefully in his new book, Thinking, Fast and Slow, how easy it is for humans to swerve away from rationality.”

Washington Post

“With Kahneman’s expert help, readers may understand this mix of psychology and economics better than most accountants, therapists, or elected representatives. A stellar accomplishment, a book for everyone who likes to think and wants to do it better.”

Library Journal

“It’s a lucid, marvelously readable guide to spotting—and correcting—our biased misunderstandings of the world.”

Publishers Weekly (starred review)

“Kahneman provides a detailed, yet accessible, description of the psychological mechanisms involved in making decisions.”

Nature

“Profound…As Copernicus removed the Earth from the center of the universe and Darwin knocked humans off their biological perch, Mr. Kahneman has shown that we are not the paragons of reason we assume ourselves to be.”

Economist

“Absorbingly articulate and infinitely intelligent…What’s most enjoyable and compelling about Thinking, Fast and Slow is that it’s so utterly, refreshingly anti-Gladwellian. There is nothing pop about Kahneman’s psychology, no formulaic story arc, no beating you over the head with an artificial, buzzword-encrusted Big Idea. It’s just the wisdom that comes from five decades of honest, rigorous scientific work, delivered humbly yet brilliantly, in a way that will forever change the way you think about thinking.”

Atlantic

“Striking research showing the immense complexity of ordinary thought and revealing the identities of the gatekeepers in our minds.”

Kirkus Reviews

“There have been many good books on human rationality and irrationality, but only one masterpiece. That masterpiece is Daniel Kahneman’s Thinking, Fast and Slow…This is one of the greatest and most engaging collections of insights into the human mind I have read.”

Financial Times

“[Thinking, Fast and Slow] is wonderful, of course. To anyone with the slightest interest in the workings of his own mind, it is so rich and fascinating that any summary would seem absurd.”

Vanity Fair

“For anyone interested in economics, cognitive science, psychology, and, in short, human behavior, this is the book of the year. Before Malcolm Gladwell and Freakonomics, there was Daniel Kahneman who invented the field of behavior economics, won a Nobel…and now explains how we think and make choices. Here’s an easy choice: read this.”

Daily Beast

Author Biography

Daniel Kahneman is Eugene Higgins Professor of Psychology Emeritus at Princeton University and a professor of public affairs at the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs. He is the only non-economist to have won the Nobel Prize in Economic Sciences; it was awarded to him in 2002 for his pioneering work with Amos Tversky on decision-making.

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Patrick Egan is an audiobook narrator whose readings include Miguel Nicolelis’ Beyond Boundaries, Peter Guber’s Tell to Win, Harvey Sachs’ The Ninth, and numerous others.

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