The Undoing Project Background

The Undoing Project Background

Michael Lewis is an American non-fiction writer born on October 15, 1960 in New Orleans, Louisiana. He attended Princeton University where he majored in art history, but due to the limited availability of jobs in this field, he decided to become an author instead. His books have since become worldwide best sellers as well as successful film adaptations, including MoneyBall (2003), The Blind Side (2006), and The Big Short (2010).

In 2016, Lewis published a novel entitled The Undoing Project, which focuses on real-life Israeli psychologists Daniel Kahneman and Amos Tversky. The two published a series of essays that details how the human mind works under intense decision-making processes, and their work led to the creation of behavioral economics. Lewis’ novel tells the story of the scientists’ friendship and the progress of their research throughout their career.

Upon its publication, The Undoing Project garnered rave reviews from critics and audiences alike. The New York Times puts it best by stating that this book’s message is that the “human species is fantastically complex and often doesn’t know what it is doing. The search for a better understanding of our behavior is vital. It’s also difficult, never-ending and still very much worth the struggle.”

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