My Thinking Fast And Slow Review is based on The Rubric.
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Thinking Fast And Slow Review – Arguments
This book is cited in so many other business books I review, and it ranks so well on The List, that I finally got around to reading it.
It is a chore of roughly 40 chapters.
The argumentation is as solid as you’d expect from a Nobel-winning academic, even as it’s stuffed into dense pages in an overall dense book.
Having read the book myself now, I’m not sure all those citations referencing this book actually grasped the concepts they were citing. I’d love to do some sort of segment with Kahneman to review some of these and see what he thinks; did they always quote him accurately and in context? Probably not.
Overall I’d say all of the value of this book is in its arguments, and it did not disappoint.
By The Rubric, Thinking Fast and Slow scored “Excellent” for arguments.
Thinking Fast And Slow Review – Practicality
Entreprising is a business book review site, and so one of the things I look at is how practical the material within a book is, especially as it relates to business.
There are nuggets of practicality in this tome, but they are not easily found or utilized, so the book took a bit of a hit when it comes to practicality.
By The Rubric, Thinking Fast and Slow scored “Decent” for practicality.
Thinking Fast And Slow Review – Enjoyability
Even worse was the pure frustration of how much material there was to get through in this book. At one point, I seriously resented that it wouldn’t end. I thought it should have been over after about the 18th chapter.
Like I mentioned, the arguments were mostly worth it, but in such a dense volume it was difficult to continue investing attention when I just wanted to move onto something more practical and relevant to business – and probably written with a bit more skill.
Don’t misunderstand; the author is a solid writer. His writing is functional and does the job he needs it to do. But it is not enjoyable to read, compared to say, Brené Brown, who is so darn good at telling the story behind the data and arguments she presents.
By The Rubric, Thinking Fast and Slow scored “It’s a Start” for enjoyability.
Thinking Fast And Slow Review – Readability
My process for reading business books is to listen to the audio first, and then to follow up on the Kindle version. I rarely have the book in my hands to flip through the physical pages.
Perhaps if I had that luxury, I would see a “map” through the concepts that you just don’t get when you’re clicking from page to page.
But as it is, the audio and Kindle versions of this book didn’t seem to lend clues as to where we were starting and where we were going to end up. It took hits in organization and presentation for that reason.
Also, it is an academic book packaged in popular reading, so the reading level was elevated, meaning it’s a bit harder to get through, so it took a hit there as well.
No noticeable mistakes, however, so there’s that.
By The Rubric, Thinking Fast and Slow scored barely “Excellent” for readability.
Thinking Fast And Slow Review – External Resources
I don’t recall any reference to resources outside of the pages of the book. Everything you are supposed to get from reading this book is contained in its pages.
Thinking Fast And Slow Review – Rhetoric
Kahneman isn’t selling you anything except his ideas in this book, which is exactly how I like it. Still, the book was meant for a broad audience, which means it takes a hit compared to the more easily digested and appreciated books meant for a specific audience.
By The Rubric, Thinking Fast and Slow scored “Excellent” for rhetoric.
Thinking Fast And Slow Review – In Total
This is not the first book I would recommend to someone looking for a business read, but it is imperative if you’re doing much business reading to understand this text as it is referenced A LOT as evidence in arguments made by other business authors.
It’s also really important as a read to understand yourself and your own processes for thinking and decision making. It explains quite a bit, and you’ll be happy to know you’re not alone in your system two’s laziness when it comes to thinking through things to make the best and hopefully rational choice. We fail. All the time. But as least we fail together?
So, without a recommendation, I would say that Thinking Fast and Slow is that required reading from high school and college that hadn’t been published yet when I was at that age. If you missed it, too, give it a shot. Painful but worth it.
By The Rubric, Thinking Fast and Slow scored “Excellent” in total.
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