- Hardcover: 328 pages
- Publisher: PCA Publications L.L.C.; 3rd edition (2007)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1578644283
- ISBN-13: 978-1578644285
- Product Dimensions: 9.6 x 6.6 x 1.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars See all reviews (50 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #32,570 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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I like the book for many reasons --the main one is that it was written by a practitioner who knows what he wants, not by an academic.
Nassim Nicholas Taleb
The world would be a much much better place if every man woman and child read this book and applied these thoughts in everday living.
I work as a speechwriter and the discovery of Charlie Munger's speeches has opened up a whole new universe for me. I studied languages at Oxford University and it didn't teach me a single thing that has helped me run my own business. I love the idea of Munger's multidisciplinary approach, and he's a wonderful contrarian business intellectual. Bevelin provides a kind of Coles' notes to the Buffet/Munger theories.
On every page I have underlined excellent pearls of wisdom that will enhance any business presentation. Here are half-a dozen.
He that waits upon fortune, is never sure of a dinner.
Everything seems stupid when it fails.
He that complies against his will, is of his own opinion still.
The task of man is not to see what lies dimly in the distance, but to do what lies clearly at hand.
Sir William Osler
I conceive that the great part of the miseries of mankind are brought upon them by false estimates they have made of the value of things, and by their giving too much for their whistles.
No victor believes in chance.
Expand your mind. Buy this book.
This excellent addition to the study of "mental models" is divided into four (4) parts.
Part 1 - What Influences Our Thinking
Part 2 - The Psychology of Misjudgments
Part 3 - The Physics & Mathematics of Misjudgments
Part 4 - Guidelines to Better Thinking
Part 2 & 4 are the corner stones of the book. Part 2 breaks out "28" mental models much like the "25" models in Poor Charlie's Almanack. To paraphrase a fellow reviewer, "This is a section you read first, then leave close by and re-read over and over, so you can slowly soak up the wisdom." Part 4 in essence expounds and adds more color to what both Parts 2 & 3 have previously explored.
Also, Appendix #4 on Checklists is a must read.
In Mr. Bevelin's introduction, he asks that we start the journey for wisdom and hopes that it is inspiring. Mr. Bevelin, a big thanks for your contribution!
Cautionary Note: If the reader is not at least somewhat familiar with "mental models" or has not read other fine books on the subject similar to Poor Charlie's Almanack, Influence, How We Know What Isn't So, or The Psychology of Judgment & Decision Making, one may be best suited to start there. After your spade work is complete, most assuredly come back as this book takes you to the next level.
I am sure Bevelin is interested in the subject of "seeking wisdom" but he writes in a calcified way, and some of the ideas are so 19th century, that you can't help but feel you are reading the musings of a rich, old, mildly intellectual dabbler, in a musty grand study room that has been writing his ideas on note books for years (probably with quill pen and ink) and decided "I should write a book about this". His writings about evolutionary selection are insufferable in their shallowness, naivite and lack of sophistication as they apply to the subject of epistemology.
He also talks about very modern concepts and developments in the subject of cognitive psychology and persuassion theory, but his stuff is just bad explanations of Cialdini's great work (which by-the-way is a work I highly recommend and I have reviewed for this site) and of Tversky and Kahneman (called prospect theory). For a serious understanding of these theories, the deeper reader should instead spend his time reading "Influence" by Cialdini and "Judgment under Uncertainty: heuristics and biases" by Tversky, Kahneman and others.
In short the book is a collection of scraps of writing, by a mediocre intellectual, that has powerful friends (I can almost bet he is himself a powerful old-money, money manager) that he wishes to impress and kiss-up to.
The book reeks of self-published vanity, and reading it is not a good use of a serious thinker's time.Read more ›
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What a book! I'm a huge Munger fan! A true renaissance man, a successful investor. Everything he says is short, and powerful. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Bogumil K. Baranowski
I came across Mr. Taleb's comments a few weeks ago and have since acquired this book. Interestingly it was only his books that I kept beside my bed to read - until I acquired... Read morePublished 2 months ago by James DiCenzo
Good read that causes you to think and to be exposed to various points of view.Published 10 months ago by sandra jones
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