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A Fast Company Best Business Book of 2012
Roger Lowenstein, author of The End of Wall Street and When Genius Failed
Having mined the best of American research in fields as wide-ranging as finance, behavioral economics, and law, Frank Partnoy has written a beguilingly readable treatise that boils down to a single, easily digestible conclusion: in our busy modern lives, most of us react too quickly. Wait will naturally and rightly be compared to Daniel Kahneman’s Thinking, Fast and Slow as a trail-blazing book exploring the hidden crannies and the treacherous pitfalls of human decision-making. I whole-heartedly recommend it."
Bethany McLean, co-author of The Smartest Guys in the Room and All the Devils Are Here
Wait is one of those rare books that will change not just the way you think, but the way you act. The book is full of ideas that are fascinating, usefuland at times mind-blowing. I was captivated.”
Kirkus Reviews, starred review
A fascinating addition to the study of decision-making . While there is a high premium today for speed, the author suggests that there are serious downsides to rapid decision-making. Partnoy’s results are groundbreaking and a potential corrective to modern pressures for rapid response, whether on the playing field, in high-speed computer trading and corporate boardrooms, or on the battlefield . File alongside Malcolm Gladwell, Dan Ariely, [and] Jonah Lehrer.”
Jack Covert, 800-CEO-READS
Well-written . Chapter Three is particularly fascinating in its implications for how we make decisions and manage the world.”
Margaret Heffernan, CBS Money Watch
Marvelous Wait is an impassioned and thought-provoking book."
Christopher Chabris, Wall Street Journal
Mr. Partnoy's intention in Wait is to take on those who evangelize the power of thinking quickly, getting things done’ and leading an organized life. We can praise efficiency but fail to take note of what is sacrificed in its name. Wait offers a valuable counterweight to this attitude, reminding us that quality should matter as much as speed."
A popular new book . Mr Partnoy argues that too many people fail to recognize what good public speakers and comedians all understand: that success depends on knowing when to delay, and for how long.”
Frank Partnoy is the author of F.I.A.S.C.O., Infectious Greed, and The Match King. Formerly an investment banker at Morgan Stanley and a practicing corporate lawyer, he is one of the world’s leading experts on market regulation and is a frequent commentator for the Financial Times, the New York Times, NPR, and CBS’s 60 Minutes. Partnoy is a graduate of Yale Law School and is the George E. Barrett Professor of Law and Finance and the founding director of the Center for Corporate and Securities Law at the University of San Diego.
I enjoy books that seek to illuminate the balance or tension between two positions. Wait does this by showing case after case that sometimes a snap decision is good while other... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Hans Palma
I found it boring, the first several chapters are on sports and stock trading, two topics I just can't get into despite my high level of interest and training in neuroscience and... Read morePublished 3 months ago by Jamian Reed
Interesting read, presents the counter point to Malcom Gladwell's book Blink. A little long on the sports analogy, baseball, football, tennis that explores millisecond decision... Read morePublished 7 months ago by William Ziska
I read a lot of popular psychology books and magazines, and this is not among the best in the genre. Read morePublished 9 months ago by Experienced seminar leader
Former investment banker and corporate lawyer, Frank Partnoy tells us in the early pages of his fascinating new book Wait that the title selection was a word play on Malcolm... Read morePublished 9 months ago by James Hollomon
Hard to get through, but good information. Seemed like unnecessary information to get the point across.Published 9 months ago by goingraw
Learning how much time to take is an art and a skill that takes time to develop.
I will read and reread this book, those books that are cited and any other literature... Read more