- Hardcover: 302 pages
- Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Company; 1st Printing edition (2009)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0618620117
- ISBN-13: 978-0618620111
- Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 5.7 x 1 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars See all reviews (306 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #212,197 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"Houghton Mifflin Harcourt has decided that disgraced journalist and author Jonah Lehrer's second book, How We Decide, will be taken off shelves at bookstores after the publisher's internal investigation uncovered "significant problems," The Daily Beast reports. Lehrer, who publicly apologized (in exchange for a substantial fee) last month for fabricating Bob Dylan quotes in his third book Imagine, resigned from The New Yorker in July. Imagine was pulled from shelves last year. The publisher didn't go into specifics about the problems with How We Decide, but Daily Beast's Michael Moynihan had previously flagged some "problematic passages.""
Sigh...I was looking forward to this read. Is originality dead?
The book is an easy read, interesting, and informative. It is, however, a lightweight read. Do not expect great depth into any of the studies -- it is more like a survey course or cliff notes in many respects. This makes it approachable for an audience without any science background, but it also left me wanting a lot more depth. I also found the concluding chapter to be forced... it didn't really have much to offer.
I am glad to have read the book, but I didn't walk away feeling amazed.
I think I would have had less of an issue with the similar content if the book was told in a way that was compelling and interesting. However, this was just not the case for me. I found that the storytelling paled in comparison to books like Buyology and Blink. It's completely subjective but there was just nothing pushing me along to keep me engaged in the book. I generally have a high tolerance for dry writing but I found myself consistently putting this down and having to encourage myself to pick it back up. Granted, reading examples I had heard before probably contributed to this, but the writing didn't help in my opinion either. I think the one strength of this book is that it is very well researched and it is clear that Lehrer really knows what he is talking about.
Overall I think this book was just too similar to others I had read on similar topics and not written as compellingly as those books either.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Are you trying to decide whether to read this book? I would tell your rational brain that this book is more about good (and bad) decision making. Read morePublished 27 days ago by Misha Spal
I bought the book for school, for a class I had. I am not much of a reader but the book was really good. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Esmeralda Silva
Some books had a black stain on the bottom. Besides that it was in good condition.Published 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
I was disappointed in this book. Instead of giving ideas or anything original the author just tells stories after stories of people who made decisions. Read morePublished 2 months ago by David Allen
I am a female. I can watch sports and understand whats going on and even have opinions about (some) plays despite the game. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Sanai
Surprised at negative reviews
I thought the book was great. It explained so much I did not know. Maybe the negatives were from super smart people. Read more
Jonah Lehrer has a way with words. I read this book as part of my thesis, but because his writing was so clear and engaging, I'll be reading his other books!Published 7 months ago by RobinJBR
I think this book is just okay compared to other books about psychology.Published 8 months ago by Sikawat T.