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What Was I Thinking?: The Dumb Things We Do and How to Avoid Them Paperback – March 16, 2011
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B.S. that people do to wiggle them out of trouble for dumb statements and getting caught! very fun book to read and well done!
Helmreich brings his formidable analytic tools and data culled from a hundred interviews to explanations of seemingly inexplicable deeds. Where newspaper articles simply reported the well-known disastrous actions of well-known actors, politicians, and the like, Helmreich rivetingly demonstrates how these actions are rooted in arrogance, fear, ambition , and the like--each case being different and in need of a different explanation.
Fascinating as are Helmreich's discussions of the famous, perhaps the most interesting portions of the book concern seemingly inexplicable errors that cause the man in the street--that's us--humiliation and hurt.
Helmreich sets all this in the context of the social milieu that both permits the errors and provides the antidotes.
Lest I have made this wonderful book sound to serious to be a good read, I hasten to add that it is a page turner that I read in one sitting. I recommend it both as most pleasant reading and as a very valuable guide to avoidance of the sorts of disasters Helmreich discusses.
However, as a Utahn, imagine my surprise when Sen Larry Craig (of airport bathroom foot tapping fame) is repeatedly identified as the Senator from Utah. He was, in fact, elected by the people of Idaho - we have our own fools, thank you very much, without importing others. When such a basic and easily verifiable fact is not checked, it makes me wonder about the validity of the other "facts". Kind of a deal breaker in non-fiction.
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I bought this book on 1st september for my sociology class, it took a little bit more than a week to came but I think it was worth it because this book is practically BRAND NEW and... Read morePublished on October 10, 2011 by Bon J
I highly recommend this book. It is informative while at the same time entertaining. Dr. Helmreich gives many examples of the dumb things people do, both the famous and the... Read morePublished on May 19, 2011 by Irene Prager