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This book has an attractive cover and that's about it . After a positive review in the financial times I expected an entertaining and possibly thought provoking book in the style of Freakonomics or Nudge. It attempts to present a coherent theory on making choices under lack of resources. As a thesis it is too flawed to entice ,barely a first draft for an MSc. The authors try to engage the reader with self defined concepts such as bandwidth and scarcity . These concepts keep popping up and nauseam but do not help to make the theory any clearer. In summary a book to fails to entertain or give any fresh or unusual insights in the psychology of economics. I would NOT buy this book again and not recommend that anybody who values there time to read it
The ideas hold some promise but are not developed enough and nor is the authors research. This would be acceptable if the writing were not so patronizing and utterly redundant. This is NOT Gladwell style writing. It is tedious. Some poorly written books you need to read because the ideas are so good you can't afford to miss out on them. Not so here. You can afford to not read anything but a paragraph summary of the main idea and move on and save yourself the drudgery.
I bought this book with great anticipation after hearing a book interview on the radio. I have only gotten half way through due to lack of interest. It offers a Hodge-podge of ideas that are not that well connected with none developed in depth. The problems of the lower income classes in this country deserve more careful consideration.
I was assigned this book for college so I didn't have a choice in reading it, but it was a pretentious waste of time and money. If you're planning on reading it of your own volition, don't bother. It's pointless and dumb.
Read 70 pages and then skipped around a bit trying to insights that weren't completely nonsensical. Put it down shortly after. I would definitely NOT purchase this book. If you want mine you can have it.