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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (8,993 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Cass R. Sunstein, Richard H. Thaler Narrator: Lloyd James, Sean Pratt Publisher: Gildan Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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Every day, we make decisions on topics ranging from personal investments to schools for our children to the meals we eat to the causes we champion. Unfortunately, we often choose poorly. The reason, the authors explain, is that, being human, we are all susceptible to various biases that can lead us to blunder. Our mistakes make us poorer and less healthy; we often make bad decisions involving education, personal finance, health care, mortgages and credit cards, the family, and even the planet itself.

Thaler and Sunstein invite us to enter an alternative world, one that takes our humanness as a given. They show that by knowing how people think, we can design choice environments that make it easier for people to choose what is best for themselves, their families, and their society. Using colorful examples from the most important aspects of life, Thaler and Sunstein demonstrate how thoughtful "choice architecture" can be established to nudge us in beneficial directions without restricting freedom of choice. Nudge offers a unique new take—from neither the left nor the right—on many hot-button issues, for individuals and governments alike. This is one of the most engaging and provocative audiobooks to come along in many years.

"How often do you find a book that is both important and amusing, both practical and deep? This gem of an audio book presents the best idea that has come out of behavioral economics. It is a must-listen for anyone who wants to see both our minds and our society working better. It will improve your decisions and it will make the world a better place." 
- Daniel Kahneman, Princeton University, Nobel Laureate in Economics 

"A manifesto for using the recent behavioral research to help people, as well as government agencies, companies and charities, make better decisions." 
- David Leonhardt, The New York Times Magazine

"In this utterly brilliant audio book, Thaler and Sunstein teach us how to steer people toward better health, sounder investments, and cleaner environments without depriving them of their inalienable right to make a mess of things if they want to... Nudge won't nudge you-it will knock you off your feet." 
- Daniel Gilbert, professor of psychology, Harvard University, and author of Stumbling on Happiness

"I love this book. It fundamentally changes the way I think about the world. Just as surprising, it is fun, drawing on examples as far afield as urinals, 401(k) plans, organ donations, and marriage. Academics aren't supposed to be able to write this well." 
- Steven Levitt, Alvin Baum Professor of Economics, University of Chicago Graduate School of Business and co-author of Freakonomics: A Rogue Economist Explores the Hidden Side of Everything

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Quotes & Awards

  • “It is a must-read for anyone who wants to see both our minds and our society working better. It will improve your decisions and it will make the world a better place.” 

    Daniel Kahneman, Princeton University, Nobel Laureate in Economics

  • “In this utterly brilliant book, Thaler and Sunstein teach us how to steer people toward better health, sounder investments, and cleaner environments without depriving them of their inalienable right to make a mess of things if they want to. The inventor of behavioral economics and one of the nation’ s best legal minds have produced the manifesto for a revolution in practice and policy. Nudge won’ t nudge you-it will knock you off your feet.” 

    Daniel Gilbert, professor of psychology, Harvard University, Author of Stumbling on Happiness

  • “This is an engaging, informative, and thoroughly delightful book. Thaler and Sunstein provide important lessons for structuring social policies so that people still have complete choice over their own actions, but are gently nudged to do what is in their own best interests. Well done.” 

    Don Norman, Northwestern University, Author of The Design of Everyday Things and The Design of Future Things

  • ”This book is terrific. It will change the way you think, not only about the world around you and some of its bigger problems, but also about yourself.” 

    Michael Lewis, author of The Blind Side: Evolution of a Game and Liars Poker

Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Kelly | 2/15/2014

    " Good information, but a bit repetitive. You can pick up the concept pretty quickly with the first examples. Then you continue to read the same ideas put to use in different industries, so it starts to lose the excitement factor. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Kurt Davis | 2/12/2014

    " Good book but long for what it covers....or maybe it just makes you wish you could see many more examples and less on theory. But with that said, without the book, how would a reader even understand the idea of a nudge? "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 by Suzy | 2/8/2014

    " Reads just like CHES exam prep material...which is why I couldn't finish. I sold all of my textbooks back thankyouverymuch. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Mike Edwards | 1/31/2014

    " Excellent book about how to encourage socially optimal behavior without mandates. Nudge is equally applicable to thinking about public policy, as well as to those interested in encouraging better behavior from their employees or patrons. "

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