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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (293 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Frank Partnoy Narrator: Sean Runnette Publisher: Blackstone Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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A passionate polemic in favor of pausing to think, not blink

What do these scenarios have in common: a professional tennis player returning a serve, a woman evaluating a first date across the table, a naval officer assessing a threat to his ship, and a comedian about to reveal a punch line?

In this counterintuitive and insightful work, author Frank Partnoy weaves together findings from hundreds of scientific studies and interviews with wide-ranging experts to craft a picture of effective decision making that runs contrary to our brutally fast-paced world. Thought technology is exerting new pressures to speed up our lives, it turns out that the choices we make––unconsciously and consciously, in time frames varying from milliseconds to years—benefit profoundly from delay. Taking control of time and slowing down our responses yields better results in almost every arena of life—even when time seems to be of the essence.

The procrastinator in all of us will delight in Partnoy’s accounts of celebrity “delay specialists,” from Warren Buffett to Chris Evert to Steve Kroft, underscoring the myriad ways in which delaying our reactions to everyday choices—large and small—can improve the quality of our lives.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “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 trailblazing book exploring the hidden crannies and the treacherous pitfalls of human decision-making. I wholeheartedly recommend it.”

    Roger Lowenstein, New York Times bestselling author of The End of Wall Street and When Genius Failed

  • 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, useful—and at times mind-blowing. I was captivated.”

    Bethany McLean, New York Times bestselling coauthor of The Smartest Guys in the Room

  • “Frank Partnoy turns conventional wisdom on its head with this counterintuitive approach to decision-making. Rather than telling us how to make decisions faster and faster, he mines and refines a rich lode of information from experts in a surprising variety of fields to demonstrate the power of delay, whether measured in milliseconds, days, or decades. Wait is a great read, chock-full of fascinating insights.”

    Daniel H. Pink, New York Times bestselling author of Drive and A Whole New Mind

  • “Entertaining and provocative, Portnoy probes and illuminates the complexities of human decision making with surprising insights and recommendations.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “While there is a high premium today for speed, the author suggests that there are serious downsides to rapid decision-making, unless it is accompanied by long-term strategic thinking and planning…Partnoy’s results are groundbreaking and a potential corrective to modern pressures for rapid response…A fascinating addition to the study of decision-making. File alongside Malcolm Gladwell, Dan Ariely, [and] Jonah Lehrer.”

    Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

  • A Kirkus Reviews “New and Notable Title”, June 2012
  • One of the 2012 Kirkus Reviews’ Best Books for Nonfiction

Listener Opinions

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

    " The author repeats himself very much. Having that said, it is a relatively good read with interesting stories regarding procrastination and positive delays. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Pamela | 2/11/2014

    " Dry, dull prose. Lots of varied stories, but did not hold my interest. Duh ... He says it's better to take as much time as you can before making a decision EXCEPT when you have to act quickly. Well thank you so much for that uninspiring message. I had to skim the end and was hoping he would offer something juicy at the end to pull it all together, but I needn't have bothered. Sigh .... "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Patrick Riedling | 2/10/2014

    " The truth is somewhere in the middle between Wait and Blink, but Partnoy lays down a case for taking one's time with decisions, large and small. In his examples, those who "wait" are usually well trained and practiced athletes or learned scholars. The moral of the story for me is to keep practicing skills until you have the luxury to "wait." "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Felipe | 2/7/2014

    " It's worth the wait. "

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About the Author
Author Frank Partnoy

Frank Partnoy is the George E. Barrett Professor of Law and Finance and is codirector of the Center on Corporate and Securities Law at the University of San Diego. He is one of the world’s leading experts on the complexities of modern finance and financial market regulation. He is the author of F.I.A.S.C.O.: Blood in the Water on Wall Street; Infectious Greed: How Deceit and Risk Corrupted the Financial Markets; and The Match King: Ivar Kreuger, the Financial Genius behind a Century of Wall Street Scandals.