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Not for me

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1 out of 5 stars
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Reviewed: 12-02-2020

Note: This review talks more to the books suitability for me than its literary worth. I hated this. I only finished it because I constantly assumed something interesting was just around the corner. It was not. I’m not sure what I disliked more, the tedious descriptions of cricket play, the cast of horrible characters (I defy you to empathise with any of them), the plot holes one could put a cover drive through or the ending that one could see coming from third man. The only redeeming feature of this book is that I got it for free. In case you have not cottoned on yet - I cannot recommend this book.

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How can you use Nudges in your life?

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4 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-02-2020

Brilliant book. The principles that Nudge introduces have such wide-ranging application. From healthcare, to finance, to school choice, Thaler and Sunstein, makes compelling arguments for the process of creating small actions to encourage behaviour in a certain way. No doubt these principles could be used for nefarious means, but the authors go to great lengths to talk about how Nudges can be a force for good. I liked that. Personally I found multiple practical uses for my life and work and have already put a few into action. In my experience, there are not too many about which that can be said. If I had one criticism (and it really isn’t a criticism) it would be that the book was very USA-centric. Understandable given that is the country of the author and probably the audience for whom they were writing the book. I dare say this would be a useful book for most people, irrespective of your job.

Interesting but not earth-shattering...

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3 out of 5 stars
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3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 15-01-2020

This was an decent read but a little dryer than I had presumed. It’s a book about the bacteria in your gut - how exciting could it be, right? Well, maybe that’s true. But I expected to be more surprised by some of the information. Bacteria can be bad but it can also be good - well, yes, I knew that. Perhaps I’m being a tad harsh, there were some interesting parts and it was fairly accessible (not being a gut expert myself and all). The main thing that could improve this book would be practical tips for better gut health. There are some in there but I don’t think they’re as explicit as they could be. Meh. Pick it up if there’s something specific you’d like to know.