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I find the topic very interesting (+1 star) as some examples of crowd decisions. What I missed is lack of systematic analysis of cases that would lead to building stronger, more structured conclusions.
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i liked this book and to be honest (as i "read" this in audible format) i kept drifting from time to time so i will definitely go through it again.
surowiecki makes the point - in short - that diverse groups of people (crowds), regardless of how uninformed they are, are the best way to get the best answers and make the wisest decisions.
the book contains a ton of anecdotes and examples (and i got the abridged edition too!) like the fact that 40% of americans polled during the height of the cold war thought the Soviet Union was a member of NATO but then goes on to prove that this is immaterial in the larger scheme of things.
7 of 7 people found this review helpful
I kept hoping after hours of listening I there would be a pay off. No luck. the most interesting finding, that certain crowds, if they are diverse enough are wiser, than their wisest member, is revealed at the beginning. Many anecdotes, and little wisdow, in fact a suprising level of ignorance about capitalism and people, fill the following ten hours. Well narrated.
5 of 5 people found this review helpful