Tim Harford’s *Adapt*

by on April 28, 2011 at 2:48 pm in Books | Permalink

Tim is probably the single best economist to follow on Twitter, arguably today’s best active popular economics writer, and now I have in my hands his new book Adapt: Why Success Always Starts With Failure.  Self-recommending!  (If page one is good, should I worry about the rest of the book?)

1 David Welton April 28, 2011 at 4:06 pm

I really liked some of his other books, and he’s a smart, funny guy. The blurb on Amazon makes the book look a bit trite though. “When faced with challenges… adapt!”. I’ll likely get it because I enjoy his writing, but is there some depth to it? Something not so straightforward sounding?

2 Future of Inequality April 28, 2011 at 6:55 pm

(Hey, what happened to the “Future of Inequality” post? Hat tip to http://bit.ly/kgHccV, original at http://nyti.ms/dL6OIF, etc.)

3 Steven Jens April 29, 2011 at 1:49 am

If you’re basing a recommendation of a book called “success always starts with failure” based on the first page, does that mean the first page failed?

4 sorry April 29, 2011 at 5:18 am

i am sorry but when someone who has preciously little to say about macro is considered one of the best economists, even if only counting twitter and pop.lit, just shows how far the economist’s profession has fallen.

5 Cahal April 29, 2011 at 5:55 am

I’ll probably buy the book, but I don’t rate Harford as an economist. His informal and witty writing style conceal the fact that he’s harbouring some pretty dogmatic views.

6 russell1200 April 29, 2011 at 7:50 am

From the limited information available, it sounds like a one way trip into the brick wall of “survivor bias.”

7 Geoff Riley April 30, 2011 at 5:20 pm

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