Tim Harford’s *Adapt*

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?)


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?

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

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?

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.

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.

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

My review of Tim's book is here

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